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GayCo Productions turns 18, is Bearly Legal - From a press release - CHICAGO—-It's official! GayCo Productions is on the market! The boundary-pushing comedy organization can now legally buy cigarettes, vote, have sex and, thanks to marriage equality in Illinois, get married to a 54-year-old muscle daddy and divorce him and take all his Design Within Reach furniture. GayCo Productions turns 18 years old this year, and, to celebrate a whole new world ...


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Upcoming shows: Laramie Project; Brickman; McComas, Kuper, Kennedy - 'The Laramie Project' at NU Oct. 24-Nov. 2 The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of a Wyoming town following the 1998 kidnapping and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, will be staged at Northwestern University Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The production, which Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project wrote, will launch the Virginia Wadsworth ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Donna McKechnie, the primary performing muse to late director-choreographer Michael Bennett in such musicals as A Chorus Line, Company and Promises, Promises, is the headlining star for Pride Films and Plays' annual benefit Simply Sensational: Legends. The event features McKenchnie and other performers in addition to a raffle for fabulous door prizes. Pride Films and Plays' ...


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Cyndi Lauper talks about 'Kinky Boots' - Winner of six Tony Awards, the Broadway hit musical Kinky Boots debuted on The Great White Way in October 2012 and hasn't slowed down since. The popular musical is based on the 2005 film Kinky Boots, which was serendipitously inspired by a true story. With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots was ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Take-Me-Out

THEATER REVIEW Take Me Out - Playwright: Richard Greenberg. At: Eclectic Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.eclectic-theatre.com; $25. Runs through: Nov. 2 Richard Greenberg launches his world of sports play with superstar batter Darren Lemming announcing to the press that he is gay, but the repercussions vested upon his teammates, his fans and his career will not be what we ...


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THEATER REVIEW Witches Among Us - Playwright: Music & Lyrics by Scott Free, book by Rick Karlin. At: New American Folk Theatre at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-426-6442; www.newamericanfolktheatre.org; $15-$20. Runs through: Nov. 7 The martyrs of Salem, Massachusetts, were not the first scapegoats of a society undone by its own fears, but the source of their persecution has entered our language ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Wild Party - Score: Michael John LaChiusa; Book: LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe. At: Bailiwick Chicago at Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or www.bailiwickchicago.com; $40 . Through Nov. 1 It's likely that die-hard musical-theater fans will forever be bickering and taking sides over The Wild Party. That's because in New York during the year 2000, two completely different musicals ...


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THEATER REVIEW Danny Casolaro Died for You - Playwright: Dominic Orlando. At: TimeLine ( sic ) Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; www.timelinetheatre.com; $39-$52. Runs through: Dec. 21 I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I believe Oswald acted alone. Still, I know there are vast international crime networks doing business with each other far outside any law. I know, too, our government does business with them in the ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Gay bar drama - Plays and musicals with characters who fall within the LGBTQ spectrum appear all over Chicago stages, from Equity flagships like the Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company to the tiniest of storefronts like The Side Project or the Apollo Studio. But there's also something to be said about targeting LGBTQ audiences precisely where they like to hang out. This explains ...


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46th Jeff Awards celebrates excellence in Chicago theatre - From a press release - October 13, 2014 — Chicago, IL. At the gala 46th Annual Equity Jeff Awards held at Drury Lane Oakbrook on Monday, October 13, awards were spread among numerous theatres honoring a season of outstanding productions. From Writers Theatre, "The Dance of Death", a battle of wits between a tyrant and his manipulative wife, received the Production-Play award for a large ...


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Terrence McNally Eclipse Theatre Company's featured playwright - From a press release - Lips Together, Teeth Apart; A Perfect Ganesh; The Lisbon Traviata Chicago's Eclipse Theatre Company, the Midwest's only theatre company to focus on a single playwright each season, will feature the works of award-winning American playwright Terrence McNally for their 2015 Season. Eclipse will explore the range of McNally's output with three full productions, plus readings and public events about the ...


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Dustin Lance Black talks marriage rights, traveling and London - Dustin Lance Black is a charmer. That much became apparent during a recent phone conversation with the Oscar-winning screenwriter ( for Milk, which starred Sean Penn ). However, behind that easygoing facade is a fierce advocate for marriage rights—a fight that constantly takes him around the country. ( Also, that journey will bring the American Foundation for Equal Rights board ...


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NUNN ON ONE Gay actor from 'Nurse Jackie' shows theater chops - Chicago Cabaret Professionals ( CCP ) will celebrate in a big way this October with an anniversary gala at Park West. Performer Stephen Wallem will be the organization's national honoree. The Rockford, Illinois, native is known for playing the role of gay jack-of-all-trades Thor Lundgren on the Showtime feature Nurse Jackie. However, he also has extensive theater experience; he has ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Call Chicago comedian Shawn Bowers a creep ( if you want ) for what he calls the art of "goldfishing," which his adventures of pretending to be a woman on popular online dating sites for his own amusement. Hear all about Bowers' duplicity in The Goldfish Project: Procreation, which is co-curated by Sarah Gitenstein and produced by The New Colony ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bethany - Playwright: Laura Marks. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071 or www.thegifttheatre.org; $20-$30. Runs through Nov. 23 Laura Marks' 2013 off-Broadway drama Bethany grips audiences from the start and won't let go. Now making its Chicago premiere at The Gift Theatre in an edge-of-your-seat staging by Marti Lyons, Bethany craftily instills feelings of hope and dread as you ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Night Alive - Playwright: Conor McPherson. At: Steppenwolf theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$82. Runs through: Nov. 16 Conor McPherson may have forsaken alcohol after his brush with the Grim Reaper, but his universe is still that of a pub-crawler down to his last euro, reliant on the grudging charity of family and friends. In this myth-infused underworld realm, demons ...


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THEATER REVIEW The World of Extreme Happiness - Playwright: Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Happiness; $10-$40. Runs through: Oct. 12 [Editor's note: A pivotal plot twist is revealed in this review.] This new play may not be a good production, but it certainly is pertinent. Hong Kong may be bloody when you read this, as Beijing suppresses massive demonstrations supporting free ...


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THEATER REVIEW At Home at the Zoo - Playwright: Edward Albee. At: City Lit at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-293-3682; www.citylit.org; $29. Runs through: Oct. 26 Edward Albee's curmudgeonly decision to affix an addendum, written in 2004, to his career-making one-act play, written in 1959, shouldn't be surprising. Far from solving mysteries probed for over five decades by learned scholars and acting-class students ...


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Robert Patrick: One of oldest gay playwrights on theater history - LGBT HISTORY MONTH by Henrik Eger, Philadelphia Gay News - Robert Patrick is the author of Kennedy's Children and The Haunted Host, one of America's oldest gay plays, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. He was one of the leading lights of the off-off Broadway, fringe and gay-theater movements in the United States. When he was younger, he made the mistake of selling his copyrights and now, at age 76, he ...


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Bennett and Gaga's CD; Melissa on marriage; Laverne in Vegas - Showbiz news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's acclaimed jazz album, Cheek To Cheek, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album, the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts, according to a press release. With the release of Cheek to Cheek, Bennett breaks his own record, set in 2011 when Duets II debuted at number one at the age of 85. ...


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Double date with Walt Whitman: Interview with playwright, actor - LGBT HISTORY MONTH by Henrik Eger, Philadelphia Gay News - Walt Whitman is one of America's most celebrated poets, essayists and journalists, even though during his lifetime ( 1819-1897 ) his work was considered controversial. Whitman broke with many traditions and is now seen as the father of free verse. Fundamentalists objected to the homoerotic passages in his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene and overtly ...


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Laramie Project launches Northwestern's MainStage season - by Judy Moore, Northwestern University - The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of a Wyoming town following the 1998 kidnapping and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, will be staged at Northwestern University Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The production, written by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project, will launch the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts' 34th Mainstage ...


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October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard to premiere - By Lori Thompson - Non-profit theatre company, Trust Theatre Ensemble, will premiere their stage adaptation of October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard at Theatre Wit in Chicago this October. Written by Lesléa Newman, who was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in 1998, the year Matthew Shepard was killed, October Mourning is a poetic exploration of this ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Jane-Eyre

THEATER REVIEW Jane Eyre - Playwright: Christina Calvit from Charlotte Bronte's novel. At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 773-761-4477; www.lifelinetheatre.com; $40. Runs through: Oct. 26 The novels of the Bronte sisters have served as a touchstone for Lifeline Theatre for much of its history. The troupe first presented Jane Eyre almost 25 years ago, repeated it as the millennium turned and now approaches ...


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MUSICAL REVIEW A Kurt Weill Cabaret - Arrangements and music direction: Jeremy Ramey. At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 800-595-4849 or www.theo-u.org; $25-$29. Runs through Oct. 19 Count me among the chorus of critics who feel that the diverse music theater works of Kurt Weill ( 1900-1950 ) deserve more renown and full-scale revivals. But in the meantime, I'm ...


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THEATER REVIEW Rest - Playwright: Samuel D. Hunter. At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $20-$60. Runs through: Oct. 12 Existential voids come in all shapes and sizes. Samuel D. Hunter's begins in an unnamed assisted-living facility located ( unsurprisingly ) in the hinterlands of a likewise remote Idaho city. Its corporate owners are closing it down ...


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Octavia Spencer: 'Red' is the new black - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION - Academy Award-winning Help actress Octavia Spencer has paid her dues in the business. She started as a nurse in A Time to Kill that led to Bad Santa and Spider-Man. Her television roles have included ER, Becker and Ugly Betty. Recently, she was in the James Brown biopic Get on Up as well as Fruitvale Station, which is about the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Season-on-the-Line

THEATER REVIEW Season on the Line - Playwright: Shawn Pfautsch. At: The House Theater of Chicago at the Chopin, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-769-3832; www.thehousetheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: Oct. 26 This is a play aimed at audiences who know how plays are made—or who want to know how plays are made. The playmakers, in this case, are the Bad Settlement Theatre Company ( BSTC ), and ...


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Theater spotlight; Critics picks - Redmoon Theater has teamed with the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago to present The Great Chicago Fire Festival, an inaugural theatrical spectacle to celebrate the city's strength and resurgence following the Great Fire of 1871. Highlights of the event include fireworks, specially built houses on the river that will be set ablaze, plus celebrity grand marshals Jesse ...


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La Roux Oct. 1; Big Freedia Oct. 10; By Women for Women Oct. 25 - By Women for Women' Oct. 25 at Joffrey Tower With the Women's Action Committee of Center on Halsted hosting, "By Women For Women: Art-Performance-Engagement" will present the Community Leader Awards to Kat Fitzgerald, and Vera Washington & Patricia S. McCombs. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, at Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St., at 6:30 p.m. Washington and ...


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THEATER REVIEW Another Bone - Playwright: Cathy Earnest. At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr. Tickets: 773-728-7529; www.redtwist.org; $30 Thurs., $35 Fri.-Sun. Runs through: Oct. 19 The horrifying events of 9/11 have been seared into our collective consciousness in a myriad of ways for well over a decade. Another Bone, currently featured at the Redtwist Theatre, manages, rather surprisingly, to present us with a fresh, ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Chicago actress and trans* woman Sandra Wagner makes her directorial debut with Moon over Buffalo, Ken Ludwig's 1995 Broadway comedy about two aging repertory actors battling against memory lapses and other stage mishaps in a vain attempt to impress a visiting Hollywood producer. The PAC Rats Theatre Company's Moon over Buffalo continues through Sunday, Sept. 28, at South Suburban College's ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Broadway legend returns to town - Chita Rivera is truly a living theater legend. Her Broadway career spans 60 years starting in 1953 when she was hired as a dancer for Cole Porter's musical Can-Can, stretching to 2013 when she turned 80 starring as Princess Puffer during the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Studio 54. But Rivera also has an ...


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THEATER REVIEW Native Son - Playwright: Nambi E. Kelley after the novel by Richard Wright. At: American Blues Theater & Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis St. Tickets: 773-753-4472 or www.courttheatre.org; $45-$65. Runs through Oct. 19 On the surface, Nambi E. Kelley's world-premiere stage adaptation of Richard Wright's novel Native Son is a period piece set in 1939 Chicago. But as the play hurls toward its ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Downpour

THEATER REVIEW The Downpour - Playwright: Caitlin Parrish. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.greenhousetheater.org; $35. Runs through: Oct. 12 In olden days, they were called "family insanities"—mental disorders seemingly handed down through generations like physical characteristics. Nowadays such fears are no longer as prevalent, but if your mother suffered postpartum psychosis so severe as to compel ...


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THEATER REVIEW King Lear - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier, 800 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600; www.chicagoshakes.com; $48-$78. Runs through: Nov. 9 Of all Shakespeare's plays, his ranting-in-the-rain scene in King Lear is unsurpassed for sheer Wagnerian spectacle, so nobody can blame Chicago Shakespeare Theater's for deciding to open their 2014 season with flourish and fanfare. The title role also ...


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Upcoming: Fireside Chat; Mapplethorpe; Etta James tribute; Mamet's Cryptogram - 'A Fireside Chat' with Victor Salvo on Oct. 1 "A Fireside Chat" with Victor Salvo, executive director of The Legacy Project, will take place at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater, 3656 N. Halsted St., on Wed., Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The Fireside Chats are produced by Joanne Gaddy, Christina Court and Douglas O'Keeffe, who also hosts the event. There ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Healthcare Plays - Plays: Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith; Mercy Strain by Michael Milligan. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 773-409-4125; www.atcweb.org; $43-$48. Runs through: Oct. 18 American Theater Company ( ATC ) collectively bills Let Me Down Easy and Mercy Strain as The Healthcare Plays. As important as health care is, and as much a hot-button ...


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New American Folk Theatre presents musical by two Chicagoans - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 14, 2014 ) — New American Folk Theatre ( NAFT ) announced that it will present the world premiere of "Witches Among Us", a musical by Chicagoans Rick Karlin ( book ) and Scott Free ( music and lyrics ), on October 3, at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. It will run on Friday evenings ...


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The Gay Divorce 2.0 in staged reading at Mary's Attic - From a press release - On Friday, September 26, Mary's Attic presents a staged reading of a new comedy by cult novelist Robert Rodi ( Fag Hag, Bitch Goddess ) and Clio winner Jack Badofsky. "The Gay Divorce 2.0" charts the acrimonious battle between husbands Mel Pinsky ( a helicopter traffic reporter ) and Cody Gillenwater ( a former pro baseball player ), urged on ...


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Co-creator of Kam Kardashian presents Brown Girl Problems - Fawzia Mirza, creator of the character Kam Kardashian, brings you a new comedic web series, Brown Girl Problems. It is a sketch-style series showcasing the comedic, awkward and even imaginary situations in the life of South Asian women. The show highlights Mirza's own minority backgrounds: South Asian, Muslim, queer. The show stars Fawzia Mirza as "The Brown Girl" and features ...


Theater-spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Actress Amanda Peet made her off-Broadway debut as a playwright in 2013 with a drama inspired by the recent downfall of financier Bernie Madoff, who ran an elaborate Ponzi scheme. With The Commons of Pensacola, Peet imagines what life might be like for the wife of a convicted Wall Street trader and the recriminations that spew from fellow family members ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Josh Young: 'Grace' under pressure - This October, Chicagoans are being treated to another pre-Broadway engagement—this time with a musical called Amazing Grace. It tells the story of John Newton, played by Josh Young, who is torn between becoming a slave trader or becoming more compassionate thanks to fellow costar Erin Mackey, who plays his childhood sweetheart. The classic title song "Amazing Grace" is born in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Ryan Czerwonko's 'Dead' reckoning - Evil Dead: The Musical is creeping into the Broadway Playhouse this fall and only running for three weeks. This horror show based on the classic movie broke records in Canada during its run before hitting the Windy City. The full cast of Chicagoans tells the campy story of five college friends staying in a cabin in the woods. Everything is ...


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FALL THEATER SPECIAL Autumn premieres - Chicago theater chugs along ... and chugs along and chugs along. The 2014-2015 season is filled with delights covering 2,400 years of drama from the works of Euripides and Sophocles to new lights we haven't yet discovered ( but will before next summer rolls around ). As always, a very high percentage—about 40 percent—of work offered from our 230+ area ...


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Autumn classics and revivals and how to tell the difference - FALL THEATER SPECIAL - The word "classic" is tossed around pretty casually these days—indeed, it's not uncommon for Baby Boom geezers to affix that appellation to anything recalled from their youth, regardless of lasting historical significance ( "Yellow Submarine" might qualify as "classic" pop, but should "Mellow Yellow" share that status? ) According to sages at Windy City Times, a play can be called ...


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Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra: UNDONE - THEATER REVIEW - Adapting and condensing a historical theater epic down to fit into a tiny storefront theater space sounds like a fool's errand. But as regular Chicago theatergoers know, the Windy City's industrious theater artists can often surprise and delight in re-imagining great works on a drastically smaller scale. Unfortunately, Skyline StageWorks' reduction of the Bard's work titled Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra: ...


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Miracles in the Fall - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Chuck O'Connor. At: Polarity Ensemble Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.petheatre.com; $25. Runs through: Oct. 5 Sister Clare Connelly probably wasn't the first teenage girl to flee her squabbling parents house for the perceived safety of a cloistered community, nor was Father Peter Lentine likely the first boy to seek the priesthood as an ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Midnight-City

THEATER REVIEW The Midnight City - Playwright: Tony Fitzpatrick. At: Firecat Projects at the Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Hasted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $25. Runs through: Oct. 19 "Tony has lived only in Chicago" Stan Klein tells us. The "Tony" of whom he speaks is Tony Fitzpatrick—artist, poet, and raconteur in the tradition of Ben Hecht, Nelson Algren, Mike Royko, Studs Terkel and Rick Kogan. After ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Isaac's Eye; Death Tax - Playwright: Lucas Hnath. At: Lookingglass Theatre, the Water Tower Water Works ( Death Tax ); Writers' Theatre, Books on Vernon, Glencoe ( Isaac's Eye ). Tickets, Death Tax: 312-337-0665; www.lookingglasstheatre.org; $40-$65. Tickets, Isaac's Eye: 847-242-6000; www.writerstheatre.org; $35-$75. Runs through: Oct. 12 ( Death Tax ), Dec. 7 ( Isaac's Eye ) Since 2011, Lucas Hnath ( pronounced "Nayth" ) has ...


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The show must go on: A season of musicals and operas is coming - FALL THEATER SPECIAL - This past Thursday, Sept. 11, theaters around the Chicago area dimmed their marquee lights at 7:30 p.m. in tribute to theater artists who passed away the previous week. Bernie Yvon, 50, was killed in an Indiana car accident on Sept. 6. Yvon, a veteran of numerous musicals at Chicago-area venues like the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and Drury Lane Theatre ...


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THEATER NEWS - FWD event to feature Tony winner Mueller Eight veteran actors, directors, writers, choreographers and producers have created FWD ( "Festival of Works in Development" ) Theatre Project, a grassroots initiative for the discovery, development and delivery of original musical theater to the Chicago community. Artistic Director Amber Makalong, along with collective artistic associates Justin Brill, Wade Elkins, Michael Gillis, Karen ...


About-Face-Theatre-presents-Black-and-Tan-Supper-Club

About Face Theatre presents Black and Tan Supper Club - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 10, 2014 ) — For one exclusive night, step back into the golden age of Chicago's Bohemian society as About Face Theatre presents The Black and Tan Supper Club on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 from 7 pm — 10 pm at the swanky InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave. on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This magical throwback inspired ...


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October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard on stage Oct. 9 - From a press release - Flint, MI — Non-profit theatre company, Trust Theatre Ensemble, will premiere their stage adaptation of October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard at Theatre Wit in Chicago this October. Written by Lesléa Newman, who was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in 1998, the year Matthew Shepard was killed, October Mourning is a poetic ...


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Illinois Humanities Council event focuses on drag - The Illinois Humanities Council's 2014 "Now What?" series has played host to spirited discussions in venues across the city with headliners and experts weighing in on array of topics that are shaping U.S. business, culture and politics from the rise and proliferation of social media to equality and the role of democracy in public education. On Sept. 3, the fourth ...


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Harris Theater, Lyric Opera partner for Beyond the Aria series - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 3, 2014 ) Michael Tiknis, President and Managing Director of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, today unveiled Beyond the Aria, a new performance series produced by Harris Theater in a unique first-time association with Lyric Unlimited, on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park. Four performances—October 21, November 10, January 14, and March 10 ( ...


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About Face Theatre presents Black and Tan Supper Club - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 10, 2014 ) — For one exclusive night, step back into the golden age of Chicago's Bohemian society as About Face Theatre presents THE BLACK AND TAN SUPPER CLUB on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 7 pm — 10 pm at the swanky InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave. on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This magical throwback inspired ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Coward - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Nick Jones. At: Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$30. Runs through: Oct. 5 In a tribal culture. family is everything. In a pre-literate culture, what is said about one's family is everything. In a warrior culture, the willingness to die in the defense of these values is everything. Long after English ...


-THEATER-REVIEW-The-Whaleship-Essex

THEATER REVIEW The Whaleship Essex - Playwright: Joe Forbrich. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 1-773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $30. Runs through: Oct. 11 The Whaleship Essex isn't a great play, but it's riveting theater that tells a harrowing tale. Similar to other real-life adventures from the Age of Sail—Mutiny on the Bounty, Two Years Before the Mast, Moby Dick ( inspired ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Ecstasy

THEATER REVIEW Ecstasy - Playwright: Mike Leigh. At: Cole Theatre at Red Orchid, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; www.coletheatre.org; $15-$25. Runs through: Sept. 28 In 1979 England, 19 pounds ( about $31 U.S. ) a week rents a petrol-station cashier an SRO with a calico curtain hanging below the sink, a folding tray doubling as a liquor table, a kitchen chair for seating ...


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Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Most opera fans know of Verdi's 19th century adaptation of Shakespeare's "Scottish Play," but few know of Swiss composer Ernest Bloch's adaptation of Macbeth. Chicago Opera Theater steps into the fray by introducing the Windy City premiere of Bloch's 1906 opera about a murderous Scottish thane and his wife who will stop at nothing for royal power. Chicago Opera Theater ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Game's Afoot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Ken Ludwig. At: Drury Lane Theatre, 10 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Tickets: 630-530-0111 or www.drurylane.com; $20-$22. Runs through Oct. 19 It's thriller time in Chicago's suburbs. Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest is reviving the 1978 classic Deathtrap, while the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights is going even more vintage by producing Dial "M" for Murder from 1952. ...


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Chita Rivera Moraine Valley Community College Sept. 27 - From a press release - Come celebrate the one and only Broadway legend Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event celebrating her 80th birthday at Moraine Valley Community College's Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills, on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the general public and $35 for seniors and students. Direct from her sold-out smash concert ...


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THEATER REVIEW My Name Is Asher Lev - Playwright: adapted by Aaron Posner from the novel by Chaim Potok. At: Timeline Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252; www.timelinetheatre.com; $37-$50. Runs through: Oct. 18 To be a member of Brooklyn's Ladover Hassidic Jewish settlement in the 1940s and '50s was to occupy—take a deep breath, now—a subsect of a subsect of yet another ...


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John Leguizamo 'Klowns' around, talks 'To Wong Foo' - NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY - John Leguizamo continues to have a long and varied career. He began on television on Miami Vice in 1984, then had his first movie role that year with Mixed Blood. He then continued on a string of high-profile roles with Casualties of War, Die Hard 2 and Regarding Henry. Carlito's Way moved him into the serious parts; then, he stole ...


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CRITICS' PICKS and THEATER SPOTLIGHT: Miracles in the Fall - THEATER SPOTLIGHT A nun in 1968 Detroit uncovers all sorts of unsettling secrets about her family in Chuck O'Connor's drama Miracles in the Fall, a winner of Polarity Ensemble Theatre's Dionysos Cup Award for play writing. Polarity Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Miracles in the Fall now through Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Methtacular! - Playwright: Steven Strafford. At: About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.aboutfacetheatre.org; $35. Runs through: Sept. 28 One-person shows always begin in peculiar, artificial fashion. With no second actor to kick-start the action, the solo performer must directly acknowledge the audience, or pretend the audience isn't there, or pretend the audience is another character. ( ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Arsonists - Playwright: Max Frisch, adapted by Alistair Beaton. At: Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.strawdog.org; $28. Runs through: Sept. 27 The most reliable tool for gulling foolish citizens, says one of pyromaniacs lending Max Frisch's cautionary tale its title, is the unvarnished truth—"because no one ever believes it." The irony of his observation is illustrated with unflinching accuracy ...


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THEATER REVIEW Reasons to Be Happy - Playwright: Neil LaBute. At: Profiles Theatre, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 1-773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: Oct. 12 Neil LaBute's attitude about relationships is mellowing. His men still are pigs with women in many ways, but at least they seem conflicted about it in LaBute's recent plays. Of course, his men also are pigs with other men, as seen in this ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Yellow Wallpaper - Playwright: adapted by Lorelei. Sturm from the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. At: The Mill at the Chopin, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-764-8317; www.brownpapertickets.com; $20. Runs through: Sept. 14 You don't often hear the word "neurasthenia" invoked nowadays to describe a type of nervous breakdown—another archaic medical term—characterized by extreme enervation arising from no apparent source. In the ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Almodovar adaptation - Musical-theater fans salivated back in 2010 when they saw the starry stage cast attached to Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a Broadway musical adaptation of the 1988 film by out Spanish director Pedro AlmodÃ"var ( Talk to Her, All About My Mother ). Tony Award winners Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti and more were featured ...


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Hytes wins Miss Continental title - In an evening full of glitz, swimsuits, evening wear, professionally choreographed talent segments and more, one of the highlights of the Miss Continental contest Sept. 1 at the Vic Theatre was a cheering tribute to the late Tajma Hall, a well-known Chicago-based entertainer and MC. The winner of Miss Continental 2014 was Brooke Lynn Hytes, All-Star Continental. First runner-up was ...


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Wanda Sykes talks kids, family and hitting the road - A punctual Wanda Sykes called 15 minutes early for her interview and was on the ball immediately. "Was she funny?" "Did she make you laugh?" "Was she as hilarious as she seems?" All of these questions were posed to me by readers after said interview. The truth: Sykes is a down-to-earth mama who does comedy for a living and loves ...


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'Fringe' festival features diversity of shows, performers - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - Transgender performance artist Rebecca Kling is returning once again to perform in the Chicago Fringe Festival, which runs from Thursday, Aug. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 7. Just like last year, the 5th Annual Chicago Fringe Festival plays the Jefferson Park neighborhood centralized near the intersection of Milwaukee and Lawrence Avenues. It's a neighborhood that Kling feels has been more convenient ...


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Broadway in Chicago puts on free summer show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The hill was alive with the sound of music in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Aug. 18, when 15 Broadway in Chicago shows were featured in a free summer concert. Million Dollar Quartet has rightfully earned its success at the Apollo Theater over the years and kicked off the night with a rollicking good time and a medley of classic hits. ...







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