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Stephanie-Millers-Sexy-Liberal-Comedy-Tour-Comes-to-the-Chicago-Theater

Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour Comes to the Chicago Theater - From a press release - National television and progressive talk radio star Stephanie Miller is a wildly popular performer with a huge and fervently devoted audience. Her comedy album, "The Best of Stephanie Miller's Happy House, Volume #1," debuted as the #1 Comedy Album in America on Amazon, iTunes and Googleplay. It blasted on to the Billboard charts on February 18, 2015 at #2, dubbed ...


Theater-spotlight-on-Between-Riverside-and-Crazy-Critics-Picks

Theater spotlight on Between Riverside and Crazy, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Steppenwolf Theatre may be offering an acclaimed take on Stephen Adly Guirgis' Pulitzer Prize-winning 2014 drama Between Riverside and Crazy, but Eclipse Theatre Company has dedicated its entire season to this playwright famed for such works like Jesus Hopped the "A" Train and The Motherfucker with the Hat. The second play of Eclipse's Guirgis season is his 2003 ...


THEATER-FEATURE-Douglass-provides-alternative-view-of-African-American-hero

THEATER FEATURE 'Douglass' provides alternative view of African-American hero - In the gallery of African-American freedom fighters, the face of Frederick Douglass is possibly the most readily identifiable, his photogenic visage immediately recognized by even the most rudimentary of scholars. This star status is not unfounded: Born in 1817, the Maryland slave served under three masters before escaping to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where his shipbuilding skills enabled him to find ...


THEATER-REVIEW-War-Paint

THEATER REVIEW War Paint - Playwright: Doug Wright ( book ), Scott Frankel ( music ), Michael Korie ( lyrics ). At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org/WarPaint; $44-$182. Runs through: Aug. 21 War Paint is an elegant and lavish show, with a lush, jazz-inflected score, gorgeous looks ( especially Catherine Zuber's slightly-exaggerated 1930s-1960s costumes, gown heaven with matching massive jewelry ) ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Chops

THEATER REVIEW Chops - Playwright: Michael Rychlewski. At: Dashnight Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $35. Runs through: Aug. 14 When the author is a hometown boy and the stage picture consists of three guys over the age of thirty swapping Big Talk in a bar, the odds are that at least one of them is trying to put one over ...


THEATER-REVIEW-AD-HOC-91HOME93

THEATER REVIEW AD HOC [HOME] - Playwrights: The Ensemble. At: About Face Youth Theatre at Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St. Tickets: 773-784-8565 or AboutFaceTheatre.org; Pay-what-you-can admission. Runs through: July 31 More and more LGBTQ youth have bravely started to come out at earlier ages from the generations before them. So it's great that Chicago's About Face Youth Theatre ( AFYT ) ...


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Upcoming: WCT Theatre Series, Market Days - WCT Theatre Series launches The 2016-17 Windy City Times Theatre Series has launched. The cost is $265 for all eight shows; 60 percent of all the possible subscriptions have already been sold. The shows in the series are: —Thursday, Oct. 6: Hand to God, by Robert Askins, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. —Saturday, Nov. 12: I Am ...


About-Face-director-faces-apartment-fires-aftermath

About Face director faces apartment fire's aftermath - Ali Hoefnagel describes themselves ( preferred pronoun ) as "really lucky" despite recent setbacks—including a fire that gutted their apartment. For the past three years, Hoefnagel has been the education and outreach director for Chicago's About Face Theatre while retaining a teaching artist position with Steppenwolf Theatre. "We do a lot of different things at About Face," Hoefnagel told Windy ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-PERFORMANCE-Stacey-Magiera-talks-about-her-Cirque-performance-

NUNN ON ONE: PERFORMANCE Stacey Magiera talks about her Cirque performance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - TORUK-The First Flight is soaring into the United Center this August for Chicago audiences. This Cirque du Soleil show is inspired by James Cameron's movie Avatar but is set thousands of years prior. The word "toruk" refers to a predator called a leonopteryx that rules the Pandoran sky. In the storyline, a Na'vi is about to ride it for the ...


Links-Hall-Presents-Joshua-Kent-and-Mark-McCloughan-and-more-in-August-

Links Hall Presents Joshua Kent and Mark McCloughan and more in August - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Links Hall is pleased to present Trio A / Trio B, a double bill featuring performances of "The Top" by New York-based Mark McCloughan's No Face Performance Group performed with Jaime Maseda and Melissa Krodman — and "Watching Me / Watching You" by Chicago-based artist Joshua Kent and his two collaborators Courtney Mackedanz and Matthew Nicholas. Combining ...


Abbie-Hoffman-Died-For-Our-Sins-XXVIII-coming-in-August

Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins XXVIII coming in August - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 13, 2016 ) — Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. is ending it's 30th and final season of theater with Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins XXVIII. This event will take place at The Den Theater at 1333 N. Milwaukee on August 19, 20, & 21. Tickets are $10 for an all day pass and $25 for a weekend pass. ...


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Shattered Globe Theatre announces 2016-17 season - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 20, 2016 ) — Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to announce the first two productions of its 2016-17 Season, kicking off this fall with a revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard's quintessential American drama TRUE WEST, directed by James Yost. The production will feature Shattered Globe Ensemble Members Joseph Wiens, Kevin Viol and Rebecca Jordan with ...


Writers-Theatre-announces-casting-for-25th-Anniversary-Season

Writers Theatre announces casting for 25th Anniversary Season - From a press release - Glencoe, IL—Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce casting for the first five plays of the company's 25th Anniversary Season, The season opens with a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, directed and adapted by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Scott Parkinson, featuring Kareem Bandealy, Christine Bunuan, Arya Daire, Sydney Germaine, Matthew Hawkins, Thomas ...


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Duriel E. Harris' Thingification on stage at MPAACT Summer Jams - Thingification: MPAACT Summer Jams takes place on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $20 at the door. Advance tickets available online. Thingification—written, composed, and performed by Duriel E. Harris—is a one-woman show combining poetry, performance, music and dance to invigorate audiences with the life-affirming energy of word-sound-power. Set in ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Finding-91HOME93

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Finding [HOME] - When Andrew Volkoff took over as artistic director for the LGBTQ-focused About Face Theatre in 2013, one of his producing goals was to make each new show by the About Face Youth Theatre ( AFYT ) debut on an annual basis rather than unveiling a world premiere every two years. Largely tasked with that accelerated artistic schedule has been Ali ...


Theater-spotlight-on-Byhalia-Critics-Picks

Theater spotlight on Byhalia, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight If you missed The New Colony and Definition Theatre's January co-production of Byhalia, Mississippi, Evan Linder's critically acclaimed and Jeff Award-winning drama is back with its entire original cast in a much-anticipated revival. Thanks to Steppenwolf Theatre's Visiting Company Initiative, Linder's astute and cutting drama returns to make audiences question modern-day race relations. It all kicks off when ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Between-Riverside-and-Crazy

THEATER REVIEW Between Riverside and Crazy - Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 21 When the 2015 Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Stephen Adly Guirgis' wry examination of marginalized citizens struggling to get by—and not particularly choosy how they do it—against overwhelming odds, nobody suspected that the troubles of these disenfranchised lowlifes would be vying for ...


PERFORMANCE-Hot-button-issue-at-center-of-Privilege-to-Pee

PERFORMANCE Hot-button issue at center of Privilege to Pee - Although a theater's Monday night stages are traditionally dark, Stage 773 of Lakeview's Circle Theatre was lit by an ensemble gold mine of talent July 11. The evening brought a capacity audience continually to their feet, while wiping away the tears of laughter and poignancy wrought by some of the city's most ethereal voices in often deeply personal choices of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Space-Age

THEATER REVIEW Space Age - Playwrights: Ricardo Gamboa and Sean Parris. At: Free Street Theater at Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. Tickets: Freestreet.org; Pay-what-you-can admission. Runs through: Aug. 1 Artistic and romantic collaborators Ricardo Gamboa and Sean James William Parris have done their homework on their new confessional two-man performance art piece Space Age ( For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide ...


DOUBLE-REVIEW-A-Midsummer-Nights-Dream

DOUBLE REVIEW A Midsummer Night's Dream - DOUBLE REVIEW A Midsummer Night's Dream Playwright: Shakespeare. At: First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Forest Preserve, Oak Brook. Tickets: 630-986-8067; FirstFolio.org; $29-$39. Runs through: Aug. 14 Bite: A Pucking Queer Cabaret Playwright: Derek Van Barham, after Shakespeare. At: Pride Films & Plays at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-737-0984; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; $25-$30. Runs through: Aug. 14 A Midsummer Night's ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-Talking-with-Queen-of-Mean-Lisa-Lampanelli

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Talking with 'Queen of Mean' Lisa Lampanelli - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lisa Lampanelli will probably forever be known as "Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean." Known for not pulling her punches over the years, this stand-up comedian has roasted a variety of people, including Pamela Anderson, William Shatner,and Donald Trump. Lampanelli taped Long Live the Queen for HBO in 2009, and followed that with another one-hour special, Dirty Girl, for Comedy Central. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Kin-Folk-

THEATER REVIEW Kin Folk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: William Glick. At: The New Colony at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: TheNewColony.org; $20-$25. Runs through: Aug. 14 Lucy and her siblings would make the perfect poster family for transitioning. They're about to sell their home and relocate to the Chicago area. Lucy's perfectionist sister Mary has reinvented herself as video celeb, Mary-Beth, a blogger whose ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Katja-Bavendam-on-her-Giant-Life

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Katja Bavendam on her 'Giant Life' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Katja Bavendam is making a big splash with My Giant Life on the TLC Network. Season two kicks off with a new lesbian cast member who is 6'8" and lives in New York. Her wife, Julie McGuire, is 5'2," making for an interesting dynamic. They have been married for a year and the storyline on the show follows their journey ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Schoolhouse-Rock-Live-

THEATER REVIEW Schoolhouse Rock Live! - Music and lyrics: Various individuals. At: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayinChicago.com; $16-24. Runs through: Aug 28 I'll "unpack my adjectives" and tell you about Schoolhouse Rock Live! at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower place. This musical revue is made up of educational songs from the well loved television cartoon shorts from ...


Theater-spotlight-on-WOZ-A-Rock-Cabaret-Critics-Picks

Theater spotlight on WOZ: A Rock Cabaret, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Tony Award-nominee and Broadway veteran AndrÃÉ© De Shields ( The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin' ) is the very special guest star playing The Wizard for the return of WOZ: A Rock Cabaret. Instead of the classic 1939 MGM film score, WOZ features rock anthems of the 1980s and '90s to tell L. Frank Baum's all-American story of a ...


OPERETTA-REVIEW-The-Cousin-from-Nowhere

OPERETTA REVIEW The Cousin from Nowhere - Music & Libretto: Rideamus ( Fritz Oliven ) and Eduard Kunneke. At: Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252, or at Stage773.com or ChicagoFolksOperetta.org; $25-$40. Runs through: July 24 Poor beautiful, wealthy Julia. Living her pampered life in a mansion and attended by servants, the girl has almost everything her heart could desire. But her ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Wastwater

THEATER REVIEW Wastwater - Playwright: Simon Stephens. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or www.steeptheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: Aug. 13 The name of the deepest lake in England lends its moniker to Stephens' latest drama, an intriguing trio of deep, interconnected stories weaving together the relationships of eight individuals, at the same hour on the longest evening of the year. The playwright ...


THEATER-Space-Age-focuses-on-queer-kids-of-color

THEATER 'Space Age' focuses on queer kids of color - Talking to Ricardo Gamboa and Sean Parris mere hours after Orlando felt uncanny. The couple, well-known in Chicago's theater scene, have co-written a play, Space Age, about growing up as queer kids of color, and clearly the crime committed against Black and Brown LGBTQ people haunted Gamboa as he spoke. "I think one of the questions we were wrestling with ...


Karen-Olivo-Miguel-Cervantes-and-Alexander-Gemignani-join-Chicago-Hamilton-cast

Karen Olivo, Miguel Cervantes and Alexander Gemignani join Chicago Hamilton cast - KAREN OLIVO, who electrified audiences with her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY, returns to the stage as the brilliant and beautiful Angelica Schuyler in the Chicago production of HAMILTON, it has been announced by producer Jeffrey Seller. Joining Ms. Olivo in Chicago are Broadway veterans MIGUEL CERVANTES as Alexander Hamilton, and ...


Hell-in-a-Handbag-brings-back-Bette-Live-at-the-Continental-Baths

Hell in a Handbag brings back Bette, Live at the Continental Baths - CHICAGO ( July 12, 2016 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to bring back last season's steamy, sell-out hit Bette, Live at the Continental Baths, with Caitlin Jackson recreating Bette Midler's historic bathhouse concert in New York City. This year, Handbag is bringing the bathhouse to Boystown with nine performances only from August 12 — September 10, ...


-THEATER-REVIEW-Dating-Dragons

THEATER REVIEW Dating & Dragons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Mike Ooi. At: Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or TheFactoryTheater.com; $10-$25. Runs through: Aug. 13

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Billings, McKechnie join PFP board - Pride Films and Plays' ( PFP's ) board of directors announced that Broadway legend Donna McKechnie and actor/activist Alexandra Billings ( Transparent ) have become the inaugural members of the group's honorary board. In a statement, McKechnie said, "Pride Films and Plays is a wonderful organization full of extremely talented and creative people. In the short time I spent with ...


Comedians-perform-for-a-cause

Comedians perform for a cause - On July 7, comedians came out for a good cause at The Laugh Factory Chicago to raise money for The Center Orlando, an LGBT center aiding the survivors and victims' families of the June 12 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. The night was hosted by Scott Duff, who was surrounded by LGBT funny people and their supporters; they included ...


PFP-establishing-Pride-Arts-Center

PFP establishing Pride Arts Center - Pride Films and Plays, the LGBTQ+ focused company founded in 2010, will take up residence in the two theaters at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway ( collectively known as the Pride Arts Center ) that Profiles Theatre recently vacated. The 90-seat space at 4139 N. Broadway will serve as the primary venue for the company's stage productions and will be ...


Rivendell-presents-Midwest-premiere-of-Grizzly-Mama

Rivendell presents Midwest premiere of Grizzly Mama - From a press release - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble ( RTE ), Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core,announces the Midwest premiere of Grizzly Mama. The production, directed by RTE member Megan Carney, runs September 10 — October 15, 2016, at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago. The press opening is Sunday, September 11 at 6 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Woman-Who-Amuses-Herself

THEATER REVIEW The Woman Who Amuses Herself - Playwright: Victor Lodato At: Idle Muse Theatre Company at Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway Tickets: 773-340-9438 or IdleMuse.org; $15-$20 Runs through: July 24 It's a safe guess that playwright Victor Lodato would be perfectly happy if your mind "went there" with the title of his play The Woman Who Amuses Herself. But it's not nearly as salacious as all that ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-CRITICS-PICKS

THEATER SPOTLIGHT, CRITICS' PICKS - SPOTLIGHT Circle Theatre continues its Full Circle Series of benefit concerts where all the proceeds go to worthy causes. It's a Privilege to Pee: Owning Your Identity and Other Basic Human Rights is a cabaret concert response to the anti-LGBTQ legislation passed in North Carolina earlier this year, and the starry local talent lineup includes Honey West, Lili-Anne Brown, Dixie ...


THEATER-Queer-as-Folk-Trans-actress-stars-in-New-Colony-play

THEATER Queer as 'Folk': Trans actress stars in New Colony play - William Glick's play, Kin Folk, proposes a trio of sisters on the brink of major change. Following the death of their parents, the plan is to sell the family house in the suburbs and follow their respective blisses in glamorous Chicago. Mary prepares to launch her homemaking website, offering advice on creating the perfect household. Eleanor has recently transitioned from ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Book-of-Mormon

THEATER REVIEW The Book of Mormon - Music & Lyrics & Book by Trey Parker, Matt Stone & Robert Lopez. At: The Private Bank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayinChicago.com; $35-225 Runs through: Aug 14 Hello! The Book of Mormon tour is back in Chicago and as funny as ever. A overachieving Mormon Missionary Elder Price ( Ryan Bondy ) is partnered with an underachieving ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Importance-of-Being-Earnest

THEATER REVIEW Importance of Being Earnest - Playwright: Oscar Wilde At: The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6860 or at DeadWriters.net; $40. Runs through: July 31 When the box-office staff introduces the play as "three hours long, with two intermissions," a theatregoer might start to get anxious. But relax! It's Oscar Wilde, he of infamous rapid-fire witticism, and Importance of Being Earnest is regarded as ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Seedbed

THEATER REVIEW The Seedbed - Playwright: Bryan Delaney At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-728-7529 or Redtwist.org; $30-$35 Runs through: July 17 Redtwist Theatre's production of Bryan Delaney's The Seedbed is an oddity. Like the characters onstage, the show is warm yet distant, and filled with love and disgust all at once. Like an optometrist's eye chart, no matter how hard you ...


Stage-Left-Theatre-announces-Season-35

Stage Left Theatre announces Season 35 - From a press release - Stage Left Theatre is pleased to announce the programming for its 35th season. The season begins with the world premiere of The Bottle Tree by Beth Kander directed by ensemble member Amy Szerlong. The Bottle Tree was developed through Stage Left's Downstage Left program, at the Ashland New Plays Festival and and has received an Honorable Mention on The Kilroys ...


Upcoming-entertainment-events-around-Chicago

Upcoming entertainment events around Chicago - 'Chigaygo' at Laugh Factory Orlando benefit on July 7 On Thursday, July 7, Laugh Factory Chicago's queer-comedy showcase Chigaygo is presenting a special one-night only event to raise money for The Center Orlando, the LGBT center providing victim relief in the wake of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub. Laugh Factory and its owner, Jamie Masada, have a long-standing history of ...


THEATER-Space-Age-focuses-on-queer-kids-of-color

THEATER 'Space Age' focuses on queer kids of color - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Talking to Ricardo Gamboa and Sean Parris mere hours after Orlando felt uncanny. The couple, well-known in Chicago's theatre scene, have co-written a play "Space Age" about growing up as queer kids of color, and clearly the crime committed against Black and Brown LGBTQ people haunted Gamboa as he spoke. "I think one of the questions we were wrestling with ...


Profiles-Theatre-closes-after-abuse-charges-

Profiles Theatre closes after abuse charges - Chicago's Profiles Theatre, which occupied the space at 4147 N. Broadway, has closed its doors. The development came after the Chicago Reader published a lengthy article detailing numerous allegations of abuse at the theater by performers who'd worked there over the past few decades. The article, in particular, named director Darrell W. Cox. In a statement, Profiles said, in part, ...


About-Face-Youth-Theatre-AD-HOC-91HOME93-opens-soon

About Face Youth Theatre AD HOC [HOME] opens soon - About Face Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere of AD HOC [HOME], a devised play exploring "family" written by and featuring members of the the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble and directed by AFT Education and Outreach Director Ali Hoefnagel and Education Associate Kieran Kredell. AD HOC [HOME] will play July 21 — 31, 2016 at the Claudia ...


THEATER-REVIEW-This

THEATER REVIEW This - Playwright: Melissa James Gibson. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: 773-891-8985 or WindyCityPlayhouse.com; $15-$55. Runs through: Aug. 28 Prepare yourself for unmatched witticisms at the hands a trio of post-collegiate wordsmiths and the doctors/carpenters who love them ( and are no slouches, themselves ). Melissa James Gibson's This makes a cool, calculated splash on the Windy ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-SpongeBob-Musical

THEATER REVIEW The SpongeBob Musical - Book: Kyle Jarrow; Score: Various artists. At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or BroadwayInChicago.com; $33-$100. Runs through: July 10 It's telling that The SpongeBob Musical doesn't deploy the theme song from SpongeBob SquarePants, the Nickelodeon animated TV-series that inspired it, until the curtain call. That's a great sign that this Broadway-aimed world premiere musical, clearly born out ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Learn about the long-time culture of gay life on Fire Island in song via Pride Films and Plays' developmental concert reading of the musical A History of Summer. Composer Jonathan Monro ( Dream Vacation ) and librettist Adam Mathias ( See Rock City & Other Destinations ) are behind this show that covers a period of time starting ...


Nothing-Without-a-Company-Announces-11th-Season-

Nothing Without a Company Announces 11th Season - From a press release - Announcing Nothing Without a Company's 2016-2017 Season: CHANGE. Change is an act that is both challenging and satisfying; Nothing Without a Company is currently changing, cultivating, and growing to leap forward into a new era of planting theater around Chicago. They state: "This season, our focus shifts to the changes not only within our company, but the changes present in ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Grapes-of-Wrath

THEATER REVIEW The Grapes of Wrath - Playwright: Frank Galati after the novel by John Steinbeck. At: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071 or TheGiftTheatre.org; $25-$35. Runs through: Aug. 4 Plenty of eyebrows were raised when The Gift Theatre announced it was producing The Grapes of Wrath. How in the world could Frank Galati's Tony Award-winning stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's sprawling novel conceivably ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Company

THEATER REVIEW Company - by Eric Karas - Music and lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim. At: Writer's Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; Writerstheatre.org; $70-80. Runs through: July. 31 Company is the famous musical ( music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim ) about a man named Bobby having crises on love and commitment reviewing the marriages and lives of his married friends. This is a very fine production ...


Upcoming-in-theater-and-film

Upcoming in theater and film - 'The Boys Upstairs' through July 2 Pride Films and Plays ( PFP ) will present the Chicago premiere of Jason Mitchell's comedy The Boys Upstairs, which centers on gay men in New York City's Hell's Kitchen. Previews are May 19-20, with the regular run being through July 2. Tickets are $25 for Monday through Thursday performances and $30 for Friday ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Life is a parade for Monica Raymund - Monica Raymund is setting Chicago on fire these days with her many performances and appearances. Hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida, the talented actress graduated then headed to Juilliard in New York City. Concentrating on the theater this led her to working on television beginning with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She moved to Lie to Me where she starred ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Tina-Landau-bringing-Spongebob-to-town

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Tina Landau bringing 'Spongebob' to town - Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Ensemble member Tina Landau is bringing her talents home this summer for a new endeavor. Although Landau was born in New York City, she has spent a great deal of time in the Windy City, cultivating a career in theater. Not only working with The Goodman Theater in Chicago in the past, she has traveled to San ...


BITE-opens-July-11

'BITE' opens July 11 - Pride Films and Plays ( PFP ) will complete its summer in Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St., with the world premiere of BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret, PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham's pop-rock ode to A Midsummer Night's Dream. BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret previews Friday-Saturday, July 8-9 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 10, at 5 p.m. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Batboy-the-Musical

THEATER REVIEW Batboy the Musical - Playwrights: Keythe Farley & Brian Flemming ( book ), Laurence O'Keefe ( lyrics ) At: Griffin Theatre at The Den, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; GriffinTheatre.com; $39.50. Runs through: July 24 Batboy the Musical has nothing to do with baseball or Bruce Wayne's childhood. It has everything to do with a guilty pleasure of a show and a sensational ...


Theater-spotlight-on-GayCo-Critics-Picks

Theater spotlight on GayCo, Critics' Picks - GayCo GayCo, Chicago's oldest LGBTQ improv and sketch comedy troupe, continues its 20th anniversary season with Star Whores—The Pride Awakens. Both Pride Month shows feature guest sex workers sharing stories about their trade, and then the GayCo ensemble draws from what was said for a series of improvised sketches. Expect some adult content intermixed with sci-fi naughtiness. Star Whores plays ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Thaddeus-and-Slocum-A-Vaudeville-Adventure

THEATER REVIEW Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure - ERIC KARAS - Playwright:†Kevin Douglas. At: Lookingglass Theatre Company, 821 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets: 312-337-0665; LookingglassTheatre.org; $40-$75. Runs through: Aug. 14 Lookingglass Theater Company's new world premiere, Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure, explores the relationship between a pair of vaudeville performers, one white ( Slocum ) and one African-American ( Thaddeus ). The pair are Chicago street performers in the early 1900s ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-House-That-Will-Not-Stand

THEATER REVIEW The House That Will Not Stand - Playwright: Marcus Gardley. At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or VictoryGardens.org; $15-$60. Runs through: July 10 Prince's "When Doves Cry" blares at the start of The House That Will Not Stand, Marcus Gardley's latest world-premiere play for Victory Gardens Theatre. Later, a trio of teenage sisters gyrate to the beats of Beyonce while singing about the ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Cosmetics-conversations

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Cosmetics conversations - On the day of About Face Theatre's 20th-anniversary party at Chicago's Center on Halsted, gay playwright Doug Wright ( Quills, Ubu ) was regretful because he wasn't going to be able to attend. As the book writer for the world-premiere musical War Paint at the Goodman Theatre, Wright said he had to be at technical rehearsals rather than attending the ...


I-Wanna-Be-event-July-13-at-Goodman

'I Wanna Be...' event July 13 at Goodman - The League of Chicago Theatres will host a speaking engagement and book signing event with John Breglio for his new book I Wanna Be A Producer: How to Make a Killing on Broadway … or Get Killed on Wed., July 13, at the Goodman in the Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. The event will include a speaking engagement at ...


Upcoming-Make-Music-Chicago-Snubfest-Rhythm-World-Company

Upcoming: 'Make Music Chicago', Snubfest, 'Rhythm World', 'Company' - 'Make Music Chicago' June 21 Presented by Rush Hour Concerts, Make Music Chicago, a free musical celebration across Chicago, returns for its sixth annual event on Tuesday, June 21. Under the helm of Artistic Director and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, with the support from Executive Director Kitty Rothschild, Make Music Chicago will feature 200 performances and participatory events across 100 locations ...


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Maya & Marty TV show June 21 features Broadway stars tribute to Orlando - From a press release - Broadway's top musical artists are set to appear on NBC's Tuesday, June 21 telecast of "Maya & Marty" to perform "What the World Needs Now Is Love," an updated version of the classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David song that is helping to support the devastated LGBT community of Orlando, Fla. The appearance marks the first time the song will be performed ...


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THEATER REVIEW Motherstruck! - Playwright: Staceyann Chin. At: Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336. GreenhouseTheater.org; $32-$48. Runs through: July 17 It's amazing how soft-spoken and diminutive Staceyann Chin is off stage. The same woman had just spent a considerable amount of time on her back re-enacting the various stages of her insemination and pregnancy for her one-woman show Motherstruck!—so much more ...


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Gloria Steinem, Trevor Noah among Chicago Humanities Fest speakers - From a press release - This fall the Chicago Humanities Festival invites its fans to slow down during the 27th annual fall festival, Speed. CHF's flagship fall festival will feature nearly 100 programs between October 29 and November 12. The line-up of confirmed presenters includes activist Gloria Steinem, Daily Show hostTrevor Noah, Homegoing author Yaa Gyasi, architect Marshall Brown, and New York Times columnist Thomas ...


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About Face marks 20 years of LGBTQ theater - On June 17, the About Face Theater threw itself a party celebrating 20 years of LGBTQ theater. Titled "AFT20: A Celebration," the event took place at the Hoover-Leppen Theater at the Center on Halsted. The event also served as a reunion as founding members, board members, current and former performers, and artistic associates joined for a night of history, music ...


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About Face sets 2016-17 season, I Am My own Wife returns - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 17, 2016 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to announce its 2016-17 Season, kicking off this fall/winter with a reimagining of I AM MY OWN WIFE, Doug Wright's Tony, Pulitzer Prize and Lambda Literary Award-winning play first developed at About Face in 2003. I AM MY OWN WIFE is based on the true story of Charlotte ...


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'Hamilton' tickets on sale June 21 - Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway in Chicago announced that single tickets for Hamilton will go on-sale to the public Tuesday, June 21. Tickets will be available for performances Sept. 27, 2016, through March 19, 2017. On Tuesday, June 21, at 10 a.m., tickets will be available at The PrivateBank Theatre box office , 18 W. Monroe St.; the Broadway in ...


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Theater spotlight on Chicago Women's Funny Festival, Critics Picks - Theater spotlight More than 400 funny ladies are on hand for the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. Billing itself as the nation's largest female comedy festival, the Chicago's Women's Funny Festival features the return of Katie Rich ( Saturday Night Live ) with Holly Laurent ( Onion News Network ) in their sketch duo show Joan and Ro, comedic dance troupe ...


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LezFest IV: A One Night Fling! July 18 - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Pride Films and Plays is delighted to present its fourth installment of LezFest; a one-night variety show which features lesbian and genderqueer performers through music, movement, spoken word, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. LezFest IV is produced by PFP company member Carolyn Reynolds and is directed by Patrice Foster and will feature exciting new talent as well as ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Will Burdin stars in Russian gay production - The Organic Theater Company is premiering a new production called Out of the Blue, in which a gay Russian teen comes out to his parents. In Russia, "blue" is slang for gay. While being performed in Russia, the venue received bomb threats and federal investigations of anti-gay propaganda laws. The touring company of original actors was unable to continue because ...


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THEATER Marcus Gardley's 'House': Hidden corners of our nation's history - For theatergoers whose impressions of New Orleans circa 1830 derive from Barbara Hambly's Benjamin January detective series, it might be easy to picture the women in Marcus Gardley's new play The House That Will Not Stand as courtesans like those found in Dumas' La Dame Aux Camellias, and the intricacies of the cultural phenomenon called "placage" as a New World ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Divine Sister - Playwright: Charles Busch. At: Hell in a Handbag Productions at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or HandbagProductions.org; $28-$38. Runs through: July 10 Onstage comic timing can be so mysterious and elusive. The slightest inflection can be the determining factor between minor audience titters or a collective belly laugh. This reminder of why comedy can be so ...


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THEATER REVIEW Northanger Abbey - by K. Sean Mallory - Playwright: Robert Kauzlaric; Music and lyrics: George Howe. At: Lifeline Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 773-761-4477; Llifelinetheatre.com; $20-$40. Runs through: July 17 I was carried away on an alluring and fascinating adventure to the High Society world of Bath and the mystery and intrigue of Northanger Abbey in Gloucestershire. Stephanie Stocksill, as Catherine Morland, drew me in and immediately ...







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