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WBEZ: Michael Shannon is back to searing, in-your-face Chicago theatre

By Courtney Kueppers

May 1, 2024

Everyone wants a piece of Michael Shannon. The venerable character actor has been booked and busy in recent years as Hollywood’s de facto supporting man, appearing in everything from Showtime’s George & Tammy alongside Jessica Chastain to Nocturnal Animals, for which he earned his second Oscar nomination.

But tonight he’s back home — and that’s hardly an exaggeration. Even though he lives in New York and commutes back there on weekends to see his daughters, Shannon has once again found his way back to A Red Orchid, the small theater company in Chicago’s Old Town that he helped found more than three decades ago.

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