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Arts Alliance luncheon to feature McCraney - The second annual Arts Alliance Illinois "Voices of a Creative State" benefit luncheon will take place Monday, June 2, at the Palmer House Hilton Chicago, 17 E. Monroe St. The event will feature MacArthur Fellow and American playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney as the keynote speaker. The benefit will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a VIP networking reception in the Red ...


Spotlight-The-Dance-of-Death

Spotlight: The Dance of Death - The Dance of Death is August Stringberg's biting 1900 Swedish comedy about a crumbling marriage between a military captain and his wife. Writers Theatre in Glencoe presents the U.S. premiere of a new translation by acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson ( Port Authority, The Seafarer ) in an extremely intimate production starring acclaimed actors Shannon Cochran, Philip Earl Johnson and Larry ...


THEATER-REVIEW-El-Incas

THEATER REVIEW El Incas - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: RaÃșl Dorantes. At: Colectivo de Pozo at La Casa de Oscar Lopez, 2628 W. Division St.. Tickets: 815-690-6429; colectivoelpozo@gmail.com; $15. Runs through: May 11 RaÃșl Dorantes wastes no time on lengthy introductions. No sooner does our play start than we learn that the Gallardos' marriage is in trouble: For months, Fernando has been returning home to sleep on ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show, About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising, through April 27. New About Face Theatre artistic director Andrew Volkoff makes a memorable Chicago directorial debut with a very funny and insightful piece on an Intersex Indian-American who lives multi-hyphenated existance straddling different genders and cultures. SCM Happy Endings, Second Thought Theater Company at Stage 773, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Great-God-Pan

THEATER REVIEW The Great God Pan - Author: Amy Herzog. At: Next Theatre Company, 927 Noyes, Evanston. Tickets: 1-847-475-1875; www.nexttheatre.org; $30-$45. Runs through: May 11 Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once famously referred to "known unknowns." Amy Herzog's play is about the opposite—"unknown knowns"—concerning what we remember and how we remember it, or "what didn't I know and when didn't I know it." Jamie, a thirtysomething rising ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Our-Class

THEATER REVIEW Our Class - Playwright: adapted by Ryan Craig from a play by Tadeusz Slobodzianek. At: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.remybumppo.org; $42.50-$52.50. Runs Through: May 11 First, the facts: On July 10, 1941, all Jewish residents of the Polish village of Jedwabne—recently overrun with Russian armies, but now occupied by German troops—were imprisoned in a ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Cicada

THEATER REVIEW Cicada - By: Jerre Dye. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336. Greenhousetheater.org; $35 ( $20 students ). Runs through: May. 25 A play set in a sweltering Mississippi summer, Cicada requires quite the stretch of imagination for Chicago residents still pleading for mercy from this slow-dying winter, but Route 66 Theatre Company actually ...


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Chicago Humanities Fest names Alison Cuddy Program Director - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL-April 10, 2014-The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Alison Cuddy as its new Program Director. Cuddy, who comes to the Festival after more than 10 years as a producer and reporter with WBEZ 91.5 FM, will begin the full-time staff position May 5, 2014. "We're excited to have Alison join our ...


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Chicago play brings former flames full circle in 'Cicada' - Amy Matheny and Jerre Dye have been in each other's lives on and off since the age of 15. First friends, then partners, then friends again, Matheny is perhaps one of Dye's biggest fans. When she stopped off to see his show in Memphis, she put her foot down … he would have to relocate it to Chicago—end of story. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Sexual and gender dualities on stage - The cascade of LGBTQIA works on Chicago-area stages continues with two world premieres opening this week. One deals with bisexuality among Latino immigrants living in Chicago, while another focuses on an intersex installation artist trying to make amends as death approaches. El Incas Out Mexican-born and Chicago-based playwright Raul Dorantes expects to stir up some controversy with El Incas, his ...


Brahman-i-A-One-Hijra-Stand-Up-Comedy-Show

Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Aditi Brennan Kapil. At: About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St. Tickets: 312-857-1234; www.aboutfacetheatre.com or www.silkroadrising.org; $20-$35. Runs through: April 27 New About Face Theatre artistic director Andrew Volkoff is certainly making a bold statement for his Chicago directorial debut with the local premiere of Aditi Brennan Kapil's Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Bat-Hamlet, Corn Productions at the Cornservatory, through April 26. Melancholy Dane and Dark Knight meet in an action-packed two-genre spoof featuring a Rocky Horror-sized performance by Lucas Thatcher as the Jester. MSB A Tale of Two Cities, Lifeline Theatre, through April 13. As is their wont, Lifeline has pared down the famous Dickens tale to its essential love triangle story, ...


A-Place-in-the-Woods

A Place in the Woods - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Erik Gernand. At: The Fine Print Theatre Company at The Alley Stage of Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: www.thefineprinttheatre.org; $25. Runs through: May 4 The LGBTQ community in America has made incredible strides in the past few years when it has come to gaining more equal rights and increasing societal acceptance. But there is plenty of lingering pain ...


Peter-and-the-Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Rick Elice. At: Bank of America, 18 West Monroe. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.BroadwayInChicago.com; $18-$85. Runs through: April 13 Are you a bigger fan of Captain Hook or Peter Pan? After seeing the five-time Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher, gay audience members might lean toward Hook, although Pan does have that baby face. Underneath the title it states "A Grownup's ...


Spotlight-33-RPM-and-a-Few-Seconds

Spotlight: 33 RPM and a Few Seconds - Beirut-born multimedia artists Lina Saneh and Rabih Mroue make their Chicago debut with the semi-documentary 33 RPM and a Few Seconds, a farewell letter of a suicidal young man living in Lebanon during the revolutions of the Arab Spring. After his death, his electronic devices live on as institutions and individuals search for a meaning behind his suicide. 33 RPM ...


-Dustin-Lance-Black-at-Elmhurst-College-on-May-8

Dustin Lance Black at Elmhurst College on May 8 - Openly gay and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black ( Milk ) will be at Elmhurst College's Frick Center Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. In addition to Milk, Black's credits also include the movie J. Edgar and the play 8, which portrays the closing arguments in the federal trial that led to the overturning of California's Proposition 8 and the ...


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Sapna Kumar chases dreams to Hollywood - Stand-up comic, actor and longtime Chicago resident Sapna Kumar ( a former Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree ) has chased her dreams to Hollywood. The out performer, who has appeared on LOGO TV's One Night Stand-Up and NBC's Last Comic Standing 4, as well as in indie films Promise Land and Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together, moved ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Happy-Endings

THEATER REVIEW Happy Endings - Playwright: Matt Tassell. At: Second Thought Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252; www.stage773.com; $25. Runs through: May 4 History records many instances of gay men and het women enjoying long and affectionate friendships, while romantic literature abounds in deathbed confessions of hitherto suppressed devotion—and where would classical tragedy be without innocent lives thwarted by lies ...


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Comedy night benefits NU's IMPACT program - A sold-out audience at the Laugh Factory Chicago April 7 saw local and out-of-town comedy and music acts perform in the first Chicago edition of the Los Angeles-based "Don't Tell My Mother" show. The event benefited IMPACT, the LGBT Health and Development Program of Northwestern University. The show's creator, Nikki Levy, started off the night with a welcome and her ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bat-Hamlet-

THEATER REVIEW Bat-Hamlet - Playwright: Jordan Pulliam At: Corn Productions at the Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-650-1331; www.cornservatory.org; $7-$15 Runs through: April 26 When you think "Man in Black," what might come to mind is Zorro or Johnny Cash, depending on your age and pop-culture compass. What came to Jordan Pulliam's mind were the Dark Knight and the Melancholy Dane—and why ...


Songs-from-an-Unmade-Bed

Songs from an Unmade Bed - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: lyrics by Mark Campbell, music by Debra Barsha, Mark Bennett, Peter Foley, Jenny Giering, Peter Golub, et al. At: Pride Films and Plays at the Apollo Studio, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6100; www.ticketmaster.com; $25-$30 Runs through: April 27 Mark Campbell wrote his song cycle as a oneman show, but Pride Films and Plays director Derek Van Barham ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Ghost Bike, Buzz22 Chicago at Greenhouse Theater Center, through April 6. The company that brought us She Kills Monsters in 2012 takes us on a bicycle ride through a multicultural Realm of the Dead with a grief-stricken teenager whose anger at the loss of her best friend fuels her mission to defy the Grim Reaper. MSB King Hedley II, Congo ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Depraved-New-World

THEATER REVIEW Depraved New World - Playwright: The cast At: The Second City, 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets: 1-312-337-3992; www.SecondCity.com; from $23 Runs through: open run For 55 years The Second City has been a reliable good night out. Smart critics long ago stopped judging its revues on their political content or university wit, hallmarks of the troupe's early years with which ever-fewer folks are familiar ...


Spotlight-The-Laramie-Project

Spotlight: The Laramie Project - Following the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in 1998, playwright/director Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project conducted hundreds of interviews in and around the University of Wyoming in what became the acclaimed and influential stage docudrama The Laramie Project. This ensemble piece explores anti-gay violence, homophobia, tolerance and so much more. And in the wake ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Good-Boys-and-True

THEATER REVIEW Good Boys and True - Playwright: Roberto Acquirre-Sacasa At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-338-2177 or raventheatre.com; $36 Runs through: May 3 The Raven Theatre is bringing a new version of Good Boys and True to the North Side this spring. Back in 2008, Steppenwolf Theatre put on the world premiere of the St. Joe's Prep School tale set in Washington, D.C., to ...


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Judy Gold among City Winery's upcoming acts - Lesbian comedian Judy Gold will be part of Downtown Seder on Tuesday, April 8, at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. There will also be Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza, Sean Altman as Jewmongous, Paris-based singer-songwriter Keren Ann and the Chicago cast of Old Jews Telling Jokes, among others. Prices are $70-$145. See www.CityWinery.com. ...


Babes-with-Blades-to-run-LImbecile-in-April-May

Babes with Blades to run 'L'Imbecile' in April, May - In a world-premiere production, Babes with Blades Theatre Company will present L'Imbecile, by Aaron Adair, at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. The production is "a gender-twisted take on Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto," according to a press release. Previews will be Saturday, April 5; Thursday April 10; and Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m. The opening is Saturday, April 12, ...


April-7-comedy-event-to-benefit-LGBT-program

April 7 comedy event to benefit LGBT program - The event "Don't Tell My Mother!" will take place Monday, April 7, at Laugh Factory Chicago, 3175 N. Broadway, at 8 p.m. IMPACT, the LGBT health and development program at Northwestern University, will benefit from the event. This evening will feature stories from Los Angeles actress Jen Kober ( The Mindy Project, Curb Your Enthusiasm ) and creator/host Nikki Levy, ...


Celebrating-Miss-Foozie-April-6

Celebrating Miss Foozie April 6 - The real-life Miss Foozie was out with some friends one night about 20 years ago and they were thinking of having a party, so he suggested his birthday—April 6—which was approaching as the ideal date. And since he worked at a bar in Boystown at the time and previously worked at others, they were convinced it would be a great, ...


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Getting on bi? World premieres touch upon sexual fluidity - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - Chicago is currently awash with LGBTQ dramas. The deluge of regional premieres include: Cicada by Jerre Dye via Route 66 Theatre Company, The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog at Evanston's Next Theatre, the musical Songs from an Unmade Bed produced by Pride Films and Plays and Aditi Brennan Kapil's Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show co-produced by Silk Road ...


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Steppenwolf gets colorful with gala - On March 28, Steppenwolf Theatre threw a benefit for its Young Adults education program at Venue One on Randolph with its annual "Red or White Ball," raising nearly $60,000. Ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney, playwright for Head of Passes, was in attendance along with cast members from a variety of past productions. Some restaurants that turned up to feed the ...


Wonka-Balls-theme-is-The-Gayme-Show

Wonka Ball's theme is 'The Gayme Show!' - About Face Theatre ( AFT ) invites guests to "come on down" and celebrate its 18th year with a throwback to daily doubles, free spins, and lifelines at Wonka Ball 2014: The Gayme Show! on Friday, May 9, at 8 p.m. ( with a VIP cocktail reception at 7 p.m. ) at Macy's on State Street in the 9th Floor ...


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TheatrePros.com holding spring preview April 6 - TheatrePros.com will hold a mass springtheater preview Sunday, April 6, at Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., at 8 p.m. Ten member theaters will perform 10-minute previews of their upcoming spring shows. Participating theatres include 20% Theatre Company, AstonRep Theatre, Mondisa Monde Productions, The Rum & Coke Collective, The Plagiarists, Fury Theatre, Piccolo Theatre, Cor Res Theatre, Three Cat Productions ...


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LGBTQ homeless youth project heals through performance - Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) encourages LGBTQ Chicago youths experiencing homelessness or housing instability to rewrite their lives, transforming each of their own stories of hardship and heartache into personalized performance pieces. YEPP was established in 2011 to aid LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in exploring their history and to discover new ways to address their challenges and find ...


April-7-comedy-event-to-benefit-LGBT-program

April 7 comedy event to benefit LGBT program - The event "Don't Tell My Mother!" will take place Monday, April 7, at Laugh Factory Chicago, 3175 N. Broadway, at 8 p.m. IMPACT, the LGBT health and development program at Northwestern University, will benefit from the event. This evening will feature stories from Los Angeles actress Jen Kober ( The Mindy Project, Curb Your Enthusiasm ) and creator/host Nikki Levy, ...


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From Brazil: Cabaret Improtempo - From a press release - Brazil's Companhia de Teatro Contemporaneo will be part of the Chicago Improv Festival with the Company improvisation group called IMPROTEMPO. The show that will be present part of the international and Latin stage, with Chinese, New Zelanders, Italians, French and other improvisers. Look for the show at ComedySportz Theatre, Wed. April 2, 8 p.m.. Instituto Cervantes: Fri. April 4th, 10:00PM; ...


Spotlight-Songs-from-an-Unmade-Bed

Spotlight: Songs from an Unmade Bed - The lives of urban gay males are explored in the 2005 off-Broadway revue Songs from an Unmade Bed, in which lyricist Mark Campbell collaborated with a different composer for each song in an exercise of creative promiscuity. While the original production just featured one performer, Pride Films and Plays has opted to engage three performers for the show's Chicago professional ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Venus-in-Fur

THEATER REVIEW Venus in Fur - THEATER REVIEW Venus in Fur Playwright: David Ives At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org; $25-$86. Runs through: April 13 The instant that the Goodman Theatre's regional premiere of Venus in Fur closes, it's likely that every scrappy Chicago storefront theater will be vying to get the rights to playwright David Ives' acclaimed Broadway comedy. Venus ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Chapatti

THEATER REVIEW Chapatti - Playwright: Christian O'Reilly. At: Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300; www.northlight.org; $25-$75. Runs through: April 13 In the Ireland depicted by plays exported to the United States, it is always the mid-20th century. The dynamic in this sweet tale of golden-year romance is universal, but also distinctly old-world. In ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Ghost Bike, Buzz22 Chicago at Greenhouse Theater Center, through April 6. The company that brought us She Kills Monsters in 2012 takes us on a bicycle ride through a multicultural realm of the dead with a grief-stricken teenager whose anger at the loss of her best friend fuels her mission to defy the Grim Reaper. MSB King Hedley II, Congo ...


Seven-Homeless-Mammoths-Wander-New-England

Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England - Playwright: Madeleine George At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$36 Runs through: April 27 First, an explanation of the title: The Pratt Museum of Natural History houses seven woolly mammoth skeletons, donated by a wealthy alumnus of the small Massachusetts college where they reside. Decades later, this campus repository is mostly utilized by students ( and ...


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Indian-American intersex comedy show debuts - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - Andrew Volkoff has been on the job for about nine months, but it's only now that he's making his Chicago directorial debut as the new artistic director of About Face Theatre, one of the city's leading theater companies dedicated to producing works by and about the LGBTQ community. And Volkoff's debut show is most definitely something that has never been ...


Sacred-Stages-Local-church-theatre-work-together

Sacred Stages: Local church, theatre work together - From a press release - Sacred Stages: A Church, a Theatre, and a Story ( 28 min, 36 sec ), tells the unique and inspiring story of the relationship between the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple—Chicago's oldest Christian congregation—and Silk Road Rising, a theatre company founded in response to 9/11 and dedicated to showcasing playwrights of Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds. A ...


Out-Joseph-actor-on-dual-roles-curtain-calls

Out 'Joseph' actor on dual roles, curtain calls - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - One of the brightest musicals of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, follows the trials and tribulations of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. Two past American Idol stars head the cast on this current touring show, with husband-and-wife team Diana DeGarmo as the narrator and Ace Young as Joseph. Out gay actor William ...


Motown-in-Chi-town-

Motown in Chi-town - Motown the Musical launches April 22. During a March 20 press conference the founder of Motown, Berry Gordy Jr., himself arrived to introduce two choreographers—Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams—who represent two different styles of dancing in the show. Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum ( Rent; Avenue Q ) as well as director Charles Randolph-Wright were on hand to mention the ...


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SPRING THEATER SPECIAL Spring ain't coming so go see a show! - Someplace there is a disco stuck in the '70s that plays nothing but "It's Raining Men" and "I Like the Nightlife," and that disco is peopled with unadventurous souls. They live in a city where the local theaters dare not present a new play, because their audiences only want to see shows they know, or which come with an advance ...


In-like-a-lion-Activism-dominates-spring-theater-season

In like a lion: Activism dominates spring theater season - SPRING THEATER SPECIAL - It wasn't that old-time religion that drew record audiences to side-by-side plays about Joan of Arc—The Lark and Saint Joan—during our subarctic winter ( the latter outselling even the popular Pygmalion for ShawChicago ), but her status as western culture's first female war veteran. How else to account for the abundance of warrior heroes dominating the spring schedules? These include ...


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'14 LGBT spring theater preview - There's a wealth of offerings when it comes to LGBT theater this spring. There are a plethora of world and Chicago premieres, plus a number of returning favorites for you to catch if you've missed them the previous times they've played the Windy City. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. New and new-to-Chicago: Cock, Profiles Theatre, The Main Stage, ...


Jersey-Boys-movie-Madonnas-Game-of-Thrones-homage

'Jersey Boys' movie; Madonna's 'Game of Thrones' homage - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, which will be in theaters June 20, according to a press release. The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. Starring in ...


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Talking with the out playwright of 'Cicada' - Born and raised in Mississippi, out writer/director/ actor/designer Jerre Dye has gone on to live and work in many cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Memphis—where he was the artistic director of the Tennesseebased Voices of the South Theatre Company for eight years. But ultimately Dye feels it is his artistic destiny to end up in Chicago. "Chicago ...


THEATER-REVIEW-King-Hedley-II

THEATER REVIEW King Hedley II - Playwright: August Wilson At: Congo Square Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.athenaeumtheatre.org; $35 Runs through: April 6 August Wilson's 10-play cycle is best approached as you would a 19th-century novel— that is, a multigenerational saga written to be consumed, chapter by chapter, like a PBS miniseries. If this mandates increasing amounts of expository baggage ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Dessa-Rose

THEATER REVIEW Dessa Rose - Composer: Stephen Flaherty; Book and lyrics: Lynn Ahrens At: Bailiwick Chicago Theater at Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or www.bailiwickchicago.com; $40 Runs through: April 5 The Bailiwick Chicago collective of artists have proven to be especially prescient by producing Dessa Rose. This 2005 off-Broadway musical by composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens focuses on the ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Into the Woods, The Hypocrites and Mercury Theater Chicago, extended through April 5. Director Geoff Button's approach to Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's 1987 fairy-tale musical mash-up is one that emphasizes imaginative playtime in a nursery with a talented cast taking on multiple roles. SCM Rose and the Rime, The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, through March 23. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Ghost-Bike

THEATER REVIEW Ghost Bike - Playwright: Laura Jacqmin At: Buzz22 Chicago at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.greenhousetheater.org; $20 Runs through: April 6 Most adults have learned to accept death as a sad inevitability, but for young people first confronting it, the sudden disappearance of a loved one—forever—calls into question the order of the entire cosmos. A playwright writing about this experience ...


Spotlight-Joseph-and-the-Amazing-Technicolor-Dreamcoat

Spotlight: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - American Idol alums and husband-and-wife team Ace Young ( season five top 10 ) and Diana DeGarmo ( season three runner-up ) co-star in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, that Bible-inspired pastiche musical full of incessantly catchy earworm tunes. Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler ( In the Heights ) directs and choreographs this brand ...


THEATER-American-Myth

THEATER: American Myth - Playwright: Christina Gorman At: American Blues Theater at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.americanbluestheater.com; $29-$39 Runs through: April 6 Did I actually work with John Carradine in summer stock when I was 19, or did I only pull the curtain while he played Dracula? Professor Douglas Graham is an award-winning historian and author noted for impeccable scholarship ...


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Partners for cancer theater event named - Collaboraction has announced its network of community partners who are supporting "This is Not a Cure for Cancer," the company's upcoming world-premiere live theater event attacking cancer, its treatment and the way people live. The partners include The American Cancer Society, Gilda's Club Chicago, The Heartwood Foundation, Mary Andrus Art Therapy, the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, Merz Apothecary, ...


TheatreProscom-preview-April-6

TheatrePros.com preview April 6 - TheatrePros.com will hold a mass springtheater preview Sunday, April 6, at Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., at 8 p.m. Ten member theaters will perform 10-minute previews of their upcoming spring shows. Participating theatres include 20% Theatre Company, AstonRep Theatre, Mondisa Monde Productions, The Rum & Coke Collective, The Plagiarists, Fury Theatre, Piccolo Theatre, Cor Res Theatre, Three Cat Productions ...


Out-at-Raven-on-March-21

'Out at Raven' on March 21 - Raven Theatre invites listeners for "Out at Raven"—a free wine-and-cheese reception just before a performance of Good Boys and True—on Friday, March 21. Good Boys and True is a contemporary play by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, set in 1989. In this era before "sexting" became common, a salacious video makes the rounds of an elite Washington, D.C., boys' prep school. The star ...


April-7-comedy-event-to-benefit-LGBT-program

April 7 comedy event to benefit LGBT program - The event "Don't Tell My Mother!" will take place Monday, April 7, at Laugh Factory Chicago, 3175 N. Broadway, at 8 p.m. IMPACT, the LGBT health and development program at Northwestern University, will benefit from the event. This evening will feature stories from Los Angeles actress Jen Kober ( The Mindy Project, Curb Your Enthusiasm ) and creator/host Nikki Levy, ...


One-Hit-Wonders-at-Black-Ensemble-May-18-June-29

'One Hit Wonders' at Black Ensemble May 18-June 29 - Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor have announced that the world-premiere musical One Hit Wonders, by Black Ensemble Theater Associate Director Rueben D. Echoles and Dawn Bless, will run May 18-June 29 at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St. This musical spans some of the world's biggest hits of the '60s, '70s, '80s and ...


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Dustin Lance Black at Elmhurst on May 8 - Openly gay and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black ( Milk ) will be at Elmhurst College's Frick Center Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. In addition to Milk, Black's credits also include the movie J. Edgar and the play 8, which portrays the closing arguments in the federal trial that led to the overturning of California's Proposition 8 and the ...


Poppy-and-Queer-Queens-of-Qomedy

Poppy and Queer Queens of Qomedy - Poppy and Queer Queens of Qomedy, an all lesbian comedy revue, has been on the road for eight years. Always returning to Chicago for more, the mistress of ceremonies is the indomitable Poppy Champlin, with Showtime and HBO specials in her quiver, she brings her bag of tricks and her hilarious Queer Queens of Qomedy to Mayne Stage Theatre. Three ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Dont-you-forget-about-Molly-Ringwald

NUNN ON ONE Don't you forget about Molly Ringwald - Many will remember Molly Ringwald from teen movies such as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink. The young actress was nominated for a Golden Globe at the age of 13 for Tempest. She tackled Broadway with Cabaret, How I Learned to Drive and the Tony-nominated Enchanted April. The Molly Ringwald Quintet heads to Randolph Street to bring ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Gospel-of-Lovingkindness

THEATER REVIEW The Gospel of Lovingkindness - Playwright: Marcus Gardley. At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or www.victorygardens.org; $20-$60. Runs through: March 30 Don't accuse the Chicago theater community of turning a blind eye to the city's endemic youth violence. Steppenwolf Theatre and Collaboraction both produced thoughtful artistic responses based upon real events last year, and now Victory Gardens Theater enters the fray ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Crime in the Neighborhood - Playwright: James Glossman from Suzanne Berne's novel. At: City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 1-773-293-3682; www.citylit.org; $29. Runs through: April 13 A clean, white Washington, D.C., suburb is thrown into turmoil and fear when a boy is murdered in the summer of 1972, as Watergate makes headlines. Before that, earlier in the spring, Marsha Eberhardt's dad abandoned ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Roper

THEATER REVIEW The Roper - Playwright: Will Dunne. At: The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thedentheatre.com; $25. Runs through: April 13 "These are stupid men, and there's nothing more dangerous than stupid men with a big idea!" we are warned. The big idea in 1876 is to steal Abraham Lincoln's body from its tomb in Springfield and demand ransom for its return. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Seminar

THEATER REVIEW Seminar - Playwright: Theresa Rebeck. At: Haven Theatre Company at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $32. Runs through: April 13 There are three reasons for attending writers' workshops: 1 ) to hustle a lucrative contract/grant/professorship, 2 ) to pontificate endlessly about your ( superior ) artistic theories, 3 ) to get laid. There are three reasons for teaching ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Cody Melcher's comedy comes out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Headlining the stand up showcase at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival Cody Melcher is ready to bring the funny. The festival includes a nerdy cabaret, non hit songs from television shows like Battlestar Galactica, Improvised Jane Austen, and Plan 9 Burlesque. Cody has a bimonthly podcast called Tomefoolery where he picks a book to discuss with his co-host. He is ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Golden Boy, Griffin Theatre at Theater Wit, through April 6. Every play in the last 20 years that featured boxing has swept the Jeff awards, so how can you afford to miss this American classic? MSB Rose and the Rime, House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, through March 23. Want the best fairy tales? Go to The House. You ...


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Scott McPherson's Fat Lady Sings March 14-16 - Theater D is presenting its 2014 production of the late playwright Scott McPherson's first work, Till The Fat Lady Sings. The run will take place March 14-16 at the Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St., Deerfield. McPherson is best known as the author of the award-winning play Marvin's Room. Theater D's signature trademark is the dessert buffet at intermission; it ...


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Dustin Lance Blackat Elmhurst on May 8 - Openly gay and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black ( Milk ) will be at Elmhurst College's Frick Center Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. In addition to Milk, Black's credits also include the movie J. Edgar and the play 8, which portrays the closing arguments in the federal trial that led to the overturning of California's Proposition 8 and the ...


-Chicago-Flower-Garden-Show-on-March-15-23

Chicago Flower & Garden Show on March 15-23 - The annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's, will take place March 15-23 at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. With its 2014 theme "Do Green. Do Good," the show spotlights cutting-edge garden designs, products, practices and techniques. Visitors will be able to learn flower arranging and pruning techniques; and see spreads such as the "New Varieties Garden," ...


-Billy-Porter-releasing-Billys-Back-on-Broadway

Billy Porter releasing 'Billy's Back on Broadway' - Perhaps best known for his Tony-winning role as Lola in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Billy Porter is releasing his debut on Concord Records, Billy's Back on Broadway, on April 15. "The canon of great Broadway songs is so vast and I have so many favorites that the only way I could narrow them down was to choose a ...


Spotlight-Rent

Spotlight: Rent - The Paramount Theatre in Aurora closes out its third season of self-produced musicals with the 1996 Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Rent. Jeff Award-winner Jim Corti directs the late Jonathan Larson's rocking update of the 1896 opera La Boheme, which transplants Puccini's struggling artists and lovers to New York during the AIDS crisis of the early 1990s. Rent plays ...







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