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Goodman-Drury-Lane-lead-Jeff-Awards-Equity-nomS

Goodman, Drury Lane lead Jeff Awards Equity nomS - From a press release - Thursday, August 21, 2014-Chicago, IL. Chicago actress, TV and film star Jane Lynch did the honor today of announcing the nominees for the 2013-2014 Equity Jeff Awards. A video of today's presentation by Ms. Lynch, made at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, is available at www.JeffAwards.org. The 46th Annual Jeff Awards ceremony honoring excellence in professional theatre produced within the ...


Kiss-of-Meth-Writer-performer-Strafford-on-play-on-addiction-

Kiss of 'Meth' Writer/performer Strafford on play on addiction - Methtacular!—Steven Strafford's autobiographical account of the three years he spent as a sex-crazed crystal-meth addict in Chicago—is told through a series of stories, songs, and Facts of Life references. But Strafford is not just blowing smoke here; Methtacular! is an authentic, potent, piece of theater that explores addiction in the LGBT community. After playing to sold-out crowds in New York, ...


Steppenwolf-First-Look-Repertory-of-New-Work

Steppenwolf First Look Repertory of New Work - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Tanya Saracho, Joshua Conkel, Martyna Majok. At: Steppenwolf Garage Theater, 1624 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20. Runs through: Aug. 24 Each of the three plays running in repertory under the collective banner of Steppenwolf Theater's First Look festival raises the question of whether suicide is the answer when you think you've hit bottom. Only one sends us ...


THEATER-REVIEW-All-Our-Tragic

THEATER REVIEW All Our Tragic - Playwright: Sean Graney. At: The Hypocrites at The Den, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.the-hypocrites.com; $30 ( $75 for a four-part marathon ). Runs through: Oct. 5 The works of auteurist director Sean Graney divide me, and All Our Tragic is no different. A prodigiously gifted storyteller, Graney dazzles with showmanship and pure theatricality. He inspires the best from actors, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Coraline

THEATER REVIEW Coraline - By Stephin Merritt and David Greenspan, based on the book by Neil Gaiman. At: Black Button Eyes Productions at City Lit Theater,1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: http://coralinechicago.brownpapertickets.com; $25. Runs through: Sept. 6 Neil Gaiman's work is as beloved as any writer's, and a theatrical setting makes a great deal of sense for Coraline, the abstract, twisted kid-tale-for-grown-ups. And a ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Apes of Wrath, The Second City e.t.c., an ongoing run. Deep existential despair and sci-fi matters make for great comic gold in this hilarious and new sketch comedy revue directed by Jen Ellison. The writer-performers are all unashamedly brainy and funny at the same time. SCM Down Range, Genesis Theatrical Productions at Preston Bradley Center, through Aug. 31. War is ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Some-Men

THEATER REVIEW Some Men - Playwright: Terrence McNally At: Pride Films and Plays at Rivendell Theater, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 800-838-3006; www.brownpapertickets.com; $15-$30. Runs through: Sept. 13 Until 1900, there was no recognition of men who love men as a distinct subculture. The responsibility of male children was to ensure continuance of the family name; procreative duties, once discharged, allowed those preferring the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Steppenwolf-First-Look-Repertory-of-New-Work

THEATER REVIEW Steppenwolf First Look Repertory of New Work - Playwright: Tanya Saracho, Joshua Conkel, Martyna Majok. At: Steppenwolf Garage Theater, 1624 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20. Runs through: Aug. 24 Each of the three plays running in repertory under the collective banner of Steppenwolf Theater's First Look festival raises the question of whether suicide is the answer when you think you've hit bottom. Only one sends us ...


Willa-Taylor-showcases-Goodmans-behind-the-script-talents

Willa Taylor showcases Goodman's behind-the-script talents - THEATER PROFILE - Goodman Theatre Director of Education and Community Engagement Willa Taylor is a woman with a wide variety of projects. Whatever the project, social justice and education is always intertwined. On Aug. 11-12 at Goodman Theatre, Taylor led the eighth annual General Theater Studies ( GTS ) showcase. Taylor is well-known in the Chicago LGBT community, and is married to longtime ...


Theater-Spotlight-My-First-Time

Theater Spotlight: My First Time - Time is running out to relive My First Time, the interactive show of monologues and intimate stories focusing on the premiere sexual experiences of all kinds of people—including you, too, if you choose to participate. Broken Nose Theatre launched itself as a new Chicago theater company in 2012 by presenting the Midwest premiere of the 2007 off-Broadway show, which grew ...


Jangleheart-Circus-at-The-Den-Aug-21-23-

'Jangleheart Circus' at The Den Aug. 21-23 - A Jangleheart Circus—a three-day sketch and improv comedy festival produced by Upstairs Gallery—returns to The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwuakee Ave., for its second year on Aug. 21-23. The festival will feature 111 acts on four stages, including celebrated local Chicago headliners The Nerdolouges, Dummy, Kill All Comedy and Rainbow Deli, with special guests Baltimore's Wham City Comedy. Other festival ...


-Chicago-Theatre-Week-expanding-next-year

Chicago Theatre Week expanding next year - Chicago Theatre Week is expanding in 2015. The upcoming celebration of theatregoing in Chicago is returning for its third year and will take place Feb. 12-22, 2015, spanning a week and two full weekends for the first time. More than 100 productions are expected to participate as part of the 2015 line-up. Chicago Theatre Week is presented by the League ...


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'The Marvelettes' at Black Ensemble thru Sept. 7 - 'The Marvelettes' at Black Ensemble thru Sept. 7 Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor has announced the world-premiere musical The Story of The Marvelettes, directed by Black Ensemble Associate Director Rueben D. Echoles. The Story of The Marvelettes will be presented at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St., through Sept. 7. Among the Motown ...


-Kinky-Boots-returning-to-Chicago-in-2015-

Kinky Boots returning to Chicago in 2015 - Broadway In Chicago has announced that Kinky Boots—the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein ( Book ) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper ( Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots )—will return to Chicago for a limited engagement at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., on July 14-26, 2015. Directed and ...


Jane-Lynch-to-announce-Jeff-Award-nominations

Jane Lynch to announce Jeff Award nominations - Actress and Chicago native Jane Lynch will announce the Joseph Jefferson Awards ( "Jeff Awards" ) Thursday, Aug. 21, in Chicago. Lynch—best known as Coach Sue Sylvester on TV's Glee—started her acting career in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City. The 46th Annual Jeff Awards ceremony honoring excellence in Chicago theatre which will be held on Monday, ...


Billy-Elliot-at-Drury-Lane-in-2015-

'Billy Elliot' at Drury Lane in 2015 - Oakbrook's Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Ln., will present the regional premiere of the hit musical Billy Elliot April 9-June 7, 2015. Rachel Rockwell will direct, with Roberta Duchak providing musical direction. The plot is as follows: Set during the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike in a small working class town in the English countryside, young Billy discovers a passion for ...


Tales-of-a-Stage-4-Cancer-One-woman-plus-one-woman-comedy-show-

Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer: One woman plus one woman comedy show - From a press release - Chicago, IL —A lot has happened since Judy Fabjance's original one woman show "Are You There, Judy. Its Me Cancer." She got married, she wrote a new show, and oh ya, the cancer is back! This new show, also staring her newlywed wife Kelly Beeman, explores what modern western medicine really thinks of the food you put in your mouth. ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Brigadoon, Goodman Theatre, through Aug. 17. It's love in the Scottish Highlands ... then and now in this luscious staging of a great, romantic show from Broadway's Golden Age. Wonderful voices and orchestra give full value to the rhythmic, lilting and soaring Lerner and Loewe score. JA Geezers, Redtwist Theatre, through Aug. 24. Despite its title, there's no mistaking Tommy ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Churchill

THEATER REVIEW Churchill - Playwright: Ronald Keaton. At: SoloChicago Theater at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; boxoffice@greenhousetheater.org; $25-$35. Runs through: Sept. 14 Despite our professed love of democracy, we Yanks are even more enamored of monarchies, with their promise of destinies determined by luck and lineage. This tendency to mythologize our Anglo-Saxon ancestors may explain why playwrights so frequently balk ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-Abbie-Hoffman-Died-for-Our-Sins-Theater-Fest-

THEATER SPOTLIGHT Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theater Fest - More than 40 theater groups and individual performers converge for the three-day The 26th Annual Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theater Festival produced by Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company starting on Friday, Aug. 15, and running through Sunday, Aug. 17. There are dancers, comedians, jugglers and plenty more. The festival begins at 3 p.m. Aug. 15 with a march from Daley ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Fiddler-on-the-Roof

THEATER REVIEW Fiddler on the Roof - Playwright: Joseph Stein ( book ), Jerry Bock ( music ), Sheldon Harnick ( lyrics ). At: Light Opera Works, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Tickets: 847-920-5360; www.LightOperaWorks.com; $34-$94. Runs through: Aug. 24 A good production of a great Broadway musical always is most welcome, and so it is with Fiddler on the Roof as Light Opera Works ( ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Down-Range

THEATER REVIEW Down Range - Playwright: Jeffrey Skinner. At: Genesis Theatrical Productions in conjunction with National Pastime Theatre at the Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. Tickets: 773-327-7077; www.genesistheatricals.com; $45. Runs through: Aug. 31 Jeffrey Skinner is a poet, and he writes plays like a poet—that is, long on soliloquies and short on facts, with non-chronological scenes arising from a nebulous void to dissolve ...


Jane-Lynch-to-announce-Jeff-Awards-Aug-21

Jane Lynch to announce Jeff Awards Aug. 21 - From a press release - August 12, 2014 - Chicago, IL. The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee will announce the nominations for the 2013-2014 Equity season Thursday morning, August 21, 2014 in Chicago. Actress and Chicago native Jane Lynch will preside over the announcement, which will be available for viewing later in the day at www.jeffawards.org, along with a complete list of nominees. Jane Lynch, internationally ...


Willa-Taylor-showcases-Goodman-Theatres-original-behind-the-script-talents-

Willa Taylor showcases Goodman Theatre's original behind the script talents - Goodman Theatre's Director of Education and Community Engagement Willa Taylor is a woman with a wide variety of projects. Whatever the project, social justice and education is always intertwined. On Aug. 11 and 12 at Goodman Theatre, Taylor leads the 8th annual General Theater Studies ( GTS ) showcase. Taylor is well-known in the Chicago LGBT community, and is married ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Some-Men-Reflecting-upon-where-we-are

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT 'Some Men': Reflecting upon where we are - The last time Terrence McNally's 2007 off-Broadway gay history drama Some Men played Chicago, it just a one-night-only reading presented in 2010 by Pride Films and Plays as part of a series of other McNally play readings. But now Pride Films and Plays ( PFP ) is returning to Some Men this month with a fully realized Chicago premiere production ...


Theater-Spotlight-Infiltration

Theater Spotlight: Infiltration - Fringe and underground performance artists from Beauty Bar's weekly Salonathon get a special showcase before performances of the long-running Neo-Futurists hit Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind as part of the new collaboration called INFILTRATION. The series begins Aug. 8 with Filipino performance artist Kiam Marcelo Junio, followed on Aug. 15 with gender-challenging dancer and choreographer Darling Shear. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Mike-and-Seth

THEATER REVIEW Mike and Seth - Playwright: Daniel Talbott. At: The Side Project, 1439 W. Jarvis Ave. Tickets: 773-340-0140 or www.thesideproject.net; $15-$20. Runs through Aug. 24 The title two characters of Daniel Talbott's Mike and Seth spend most of the play moping and moaning about what's become of their lives. And though they're both very aware of how privileged they are in context to the world's ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Brigadoon, Goodman Theatre, through Aug. 17. Love in the Scottish Highlands ... then and now. A luscious staging of a great, romantic show from Broadway's Golden Age. Wonderful voices and orchestra give full value to the rhythmic, lilting and soaring Lerner and Loewe score. JA Hellish Half-Light, Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island, through Aug. 30. The Fabulous Beckett Boys in ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Take-the-Cake

THEATER REVIEW Take the Cake - Playwright: Stacie Barra. At: Factory Theater at Prop Thtr ( sic ), 3502 N. Elston Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.thefactorytheater.com; $20. Runs through: Sept. 6 This could be "Nancy Drew and the Case of the Curious Cake Balls," except there are three femme detectives, all of them slightly kooky ( think Lucy and Ethel ) and they are the criminals as ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Intimate-Apparel

THEATER REVIEW Intimate Apparel - Playwright: Lynn Nottage. At: Eclipse Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.eclipsetheatre.com; $28. Runs through: Aug. 24 Lynn Nottage's play has everything historical-romance fans could want: a gilded-age urban setting, ragtime music, long dresses and frilly underwear. Its personnel are women, mostly the poor-but-independent variety ( with a lone rebellious socialite, for contrast ), accompanied ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Geezers

THEATER REVIEW Geezers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Tommy Lee Johnston. At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-728-7529; www.redtwist.org; $30-$35. Runs through: Aug. 24 At first glance, we think we've stumbled upon a sitcom. The setting is a retirement home's "day room," where a few of the residents gather in the evening to socialize before bedtime. Since the title of the play is ...


Nikki-Carr-is-the-last-female-Comic-Standing

Nikki Carr is the last female 'Comic Standing' - NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Nikki Carr is currently knocking them dead with honest jokes and a winning personality. Starring on NBC's Last Comic Standing is a big career boost for Carr, who is a standout being the last female in the four finalists. This is season eight for the show and currently has Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters as judges, with ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Avenue Q, Mercury Theater Chicago, through Oct. 26. This Tony Award-winning hit musical that smartly spoofs Sesame Street feels right at home at the intimate Mercury Theatre. And now with an extension through October, the show is finally getting the long Chicago run it really should have had when it was brand new. SCM Brigadoon, Goodman Theatre, through Aug. 17. ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Grand-scale-Greek-drama

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Grand-scale Greek drama - Don't ever accuse The Hypocrites of thinking small. Not only is the high-profile storefront theater company moving into a new space at The Den Theatre, but The Hypocrites is inaugurating it with a world premiere called All Our Tragic by former artistic director Sean Graney that adapts and combines all 32 surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides into ...


Theater-spotlight-Salome

Theater spotlight: Salome - Lesbian soprano Patricia Racette makes her first stab at the title role of Salome, Richard Strauss' controversial 1905 opera based upon Oscar Wilde's oft-banned Biblical play. Racette is teaming with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor James Conlon, for this special concert to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Strauss' birth. No word yet whether Racette will reveal all during ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Jungle

THEATER REVIEW The Jungle - Playwright: Matt Foss, adapted from Upton Sinclair's novel. At: Oracle Productions, 3809 N. Broadway. Tickets: www.publicaccesstheatre.org; free ( but reservations essential ). Runs through: Sept. 6 This world-premiere adaptation of Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel extends Oracle Productions' examination of U.S. capitalism, this time shifting from the not-as-silly-as-it-seems satire of The President ( the troupe's previous show ), to the tragic ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Marvelous-Marvelettes

THEATER REVIEW The Marvelous Marvelettes - Playwright: Reginald Williams. At: Black Ensemble, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: Sept. 7 Even for those with personal memories of the era that spawned the so-called youth market, it comes as a shock to recall just how young some of its early "teen idols" were. ( Paul Anka had his first hit at the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Me-My-Mom-Sharmila

THEATER REVIEW Me, My Mom & Sharmila - By Jerry Dye. Playwright: Fawzia Mirza. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or theaterwit.org; $20. Runs through: Aug. 9 Presented by Catharsis Productions, Fawzia Mirza writes and stars in a one woman show with a lot of heart called Me, My Mom & Sharmila. The set is a simple row of chairs where Mirza performs a 75-minute ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Hellish-Half-Light

THEATER REVIEW Hellish Half-Light - Playwright: Samuel Beckett. At: Mary-Arrchie Theatre Compay at Angel Island, 731 W. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: 773-871-0442; www.ticketweb.com; $25. Runs through: Aug. 30 Actors love the plays of Samuel Beckett for the same reasons that audiences hate them. As with his successors, Harold Pinter and Vaclav Havel, they propose a universe steeped in ambiguities itching for performers to lend them coherence. ...


LezFest-held-at-Marys-Attic

LezFest held at Mary's Attic - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LezFest: A One Night Fling, a celebration in words, songs, music and theater was held July 28 at Mary's Attic as a benefit for Pride Films and Plays. Featured performers who were slated to perform included Christy Hasselson, 2006 winner of Windy City Gay Idol; Lauren Sivak, published storyteller in Story Club Magazine and Managing Director for Walkabout Theatre; Shannon ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Who-Is-Gabi-Grayskull

THEATER REVIEW Who Is Gabi Grayskull? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwrights: Becca Levine, John Loos and Alex Vanover-Miller. At: The Brendas at The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-650-6449 or www.pubhousetheatre.com; $10. Runs through: Aug. 28 It could be easy to write off The Brendas' new sketch comedy show Who is Gabi Grayskull? That's because the answer to the show's title is essentially lifted from Noel Coward's ...


Sharmila-through-Aug-9

'Sharmila' through Aug. 9 - Catharsis Productions' Me, My Mom & Sharmila—a one-woman show by Fawzia Mirza—will run at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., on July 24-Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. A brief talk-back will follow every performance. See "Me, My Mom & Sharmila at Theatre Wit" on Facebook, contact Cara Thaxton at cara@catharsisproductions.com. ...


Next-Theatre-facing-eviction

Next Theatre facing eviction - Facing more than $76,000 in back rent, the Next Theatre Company in Evanston, Illinois, will be forced to leave its current home at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center following the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, according to The Chicago Tribune. Next Theatre, an Equity company that helped give life to the Off-Broadway musical Adding Machine, has been in residence at ...


Paul-Oakley-Stovall-no-Qualms-about-Steppenwolf-show

Paul Oakley Stovall: no 'Qualms' about Steppenwolf show - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER - Steppenwolf Theatre Company has a brand-new show titled The Qualms, and one actor in the cast is playing for our team. Paul Oakley Stovall has built quite an impressive resume over the years. He was last seen in Steppenwolf's Words on Fire. He earned a Jeff nomination for Play On! His Off-Broadway credits include Dessa Rose and Notebooks of Leonardo ...


The-Qualms

The Qualms - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Bruce Norris. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$86. Runs through: Aug. 31 At a well-planned sex party—or just about any kind of party, for that matter—there is an understanding that you don't have to engage in sex, but are free to enjoy the occasion in whatever manner you wish. At poorly-planned sex parties, ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Checking Boxes, About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble at Austin Town Hall, then Willye White Park, through Aug. 1. Playwright and poet Shannon Matesky teams with the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble for a thoughtful and multifaceted look at immigration and the dangers faced by workers who come out as undocumented. SCM Dead Man's Cell Phone, The Enthusiasts at Athenaeum Theatre, ...


Men-Should-Weep

Men Should Weep - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Ena Lamont Stewart. At: Griffin Theatre Company at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 1-866-811-4111; www.griffintheatre.com; $35. Runs through: Aug. 10 Written in 1947, Men Should Weep is set a decade earlier in a Glasgow, Scotland, slum tenement. Its author was a smart literary cookie almost certainly familiar with the dramas of Dublin slum life written 25 years ...


The-Beverly-Hillbillies-The-Musical

The Beverly Hillbillies: The Musical - THEATER REVIEW - Playwrights: David Rogers and Amanda Rogers; Songwriter: Gregg Opelka. At: Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Tickets: 219-836-3255 or www.theatreatthecenter.com; $40-$44. Runs through: Aug. 10 Many theater aficionados bemoan how so many new musicals are adaptations of films with household names. So you can guess how negatively they might react to the news that the 1960s TV ...


Othello

Othello - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071; www.thegifttheatre.org; $20-$35. Runs through: Aug. 24 Shakespeare never tells us how ethnically diverse the Venetian army was before an African soldier named Othello distinguished himself honorably in the war with Turkey for possession of Cyprus, but the recognition granted this valiant warrior would probably have stirred rancor among ...


Theater-Spotlight-LezFest-A-One-Night-Fling

Theater Spotlight: LezFest: A One Night Fling - Pride Films and Plays' upcoming Women's Words Week fundraising revue, LezFest: A One Night Fling, produced by Libby Lane and Chrystle Morman, features performances by Christy Hasselson ( 2006 winner of Windy City Gay Idol ), storyteller Lauren Sivak, slam poet and playwright Shannon Matesky, vocalist Liz Pazik, comedian Shanna Brown and more. LezFest: A One Night Fling is at ...


Jessie-Mueller-makes-good-on-Broadway

Jessie Mueller makes good on Broadway - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - There's no doubt that when Jessie Mueller won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the title role of the Broadway jukebox show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, her entire Evanston family of talented actors was overflowing with pride and admiration. The same could also be said for local theater fans who had seen Mueller triumph ...


An-Evening-of-Magic-to-benefit-AFC

'An Evening of Magic' to benefit AFC - From the front window of Patrick Livingston's apartment, visitors can glimpse the ornate facade of the Uptown Theatre, which stands eight stories tall and closed its doors to regular audiences in 1981. The theater is the largest movie palace in the United States, boasting more interior space then Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and many famous magicians ...


Chicago-Theatre-Week-expands-in-2015

Chicago Theatre Week expands in 2015 - From a press release - ChChicago, July 21, 2014—Due to overwhelming success, Chicago Theatre Week is expanding in 2015. The upcoming celebration of the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago is returning for its third year and will take place February 12 — 22, 2015, spanning a week and two full weekends for the first time. More than 100 productions are expected to participate as ...


Tony-Tripoli-tag-teams-with-The-Cabaret-Project

Tony Tripoli tag-teams with The Cabaret Project - NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Comedian Tony Tripoli is leaving L.A. behind for the Windy City this month. Reality shows have been his home with appearances on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, and Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? He's a staff writer for Fashion Police and was previously on The Dish for the Style Network. His stand-up act finally arrives with a ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Bound-for-Broadway

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Bound for Broadway - The Last Ship recently set sail from its world-premiere run at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre, and it already has Broadway on its radar for this fall. Hopefully the creators of The Last Ship will have listened to Chicago audiences' reactions to their show ( and that all of the show's book problems will have been ironed out by the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Dead-Mans-Cell-Phone

THEATER REVIEW Dead Man's Cell Phone - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl. At: The Enthusiasts at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.athenaeumtheatre.org; $20. Runs through: July 27 There's this guy in a café, you see, who quietly dies in his chair, and then his cell phone rings. A stranger at the next table answers the noisy device and discovers that it has been rendered ownerless—forever. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Small-Fire

THEATER REVIEW A Small Fire - Playwright: Adam Bock. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.steeptheatre.com; $20-$22. Runs through: Aug. 16 Don't be fooled by the TV-movie premise. Author Adam Bock's specialty lies in seemingly harmless settings spotted with empty spaces for audiences' imaginations. Theatergoers anticipating a tidy explanation offering insight into the domestic crisis depicted in this curiously unfinished play are hereby ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Checking-Boxes

THEATER REVIEW Checking Boxes - Playwright: Shannon Matesky and the ensemble. At: About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble at various venues. Information: www.aboutfacetheatre.com or www.nightoutintheparks.com; free admission. Runs through: Aug. 1 A night out dancing with friends in Boystown results in disastrous immigration consequences in Checking Boxes, a world premiere piece devised by playwright Shannon Matesky and members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble. But ...


Spotlight-Shepherds-Daughter-a-Joan-of-Arc-Reimagining

Spotlight: Shepherd's Daughter: a Joan of Arc Reimagining - Was the famous French warrior Joan of Arc a hero? Was she a delusional child? Or does she deserve her status as a truly pious religious martyr? The Paradeigma Collective teams up with The Chicago Mammals to explore all these ideas in Whitney LaMora's new drama Shepherd's Daughter: a Joan of Arc Reimagining, which features many actresses taking on different ...


Brigadoon

Brigadoon - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Alan Jay Lerner ( book & lyrics ), Frederick Loewe ( music ) At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Brigadoon; $25-$98 Runs through: Aug. 17 Take a musical with a wonderful score from Broadway's Golden Era, and sing and play that score beautifully, and you're 80 percent of the way to a hit—and that's Brigadoon at ...


xCRITICS-PICKS

xCRITICS' PICKS - Annapurna, Profiles Theatre Alley Stage, through July 20. This latest duet in the key of kitchen-sink marital reconciliation is elevated beyond its genre by the riveting nuanced performances of Darrell Cox and Lia Mortensen. MSB Apes of Wrath, The Second City e.t.c., an ongoing run. Deep existential despair and sci-fi matters make for great comic gold in this hilarious and ...


An-Evening-of-Magic-July-26-to-support-AFC

An Evening of Magic July 26 to support AFC - From a press release - Chicago IL — Chicago LGBTQA magicians create one night show to experience wonder with Chicago magicians in the LGBTQA community, the first show of its kind that highlights the work of LGBTQA magicians. Proceeds support AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Staring Chicago Magicians: Eugene Burger- One of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century Benjamin Barnes- Chicago native and ...


21st-Annual-Gwendolyn-Brooks-Open-Mic-Award-July-23

21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award July 23 - From a press release - CHICAGO—21 years ago, renowned Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks and the Guild Literary Complex started a $500 poetry award given to Illinois poets for a written work read aloud. This year, the Guild continues this tradition at the 21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award taking place on July 23, 7:00—9:00 p.m. at the Chopin Theatre ( 1543 West Division St. ...


A-Musical-Tribute-to-the-Andrews-Sisters

A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Concept by David Heimann and Fred Anzevino. At: Theo Ubique Cabaret at No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 1-800-595-4849; www.theo-u.com; $29-$34. Runs through: Aug. 31 Perhaps the 2013 death of the last survivor of the Andrews Sisters, lead singer Patty, explains why two Andrews Sisters shows currently are running in Chicago, the one reviewed here and also ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Juno, TimeLine Theatre, through July 27. Marc Blitzstein's rarely seen musical of Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock preserves all O'Casey's brooding tragedy but jettisons much of the character comedy. It's a problem, although this production is beautifully sung, acted, played and staged. JA The Last Ship, Bank America Theatre, through July 13. Sting's robust score, sung by a band ...


Annapurna

Annapurna - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Sharr White. At: Profiles Theatre at the Alley Stage, 4137 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: July 20 When artists are on a creative roll, they often ignore housekeeping chores and personal hygiene in their quest to concentrate on their work. This may explain why, when we first encounter reclusive emphysema-racked poet Ulysses, he is wearing ...


Get-Your-Hands-Off-Me-Chekhov-Flip-Flop

Get Your Hands Off Me, Chekhov!/ Flip Flop - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Anne and Greg Taubeneck/Ashley Thornton & Andrew Daniels. At: Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-561-4665; www.annoyanceproductions.com; $10. Runs through: July 30 Most comedy nowadays relies on familiarity with current movies and television, but not since the Free Associates disbanded has there been a show geared toward playgoers who spend their leisure time seeing other plays. The syllabus ...


Windy-City-Theater-Series-2014-tickets-on-sale

Windy City Theater Series 2014 tickets on sale - Click the links below for 1. subscription form and 2. full information - Click on the link for a printable subscription form: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCTTS14-15orderForm-2.pdf . Click on the link for full schedule: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/TheatreSeries2014_15_ad_July9.pdf . ...


Queer-Ill-and-OK-LGBT-show-focuses-on-illness

Queer, Ill, and OK: LGBT show focuses on illness - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After being diagnosed with HIV two years ago, creative director and artist Joseph Varisco dealt with the news by doing what he loves most: He turned it into art. Starting as an experimental performance project at Links Hall and witnessing a tremendous triumph as a result, he developed the concept into "Queer, Ill, and Okay." After six months of assembling, ...


Spotlight-Alice

Spotlight: Alice - Anna Rose Il-Epstein recently received the Windy City Times' 30 Under 30 for 2014 ( a honor shared with her wife, Hannah ). Ii-Epstein is also the artistic director of the theater company Nothing Without a Company, which has just revived its 2013 outdoor promenade summer show Alice, a modern-day updating of Lewis Carroll's classic Victorian exercise in witticism and ...


Billy-Elliot-at-Drury-Lane-in-2015-

'Billy Elliot' at Drury Lane in 2015 - Oakbrook's Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Ln., will present the regional premiere of the hit musical Billy Elliot April 9-June 7, 2015. The plot is as follows: Set during the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike in a small working class town in the English countryside, young Billy discovers a passion for ballet and trades in his boxing gloves for dancing shoes. ...


The-Broken-Gay-Folk-Revue

The Broken Gay Folk Revue - THEATER REVIEW - By Michael Gifford and Ross W. Berman IV. At: Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693 or www.annoyanceproductions.com; $10-$12. Runs through July 31 There are many unanswered questions that The Broken Gay Folk Revue—an hour-long show playing in the sparse Small Theatre of the recently opened Annoyance Theatre in its spacious new Belmont Avenue digs—poses. But damningly, ...


Raul-Castillos-Maiden-voyage

Raul Castillo's 'Maiden' voyage - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Raul Castillo latest endeavor brings him to Chicago, starring in Death and the Maiden, in which he plays Gerardo Escobar. The co-star of HBO's Looking has appeared on several other television shows, such as Blue Bloods, Law and Order, and Nurse Jackie. He's been in independent films like Don't Let Me Drown, My Best Day, and Cold Weather. His theater ...


Pride-Films-Plays-LezFest-A-One-Night-Fling-July-28

Pride Films/Plays: LezFest: A One Night Fling July 28 - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Pride Films and Plays is delighted to present LezFest: A One Night Fling, a celebration in words, songs, music and theater on July 28 at 7 pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 North Clark. Join PFP for an evening all about ladies who love ladies who are artists, showcasing a vast mix of Chicago's best and brightest women ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Partners

THEATER REVIEW Partners - If you ever become the recipient of a large amount of money, your wisest course of action is to immediately store it in one or more bank accounts until you can think about it without your heartbeat racing. Do not share the news of your windfall with others, or spend time staring at the check ( "Wow! Look at all ...







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