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'Our Christian Nation' through April 29 - Our Christian Nation—a satirical two-act play written by Emmy-winning writer/Second City instructor Joe Janes, with Andrea J. Dymond directing—will run at The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave., on Fridays and Saturdays through April 29. The production tackles several subjects, including the founding fathers, religion and homosexuality. All shows are BYOB. Tickets are $20 each; visit Eventbrite.com or purchase them at ...


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THEATER REVIEW Hookman - Playwright: Lauren Yee. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn. Tickets: 773-649-3186; SteepTheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: May 27 Playwright Lauren Yee unquestionably creates energetic and imaginative fantasy theater. With two plays currently onstage in Chicago ( Goodman Theatre's King of the Yees is the other ), it's clear that she's a master of meta-theatrical devices and show biz razzle-dazzle. Folks tired ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Visiting

THEATER REVIEW Visiting - Playwright: Ed Proudfoot. At: Artemisia at the Edge, 5154 N. Broadway. Tickets: $25. Runs through: May 7 Bipolar disorder—the psychological infirmity once known as manic-depression, characterized by bouts of intense emotional obsession—is hereditary. Its symptoms are manifested through behavior, rather than through any measurable pathogen. It is often found in large, quarrelsome, stress-riddled groups, the propensity of the afflicted to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-La-Havana-Madrid

THEATER REVIEW La Havana Madrid - Playwright: Sandra Delgado. At: Teatro Vista at Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $15-$50. Runs through: May 28 Chicago has been described as a "city of neighborhoods"—a sobriquet suggesting a tour of the world encapsulated in a few square miles—but also hearkening to feudal ages, making its legacy a chronicle of multicultural displacement as well as assimilation. The ...


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THEATER REVIEW Aladdin - Book: Chad Beguelin; Score: Alan Menken with Howard Ashman, Tim Rice & Beguelin. At: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or BroadwayInChicago.com; $44-$153. Runs through: Sept. 10 There's no disguising the fact that the national tour of Aladdin is anything but a corporate Disney product. But if audiences want to shell out the big bucks for a ...


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THEATER REVIEW Hookman - Playwright: Lauren Yee. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn. Tickets: 773-649-3186; SteepTheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: May 27 Playwright Lauren Yee unquestionably creates energetic and imaginative fantasy theater. With two plays currently onstage in Chicago ( Goodman Theatre's King of the Yees is the other ), it's clear that she's a master of meta-theatrical devices and show biz razzle-dazzle. Folks tired ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Camp comebacks - Hell in a Handbag Productions' notorious Lady X is once again plying her trade at Mary's Attic. But unlike in 2010, the mob-battling Lady X and her "hostess" cohorts are singing and dancing in a world-premiere musical adaptation. "When we originally did it seven years ago, we all thought this would be a great musical," said David Cerda, the artistic ...


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Nominees Announced For the 44th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards - From a press release - Monday, April 24, 2017 — Chicago, IL. The Jeff Awards announced, via a special video presentation, a total of 127 nominations in 26 categories for the 44th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. Hosting the video presentation were Alexis Roston and Lillian Castillo, who will be this year's Mistresses of ...


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Chicago theatres to honor Martha Lavey - Marquee lights will be dimmed and a moment of silence will be observed at theatres across Chicago and the suburbs on Friday, April 28, 2017, 30 minutes before curtain time. WHAT: Chicago theatres in the city and suburbs will honor former Steppenwolf Artistic Director and ensemble member Martha Lavey by dimming the marquee lights and observing a moment of silence ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER David Merino pays the 'Rent' - The globally known musical Rent continues on with a 20th-anniversary tour that began last year. The story—based on Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme—was transformed by Jonathan Larson into a tale about HIV/AIDS set in New York. On Broadway it resonated with audiences running for more than 5,000 performances and earned a Tony for Best Musical. Newcomer David Merino is coming out ...


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Musical-theater fest submissions wanted - Underscore Theatre Company is accepting submissions for its 4th annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, set for February 2018. CMFT 4 will include a number of new development opportunities for participants, including feedback from a panel of local playwrights, composers and judges, as well as networking events with theater professionals from across the country. Applications can be submitted through May 15 ...


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Steppenwolf's Lavey dies at 60 - Martha Lavey—the artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre from 1995 to 2014—has died in hospice care at Illinois Masonic Hospital. She was 60. Born into a family in Lawrence, Kansas, Lavey earned her doctorate degree in performance studies from Northwestern University. She eventually became a Steppenwolf ensemble member in 1993, and performed in more than 30 of its productions, including Good ...


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Otis Mack: Heavy Diva's show goes on - Otis Mack, also known as "Chicago's Heavy Diva," does not take entertainment lightly. CEO and founder of HeavyDiva Productions and creator of The Chicago Warriors, Mack celebrates milestones on the stage. Born in Houston, and then moving to Chicago at the age of 3, Mack was brought up in a religious Christian home with accepting parents. At Prairie View A&M ...


Lady-X-at-Marys-Attic-in-April-June

'Lady X' at Mary's Attic in April-June - Hell in a Handbag Productions will open its 15th season with the world premiere of Lady X—A Musical on April 21-June 10 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Based on Handbag's 2010 play of the same name, Lady X—A Musical takes on the black-and-white crime melodrama films of the '30s and '40s. The production will feature Chazie Bly, David ...


THEATER-REVIEW-For-Peter-Pan-on-Her-70th-Birthday-

THEATER REVIEW For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or ShatteredGlobe.org; $35. Runs through: May 20 With the Chicago premiere of Sarah Ruhl's 2016 play For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Shattered Globe Theatre has already laid claim to the casting coup of the season. Ruhl wrote this play in honor of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-King-of-the-Yees

THEATER REVIEW King of the Yees - Playwright: Lauren Yee. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $10-$40. Runs through: April 30 Lauren Yee's play is a chronicle of San Francisco's Chinatown that refuses to turn a blind eye to its corrupt politicians and gangster warlords. It's also a tour of the district, with exotic xenophile-pleasing sights cited by names and addresses, in addition to cute ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Mystery-of-Love-Sex

THEATER REVIEW The Mystery of Love & Sex - Playwright: Bathsheba Doran. At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: July 2 Despite its title and a provocative program photo, this contemporary comedy-of-manners concerns sexuality rather than sex. Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends and next-door neighbors since they were nine, in an affluent Southern city. As college roommates they seem destined to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Linda-Vista

THEATER REVIEW Linda Vista - Playwright: Tracy Letts. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$94. Runs through: May 21 It's been said of the United States that everything not fastened down eventually rolls westward to California, so it's unsurprising that we meet our AARP-aged protagonist adrift in San Diego, where cheap bachelor apartments come with two bedrooms, a swimming pool, cactus-fruit margaritas and ...


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Theater spotlight on Marry Me a Little, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Die-hard fans of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim won't want to miss Porchlight Music Theatre's rare revival of Marry Me a Little. The 1980s revue conceived by gay playwright Craig Lucas and Norman René features cut "trunk songs" by Sondheim to tell the story of two lonely New York singles whose apartments strangely combine into one. Expect plenty of musical ...


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Ten Dollar House play about preservation, gay partners at Glessner - Glessner House Museum will host two performances of the celebrated play Ten Dollar House Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m., 1800 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood. In this true story of love and historic preservation set in Depression-era Wisconsin, a London-based decorator and a local drifter fall in love as ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Andreas Mitisek's Chicago exit - This past February, many local opera fans were taken aback when Andreas Mitisek announced that he was stepping down as general director Chicago Opera Theater ( COT ). The Viennese-born director/conductor/designer fulfilled his five-year contract with COT, which he kept on top of his other duties at California-based Long Beach Opera, where he has been artistic and general director since ...


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Pride Films' 'Trans* Play Contest' underway - Chicago-based performing-arts company Pride Films and Plays has launched The Great Trans* Play Contest. The competition is open to playwrights who are transgender, genderqueer, gender-fluid, non-binary or of other gender nonconforming identities. Specific benefits to the winning submission will include a cash award, and further development in a week-long rehearsal workshop under the direction of PFP company member and trans* ...


THEATER-REVIEW-GoldiSocks-and-Her-Three-Bears-Fabulous-Fairy-Tales-of-Drag

THEATER REVIEW GoldiSocks and Her Three Bears' Fabulous Fairy Tales of Drag - Playwright: Heather Branham Green. At: Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-598-4549 or GorillaTango.com; $20. Runs through: May 26 Over the years, Gorilla Tango Theatre has built up a solid reputation for burlesque spoofs of pop cultural phenomena. Game of Thongs or A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque, anyone? Now with the premiere of GoldiSocks and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Stop-Kiss-

THEATER REVIEW Stop Kiss - Playwright: Diana Son. At: The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Collaboraction Studios in Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-882-8201 or TheCuckoosTheaterProject.com; $20. Runs through: May 6 Stop Kiss was extremely timely at its 1998 off-Broadway debut. Diana Son's drama involving a lesbian-bashing incident opened not long after the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard became ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Spotlight Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's acclaimed and intimate take on Frank Loesser's often operatic Broadway musical The Most Happy Fella has just been extended due to audience demand. Loesser unquestionably poured out his heart in making this musical adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama They Knew What They Wanted involving a "mail-order" bride who comes to the Napa Valley. The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Mother-of-Smoke

THEATER REVIEW Mother of Smoke - Playwright: Emma Stanton, Morgan McNaught, Lucas Baisch, Ruth Margraff and others. At: Red Tape Theatre/Walkabout Theatre Company at the Pride Arts Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20. Runs through: April 15 When confronted with a multiplicity of sensory stimuli, human beings tend to perceive motion first, then sound and, after that, sight. Further down the list comes verbal recognition and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Beyond-Caring

THEATER REVIEW Beyond Caring - Playwright: Alexander Zeldin. At: Lookingglass Theatre Company at the Water Works. 821 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets: $40-$75. Runs through: May 7 If you think scrubbing out your own bathroom and kitchen is a chore, imagine applying your janitoral skills to the residue of a meat-processing plant. Would you rather be paid less than $50 a day for picking up spilled ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Mary-Poppins-

THEATER REVIEW Mary Poppins - Authors: Richard & Robert Sherman ( songs ), Julian Fellowes ( book ) after P. L. Travers. At: The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-325-1700; MercuryTheaterChicago.com; $30-$65. Runs through: May 28 The day after Richard and Robert Sherman won two Oscars ( best original score and song ) for Mary Poppins in 1965, they visited every department of ...


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Terra launches 'Art Design Chicago' - The Terra Foundation for American Art announced "Art Design Chicago," a wide-ranging initiative to explore the breadth of Chicago's role as a catalyst and incubator for innovations in art and design. Spearheaded and funded by the Terra Foundation, with significant support from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, "Art Design Chicago" was developed in partnership with more than 40 cultural organizations ...


Opera-trivia-event-April-20

Opera trivia event April 20 - Opera devotees and newcomers alike will come together for "La Triviata," a night celebrating the history, artistry, humanity and even the craziness of the operatic art form. The event will be at the Civic Opera Building, 20 N. Wacker Dr., on Thursday, April 20. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will begin at 6 p.m., with trivia at 7-9 p.m. Forte Chicago—a ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-Lesbian-comic-stumbles-upon-good-Fortune

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Lesbian comic stumbles upon good Fortune - Lesbian funnywoman Emily Fortune Feimster ( better known as simply Fortune Feimster ) is on fire these days. Born in Belmont, North Carolina, Feimster left the southeast behind to move to California to pursue comedy. She started with the Groundlings then landed a spot on Last Comic Standing. Chelsea Handler made her a regular roundtable host on Chelsea Lately. Her ...


Blue-Man-teams-with-Autism-Speaks

Blue Man teams with Autism Speaks - Blue Man Group is teaming up with Autism Speaks for the third consecutive year and will be hosting autism-friendly performances suitable for individuals and families affected by autism in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago and Orlando. Tickets for these special performances in New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando will be discounted, and $5 from each ticket will be donated ...


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Otis Mack's 25th anniv. on April 24 - Heavy Diva Productions, JB Enterprise and the City of Chicago will hold an event to mark the 25th anniversary of "Heavy Diva" Otis Mack, which will feature a reunion of the Chicago Warriors. The event will take place Monday, April 24, at Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark St., at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Among the special guests expected are ...


American-Theater-Company-announces-casting-for-ice-skating-saga

American Theater Company announces casting for ice skating saga - From a press release - April 11, 2017 ( Chicago, IL )—American Theater Company ( ATC ) concludes its Season 32 with the world premiere of Dan Aibel'sT., an exploration of the competitive ice skating saga between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. Margot Bordelon directs a cast featuring Guy Massey ( Al ), Leah Raidt ( T. ), ensemble member Tyler Ravelson ( Jeff ), ...


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Sedaris, Ginsburg, Ailey dancers part of Auditorium's season - SThe Auditorium Theatre announced its 2017-18 season under new Chief Executive Officer Tania Castroverde Moskalenko—along with its new tagline, "The Theatre for the People." Diverse programming is the hallmark of the upcoming season, with everything from a talk with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's annual visit. Some of the highlights are as ...


Musical-Tarzan-April-12-May-14

Musical 'Tarzan' April 12-May 14 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To celebrate its 10th anniversary, NightBlue Performing Arts Company opens its 2017 season with the Chicago premiere of Disney's Tarzan: The Stage Musical at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The production runs April 12-May 14. This musical—based on Disney's animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes—features music by Phil Collins and a book by Tony Award-winning ...


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SPACE, LGBTQIA variety show, in Hyde Park April 14 - SPACE is a queer variety show hosted by stand-up comedians Carly Ballerini and Shannon Noll and featuring performers in Chicago who are LGBTQIA identified. The performance is rooted in stand up, with featured acts including dance, music, drag, storytelling, and more. Space seeks to create a place for performers and audience alike to celebrate their identity and art. This month, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-By-the-Water

THEATER REVIEW By the Water - Sean Margaret Wagner - Playwright: Sharyn Rothstein. At: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd. Tickets: 847-673-6300 or Northlight.org; $30-$81. Runs through: Apr. 23 There's a haunting realization at the core of Sharyn Rothstein's By the Water, now playing at Northlight Theatre: Not even a Category 1 hurricane can devastate like unchecked pride. Director Cody Estle serves up a beautiful, modern-day tribute to America's favorite dead ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Born-Yesterday

THEATER REVIEW Born Yesterday - Playwright: Garson Kanin. At: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $42.50-$52.50. Runs through: April 30 Since its premiere in 1946, Garson Kanin's satirical comedy has been largely reduced to a retread of the Pygmalion myth, in which learned men endeavor to educate ignorant women, only to meet with unanticipated results. With present events precipitating ...


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THEATER REVIEW In to America - Playwright: William Massolia. At: Griffin Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; GriffinTheatre.com; $36. Runs through: April 23 A large ensemble cast in an intimate space presents the United States' history, from the Jamestown settlement until today, as told through the words of America's immigrants—which is all of us who aren't Native American. A few famous ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Born-Ready

THEATER REVIEW Born Ready - Playwright: Stacie Barra. At: Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St. Tickets: $25; TheFactoryTheater.com. Runs through: April 29 All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard are as celebrated for their manneristic melodrama as for their iconic status in the annals of Hollywood cinema. Factory Theater playwright Stacie Barra's wry parody of the two seminal films reaches beyond simple ridicule, however, instead reflecting ...


Spotlight-on-The-Laramie-Project-Critics-Picks

Spotlight on The Laramie Project, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Following the 1998 brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, playwright/director Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project interviewed dozens of townspeople to get their real-life reactions for the seminal docu-drama theater piece The Laramie Project. This oft-produced 2000 off-Broadway drama returns in a suburban Chicago production courtesy of ...


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Victory Gardens Theater to presents Native Gardens - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42nd season with the Chicago Premiere of Native Gardens, written by Karen Zacarías and directed byMarti Lyons. Native Gardens runs June 2 — July 2, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and his pregnant ...


-Twink-tour-show-through-April-16

'Twink' tour/show through April 16 - The new walking tour/show called The Twink on the Fire Escape—during which Chicago comedian and writer Zach Zimmerman tells how a twink wound up on his fire escape—takes place on Sundays at 2 p.m. through April 16. ( There's no show April 9. ) "Twink" runs 60 minutes and tells the story in three parts while attendees visiting three locations. ...


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Arthur M. Jolly wins international Joining Sword & Pen competition - CHICAGO, IL — Babes With Blades Theatre Company ( BWBTC ) and competition sponsor David Woolley announce the winner of the seventh round of the international playwriting competition, Joining Sword & Pen: Arthur M. Jolly's THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTION. Mr. Jolly will receive the Margaret W. Martin Award: the play will undergo development via BWBTC's Fighting Words program prior to ...


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Sarah Ruhl in conversation April 10 - From a press release - On Monday, April 10, Sarah Ruhl will be "off script" for this conversation on the set of her play For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday sharing insights into her creative process and her new plays. Sarah is a MacArthur Fellowship "Genius grant" recipient, winner of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, and a Tony Award nominee. Sarah Ruhl will be ...


La-Triviata-a-friendly-competition-challenging-operatic-knowledge-April-20

La Triviata, a friendly competition challenging operatic knowledge, April 20 - Are you an opera buff? Prove it! Opera devotees and newcomers alike will come together for La Triviata, a fun night celebrating the history, artistry, humanity and yes—even the crazy—that is the enduring and endearing operatic art form. The Lyric Young Professionals invite you to join us for some friendly competition by showcasing your operatic knowledge ( and maybe learning ...


His-and-His-III-follows-development-of-gay-characters-on-Broadway

"His and His III" follows development of gay characters on Broadway - From a press release - CHICAGO: The third installment of Pride Films and Plays' His & His.' cabaret series will be performed on Tuesday, April 11 in The Broadway at the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Over the course of this season, His and His has followed the development of gay characters on Broadway. If you missed the first two parts, no worries. Chris ...


THEATER-REVIEW-For-the-Love-Of-or-the-Roller-Derby-Play

THEATER REVIEW For the Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play) - Playwright: Gina Femia. At: The Buena Theatre at The Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: 800-737-0984 How much will a young woman surrender in order to make her dreams come true? That's the question explored by Gina Femia in her all-female drama, set primarily at a New York roller rink, where the Brooklyn Scallywags regularly practice. New team member ...


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Theater Spotlight on GayCo, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight GayCo does its part for suburban LGBTQ outreach with a one-night-only performance of the revue Love Is Love Is Love Handles. Expect to see a mix of sketches and songs involving lesbian breakups, oddball gay hookup scenarios and more drawn from the 20-year history of Chicago's longest-running LGBTQ comedy troupe. Love Is Love Is Love Handles plays 7:30 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Scullery-Maid-

THEATER REVIEW The Scullery Maid - Playwright: Joseph Zettelmaier. At: Idle Muse Theatre Company at the Edge, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20. Runs through: April 9 No one disputes the practicality of eliminating options as a means of expediting decisions—the fewer possibilities, the easier the choice, right? That's not how our big sloppy world works, however, and therein lies the lesson illustrated in Joseph Zettelmaier's speculations ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Picnic

THEATER REVIEW Picnic - Playwright: William Inge. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 773-409-4125 or ATCweb.org; $20-$38. Runs through: April 23 If American Theater Company wanted to graft a descriptive subtitle for its production of Picnic, it could easily be "A post-modern, queer and racially inclusive interpretation by transgender artistic director Will Davis." Not that there's anything wrong with that. In ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Destiny-of-Desire

THEATER REVIEW Destiny of Desire - Playwright: Karen Zacarias. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $20-$75. Runs through: April 16 Karen Zacarias' homage to the world of telenovelas delivers more fun than anyone has a right to expect from the Latinx author of solemn feminist dramas. Audience members not yet counted among the genre's two billion devotees, but who have encountered the fiction of ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Questioning 'gender fraud' - "I've never been more proud to have my ass on a poster." Los Angeles-based actor/playwright Erica Flor laughed when she confirmed that it was her posterior in publicity shots to promote Proboscis Theatre Company's STRAP-ON, a 2016 two-person play with movement she co-created with fellow performer Madelyn Robinson and director Jeff Mills. All three are making their Chicago debuts at ...


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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: April's featured storytellers - The April edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, April 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. —Elizabeth Gerard, aka "The Mighty B," is an award-winning writer, teacher and performer based in Chicago. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Columbia College Chicago, and graduate degrees in Creative Non-Fiction, ...


Christian-Nation-through-April-29

'Christian Nation' through April 29 - Our Christian Nation—a satirical two-act play written by Emmy-winning writer/Second City instructor Joe Janes, with Andrea J. Dymond directing—will run at The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave., on Fridays and Saturdays through April 29. Tickets are $20 each; visit Eventbrite.com or purchase them at the door. ...


Kiss-Tell-starts-March-30

'Kiss & Tell' starts March 30 - The Owl, 2521 N. Milwaukee Ave., has collaborated with SlutTalk to host "Kiss & Tell," a new, monthly storytelling series and open mic about sex, dating and love. Beginning Thursday, March 30, SlutTalk will curate a live performance with an open-mic component beginning at 9:30 p.m. It will continue April 27 and May 25 at the same time. Hosted by ...


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Gwendolyn Brooks events in spring - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The University of Chicago will celebrate the legacy of acclaimed poet Gwendolyn Brooks with events throughout the spring, including a major gathering of scholars, writers and musicians from April 6-8. In honor of the 100th anniversary of her birth, Centennial Brooks will include a scholarly conference and a celebration of the life and poetry of the first African American poet ...


GoldiSocks-and-Her-Three-Bears-tell-a-fabulous-drag-fairy-tale-

GoldiSocks and Her Three Bears tell a fabulous drag fairy tale - From a press release - Chicago, IL ( April 7-May 26, 2017 ): Has this administration got you down? Tired of folks telling you which bathroom to use? LGBTQ friends rejoice - this show lets you exercise your rights as patriots to resist, stand up, and be counted ( while looking fabulous doing it )! Gorilla Tango Originals presents its newest offering: "GoldiSocks and Her ...


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Big Noise 2017 announces Spring 2017 Musical, Big Fish, the Musical - From a press release - Des Plaines, IL- Big Noise Theatre Company, a division of Winnetka Theatre, announces the Spring show of their 2017 season, Big Fish, the Musical. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Tim Burton film, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest, and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories ...


GayCo-gets-grabby-in-Love-is-Love-is-Love-Handles

GayCo gets grabby in Love is Love is Love Handles - From a press release - ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — GayCo is back in the northwest burbs with their over-the-( muffin )-top sketch comedy revue for the LGBT-etc community, featuring a mix of the funniest scenes from their 20 year history and providing you all the love and laughs you can handle. On Friday, March 31st at 7:30pm, GayCo treks out to Arlington Heights after their sold-out ...


About-Face-Theatre-Artistic-Director-Andrew-Volkoff-to-step-down

About Face Theatre Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff to step down - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 23, 2017 ) — The Board of Directors of About Face Theatre announced today that Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff will step down at the conclusion of the company's 2016-17 season. AFT's Board has formed a committee to conduct a national search for Volkoff's successor and to oversee the leadership transition. A detailed job description and instructions ...


Hell-in-a-Handbag-Productions-presents-Lady-X--A-Musical

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents Lady X - A Musical - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 22, 2017 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to open its 15th season with the world premiere of Lady X — A Musical, a shocking exposé ripped from the headlines of yesteryear, playing from April 21 — June 10, 2017 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Single tickets and season ...


DOUBLE-REVIEW-Spamilton-10-Out-of-12

DOUBLE REVIEW Spamilton, 10 Out of 12 - Spamilton Creator: Gerard Alessandrini. At: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-988-9000 or Spamilton.com; $59-$99. Runs through: May 28 10 Out of 12 Playwright: Anne Washburn. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or TheaterWit.org; $24-$36. Runs through: April 23 Two recent acclaimed off-Broadway shows making strong Chicago debuts are allowing audiences to feel like the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Kid-Thing

THEATER REVIEW The Kid Thing - Written by: Sarah Gubbins. Directed by: Jake Fruend. At: Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: NothingWithoutACompany.org: $20. Runs through: April 15 Nothing Without a Company presents Sarah Gubbins' play The Kid Thing—the first time it has presented a known work over a new one. It's easy to see why Gubbins' play about two lesbian couples debating parenthood ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sycamore - Playwright: Sarah Sander. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. Tickets: 773-338-2177; RavenTheatre.org; $46. Runs through: April 29 I don't understand this play's title. No one is named Sycamore, or lives on Sycamore Lane, or talks of sycamore trees. What the play does have is a helluva lot of angst. Only one character appears angst-free, and that may be because she's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Wiz

THEATER REVIEW The Wiz - Playwright: Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, book by William F. Brown. At: Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $33-$38. Runs through: April 16 If the brothers and sisters of Huckleberry Finn, Peer Gynt, Alice Liddell or Ebenezer Scrooge were not to be found in every culture the world over, their stories would have faded from ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Alessandrini riffs on 'Spamilton' - Started in New York by author Gerard Alessandrini, Spamilton has now moved to Chicago in a cabaret space. This hilarious production takes the popular Hamilton and lampoons it along with dozens of other musicals in 90 minutes. The story begins with Barack and Michelle Obama listening to the Hamilton soundtrack before they go to sleep, and the jokes keep coming ...


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Strawdog moves to North Center - Strawdog Theatre Company announced that the company has signed a three-year lease for the former Signal Ensemble Theater, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. The space was also briefly home to Oracle Productions following Signal's closure, and has a 99-seat venue. Strawdog's 30th-anniversary season, to be celebrated during 2017-18, is to be announced. Strawdog Theatre Company's final production of the 2016-17 season ...


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'Carmen' ends March 25 - Lyric Opera of Chicago will run the story of a deadly love triangle in Bizet's Carmen, directed by Tony and Emmy Award-winning director/choreographer Rob Ashford, who returns to Lyric after Carousel. Carmen runs through Saturday, March 25, at Lyric's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets start at $34; visit LyricOpera.org/Carmen or call 312-827-5600 . ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Chicago's Coulee competes for the crown on 'Drag Race' - The drag scene in Chicago continues to grow each year and Hollywood has taken notice. RuPaul's Drag Race has cast several of our dolls in past seasons, starting from the very first with Jade Sotomayor. Over the years the Windy City has been represented with fierce competitors like DiDa Ritz, Monica Beverly Hillz and Phi Phi O'Hara. Pageant queen Naysha ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Former Saturday Night Live star Rachel Dratch, former 30 Rock star Scott Adsit and Community creator Dan Harmon are the headliners for the 20th Annual Chicago Improv Festival. More than 145 improv groups from the U.S., Canada and India are in the mix, including returning troupes like Frangela, SIRENS and Damaged Goods. The 20th Annual Chicago Improv Festival ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Phantom-Pain

THEATER REVIEW Phantom Pain - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Barbara Lhota. At: Organic Theater Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $25. Runs through: April 2 Barbara Lhota's fondness for procedurals is no secret to playgoers familiar with the canon of this prolific playwright. Although employed most often in crime stories, this literary construct may be applied to any plot proposing a riddle at the outset ...


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Pride Films and Plays announces the Great Trans* Play Contest^ - From a press release - Chicago, IL - The Chicago-based performing arts company Pride Films and Plays announces its inaugural The Great Trans* Play Contest. The international competition is open exclusively to playwrights who are transgender, gender queer, gender fluid, non-binary, or of other gender nonconforming identities, all referred to here as "trans*." The mission of this new competition is to specifically encourage new stories ...


BAD-TASTE-A-Revue-of-Queer-Camp-Curiosities-on-stage-March-22

BAD TASTE: A Revue of Queer Camp Curiosities on stage March 22 - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 15, 2017 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions and Mo Less presents BAD TASTE, a revue of queer camp curiosities, featuring a line-up of Chicago's most hilarious, outrageous and shocking performers. BAD TASTE dares to defy expectations of what can be put on stage, revealing horrors beyond your darkest imagination: Profanity! Bodily fluids! Strange odors! ...







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