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PM&L Theatre to stage ‘Chess’ in November

ANTIOCH – “Chess,” a musical about the Cold War that is directed by Lorrie Ferguson, opens Nov. 8 and will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Nov. 24.

The music is by Benny Anderrson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) of “Mamma Mia” fame, lyrics and concept are by Tim Rice (“Evita,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King”), and book is by Richard Nelson.

In “Chess,” the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super-power politics and international intrigue. A love triangle forms: the loutish American chess star (Jeffrey DuBois, Spring Grove); the earnest Russian champion (Michael Metcalf, Elgin); and a Hungarian American female assistant (Rebecca Zellar, Antioch), who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American, but falls for the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok,” “Heaven Help My Heart” and “I Know Him So Well.”

“Chess” will run at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. Sunday matinee performances will be at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 17 and 24.

Tickets are available online at and are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets directly through the box office, call 847-395-3055. The box office is open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and an hour and a half before curtain on show dates.  

PM&L is a nonprofit, community-based volunteer organization located in downtown Antioch. Call 847-395-3055 or visit for ticket purchasing and show announcements.

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