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Staging the New Year

By Justin Sondak in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 24, 2007 5:45PM

2007_12_neonye.jpgRestaurants aren’t the only ones offering festive, price-enhanced New Year’s Eve fun. Local theaters are throwing open their doors (or their box office) for soused shows and sober, happy celebrations.

  1. The Neo Futurists’ New Years Benefit returns, featuring Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, 30 plays performed in the last 60 minutes of 2007. The non-alcoholic, Whole Foods-catered reception starts at 9:30. Tickets are $40 and proceeds help the company present hundreds of new plays in 2008.

  2. Black Ensemble Theater’s home grown musical Sounds So Good, Makes You Wanna Holler (Old School vs. Nu Skool), which tracks two generations of musical strivers, is the main attraction of the company’s year-end party. The $120 ticket gets you dinner, the show, an open mic, and a champagne toast.
  3. Competitive improvers ComedySportz bring it twice Monday night: a 6 p.m. family-friendly show and a 10 p.m. smackdown and After Party with DJ and midnight merriment.
  4. Remy Bumppo Theatre presents a special performance of The Philadelphia Story, sans Jimmy Stewart of course, Monday night at Victory Gardens Greenhouse. The $50 ticket includes a champagne toast after the 7 p.m. show, giving you plenty of time to hit your 21st century celebrations.
  5. Barenaked Lads take it off one last time before midnight. The extended show features cabaret favorites, comedy bits, a bit of the bubbly and, as always, lots of gratuitous nudity. Tickets to Bailiwick’s 9 p.m. extravaganza are $35.
  6. Those of you dead set on spending 2007’s final hours at home can still get a taste of the champagne this weekend. Marrying Terry, playing downstairs at the Victory Gardens Greenhouse, is a new show pitched like a 1940s madcap comedy: The last room at the Drake is double booked on New Year’s Eve by two kids, engaged… to other people!!! Wonder how they’ll get out of this mess…
  7. Image via Neo-Futurists