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Memorial planned for Chicago Dramatists' Russ Tutterow - ( Chicago, IL ) The Goodman hosts "An Evening of Sharing" honoring the life and legacy of Russ Tutterow ( 1946-2015 ), Chicago Dramatists' Emeritus Artistic Director whose commitment to developing plays and playwrights for the American theater spanned three decades and hundreds of artists. Industry professionals, friends and admirers of Tutterow are invited to share their thoughts, memories and ...


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Spotlight, Critics' Picks - If you missed Sean Graney's epic adaptation of the 32 surviving Greek tragedies All Our Tragic, The Hypocrites has bravely revived this modern-day contemporary festival of Dionysus ( the god of theater and wine ) for another limited run. All Our Tragic continues through Sunday, Aug. 9, at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Curtain times ...


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THEATER REVIEW Moby Dick - Playwright: David Catlin, adapted from Herman Melville novel. At: Lookingglass Theatre, Water Tower Pumping Station. Tickets: 312-337-0665; www.lookingglasstheatre.org; $40-$80. Runs through: Aug. 28 I've seen six stage adaptations of Moby Dick, among them versions by the House, Redmoon and Remains theaters. This one is best by far because it follows the massive novel more comprehensively ( to the degree possible ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Broadway 'losers' - At the 2015 Tony Awards, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's complex musical Fun Home ( based upon lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel's acclaimed 2006 graphic memoir of the same name ) bested some more populist choices like An American in Paris and Something Rotten! for the top prize of Best Musical. Conversely, Lincoln Center Theater's sumptuous production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's ...


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Upcoming - Esteem Awards July 4 at Sidetrack PrideIndex.com announced the recipients of the Ninth Annual Esteem Awards, which will take place Saturday, July 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., 2-5 p.m. A few of the local finalists are: —Outstanding Service, Male: Erik Glenn, program manager of Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus (CBGMC) —Outstanding Service, Female: Mona Noriega, chairman and commissioner ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Who & the What - Playwright: Ayad Akhtar. At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $15-$60. Runs through: July 12 A young artist defies the legacy of his ancestors to pursue a career proscribed by his tradition-bound family. Does this scenario sound familiar? You bet it does—it's The Jazz Singer. It's also My Name Is Asher Lev, A ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Work of Art - Playwright: Elaine Romero. At: Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Theatre, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: 312-633-0630; $33. Runs through: July 19 A Work of Art is second in Elaine Romero's trilogy of poetic dramas about the United States at war. The 16th Street Theatre presented the first play, Graveyard of Empires, last April. There's little in either play about combat, few references ...


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Chapin Hall launches 'Voices of Youth Count' - Chapin Hall launches 'Voices of Youth Count' Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is launching Voices of Youth Count, a multi-year original research and policy effort designed to understand how many unaccompanied runaway youth and young people experiencing homelessness there are in the United States. The effort also aims to create a clear and full picture of what it ...


Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Ever wondered what a lesbian take off of Sweeney Todd might be like? Ponder no further since Sabrina Harper and Margaret Hicks have transformed Stephen Sondheim's "Demon Barber of Fleet Street" into Sweetie Maude, Chicago's "Satanic Stylist of State Street" in this new gender-switching musical spoof. Let's see if there are enough lesbian fans of a musical theater masterpiece like ...


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THEATER REVIEWS On Your Feet! - Playwright: Alexander Dinelaris. At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $33-$100. Runs through: July 5 The new musical On Your Feet! is based on the life of singing sensation Gloria Estefan. The story chronicles her life from growing up in Cuba to making her comeback after a tragic accident. There are nods to other musicals, a pinch ...


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THEATER REVIEW Goldfish - Playwright: John Kolvenbach. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.greenhousetheater.org; $39-$43. Runs through: July 12 Leo Ledger has an addictive gambling habit and a propensity for losing bets. This not-uncommon correlation stems from his conviction that he is unworthy of happiness, so that his efforts to conceal this flaw are orchestrated to ...


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THEATER REVIEW Body + Blood - Playwright: William Nedved. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071; www.thegifttheatre.org; $25-$35. Runs through: Aug. 9 Jesus was 33 at the time of The Passion and Dan is 33 when he decides to become a priest, almost certainly not coincidental in this pithy, stimulating and well-staged world premiere. Something of a slacker and business failure, Dan ( Nicholas ...


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THEATER REVIEW Porcelain - Playwright: Chay Yew. At: Prologue Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.prologuetheatreco.org; $25. Runs through: July 12 Chay Yew may not be represented in the annals of Gay Theater as prominently as, say, Tony Kushner or Mart Crowley, but hindsight affirms the impact of his 1992 play addressing prejudice—racial, cultural and sexual—in a country where consensual ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Chekhovian Durang - Out director Steve Scott says that audiences don't need to have an extensive knowledge of Anton Chekhov's plays to enjoy the comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The 2013 Best Play Tony Award-winner by gay playwright Christopher Durang is currently making its Chicago debut at the Goodman Theatre in a production directed by Scott. But Scott says if ...


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'Too Much Light' to benefit Night Ministry - The troupe The Neo-Futurists will present its annual Pride Weekend benefit 30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes, a special edition of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes that combines queer and gender binary-smashing plays from the past with new work to benefit and support local LGBTQ organizations. The 2015 beneficiary is The ...


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Upcoming: East of Eden, Harris season, Bent - 'East of Eden' cast announced Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced the full cast for the first show of its 40th-anniversary season—the world-premiere production of John Steinbeck's East of Eden. The cast features ensemble members Kate Arrington as Cathy Trask, Francis Guinan as Samuel Hamilton, Tim Hopper as Adam Trask and Alan Wilder as Dr. Murphy and Mr. Bacon. The production is ...


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Chicago Shakespeare Theater gala raises $1.2M - Chicago Shakespeare Theater ( CST ) celebrated Shakespeare's legacy with GALA 2015 on June 8 at the theater's home on Navy Pier. The event raised $1.2 million for Chicago Shakespeare in Urban Communities initiatives. Three hundred and fifty of Chicago's civic, corporate and cultural leaders attended the event that benefitted CST's engagement programs such as Team Shakespeare education initiatives and ...


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Dan Savage parody in Andersonville; talkback July 9 - Hell in a Handbag Productions is kicking off its 2015-16 season with the Midwest premiere of Miracle!, a parody of The Miracle Worker that Dan Savage reimagined. The production, which Derek Van Barham is directing, will play through July 10 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. There will be a special talkback with Savage on Thursday, July 9, at ...


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Loving Repeating, musical tribute Gertrude Stein - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 19, 2015 ) — Kokandy Productions is pleased to continue its 2015 season with LOVING REPEATING, a musical tribute to the life and loves of celebrated American author Gertrude Stein. Using Stein's own works as lyrics, LOVING REPEATING is adapted by Frank Galati ( The Grapes of Wrath, The Accidental Tourist ), with music by Stephen Flaherty ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Libby Lane, Dan Gold and Sam Button-Harrison, the stars of The Book of Merman, reunite to appear alongside other Pride Films and Plays ensemble members in Robert Ollis' one-night-only revue Gay Today: A Pride Cabaret. It features plenty of songs of modern romance and self-discovery. Pride Films and Plays' Gay Today: A Pride Cabaret is 7 p.m. Monday, June 22, ...


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THEATER REVIEWS Soon I Will Be Invincible; Queen Amarantha - Soon I Will Be Invincible; Queen Amarantha Playwright ( Invincible ): Christopher M. Walsh, Christopher Kriz ( music/lyrics ). At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. Tickets: 773-761-4477; www.lifelinetheatre.com; $40. Runs through: July 19 Queen Amarantha Playwright ( Amarantha ): Charles Busch. At: Otherworld Theatre at City Lit, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/82655; $20. Runs through: June 28 Fantasy ...


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THEATER REVIEW Liberty City - Playwright: April Yvette Thompson. At: ETA Creative Arts Center, 7558 S. South Chicago Ave. Tickets: 773-752-3955; www.etacreativearts.org; $20. Runs through: July 12 The entire world looks different to a child—psychologically, of course, with its array of new creatures and concepts, but physically, too. Everything is bigger, for one thing. Adults appear initially, not as faces, but as buttocks and bellies, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t - Playwright: Bixby Elliot. At: About Face Theatre at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2275 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or www.aboutfacetheatre.com; $20-$35. Runs through July 5 There's a whole lot happening in Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t, now receiving a strong Chicago premiere courtesy of About Face Theatre. Bixby Elliot's controversially named comic drama has conjectural historical reenactments, modern-day gay youth facing ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Love-and-Human-Remains

THEATER REVIEW Love and Human Remains - Playwright: Brad Fraser. At: Cor Theatre at Rivendell, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.cortheatre.org; $25. Runs through: July 11 Brad Fraser's group portrait of young Canadians embracing the sunset of nihilistic hedonism—before the fallout from the AIDS epidemic registered across all segments of society—was a lot more shocking in 1991. The danger of libidinal license is a theme long ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Questioning faith - Gay playwright William Nedved hopes to get people talking with his drama Body + Blood. It concerns a young man who shocks his family and girlfriend when he announces seemingly out of the blue that he plans to become a Catholic priest. "I was inspired to write this play because I'm gay and was raised Catholic," said Nedved. "And I ...


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Hell in a Handbag to present Bette, Live at the Continental Baths - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 17, 2015 ) — On the heels of its hit production Miracle!, Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to continue its 2015-16 season with BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS, a musical tribute to the legendary Bette Midler starring Caitlin Jackson, directed and choreographed by Christopher Pazdernik with music direction by Jeremy Ramey as Barry Manilow. ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Writer Todd Almond gets 'Melancholy' - The Piven Theatre Workshop is presenting the Midwest premiere of Melancholy Play: a chamber musical. The story follows a bank teller named Tilly who turns her melancholy attitude into something loveable. Writer Todd Almond has a vast array of work, from working on Stage Kiss and The Odyssey to starring as Ariel in The Tempest. He wrote the original music ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight: Ithamar Has Nothing to Say Comedian and actor Ithamar Enriquez ( Arrested Development, Key and Peele ) bravely performs a one-man sketch show without saying a single word in Ithamar Has Nothing to Say, which comes to Chicago for four performances after an extended run in Hollywood. Ithamar Has Nothing to Say plays in Donny's Skybox Studio Theatre ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Secret Garden - Book and Lyrics: Marsha Norman; . Score: Lucy Simon. At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: 773-753-4472 or www.courttheatre.org; $45-$65 ( $25 kids ). Runs through: June 21 The 1991 Broadway musical The Secret Garden can divide die-hard fans of the namesake 1911 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Librettist Marsha Norman and composer Lucy Simon introduced characters not ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Stick-Fly

THEATER REVIEW Stick Fly - Playwright: Lydia R. Diamond. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: 773-891-8985; www.windycityplayhouse.com; $20-$45. Runs through: July 5 Twenty years ago, Lydia R. Diamond set out to write a "well-made" family drama in the style of mid-20th-century authors like Lillian Hellman—a genre that Horton Foote, Lorraine Hansberry and Tracy Letts have since invoked. The venerable conference-round-the-couch ...


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Theater news: New ATC artistic director; High school theater award - Metzgar named ATC's artistic director American Theater Company's (ATC's) board of directors has named respected Chicago artist Bonnie Metzgar as its interim artistic director, effective immediately. Metzgar, the former artistic director of About Face Theatre, had an ongoing relationship with ATC, including directing the documentary play Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith earlier this season. The board also ...


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THEATER REVIEW stop. reset - Playwright: Regina Taylor. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.goodmantheatre.org; $10-$40. Runs through: June 21 The written word's Armageddon has long been a topic for speculative fiction, ranging from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 to Anne Washburn's Mister Burns. Faced with the Four Horsemen of the Internet heralding the extinction of their earthly mission, as well as the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lunacy - Playwright: Andrew Burden Swanson. At: Jackalope Theatre Company, Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets: www.jackalopetheatre.org; $15-$20. Runs through: June 20 I'm old enough to remember the original astronauts such as John Glenn, Wally Schirra, Neil Armstrong and Tom Hanks. I watched the 1969 moon landing on TV into the wee hours with my sister and Marna Martin ( "The Last ...


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Bailiwick, Griffin Theatres take Jeff Awards Ceremony - From a press release - June 8, 2015 - Chicago, IL. "The Wild Party," a dark, sensual, wanton musical, and "Men Should Weep," a tale of a disordered Scottish tenement household, took home top honors Monday, June 8, at Park West during the 42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony recognizing excellence in non-union Chicago theatre. Bailiwick Chicago's musical of Michael LaChiusa's "The Wild Party" led ...


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Actor/comedian among Miss A'ville contestants - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor/comedian Bente Engelstoft is among those competing in this year's Miss Andersonville Pageant. The pageant will take place during Andersonville Midsommarfest, which runs June 12-14. Engelstoft, who works for First Slice, is raising money for the youth services at The Night Ministry. Her fundraising page is https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/azvt8. ...


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It's home, sweet 'Home' at the Tonys - Fun Home—a production based on lesbian Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir of the same name—won five awards ( including best musical ) at the 69th Tony Awards on June 7. The musical, by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, also won for book, score, direction of a musical and best actor in a musical ( Michael Cerveris ). Kron and Tesori became ...


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Chigaygo announces "The All-Star Sparkly Unicorn Pride Show" - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL —- Chigaygo, Laugh Factory Chicago's premiere queer comedy showcase, is kicking off Pride Week with "The All-Star Sparkly Unicorn Pride Show" on June 21, 2015. Chigaygo is celebrating its second anniversary and third Pride show ( we know…the math is confusing ) with Chicago's most fabulously funny queer comics. Hosted by Scott Duff ( WCPT's OUT CHICAGO, Laugh ...


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GayCo presents Daughter of Pridezilla during Pride Month - From a press release - CHICAGO — The only thing scarier than a giant bitchy city-destroying lizard twink is that lizard twink's bitchy daughter. GayCo Productions, Chicago's premier LGBTQ sketch comedy company, returns in June with its annual Pride Month series of improv and storytelling shows, this time entitled DAUGHTER OF PRIDEZILLA. In honor of Pride ( both Parade and Fest! ), GayCo Productions ( ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Courting controversy - Gay playwright Bixby Elliot is a bit nervous regarding About Face Theatre's Chicago premiere of his play Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t. Not only is the title's derogatory gay term provoking, the play itself is being produced in this proudly proclaimed "Land of Lincoln." "I think I am a little trepidations because people really love Lincoln. But I love that ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South - Playwright: E. Patrick Johnson. At: Project& at Northwestern University's Wallis Theatre, 1949 Campus Dr., Evanston. Tix: www.communication.northwestern.edu or www.projectand.org; $10-$15. Runs through: June 7 "This show needs some kind of thesis statement." That was my main thought back in 2010 when I saw About Face Theatre's professional Chicago premiere of Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. The show ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-December-Man

THEATER REVIEW The December Man - Playwright: Colleen Murphy. At: Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company at Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: 866-468-3401; www.maryarrchie.com; $25. Runs through: June 28 The mistake that amateur shooters make, according to novelist Thomas Perry, is that they don't think beyond the moment of the kill, so that often they find suicide to be their sole escape from the chaos and confusion ...


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THEATER REVIEW Crime Scene: The Next Chapter - Playwright: Anthony Moseley ( also director ) and Adam Seidel. At: Collaboraction at Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-226-9633; www.collaboraction.org; $15-$30. Runs through: June 21 When I was in my 20s I was busted for minor marijuana possession—then still a misdemeanor. As a first-time offender, I attended a 10-week state's attorney program. Every Saturday I gave a ...


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THEATER REVIEW Les Liaisons Dangereuses - Playwright: adapted by Christopher. Hampton from the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. At: AstonRep Theatre Company at the Raven Complex, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-828-9129; www.astonrep.com; $20. Runs through: June 21 Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel is nowadays associated with a high-calorie costume romp featuring a pair of rich, sexy, incorrigible villains: the preening Marquise de Merteuil, ...


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Theater spotlight; Critic's Picks - The national tour of eight-time Tony-winning Broadway musical Once is back in town, this time with Tony winner and Arlington Heights native Scott Waara joining the cast in the supporting role of Da. Fall in love with this sweet stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 2006 film romance again, or experience its many charms for the first time if you ...


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Joe Mantegna at The Dinner Party - The Dinner Party returned to City Winery June 1 with something special in conjunction with Columbia College Film Department: Chef Chris Gawronski of Acanto cooked for actor Joe Mantegna, Smart Dating Academy Founder Bela Gandhi, sommelier Jon McDaniel, and host Elysabeth Alfano. A portion of the tix supported CIMM Fest. ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Sean Allan Krill is making 'Sense' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out actor-singer Sean Allan Krill has ruled the theater scene not only in Chicago but on Broadway, with Honeymoon in Vegas, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, and Mamma Mia! After past Windy City work in Brigadoon, The Hot L Baltimore and Forever Plaid, he now returns once again to Chicago. He is currently playing Colonel Brandon in ...


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Bent, story of queer-identified people in WWII Berlin, on stage in June - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Other Theatre Company and Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis are proud to announce the company's second production in its inaugural season, Bent, written by Martin Sherman and directed by Keira Fromm, at Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway, June 27 — July 26. Preview performances are June 27 at 4 and 8 p.m. Opening/Press night is Wednesday, July 1 ...


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Knight at the Movies: Summer LGBT movie preview - The release of Mad Max: Fury Road, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and San Andreas within a couple of weeks of each other can only mean one thing: Summer is here and the latest crop of gut-busting action flicks is about to roar into theaters. Happily, there's plenty of queer stuff ( some within those mega-blockbusters, some playing at our ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Classics and revivals for all ages (and tastes) - A "revival" production, technically, is a show whose premiere run ended less than two years before its remount, the latter featuring all or most of the same cast. Nowadays, it can also refer to plays not yet old enough to be called "classics"—a term most often applied to plays over fifty years past their inception. What, then, are we to ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL What's new this summer - This has been a tough few weeks for the Chicago and national theater scenes. The recent cancer death of longtime Chicago Dramatists artistic director Russ Tutterow was extremely saddening. And then local theater fans were shocked by the news that American Theater Company artistic director PJ Paparelli died following injuries sustained in a car accident while he was on vacation ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Dozens of performances and events are featured in the 3rd Annual Pivot Arts Festival, including a few queer-friendly shows like the performance-art-group-band BAATHHAUS in concert and a remounting of About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble's 2014 drama on immigration called Checking Boxes. There's also plenty of family-friendly events and other boundary-pushing pushing performances in the mix. The Pivot Arts Festival runs ...


THEATER-REVIEW-MIRACLE

THEATER REVIEW MIRACLE! - Playwright: Dan Savage. At: Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or www.handbagproductions.org; $17-$35. Runs through: July 10, with an American Sign Language-interpreted performance 7:30 p.m. on June 6 Leave it up to someone like famed sex-advice columnist and activist Dan Savage to reset The Miracle Worker in a gay drag bar. The ...


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THEATER REVIEW Cowboy Versus Samurai - Playwright: Michael Golamco. At: A-Squared Theatre Workshop at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-231-0832; www.a-stw.org; $25. Runs through: June 7 Volumes have been written about the struggle of young white men to find their own identity, as opposed to that imposed upon them by their families, culture or social position. Non-WASP males in fiction, by contrast, are assumed ...


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THEATER REVIEW Shining Lives: A Musical - Playwright: music by Andre Pluess and Amanda Dehnert, lyrics and book by Jessica Thebus, based on the play by Melanie Marnich. At: Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300; www.northlight.org; $25-$78. Runs through: June 14 Audiences subscribing to Edgar Allen Poe's conviction that romance lies in tales of young, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Belfast Girls - Playwright: Jaki McCarrick. At: Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 832-819-4336; www.artemisiatheatre.org; $25. Runs through: June 14 The Orphan Emigration Scheme probably seemed a good idea when Earl Grey first hatched it in 1848: The predominantly male British colonies in Australia wanted the stabilizing influence of females, so young orphanage-raised women of good character ...


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Gay Black comic has concert film - In August 2013, Sampson McCormick became the first openly gay, Black stand-up comedian to headline the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C., where a new LGBT comedy concert was filmed entitled "That Bitch Better Be Funny." The concert covered topics such as conservative media, being from the South, coming out, gentrification and religion. It is currently available as an album on ...


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In theater: ATC artistic director dies; Barrel of Monkeys ED steps down - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ATC's Paparelli dies at 40 PJ ( nee: Paul Joseph ) Paparelli, the artistic director of the American Theater Company, has died at age 40 after being involved a car accident while on vacation in Scotland, The Chicago Tribune noted. He was vacationing with his close friend, David Charles Goyette, an assistant theater professor at Truman State University. Goyette ...


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'Peep Show' at Links Hall June 1 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Monday, June 1, "Peep Show: The Instant Choreography Series" will continue at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., at 7 p.m. ( The first show took place May 4. ) Peep Show is collaboratively produced by Striding Lion Performance Group and Links Hall + Constellation. The festival features music by composers whose experimental practices create works that aim to ...


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Community briefs: Theater, film, Pride - Goodman expands on education The group at Goodman Theatre had a stellar week in May with Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes opening, a new education center announcement and a "Puttin' on the Glitz" fundraiser. After turning 90 this year the Goodman shows no signs of slowing down. A $15-million project was announced on May 12 with the Alice B. Rapoport ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Twisted-Melodies

THEATER REVIEW Twisted Melodies - Playwright: Kelvin Roston, Jr. At: Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Studio 2, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.congosquaretheatre.org; $19.50-$37. Runs through: June 14 The reel-to-reel tape recorders, the old radio and the hero wearing modified Superfly clothes were sufficient evidence that Twisted Melodies was set in the '70s. Then the hero began to sing and it was clear that it ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Inana

THEATER REVIEW Inana - Playwright: Michele Lowe. At: Timeline Theatre Company at Baird Hall, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; www.timelinetheatre.com; $39-$52. Runs through: July 26 Technically, the McGuffin driving our plot is a graven idol, but this is no Maltese falcon, coveted by its pursuers solely for its material value. Instead, Michele Lowe's play opens in 2003, in a London hotel room where ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Coming soon: More 'Sweet Tea' - A lot of Southerners will argue about the perfect recipe or the proper method for making sweet tea. In a similar vein, professor/playwright/performer Dr. E. Patrick Johnson has made many adjustments in his pursuit of finding the right formula for his stage play based upon his award-winning 2008 scholarly book titled Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. "We've ...


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Safe by Donna Hoke wins 2015 Great Gay Play Contest - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Pride Films and Plays has for the last five years celebrated unique voices in the annual Great Gay Play And Musical Contest with a festival of staged readings in the Hoover-Leppen Theater at Center on Halsted. This year, four new plays and one new musical were performed as enhanced staged readings to enthusiastic audiences. And as the ...


Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Spotlight and Critics' Picks - The company that launched the acclaimed Stonewall Riots drama Hit the Wall is getting experimental with their latest world premiere called The Salts. The Inconvenience debuts an experimental contemporary dance project by collaborators Erin Kilmurray and Molly Brennan that also features pre- and post-show entertainment by a roster of local bands. The Inconvenience's The Salts continues through Sunday, May 24, ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Little Foxes - Playwright: Lillian Hellman. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.goodmantheatre.org; $25-$81. Runs through: June 7 Lillian Hellman never pulled her punches, instead calling out advocates of injustice and inhumanity with a ferocity that made producers nervous, hence the frequent bowdlerization of her more candid dramatic themes ( e.g., lesbianism in The Children's Hour ). The standard formula ...


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Harris Theatre unveils 2015-16 dance season - The Harris Theater for Music and Dance President and Managing Director Michael Tiknis announced the dance performances for the 2015—16 "Harris Theater Presents" season. The 2015—2016 season at the Harris will begin with the Harris debut of AXIS Dance Company on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. AXIS Dance Company has become one ...


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Rita Moreno speaks at NEIU graduation, holds press conference - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Legendary Rita Moreno known for Broadway's West Side Story and TV's The Electric Company was the official commencement speaker for Northeastern Illinois University on May 11. Moreno, 83, is one of the few to have earned an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy ( those four awards making for an "EGOT" ) and a Golden Globe. She was awarded ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Melancholy-Play-a-chamber-musical

THEATER REVIEW Melancholy Play: a chamber musical - Book and Lyrics: Sarah Ruhl; Music: Todd Almond. At: Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: 847-866-8049 or www.piventheatre.org; $20-$35. Runs through June 7 Former Chicago-area playwright Sarah Ruhl is famous ( some would say infamous ) for the large amount of whimsy infused throughout her writing. It's certainly the case with Piven Theatre Workshop's Midwest premiere of Melancholy ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - If you somehow missed Jersey Boys during its previous runs in Chicago between 2007 to 2010 and for two months in 2012, it is back again as part of a national tour. Bop along to tunes like "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man" and more as you learn about the unlikely rise to pop stardom fame of Frankie Valli and The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bad-Jews

THEATER REVIEW Bad Jews - Playwright: Joshua Harmon. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$36. Runs through: June 7 A chai is a kind of Jewish medallion, belonging, in this case, to a recently deceased clan patriarch and thus, coveted by two of his grandchildren, not for its material value, but for what it symbolizes—and therein lies the source of the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Projects

THEATER REVIEW The Project(s) - Playwright: PJ Paparelli ( also director ) and Joshua Jaeger. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 1-773-409-4125; www.atcweb.org; $43-$48. Runs through: June 21 The Project( s ) will surprise you with what it has to say and the entertaining, compassionate way in which it's done. Still, it feeds its own stereotype ( see the end of this ...


THEATER-REVIEW-White-Road

THEATER REVIEW White Road - Playwright: Karen Tarjen. At: Irish Theater of Chicago at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-398-7028; www.irishtheatreofchicago.org; $26-$30. Runs through: June 13 Prevailing commercial practice dictates that stories set in exotic climes still revolve on human relationships—falling in love, coming of age, settling old scores—with their environment relegated to background decoration or propulsive coincidences. Karen Tarjen's account of Ernest ...


THEATER-REVIEW-NYC-Fun-Home-

THEATER REVIEW: NYC Fun Home - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Book and Lyrics: Lisa Kron; music: Jeanine Tesori. At: Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St., New York City. Tickets: 212-239-6200 or http://FunHomeBroadway.com; $75-$150. Runs through: Open run Trying to harness the "fun" in "funeral home" is bound to be misguided. But for the Bechdel family, it's a way of redirecting attention to something, anything, but family secrets. ...


Sweet-Tea-play-explores-blackness-sexuality-and-Southern-hospitality-

Sweet Tea, play explores blackness, sexuality and Southern hospitality - From a press release - "Johnson takes a risk and plunges head first into the difficult subject matter of gay Black men living in Southern states. This one-man show answers the questions many are afraid to ask". — The Washington Post Chicago, IL - Jane M. Saks and Project& bring Dr. E. Patrick Johnson's hit one-man show Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South ...


Stage-Left-Theatre-announces-Season-34

Stage Left Theatre announces Season 34 - From a press release - Chicago, May 8, 2015 — Stage Left Theatre is pleased to announce the programming for its 34th season, which will feature three regional premieres. The season begins with the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman. The Firestorm was developed in part through Stage Left's new play development program, Downstage Left. As part of ...







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