The Fantasticks, music by Harvey Schmidt and book lyrics by Tom Jones

Directed by Cherie Ulmer

Nov. 25 to Dec. 17

“Try To Remember” a time when this romantic charmer wasn’t enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

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The Compton Family Foundation

2023 Season

AN INSPECTOR CALLS

Jan. 13 to Feb. 4

Written by J.B. Priestly

Directed by Isaac Joyce-Shaw

It’s “as if Priestley was writing about the climate-change crisis about to engulf us all. It feels like he anticipated the march toward political extremes, the rise of smug complacency and the fall of personal moral obligation. Characters in this show have endless trouble seeing how their own biases impedes their readings of facts; there are versions of this occurring right now on our streets right outside this theater.” Chicago Tribune

SPONSORED BY THE FAMILY OF ALICE MARY NORTON

SHREK

March 3 to 25

Music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Robert Salberg

“Shrek, which draws from William Steig’s book about a lovable ogre and the DreamWorks animated movie that it inspired, is nonetheless a triumph of comic imagination with a heart as big and warm as Santa’s. It is the most ingeniously wacky, transcendently tasteless Broadway musical since The Producers, and more family-friendly …” USA Today

SPONSORED BY THE DAVIS FAMILY

RABBIT HOLE

April 21 to May 13

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Jo Dodge

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

This is the kind theater that gives the audience “a chance to feel, empathize and contemplate the limits of a person facing unfair circumstances.” OnStage Blog

SPONSORED BY THE PAUL C. AND ROBIN E. BOWER FAMILY TRUST

THE CRUCIBLE

June 9 to July 1

Written by Arthur Miller

Directed by Seth Allen

A play for all time: “The tragedy of The Crucible is the everlasting conflict between people so fanatically wedded to this orthodoxy that they could not cope with the evidence of their senses.” Arthur Miller

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Aug. 11 to Sept. 2

Written by Simon Stephens based on the novel by Mark Haddon

Directed by Debbie Neel

“This smartly written and insightful play offers hope and love in the end, even if things aren’t perfect. And how we see and respond to that journey to love and hope and second chances sort of tells us more about ourselves and how we see the world …” MD Theatre Guide

SPONSORED BY DUCHESS AND THE MUNCHKIN

THE GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER

Sept. 29 to Oct. 21

Book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and the music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak.

Directed by Loriann Schmidt

“Despite the high body count, this delightful show will lift the hearts of all those who’ve been pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form: musicals that match streams of memorable melody with fizzily witty turns of phrase. Bloodlust hasn’t sung so sweetly, or provided so much theatrical fun, since Sweeney Todd first wielded his razor with gusto many a long year ago.” The New York Times

SPONSORED BY DAVID HACKLEMAN AND STEPHANIE SCHOAP

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

Nov. 17 to Dec. 9

Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields

Directed by Susan Schoaps

“I propose putting your rational mind into sleep mode, the better to savor tickling images of order-inverting bizarreness, straight out of Dada, in which suddenly nothing is in its customary place or being used for its customary purpose. There’s a wild, redeeming poetry in such anarchy.” The Daily Beast

SPONSORED BY FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF LYNDSEY FIELDS HOUSER