David Cromer, the longtime Chicago director whose New York career was launched after his production of “Our Town” (starring himself as Stage Manager) is returning to Chicago to act in a play for the first time in five years.
Cromer will star next fall in a new production of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart,” the TimeLine Theatre has announced. The potent political drama (first seen in 1985 and revived on Broadway in 2011) looks back at the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York, a time of panic, heroism and political obfuscation. Directed by Nick Bowling, “The Normal Heart” is slated to open in October in rented quarters at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., on Chicago’s North Side. Single tickets are not yet on sale.