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“Little Venue, A Big Rip.”
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Writers Theatre
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Glencoe
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Owner description: In 1992, Writers Theatre was founded in order to create an environment where the written word and the nurturing of artists were the foundation of all productions. We opened our first venue that year in the ante-room of a newly opened bookstore in Glencoe on the North Shore of Chicago. The limited space available gave way to a new aesthetic that has been a company hallmark ever since-intimacy. Under the artistic leadership of Founding Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, who continues in that role to this day, Writers became a welcome addition to the already vibrant Chicago arts community. The Theatre quickly garnered significant critical acclaim and established a reputation as a home for world-class art and artists, opening a second performance space in 2003. Our inviting 108-seat Tudor Court space continued the company's trademark level of intimacy while allowing for a new scale of production and affording the opportunity to expand audiences, programming and educational outreach. Acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top half-dozen regional theatres in the country, Writers has offered more than 90 productions, including 16 world premieres. We have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including 110 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 25 Awards, as well as multiple citations of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam for excellence and contributions to the field, including The 2010 Zelda Fichandler Award. In 2007, Writers debuted nationally with a New York premiere of Crime and Punishment, followed in 2011 by a Lincoln Center production of A Minister's Wife-the musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Candida, conceived and directed by Halberstam. In November 2013, Writers Theatre announced the launch of the $34 million On to a New Stage Campaign to establish the company's first permanent home in a new theatre center in downtown Glencoe, designed by the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by Founder and Design Principal Jeanne Gang, FAIA, in collaboration with Theatre Consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander. This allows the Theatre to continue to grow to accommodate its audience, while maintaining its trademark intimacy. The new facility resonates with and complements the Theatre's neighboring Glencoe community, adding tremendous value to Chicagoland and helping to establish the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.
Chicago, Illinois
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“Little Venue, A Big Rip.”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

I have tried several plays here in the Theaters two cramped spaces. What an over rating! Stay South and see Steppenwolf and Chicago Shakespeare for real theater, by great directors and writers. You can miss this one anytime.

Visited June 2012
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“Intimate excellence”
Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

Writers' Theater is an intimate, 108 seat, theater of excellence.
Their recent production of "A Lillte Night Music" garnered four stars from the Chicago Tribune theater critic.
The theater is housed in a former library in downtown Glenco, IL. The intimacy of the space is best described with the explanation that the first row of seating is on the stage. There were a couple of scenes where the staging almost had a performer in the first row seats.
The staging of "A Little Night Music" was minimalist, which added to the quality of the performance. The actors voices, facial expressions and stage presence were just superb and justified the 4 star review.
It was a very entertaining evening and we are looking forward to their next production.

Thank illini33
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