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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Divine-Sister

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


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


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THEATER REVIEW TAPPED: A Treasonous Musical Comedy - Playwright: Jed Levine; Composer: Brad Kemp. At: Forth Story Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or TappedTheMusical.com; $20-$35. Runs through: July 3 BY SCOTT C. MORGAN TAPPED: A Treasonous Musical Comedy name-checks and comments on a number of other musicals in its Act I finale. Specifically, there's a crack about Les Miserables needing to shave off ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Xanadu

THEATER REVIEW Xanadu - Playwright: Douglas Carter Beane ( book ), Jeff Lynne & John Farrar ( music/lyrics ). At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 773-409-4125; ATCweb.org; $48-$58. Runs through: July 17 Released in 1980, Xanadu was among the worst movies of the 1980s—and that's saying a lot. But it had a beat and you could dance to it. Its plot, ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Kristin Chenoweth returning to Chicago - Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth has carved out a wide-ranging career that includes musicals, movies and television. The Tony Award winner took Broadway by storm in productions like You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Wicked and, most recently, On the Twentieth Century last year. She was also found on the big screen in 2015 in The Peanuts Movie, The Boy Next ...


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Writers Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim's 'Company' - From a press release - Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, concludes its 2015/16 season with Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddoand choreography by ...


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MCA Stage 2016-2017 season announced - From a press release - The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announces the 2016-17 MCA Stage season, presenting multidisciplinary theater, dance, and music by some of the most thought-provoking artists working in Chicago and around the world. Led by Yolanda Cesta Cursach, interim director of performance programs, MCA Stage performances take place September 2016 to May 2017 and offer exciting and rare opportunities to see ...


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Tragedy, 'Hamilton' dominate Tonys - As expected, the musical Hamilton dominated this year's Tony Awards in the wake of its 16 nominations—but there was also an activist element in relation to the June 12 Orlando, Florida, tragedy at gay nightclub Pulse that was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Before the Tonys, the show's organizers released a statement saying, "Our hearts are heavy for ...


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Northlight Theatre announces casting for the 42nd Season of premieres - From a press release - Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces casting for the first three shows of its 42nd season, including The City of Conversation, the World Premiere of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and the World Premiere of Faceless. The cast of the Midwest Premiere of Anthony Giardina's The City of Conversation ...


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American Theater Co. 2016-17 season announced - From a press release - American Theater Company ( ATC ) announces Season 32, led by its newly appointedArtistic Director Will Davis and continuing the theater's dedication to developing new works. The 2016-17 season kicks off this September with the world premiere of Dan Aibel's T., an exploration of the competitive ice skating saga between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, directed by Margot Bordelon, Sept. ...


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43rd Annual Non-Equity awards held - "The Hairy Ape"- Eugene O'Neill's expressionist play presented in a stark, brutal and imaginative setting; "Byhalia, Mississippi"- a new work of southern love and forgiveness, and "Rent"- the musical update of "La Boheme" performed in a small storefront theatre, took home the most honors on Monday, June 6, at Park West during the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony recognizing ...


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


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THEATER REVIEW: Out of the Blue - Playwright: Vladimir Zaytsey; Translation: Tatyana Khaikin and Robert Duffy At: Organic Theater Company at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or OrganicTheater.org; $20-$30 Runs through: July 10 ( in repertory with The Good Doctor ) You've got to admire the bravery of Russian playwright Vladimir Zaytsey for penning the 2015 gay drama Out of the Blue. In ...


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THEATER REVIEW: Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 - Playwright: Rebecca Gilman At: The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Tickets: 312-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $10-$40 Runs through: June 19 Sometimes a play is missing just one speech or emotional beat, and that's the case with Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, set in Wisconsin 40 years ago. Playwright Rebecca Gilman quickly puts her protagonist between a rock and a hard place. Kim ...


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THEATER REVIEW: Constellations - Playwright: Nick Payne At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650 or Steppenwolf.org; $20-$89 Runs through: July 3 It may only last 80 minutes, but British playwright Nick Payne sure does pack in plenty in his thoughtful and heartbreaking 2012 drama Constellations. Now making a strong Chicago debut in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre, Constellations wows because it rapidly fires on ...


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THEATER REVIEW: Caught - Playwright: Christopher Chen At: Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or Sideshowtheatre.org; $20-$30 Runs through: July 3 Playwright Christopher Chen is having a field day playing with notions of truth in a succession of theatrical contexts and arguments about cultural appropriation in Caught. And clearly the cast members of Sideshow Theatre ...


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SPOTLIGHT: The Art of Falling - If you previously missed the collaboration between the comics of The Second City and the modern dancers of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, then make sure to get your tickets now for The Art of Falling. See how the dance world intersects with those who specialize in improvisational and sketch comedy in this critically acclaimed show. The Art of Falling returns ...


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Queer boys of color coming of age in new play Space Age - From a press release - Ricardo Gamboa bounces between his native Chicago and New York City, where he creates performance and media that gets him awards or in trouble and pursues his doctorate degree at NYU, respectively. Sean James William Parris moved to Chicago from Atlanta to attend DePaul University, received his MFA in Acting, and since then he appears on the city's venerated stages ...


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About Face Theatre to host AFT 20: A Celebration June 17 at Center - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 1, 2016 ) — About Face Theatre kicks off Pride Weekend with AFT 20: A Celebration, an exciting evening of scenes, songs and rarely seen archival footage honoring AFT's incredible two decade long history as Chicago's premiere LGBTQIA theatre company. The one-night-only benefit will be held Friday, June 17 at 6 pm at the Center on Halsted, ...


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Staceyann Chin brings 'Motherstruck!' to Chicago - Poet Staceyann Chin's newest one-woman show, MotherStruck!, chronicles her journey to motherhood as a single, lesbian, immigrant woman of color, showing how pregnancy in modern society is at once unique and deeply personal as well as a universal and public experience. The production—which debuted at New York City's Culture Project at the end of last year and received critical acclaim—was ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER The 'Divine' David Cerda now plays a twisted sister - The talented David Cerda is not only the artistic director but the co-founder of Hell in a Handbag Productions. He also has written many campy inspired tales over the years for the group, including Lady X, Touched by Jayne Mansfield and Caged Dames. Some theater troupes he's worked with include The New Colony, Corn Productions and Red Orchid Theatre. Topping ...


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THEATER REVIEW One Man, Two Guvnors - Playwright: Richard Bean. At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: 773-753-4472 or CourtTheatre.org; $45-$65. Runs through: June 12 It's been joked that the United States and the United Kingdom are "two nations divided by a common language." Unfortunately, that quip applies to Court Theatre's disappointing U.S. stab at Richard Bean's hit British comedy One Man, Two Guvnors in its ...


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THEATER REVIEW Prowess - Playwright: Ike Holter. At: Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets: $15-$30; JackalopeTheatre.org. Runs through: June 25 What would happen if self-made comic-book heroes took on the endemic gang shootings on Chicago's South Side? That's the question Ike Holter brings up in his hilarious, yet ultimately tragic, world-premiere play Prowess, for Jackalope Theatre. Now die-hard fans of superhero ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Irish-Curse

THEATER REVIEW The Irish Curse - Playwright: Martin Casella. At: Level 11 Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 708-831-3787; Level11theatre.org; $32. Runs through; June 12 I always thought I had eight inches, like every normal white guy. Then I saw a 10-inch porno star, and if he was 10 inches then I was only five inches. Of course, I'm a grower, not a ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Boys Upstairs - Playwright: Jason Mitchell. At: Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-737-0984; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; $25-$30. Runs through: July 2 The Boys Upstairs script was first read back in 2008 and has now made its way to Chicago with a Pride Films & Plays production in 2016. There are some updates with new references, such as RuPaul's Drag Race, and newer transition ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Russian horror story - It can often take years for foreign plays and novels to receive an English translation. So it's impressive that it only took one year for Vladimir Zaytsey's gay Russian drama Out of the Blue to receive its U.S. English-language premiere in Chicago, courtesy of Organic Theater Company. Organic Theater artistic director Alexander Gelman said he considers himself lucky to have ...


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Kinky Boots back for one week only Aug. 30-Sept. 4 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 31, 2016 ) — Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that back by popular demand, 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 ), returns to Chicago at the Oriental Theatre ( ...


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White House honors local lesbian actress - The White House recently honored local Pakistani actress Fawzia Mirza, an out lesbian, as a "Champion of Change." According to the Daily Pakistan, "the award is conferred to artists who are able to bring about a change in their respective communities through their work and bridge gaps while highlighting issues of shared interest for different societies." Mirza lives in Chicago ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER The hills are alive with Christopher Carl - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The classic musical The Sound of Music is returning to Chicago on tour this time directed by three time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien. The story of the von Trapp family continues to be a favorite thing for generation after generation. Set in Salzburg, Austria, right before World War II, Maria Rainer is sent to live with as a governess ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Theater in the great outdoors - When warm weather arrives we remind readers about theater in the Great Outdoors, and list a few of the many possibilities in the city, suburbs and beyond. We don't know if warm weather actually will arrive this year, but tradition says it must if we're just patient a little longer. On that assumption we offer our guide to Theater Under ...


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NUNN ON ONE Legendary designer Bob Mackie talks sequins, coming out - The legendary designer Bob Mackie has created garments for a huge list of spectacular entertainers, including Judy Garland, Madonna, Bette Midler and Elton John. He was the costume designer for The Carol Burnett Show during the entire 11-year television run, and he then moved to the spinoff Mama's Family. Mackie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design in ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT What's new this summer - With the promise of warmer weather this summer, Chicagoans can't be blamed for spending as much time outdoors. But Chicago-area theaters promise plenty of great reasons to stay indoors for live entertainment. Below is a list of shows with LGBTQ content, plus a looks at world premieres and works new to the Windy City. All shows listed are chronological and ...


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Theater spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Sean Graney directs and adapts a modern take on Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus for The Hypocrites called Johanna Faustus. The hour-long piece deploys six actors who also serve as the design team in this morality play questioning how a woman trades away her soul for success and power. Johanna Faustus continues at the Den ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Body of an American - Playwright: Dan O'Brien. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or TheaterWit.org; $20-30. Runs through: June 19 The Body of An American needs to be tackled by actors but absorbed by the audience, and Stage Left Theatre gives this deceptive yet engrossing work a riveting Midwest debut at Theater Wit. The play simultaneously manages to start without preamble but ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson... - Playwright: Scott Carter. At Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300; Northlight.org; $25-$79. Runs through: June 12 Playwright Scott Carter spent years exploring his own Christian beliefs and, in the process, found that Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy all wrote their own highly personal versions of the New Testament gospels. In Discord, Carter throws the three ...


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THEATER REVIEW DISENCHANTED! - Playwright: Dennis T. Giacino. At: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $35.75-$78.75. Runs through: June 5 An all-female cast brings the musical DISENCHANTED! to reality, with some mixed results. Princesses from the past are placed in a talent show, trying to impress the audience. Even the title tries a bit hard, with all ...


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THEATER REVIEW Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook - Playwright: Alex Higgin-Houser ( book, lyrics ), David Kornfeld ( music ). At: Underscore Theatre Company at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: 312-646-0975; Underscoretheatre.org; $20-$25. Runs through: June 12 On May 4, 1886, a bomb went off during a labor rally near Randolph and Des Plaines streets in what is now the West Loop. The bomber never was ...


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Theater briefs: Jeff nods, Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Writers Theatre does 'Company' - Writers Theatre running 'Company' Glencoe's Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., concludes its 2015/16 season with Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The show runs June 15—July 31 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre. Winner of seven Tony Awards, Company looks at contemporary relationships and features some of Sondheim's best-known songs, ...


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Alice Rapoport Center opens - On May 18, the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement opened at Goodman Theatre above Petterino's restaurant at 170 N. Dearborn St. This is named for Alice B. Rapoport, a Goodman trustee until her death in 2014. Her husband, Michael A. Sachs, attended a ceremony to name the center in her honor. The expansion project exceeded a $15 million ...


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Carol Burnett reflects at The Chicago Theatre - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Entertainer Carol Burnett packed up her movie projector with scenes from her historic Carol Burnett Show that kept her on TV for 11 seasons for three presentations of "An Evening of Laughter and Reflection" at the Chicago Theatre on May 17, 19 and 20. Having seen her standard Q&A show in the past, this was not a drastic change from ...


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Hillbilly music, British style - Skiffle blues in Court Theatre's One Man, Two Guvnors - In the United States—particularly in the Southern mountain regions—it's known as "gutbucket" music, based in Appalachian string-band harmonies ( guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica ), but frequently augmented by instruments improvised from implements indigenous to the immediate environment. These may encompass spoons, saw blade, cowbell, duck call, bottle-neck tuba, comb-and-tissue kazoo, washboard-and-thimble percussion, coffee-can drum or just about anything that ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Chimerica

THEATER REVIEW: Chimerica - Playwright: Lucy Kirkwood At: TimeLine Theatre, 615 Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463 or TimelineTheatre.com; $38-$51 Runs through: July 31 Damaging and deadly East-West misunderstandings color Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica, a very substantive 2013 Olivier Award-winning drama by British playwright Lucy Kirkwood that is now making an engrossing slow-burn Chicago debut courtesy of TimeLine Theatre. Kirkwood starts her drama with the iconic 1989 ...


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THEATER REVIEW: The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window - Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 773-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $20-$75 Runs through: June 5 The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window is not the catchiest title and neither is this production of the last work of Chicago playwright Lorraine Hansberry. The drama is piled on high with a dash of humor. There are some meaty moments, though, ...


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THEATER: Critics' Pics - 180 Degree Rule, Babes With Blades at City Lit Theater, through May 21. The Babes keep the glamor-noir flowing in this romantic tale of lesbian love and murder in Weimar Berlin and Hays Code Hollywood. MSB Once in a Lifetime, Strawdog Theatre Company, through June 4. What could be more appropriate for a final farewell to this venerable loft theater ...


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THEATER REVIEW: Little Shop of Horrors - Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman; Music: Alan Menken At: American Blues Theater at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or AmericanBluesTheater.com; $19-$49 Runs through: June 26 Comedies with a high gay camp sensibility often don't break through to become mainstream successes. But that certainly wasn't the case with the musical phenomenon Little Shop of Horrors. The smash-hit ...


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THEATER: Spotlight - Not everyone has time to see a six-hour theater marathon. But if you do, be sure not to miss Chicago Shakespeare Theater's massive undertaking called Tug of War: Foreign Fire. The first part is director/adaptor Barbara Gaines' take on the plays Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1 staged this spring. Then in the fall, Tug of War ...


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Staceyann Chin's 'Motherstruck!' in June - "MotherStruck!"—written and performed by Staceyann Chin, co-produced in New York by Rosie O'Donnell, Robert Dragotta and Culture Project, and originally directed by Cynthia Nixon—begins Greenhouse Theater Center's "Solo Celebration" at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., on Saturday, June 11. The off-Broadway hit explores Chin's deeply personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Chicago's Kim Chi makes top three of 'Drag Race' - Korean-American contestant Kim Chi has decimated the competition of RuPaul's Drag Race on the eighth season of the hit television show from the Logo Channel. Beginning her drag career in 2012, this queen has come a long way from Neverland parties in Chicago to now being globally recognized. As one of two Chicago players this season, Chi has proven to ...


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Comedian Tig Notaro at BookCon in Chicago May 14 - Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro is taking the stage May 14 in Chicago at BookCon, the annual celebration of books, to discuss her upcoming memoir I'm Just a Person. During an "in conversation" panel, Notaro will take fans on a journey through the darkest year of her life—the year she was diagnosed with cancer. Notaro will discuss how she channeled her ...


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Comedy festival applications open - Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., announced that applications are open to participate in the 4th Annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, Aug. 11-14. To further foster this mission, NerdFest will host free monthly performances through August. To apply, now through June 1, or to participate in the free monthly events, visit http://stage773.com/CNCFShows. The 2016 Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival board includes ...


Entertainment-headlines

Entertainment headlines - 'Hamilton' receives record 16 Tony nods Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" leads the race for the 70th annual Tony Awards with a record 16 nominations, including Best Musical. The nominations were announced May 3. Shuffle Along received 10 nominations, while the musical She Loves Me followed with eight. In the Best Musical Category, Hamilton will compete against Bright Star, ...


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THEATER Getting sketchy with Peter Kim - Hollywood filmmakers may still be roiling from accusations about the lack of diversity in light of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that hovered over the 2016 Academy Awards. But the comedy makers of The Second City can boast about its long-standing outreach initiatives to attract and promote diversity within its ranks, and it's reflected in The Second City e.t.c.'s critically acclaimed 40th ...


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THEATER REVIEW Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody - Created by: Tim Ryder and Tim Sniffen; Written by: Tim Sniffen. At: Writers Theatre Gillian Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000 or WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: July 31 Writers Theatre already inaugurated its new multimillion-dollar two-theater complex in Glencoe with Tom Stoppard's heady time-shifting drama Arcadia. Now comes the silly stuff to open the venue's more flexible Gillian Theatre ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mike Mother - Playwright: Jessica Anne. At: Neo-Futurists, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Tickets: 773-275-5255; Neofuturists.org; $20. Runs through: June 4 Mike Mother is the second two-person performance piece in a row I've seen at the Neo-Futurists, who seem to be devoting much of its mainstage season to autobiographical auteurist works. The value of your experience at such performances probably will depend on the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bloody Haymarket - Playwrights: Eric J. Coleman. At: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. Tickets: BrownPaperTickets.com; $20. Runs through: May 28 ( Saturdays only ) When intermission was declared, I saw that Act I had run about 70 minutes, a reasonable length for a play. But it had felt like forever, so ponderous was the production. Knowing that Act II was ...







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