2016/2017 Mainstage Season

WSR’s 2016/2017 Season is the best yet!

Witty Comedies. Fun Musicals. New Work.
Broadway Favorites. WSR has it all…& more!


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written by Yasmina Reza
translated by Christopher Hampton

A comedy of artistic perceptions | Part of TheatreFest

July 8 – July 31

How much would you pay for a white painting?  Marc, Serge, & Yvan are long-time friends. But when Serge drops a fortune on a piece of modern art, his friends’ surprising reactions touch off a series of personal confrontations that threaten their friendship in hilarious ways. Learn more…


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music & lyrics by Jeff Bowen
book by Hunter Bell

4 friends + 3 weeks = 1 musical comedy | Part of TheatreFest

July 15 – Aug 6

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry. It’s a love letter to the musical theatre—a uniquely American art form—and to the joy of collaboration. Tony Award® nomination for Best Book in 2009. Learn more…


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the Ones You Love

written & performed by Jeff Sweet

A one-man comedy legend | Part of TheatreFest

 July 10 @ 3p

YOU ONLY SHOOT THE ONES YOU LOVE… 75-minute yarn about how the Cossacks almost killed Jeffrey Sweet’s grandmother and what that has to do with a generation of Jews bringing teeth and cojones (look it up) to American comedy. Stories of mad geniuses, outrageous behavior onstage and off, and how this led to Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert. Learn more…


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written by Steve Martin (yep, that one)

A genius comedy.

 Sept 16 – Oct 23

In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor, comedian, and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Learn more…


CSG 250A Christmas Survival Guide

conceived & written by
James Hindman & Ray Roderick
musical arrangements
by John Glaudin

A holiday treat.

Nov 26 – Dec 4

Do you find the holidays more than a little stressful? Filled with comedy, poignancy, and traditional songs of the season, this show is designed to de-stress and refresh one and all with holiday cheer! Learn more…

 


First DateFirst Date

book by Austin Winsberg
music by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner

A romantic musical comedy.

Jan 20 – Feb 12

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? Learn more…



Any Other Name 

written by George Brant
directed by Brad Raimondo

CHICAGO PREMIERE!

A darkly comedic tale of mad genius & desire.

March 17 – April 2

A dark comedy (or light tragedy) about poetry, madness, and identity theft in Victorian England. Edward and his American wife, Margaret, are starving for his art. Surely there must be a better way to becoming England’s most famous and beloved poet?  Learn more…


2017-2018 Season Sneak Peek!

Guys and Dolls

based on a story & characters
of Damon Runyon
music & lyrics by Frank Loesser
book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows

June 30 – July 23

A Broadway classic.

An oddball romantic comedy. Broadway’s bouncy toe-tappingly fun and romantic musical about a couple of high-rolling gamblers and the strong-willed gals who love them. Learn more…


Little Shop of Horrors

Books and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman

Sept 23 – Oct 29

A deviously delectable Broadway sci-fi horror smash musical

Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his co-worker crush. This R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Seymour as long as he keeps feeding it– BLOOD. Over time, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and intent towards global domination!