Pride and Prejudice Streams, Audio Drama Directors Wanted, PlayMakers Extends Show — Playtime Chicago Theater Report for August 23, 2020

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Kaitlyn Andrews, Lee Peters, Gaby Hirsch, Noah Appelbaum, Kaylyn Carter, Sonia Goldeberg and Jen Allman perform “Chicago” by Soleil, part of PlayMakers Laboratory’s virtual revue That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay. Photo courtesy PlayMakers Laboratory.

That’s Weird, Grandma

PlayMakers Laboratory has extended its popular online revue That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay through October 5, 2020. The show features a creative line-up of stories written by elementary school students, adapted and performed by PML’s professional actors. That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay streams Mondays at 8 pm CT via Patreon, with a completely new show released each week. Tickets are currently available at

Pride and Prejudice: A Virtual Play

Lifeline Theatre’s virtual production of Pride and Prejudice will debut on September 10 – running on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 4, 2020. Open captioning will be available throughout the run. If you are interested in enjoying what is generally considered Jane Austen’s most popular story, visit to purchase your tickets. Tickets will entitle you to stream Pride and Prejudice for the weekend of your choice.

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre

Eclectic Full Contact Theater has been involved with audio theatre via its Throwing Shade podcast. Now it is seeing directors for 5 upcoming serialized audio drama podcasts. This is a paid role and while experience directing audio shows is preferred, it is not required. To learn more visit the Eclectic Full Contact Theater website at: as well as the company’s Facebook page. To apply for director positions, send your resume and the show title you are interested in directing to

Wine Recommendation

This week’s companion to streamed plays and podcasted drama is G.B. Burlotto’s Verduno Pelaverga ’18, which I have pronounced the PERFECT summer red. Dry, light-bodied, and a beautiful ruby color, it’s best served slightly chilled as a sipper or as an accompaniment to a charcuterie platter or grilled meats. My tasting partners and I detected a bit of tart fruit, along with a subtle, green herbaceousness. This is a delightful wine that Chicago’s Perman Wine Selections sells locally for $24 a bottle. You will need to place your order online or by phone and arrange for pickup or delivery, as the shop is still not open to customers. Order at or by calling 312.255.8990.

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