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Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Actress Amanda Peet made her off-Broadway debut as a playwright in 2013 with a drama inspired by the recent downfall of financier Bernie Madoff, who ran an elaborate Ponzi scheme. With The Commons of Pensacola, Peet imagines what life might be like for the wife of a convicted Wall Street trader and the recriminations that spew from fellow family members ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Josh Young: 'Grace' under pressure - This October, Chicagoans are being treated to another pre-Broadway engagement—this time with a musical called Amazing Grace. It tells the story of John Newton, played by Josh Young, who is torn between becoming a slave trader or becoming more compassionate thanks to fellow costar Erin Mackey, who plays his childhood sweetheart. The classic title song "Amazing Grace" is born in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Ryan Czerwonko's 'Dead' reckoning - Evil Dead: The Musical is creeping into the Broadway Playhouse this fall and only running for three weeks. This horror show based on the classic movie broke records in Canada during its run before hitting the Windy City. The full cast of Chicagoans tells the campy story of five college friends staying in a cabin in the woods. Everything is ...


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FALL THEATER SPECIAL Autumn premieres - Chicago theater chugs along ... and chugs along and chugs along. The 2014-2015 season is filled with delights covering 2,400 years of drama from the works of Euripides and Sophocles to new lights we haven't yet discovered ( but will before next summer rolls around ). As always, a very high percentage—about 40 percent—of work offered from our 230+ area ...


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Autumn classics and revivals and how to tell the difference - FALL THEATER SPECIAL - The word "classic" is tossed around pretty casually these days—indeed, it's not uncommon for Baby Boom geezers to affix that appellation to anything recalled from their youth, regardless of lasting historical significance ( "Yellow Submarine" might qualify as "classic" pop, but should "Mellow Yellow" share that status? ) According to sages at Windy City Times, a play can be called ...


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Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra: UNDONE - THEATER REVIEW - Adapting and condensing a historical theater epic down to fit into a tiny storefront theater space sounds like a fool's errand. But as regular Chicago theatergoers know, the Windy City's industrious theater artists can often surprise and delight in re-imagining great works on a drastically smaller scale. Unfortunately, Skyline StageWorks' reduction of the Bard's work titled Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra: ...


Miracles-in-the-Fall

Miracles in the Fall - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Chuck O'Connor. At: Polarity Ensemble Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.petheatre.com; $25. Runs through: Oct. 5 Sister Clare Connelly probably wasn't the first teenage girl to flee her squabbling parents house for the perceived safety of a cloistered community, nor was Father Peter Lentine likely the first boy to seek the priesthood as an ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Midnight-City

THEATER REVIEW The Midnight City - Playwright: Tony Fitzpatrick. At: Firecat Projects at the Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Hasted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $25. Runs through: Oct. 19 "Tony has lived only in Chicago" Stan Klein tells us. The "Tony" of whom he speaks is Tony Fitzpatrick—artist, poet, and raconteur in the tradition of Ben Hecht, Nelson Algren, Mike Royko, Studs Terkel and Rick Kogan. After ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Isaac's Eye; Death Tax - Playwright: Lucas Hnath. At: Lookingglass Theatre, the Water Tower Water Works ( Death Tax ); Writers' Theatre, Books on Vernon, Glencoe ( Isaac's Eye ). Tickets, Death Tax: 312-337-0665; www.lookingglasstheatre.org; $40-$65. Tickets, Isaac's Eye: 847-242-6000; www.writerstheatre.org; $35-$75. Runs through: Oct. 12 ( Death Tax ), Dec. 7 ( Isaac's Eye ) Since 2011, Lucas Hnath ( pronounced "Nayth" ) has ...


The-show-must-go-on-A-season-of-musicals-and-operas-is-coming

The show must go on: A season of musicals and operas is coming - FALL THEATER SPECIAL - This past Thursday, Sept. 11, theaters around the Chicago area dimmed their marquee lights at 7:30 p.m. in tribute to theater artists who passed away the previous week. Bernie Yvon, 50, was killed in an Indiana car accident on Sept. 6. Yvon, a veteran of numerous musicals at Chicago-area venues like the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and Drury Lane Theatre ...


THEATER-NEWS

THEATER NEWS - FWD event to feature Tony winner Mueller Eight veteran actors, directors, writers, choreographers and producers have created FWD ( "Festival of Works in Development" ) Theatre Project, a grassroots initiative for the discovery, development and delivery of original musical theater to the Chicago community. Artistic Director Amber Makalong, along with collective artistic associates Justin Brill, Wade Elkins, Michael Gillis, Karen ...


About-Face-Theatre-presents-Black-and-Tan-Supper-Club

About Face Theatre presents Black and Tan Supper Club - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 10, 2014 ) — For one exclusive night, step back into the golden age of Chicago's Bohemian society as About Face Theatre presents The Black and Tan Supper Club on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 from 7 pm — 10 pm at the swanky InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave. on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This magical throwback inspired ...


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October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard on stage Oct. 9 - From a press release - Flint, MI — Non-profit theatre company, Trust Theatre Ensemble, will premiere their stage adaptation of October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard at Theatre Wit in Chicago this October. Written by Lesléa Newman, who was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in 1998, the year Matthew Shepard was killed, October Mourning is a poetic ...


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Illinois Humanities Council event focuses on drag - The Illinois Humanities Council's 2014 "Now What?" series has played host to spirited discussions in venues across the city with headliners and experts weighing in on array of topics that are shaping U.S. business, culture and politics from the rise and proliferation of social media to equality and the role of democracy in public education. On Sept. 3, the fourth ...


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Harris Theater, Lyric Opera partner for Beyond the Aria series - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 3, 2014 ) Michael Tiknis, President and Managing Director of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, today unveiled Beyond the Aria, a new performance series produced by Harris Theater in a unique first-time association with Lyric Unlimited, on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park. Four performances—October 21, November 10, January 14, and March 10 ( ...


About-Face-Theatre-presents-Black-and-Tan-Supper-Club

About Face Theatre presents Black and Tan Supper Club - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 10, 2014 ) — For one exclusive night, step back into the golden age of Chicago's Bohemian society as About Face Theatre presents THE BLACK AND TAN SUPPER CLUB on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 7 pm — 10 pm at the swanky InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave. on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This magical throwback inspired ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Coward-

THEATER REVIEW The Coward - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Nick Jones. At: Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$30. Runs through: Oct. 5 In a tribal culture. family is everything. In a pre-literate culture, what is said about one's family is everything. In a warrior culture, the willingness to die in the defense of these values is everything. Long after English ...


-THEATER-REVIEW-The-Whaleship-Essex

THEATER REVIEW The Whaleship Essex - Playwright: Joe Forbrich. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 1-773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $30. Runs through: Oct. 11 The Whaleship Essex isn't a great play, but it's riveting theater that tells a harrowing tale. Similar to other real-life adventures from the Age of Sail—Mutiny on the Bounty, Two Years Before the Mast, Moby Dick ( inspired ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Ecstasy

THEATER REVIEW Ecstasy - Playwright: Mike Leigh. At: Cole Theatre at Red Orchid, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; www.coletheatre.org; $15-$25. Runs through: Sept. 28 In 1979 England, 19 pounds ( about $31 U.S. ) a week rents a petrol-station cashier an SRO with a calico curtain hanging below the sink, a folding tray doubling as a liquor table, a kitchen chair for seating ...


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Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Most opera fans know of Verdi's 19th century adaptation of Shakespeare's "Scottish Play," but few know of Swiss composer Ernest Bloch's adaptation of Macbeth. Chicago Opera Theater steps into the fray by introducing the Windy City premiere of Bloch's 1906 opera about a murderous Scottish thane and his wife who will stop at nothing for royal power. Chicago Opera Theater ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Games-Afoot

THEATER REVIEW The Game's Afoot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Ken Ludwig. At: Drury Lane Theatre, 10 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Tickets: 630-530-0111 or www.drurylane.com; $20-$22. Runs through Oct. 19 It's thriller time in Chicago's suburbs. Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest is reviving the 1978 classic Deathtrap, while the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights is going even more vintage by producing Dial "M" for Murder from 1952. ...


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Chita Rivera Moraine Valley Community College Sept. 27 - From a press release - Come celebrate the one and only Broadway legend Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event celebrating her 80th birthday at Moraine Valley Community College's Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills, on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the general public and $35 for seniors and students. Direct from her sold-out smash concert ...


THEATER-REVIEW-My-Name-Is-Asher-Lev

THEATER REVIEW My Name Is Asher Lev - Playwright: adapted by Aaron Posner from the novel by Chaim Potok. At: Timeline Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252; www.timelinetheatre.com; $37-$50. Runs through: Oct. 18 To be a member of Brooklyn's Ladover Hassidic Jewish settlement in the 1940s and '50s was to occupy—take a deep breath, now—a subsect of a subsect of yet another ...


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John Leguizamo 'Klowns' around, talks 'To Wong Foo' - NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY - John Leguizamo continues to have a long and varied career. He began on television on Miami Vice in 1984, then had his first movie role that year with Mixed Blood. He then continued on a string of high-profile roles with Casualties of War, Die Hard 2 and Regarding Henry. Carlito's Way moved him into the serious parts; then, he stole ...


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CRITICS' PICKS and THEATER SPOTLIGHT: Miracles in the Fall - THEATER SPOTLIGHT A nun in 1968 Detroit uncovers all sorts of unsettling secrets about her family in Chuck O'Connor's drama Miracles in the Fall, a winner of Polarity Ensemble Theatre's Dionysos Cup Award for play writing. Polarity Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Miracles in the Fall now through Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Methtacular

THEATER REVIEW Methtacular! - Playwright: Steven Strafford. At: About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.aboutfacetheatre.org; $35. Runs through: Sept. 28 One-person shows always begin in peculiar, artificial fashion. With no second actor to kick-start the action, the solo performer must directly acknowledge the audience, or pretend the audience isn't there, or pretend the audience is another character. ( ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Arsonists

THEATER REVIEW The Arsonists - Playwright: Max Frisch, adapted by Alistair Beaton. At: Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.strawdog.org; $28. Runs through: Sept. 27 The most reliable tool for gulling foolish citizens, says one of pyromaniacs lending Max Frisch's cautionary tale its title, is the unvarnished truth—"because no one ever believes it." The irony of his observation is illustrated with unflinching accuracy ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Reasons-to-Be-Happy

THEATER REVIEW Reasons to Be Happy - Playwright: Neil LaBute. At: Profiles Theatre, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 1-773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: Oct. 12 Neil LaBute's attitude about relationships is mellowing. His men still are pigs with women in many ways, but at least they seem conflicted about it in LaBute's recent plays. Of course, his men also are pigs with other men, as seen in this ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Yellow-Wallpaper

THEATER REVIEW The Yellow Wallpaper - Playwright: adapted by Lorelei. Sturm from the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. At: The Mill at the Chopin, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-764-8317; www.brownpapertickets.com; $20. Runs through: Sept. 14 You don't often hear the word "neurasthenia" invoked nowadays to describe a type of nervous breakdown—another archaic medical term—characterized by extreme enervation arising from no apparent source. In the ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Almodovar adaptation - Musical-theater fans salivated back in 2010 when they saw the starry stage cast attached to Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a Broadway musical adaptation of the 1988 film by out Spanish director Pedro AlmodÃ"var ( Talk to Her, All About My Mother ). Tony Award winners Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti and more were featured ...


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Hytes wins Miss Continental title - In an evening full of glitz, swimsuits, evening wear, professionally choreographed talent segments and more, one of the highlights of the Miss Continental contest Sept. 1 at the Vic Theatre was a cheering tribute to the late Tajma Hall, a well-known Chicago-based entertainer and MC. The winner of Miss Continental 2014 was Brooke Lynn Hytes, All-Star Continental. First runner-up was ...


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Wanda Sykes talks kids, family and hitting the road - A punctual Wanda Sykes called 15 minutes early for her interview and was on the ball immediately. "Was she funny?" "Did she make you laugh?" "Was she as hilarious as she seems?" All of these questions were posed to me by readers after said interview. The truth: Sykes is a down-to-earth mama who does comedy for a living and loves ...


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'Fringe' festival features diversity of shows, performers - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - Transgender performance artist Rebecca Kling is returning once again to perform in the Chicago Fringe Festival, which runs from Thursday, Aug. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 7. Just like last year, the 5th Annual Chicago Fringe Festival plays the Jefferson Park neighborhood centralized near the intersection of Milwaukee and Lawrence Avenues. It's a neighborhood that Kling feels has been more convenient ...


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Broadway in Chicago puts on free summer show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The hill was alive with the sound of music in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Aug. 18, when 15 Broadway in Chicago shows were featured in a free summer concert. Million Dollar Quartet has rightfully earned its success at the Apollo Theater over the years and kicked off the night with a rollicking good time and a medley of classic hits. ...


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Spotlight: House of Mirth - Dead Writers Theatre Collective gets all dressed up in fancy period dress for three benefit performances of House of Mirth, a theatrical adaptation of Edith Wharton's classic novel by Dawn Keeler. So as you see the rise and fall of Lily Bart in New York society circa 1905, just think at how you're also helping Dead Writers Theatre Collective raise ...


Witch-Slap

Witch Slap! - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Jeff Goode. At: Babes With Blades at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-904-0391; www.babeswithblades.org; $20. Runs through: Sept. 20 The annual Joining Sword and Pen competition challenges its contestants to write a play based on a specified graphic image of women portrayed in a martial context. Last year's chosen visual, however, was Gabriella Boros' grotesque painting ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Hellish Half-Light, Mary-Arrchie Theatre, through Aug. 30. These six beautifully rendered short plays by Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett provide an accessible and entertaining doorway to Beckett's sometimes-grim, sometimes-abstract but always highly theatrical landscape. JA Some Men, Pride Films and Plays at Rivendell Theatre, through Sept 13. Terrence McNally's chronicle of gay progress over the last hundred years is told as ...


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THEATER REVIEW Clemente: The Legend of 21 - Playwright: Luis Caballero. At: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or www.stage773.com; $35. Runs through: September 14 NightBlue Performing Arts Company now debuts Clemente: The Legend of 21 at Stage 773 for almost a month-long Chicago run. Beginning with record-breaking baseball player Roberto Clemente's funeral, the story is told in flashbacks, starting with the sportsman's childhood memories of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Stupid-Fkg-Bird

THEATER REVIEW Stupid F*kg Bird - Playwright: Aaron Posner. At: Sideshow Theatre Company at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $20-$25. Runs through: Sept. 21 Don't be fooled by the publicity promoting this adaptation of The Seagull as a deconstructive farce on the order of Inspecting Carol. Aaron Posner's surprisingly smart gloss on Anton Chekhov's seminal 19th-century Russian drama reads more as live-action ...


THEATER-REVIEW-On-the-Town

THEATER REVIEW On the Town - Playwrights: Leonard Bernstein ( music ), Betty Comden & Adolph Green ( book/lyrics ), Jerome Robbins ( idea/choreography ). At: The Marriott Theatre, 1 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Tickets: 847-634-0200; www.MariottTheatre.com; $40-$48 ( plus tax/fees ). Runs through: Oct. 12 Chicago has enjoyed excellent new summertime productions of Brigadoon ( Goodman Theatre ) and A Fiddler on the Roof ( Light ...


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Musical theater incubator launches with Chicago-native/Broadway stars - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 27, 2014 ) — Eight veteran actors, directors, writers, choreographers and producers have created FWD Theatre Project ( "Festival of Works in Development" ), a grass-roots initiative for the discovery, development and delivery of original musical theater to the Chicago community. Artistic Director Amber Makalong with Collective Artistic Associates Justin Brill, Wade Elkins, Michael Gillis, Karen Multer, ...


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Collective throws 'Queerpocalypse' preview - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Aug. 22, the burlesque and performance collective Ties and Tassles threw a meet-and-greet as a preview for the annual "Queerpocalypse" event held the following evening. Hosted by Jenna Delgaty with co-producer Candice Bree, the show—which took place at Lizard's Liquid Lounge, 3058 W. Irving Park Rd.—was a celebration of drag ( kings as well as queens ), high and ...


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Performer from 'RuPaul' in Chicago Sept. 3 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Illinois Humanities Council will present a conversation with controversial performer Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, a runner-up in the fifth season of Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race on Wed., Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Alaska, aka Justin Andrew Honard, is teaming up with soul singer Jomama Jones and the Illinois Humanities Council's Angel Ysaguirre for ...


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


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


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

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


THEATER-REVIEW-All-Our-Tragic

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


THEATER-REVIEW-Coraline

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


CRITICS-PICKS

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


THEATER-REVIEW-Some-Men

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


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


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


Theater-Spotlight-My-First-Time

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


CRITICS-PICKS

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


THEATER-REVIEW-Churchill

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


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


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


THEATER-REVIEW-Down-Range

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


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


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


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


Theater-Spotlight-Infiltration

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


THEATER-REVIEW-Mike-and-Seth

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


CRITICS-PICKS

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


THEATER-REVIEW-Take-the-Cake

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


THEATER-REVIEW-Intimate-Apparel

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


THEATER-REVIEW-Geezers

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


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







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