Formerly: This former movie theater was converted into a live theater by previous producer Tony DeSantis. Now that the Drury Lane Theatre in Evergreen Park has closed, the Water Tower Place has been renovated. After its first season in 2005, the company decided to scrap the idea of presenting its own shows and became a rental house. The first major production to begin performances was the Chicago company of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," which began in Spring 2006.
The space itself is smaller than its Oakbrook counterpart and is more steeply raked to allow audience members further back to still have a good view of the show. It also takes a cue from the Oakbrook space as far as decoration; gold leaf, chandeliers and columns abound, though it all seems much more subdued and classy.
The space is located right at the Magnificent Mile in the Water Tower complex, and therefore parking is difficult, though with validation at some local lots it will only set you back $7. The only way to access the theater is through the front doors on Chestnut street, located under a marquis.
Centerstage Reviewer: Ed Rutherford