CHICAGO — Bruce Norris’ hard-edged new play “The Pain and the Itch” at the Steppenwolf Theater is up against stellar revivals of “A Delicate Balance,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Seven Guitars” and the “Kabuki Lady Macbeth” for this year’s Chi play production of the year.
That’s per the Joseph Jefferson Committee, which hands out Chi’s Tony equivalent at a Drury Lane Theater ceremony on Nov. 7.
On the tuner front, the Marriott Theater dominates with early local productions of “Sunset Boulevard” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The sit-down version of “Wicked” — eligible because it originated in Chi — also got several nods, including potential kudos for the widely admired Ana Gasteyer and Kate Reinders, who play witches, evil and good, respectively.
In the new work category, the committee honored Rebecca Gilman’s “Dollhouse” (a new adaptation of the Ibsen classic at the Goodman Theater) and Adam Rapp’s Gotham-bound gripper “Red Light Winter,” which bowed at Steppenwolf.
Among the well-known Chi troupes with multiple nods are some up-and-comers: Congo Square Theater Company, an emerging African-American troupe; Remy Bumppo Theater Company, which generally does heady works; and Porchlight Music Theater Chicago, a new face on the tuner scene.