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In-theater-ATC-artistic-director-dies-Barrel-of-Monkeys-ED-steps-down

In theater: ATC artistic director dies; Barrel of Monkeys ED steps down - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ATC's Paparelli dies at 40 PJ ( nee: Paul Joseph ) Paparelli, the artistic director of the American Theater Company, has died at age 40 after being involved a car accident while on vacation in Scotland, The Chicago Tribune noted. He was vacationing with his close friend, David Charles Goyette, an assistant theater professor at Truman State University. Goyette ...


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Community briefs: Theater, film, Pride - Goodman expands on education The group at Goodman Theatre had a stellar week in May with Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes opening, a new education center announcement and a "Puttin' on the Glitz" fundraiser. After turning 90 this year the Goodman shows no signs of slowing down. A $15-million project was announced on May 12 with the Alice B. Rapoport ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Twisted-Melodies

THEATER REVIEW Twisted Melodies - Playwright: Kelvin Roston, Jr. At: Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Studio 2, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.congosquaretheatre.org; $19.50-$37. Runs through: June 14 The reel-to-reel tape recorders, the old radio and the hero wearing modified Superfly clothes were sufficient evidence that Twisted Melodies was set in the '70s. Then the hero began to sing and it was clear that it ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Inana

THEATER REVIEW Inana - Playwright: Michele Lowe. At: Timeline Theatre Company at Baird Hall, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; www.timelinetheatre.com; $39-$52. Runs through: July 26 Technically, the McGuffin driving our plot is a graven idol, but this is no Maltese falcon, coveted by its pursuers solely for its material value. Instead, Michele Lowe's play opens in 2003, in a London hotel room where ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Coming soon: More 'Sweet Tea' - A lot of Southerners will argue about the perfect recipe or the proper method for making sweet tea. In a similar vein, professor/playwright/performer Dr. E. Patrick Johnson has made many adjustments in his pursuit of finding the right formula for his stage play based upon his award-winning 2008 scholarly book titled Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. "We've ...


Safe-by-Donna-Hoke-wins-2015-Great-Gay-Play-Contest

Safe by Donna Hoke wins 2015 Great Gay Play Contest - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Pride Films and Plays has for the last five years celebrated unique voices in the annual Great Gay Play And Musical Contest with a festival of staged readings in the Hoover-Leppen Theater at Center on Halsted. This year, four new plays and one new musical were performed as enhanced staged readings to enthusiastic audiences. And as the ...


Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Spotlight and Critics' Picks - The company that launched the acclaimed Stonewall Riots drama Hit the Wall is getting experimental with their latest world premiere called The Salts. The Inconvenience debuts an experimental contemporary dance project by collaborators Erin Kilmurray and Molly Brennan that also features pre- and post-show entertainment by a roster of local bands. The Inconvenience's The Salts continues through Sunday, May 24, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Little-Foxes

THEATER REVIEW The Little Foxes - Playwright: Lillian Hellman. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.goodmantheatre.org; $25-$81. Runs through: June 7 Lillian Hellman never pulled her punches, instead calling out advocates of injustice and inhumanity with a ferocity that made producers nervous, hence the frequent bowdlerization of her more candid dramatic themes ( e.g., lesbianism in The Children's Hour ). The standard formula ...


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Harris Theatre unveils 2015-16 dance season - The Harris Theater for Music and Dance President and Managing Director Michael Tiknis announced the dance performances for the 2015—16 "Harris Theater Presents" season. The 2015—2016 season at the Harris will begin with the Harris debut of AXIS Dance Company on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. AXIS Dance Company has become one ...


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Rita Moreno speaks at NEIU graduation, holds press conference - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Legendary Rita Moreno known for Broadway's West Side Story and TV's The Electric Company was the official commencement speaker for Northeastern Illinois University on May 11. Moreno, 83, is one of the few to have earned an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy ( those four awards making for an "EGOT" ) and a Golden Globe. She was awarded ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Melancholy-Play-a-chamber-musical

THEATER REVIEW Melancholy Play: a chamber musical - Book and Lyrics: Sarah Ruhl; Music: Todd Almond. At: Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: 847-866-8049 or www.piventheatre.org; $20-$35. Runs through June 7 Former Chicago-area playwright Sarah Ruhl is famous ( some would say infamous ) for the large amount of whimsy infused throughout her writing. It's certainly the case with Piven Theatre Workshop's Midwest premiere of Melancholy ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - If you somehow missed Jersey Boys during its previous runs in Chicago between 2007 to 2010 and for two months in 2012, it is back again as part of a national tour. Bop along to tunes like "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man" and more as you learn about the unlikely rise to pop stardom fame of Frankie Valli and The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bad-Jews

THEATER REVIEW Bad Jews - Playwright: Joshua Harmon. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$36. Runs through: June 7 A chai is a kind of Jewish medallion, belonging, in this case, to a recently deceased clan patriarch and thus, coveted by two of his grandchildren, not for its material value, but for what it symbolizes—and therein lies the source of the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Projects

THEATER REVIEW The Project(s) - Playwright: PJ Paparelli ( also director ) and Joshua Jaeger. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 1-773-409-4125; www.atcweb.org; $43-$48. Runs through: June 21 The Project( s ) will surprise you with what it has to say and the entertaining, compassionate way in which it's done. Still, it feeds its own stereotype ( see the end of this ...


THEATER-REVIEW-White-Road

THEATER REVIEW White Road - Playwright: Karen Tarjen. At: Irish Theater of Chicago at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-398-7028; www.irishtheatreofchicago.org; $26-$30. Runs through: June 13 Prevailing commercial practice dictates that stories set in exotic climes still revolve on human relationships—falling in love, coming of age, settling old scores—with their environment relegated to background decoration or propulsive coincidences. Karen Tarjen's account of Ernest ...


THEATER-REVIEW-NYC-Fun-Home-

THEATER REVIEW: NYC Fun Home - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Book and Lyrics: Lisa Kron; music: Jeanine Tesori. At: Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St., New York City. Tickets: 212-239-6200 or http://FunHomeBroadway.com; $75-$150. Runs through: Open run Trying to harness the "fun" in "funeral home" is bound to be misguided. But for the Bechdel family, it's a way of redirecting attention to something, anything, but family secrets. ...


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Sweet Tea, play explores blackness, sexuality and Southern hospitality - From a press release - "Johnson takes a risk and plunges head first into the difficult subject matter of gay Black men living in Southern states. This one-man show answers the questions many are afraid to ask". — The Washington Post Chicago, IL - Jane M. Saks and Project& bring Dr. E. Patrick Johnson's hit one-man show Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South ...


Stage-Left-Theatre-announces-Season-34

Stage Left Theatre announces Season 34 - From a press release - Chicago, May 8, 2015 — Stage Left Theatre is pleased to announce the programming for its 34th season, which will feature three regional premieres. The season begins with the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman. The Firestorm was developed in part through Stage Left's new play development program, Downstage Left. As part of ...


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Steppenwolf's Martha Lavey hospitalized, recovering from stroke - Martha Lavey, the artistic director of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago since 1995, is in a Chicago hospital, recovering from a stroke, The Chicago Tribune noted. In a statement released on Thursday, Steppenwolf said that Lavey was "showing clear improvements each day," and said that "her family is in Chicago by her side and has requested that everyone respect her ...


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Harris Theater presents 2015-16 season See The Dance - From a press release - CHICAGO — President and Managing Director of The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Michael Tiknis, announced today the dance performances for the 2015—16 Harris Theater Presents season. High wattage stars and accomplished masters comprise one of the most highly anticipated dance seasons to date. The Harris Theater is proud to have the support of The Northern Trust Company as ...


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Tony nominations feature Hollywood thespians - Carey Mulligan, Bradley Cooper and Dame Helen Mirren are among some of the Hollywood stars nominated at this year's Tony Awards. The Audience star Mirren will face Mulligan ( Skylight ), Elisabeth Moss, Ruth Wilson and Geneva Carr in the Best Leading Actress in a Play category, while Cooper ( The Elephant Man ) will vie with Bill Nighy, Steven ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - John Patrick Shanley's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning 2005 drama Doubt: A Parable, receives a site-specific staging by gay director William Brown in the library space of Glencoe Union Church. See how the drama plays out in such an appropriately environmental space as you watch a stern nun's maneuvers once she suspects a new and reforming priest of being a ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sense-and-Sensibility

THEATER REVIEW Sense and Sensibility - Book and Score: Paul Gordon. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com; $48-$78. Runs through June 7 You might not think that Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility would lend itself to adaptation as a musical. But the folks at Chicago Shakespeare Theater feel otherwise since they're currently presenting a new world-premiere musical adaptation ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Alls-Well-That-Ends-Well

THEATER REVIEW All's Well That Ends Well - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$20. Runs through: May 24 If our story's premise was that of a maiden forced into a marriage against her wishes, we'd be in her corner immediately, but when a young bachelor is bestowed in matrimony by his king as a reward to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Side-Man

THEATER REVIEW Side Man - Playwright: Warren Leight. At: American Blues Theater at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.americanbluestheater.com; $29-$39. Runs through: May 24 Once upon a time, there was a musician who loved music more than anything in the world, and a woman, who also loved the music, and the man who made it, as well. Along with their likewise muse-worshipping ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Three-Sisters

THEATER REVIEW Three Sisters - Playwright: Anton Chekhov, adapted by Geoff Button. At: The Hypocrites at the Den Mainstage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-525-5991; www.the-hypocrites.com; $28. Runs through: June 6 The biggest obstacle to modern audience comprehension of Chekhov's pre-revolutionary Russian society is not the frequently over-academic translations of his texts, nor the nostalgic distractions of samovars and bell-skirted gowns, but our unfamiliarity with ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Savage spoof - Dan Savage is famous the world over for many reasons. Most know Savage from his syndicated sex-advice column, Savage Love, and also as an essayist and author ( Skipping Towards Gomorrah, The Kid ). Savage is also an activist both noble ( The "It Gets Better" anti-bullying campaign created with his husband, Terry Miller ) and confrontationally mischievous ( with ...


About-Face-Theatre-presents-Abraham-Lincoln-was-a-Fggt

About Face Theatre presents "Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t" - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 5, 2015 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to continue its 2014-15 season with the Chicago premiere of Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t by Bixby Elliot, directed by Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff, playing June 5 — July 5, 2015 at the Greenhouse Theater Center ( Upstairs Studio ), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are ...


Stage-Left-Theatre-presents-Leapfest-XII

Stage Left Theatre presents Leapfest XII - From a press release - Chicago, May 4, 2015 — Stage Left Theatre is proud to present LeapFest XII, Stage Left's annual new-play festival, running July 13th — 31, 2015. LeapFest is an annual event featuring several new plays with socio-political themes, presented as workshop productions in rotating repertory. This year's festival includes new works from Kristiana ColÃ"n, Beth Kander, Evan Linder, and Jeff Tabnick ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Breaking-it-down-with-singer-activist-Lila-Downs

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Breaking it down with singer-activist Lila Downs - Grammy Award winner Lila Downs is making her Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University debut for one night. This artist continually celebrates her Mixtec heritage by telling stories through song while supporting political change in the process. Downs latest endeavor Bullets and Chocolate was just released on RCA Records. The new music has her working with Latin music innovators like Juanes, ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Raul Castillo: From 'Lampshade' to 'Looking' - Teatro Vista is bringing a new production to life with the help of actor/writer Raul Castillo. Set in a trailer home, Between You, Me and The Lampshade tells the story of immigration, ghosts and drugs—complete with a healthy mix of family drama. Castillo comes from a vast theater background including the Goodman Theater and Primary Stages. He is currently developing ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Lips-Together-Teeth-Apart

THEATER REVIEW Lips Together, Teeth Apart - Playwright: Terrence McNally. At: Eclipse Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.eclipsetheatre.com; $28. Runs through: May 24 Sensitive artist Sally is married to blue-collar Sam. Sam's amateur-actress sister Chloe is married to preppy academic John. John and Sally are sleeping together and think their spouses don't know. The two couples are spending their Fourth of ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-The-scene-in-Texas

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT The scene in Texas - Friends find it ironic that as a working theater critic, I often take vacations to other cities to see theater. That happened again this past weekend in Texas when I tried to see three intriguing regional premieres in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that hopefully will make their way to Chicago soon. Big-time football With the NFL draft invading the Windy ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Funny-Thing-Happened

THEATER REVIEW A Funny Thing Happened... - Playwright: Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart ( book ), Stephen Sondheim ( music & lyrics ). At: Porchlight Music Theatre, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets: 1-773-327-5252; www.porchlightmusictheatre.org; $39-$45. Runs through: May 24 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a greatly amusing show which pays homage to baggy pants comedy, derived from burlesque and farce ...


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Theater news: 'East of Eden' cast; Wonka Ball raises $60K - 'East of Eden' cast announced Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced the full cast for the first show of its 40th-anniversary season—the world-premiere production of John Steinbeck's East of Eden. The cast features ensemble members Kate Arrington as Cathy Trask, Francis Guinan as Samuel Hamilton, Tim Hopper as Adam Trask and Alan Wilder as Dr. Murphy and Mr. Bacon. The production is ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sounds-So-Sweet

THEATER REVIEW Sounds So Sweet - Playwright: Rueben D. Echoles. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: May 31 Weddings, funerals and class reunions have supplied authors with opportunities for dramatic conflict since the advent of lineage-based fiction. The occasion precipitating the reunion of the Harrison clan in Ellisville, Mississippi, is the death of its beloved matriarch—but don't arrive ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - If you missed the October 2014 premiere of Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer, it's being revived by lesbian comics Judy Fabjance and Kelly Beeman before an anticipated tour to New York and Los Angeles. This "one plus one woman show" is based on Fabjance and Beeman's life as newlyweds facing the ongoing struggle of breast cancer. Second City faculty ...


The-Bloodhound-Law

The Bloodhound Law - Playwright: Kristine Thatcher. At: City Lit Theater at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-293-3682 or www.citylit.org; $25-$29. Runs through: May 24 You can bet that U.S. history teachers would love to get their hands on Kristine Thatcher's The Bloodhound Law as a teaching aide. Now making its world premiere courtesy of City Lit Theater as the ...


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Noel Coward's Design for Living part of Pride Films & Plays season - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Pride Films & Plays is excited to announce a new production of Design for Living, a sexy and seductive revival of this Noel Coward classic which will be directed by PFP Artistic Associate Derek Bertelsen, and running at Rivendell Theater from October 22 to November 22. The press opening is Saturday, October 24 at 7:30. From 1930's ...


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Gender Fusions explores the 'Galaxy' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While many people were glued to their televisions watching the Bruce Jenner interview, Columbia College Chicago LGBT Students, in coordination with the Office of LGBTQ Culture & Community, held its 11th annual event Gender Fusions. Gender Fusions is an annual night of queer performances and community dialogue, spoken word, dance, song, drag and burlesque within a context of creative and ...


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42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards announces 118 nominations - From a press release - {Updated April 25] Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Chicago, IL. Early Friday, April 24, 2015, Sean Graney, who recently returned to Chicago to resume his post as Artistic Director of The Hypocrites, informed the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee that he just learned the theater company had been operating under an Equity CAT-N contract for the duration of the 2014-2015 Non-Equity ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Opera star Fredericka von Stade previously announced that she had retired from all stage performances. Yet, von Stade has gone back on her word to star in the new 2014 opera A Coffin in Egypt, written specifically for her by gay composer Ricky Ian Gordon with librettist/director Leonard Foglia. The work is based upon a play by the late Pulitzer ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Billy-Elliot

THEATER REVIEW Billy Elliot - Music: Elton John; Book and lyrics: Lee Hall. At: Drury Lane Theatre, 10 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Tickets: 630-530-0111 or www.drurylane.com; $45-$60. Runs through June 7 Despite the boatloads of Olivier and Tony Awards won by Billy Elliot, the hit 2005 musical adaptation of the 2000 British film has a disappointing reputation in the Windy City. That's because a sit-down ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Between-You-Me-and-the-Lampshade

THEATER REVIEW Between You, Me and the Lampshade - Playwright: Raul Castillo. At: Teatro Vista in the Richard Christensen Theatre at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $25-$30. Runs through: May 10 The premise of Raul Castillo's play—a fugitive seeking sanctuary among strangers encounters unexpected hospitality—has provided laughs since antiquity. Its characters are likewise generic: the feisty widow Jesse and her meek teenage son Woody, handsome-but-dumb ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Grown-Up

THEATER REVIEW The Grown-Up - Playwright: Jordan Harrison. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; $33. Runs through: May 23 A journey through one man's life in a series of fleeting snapshots, The Grown-Up is a frighteningly realistic portrayal of time as much as it is a time-traveling fantasy. Shattered Globe Theater has found a sharp, imaginative and heartfelt ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Carousel

THEATER REVIEW Carousel - Playwright: Richard Rodgers ( music ), Oscar Hammerstein II ( book/lyrics ). At: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600; www.lyricopera.org/tickets; $29-$199. Runs through: May 3 The orchestra began the slow, haunting "Carousel Waltz"—that evocative Richard Rodgers melody channeling Mozart and Strauss—and the curtain rose ... and there was no carousel! Instead, there was a tawdry little carnival with ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Look-ing-at-Laura-Jacqmins-production

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT 'Look'-ing at Laura Jacqmin's production - When Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin got word that Rivendell Theatre Ensemble would produce the world premiere of her drama Look, we are breathing, there was only one person she wanted to helm the production—lesbian director Megan Shuchman. "I just love working with [Shuchman]," Jacqmin said. "I think she's one of the smartest directors in Chicago." Shuchman previously directed Jacqmin's plays ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Herd

THEATER REVIEW The Herd - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Rory Kinnear. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$86. Runs through: June 7 The household upheaval inspired by the introduction of a baby therein generally diminishes after three or four years, while that of an elderly baby—a cognitively regressive parent, perhaps—still carries with its obligations an expectation of eventual cessation. The dependency engendered by severe ...


The-Bitchfest-Club-A-New-Musical

The Bitchfest Club: A New Musical - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Nicolas Reinhart and Kyle Blair. At: Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 N. Halsted St. Tickets: www.midtangent.com; $20. Runs through: May 17 The '80s are an easy target, from the bright neon fashions to the sometimes dramatic songwriting. The Bitchfest Club from MidTangent Productions follows an age-old story of an awkward teen trying to fit in with the popular crowd. Instead of ...


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Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble members reunite for new season - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 20, 2015 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the full cast for the first show of its 40th Anniversary Season, the world premiere production of John Steinbeck's sweeping masterpiece East of Eden, adapted by ensemble member Frank Galati and directed by Steppenwolf co-founder and ensemble member Terry Kinney. Galati's 1988 adaptation of Steppenwolf's The Grapes of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Bird-Feeder-Doesnt-Know

THEATER REVIEW The Bird Feeder Doesn't Know - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Todd Bauer. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-338-2177; www.raventheatre.com; $36. Runs through: May 16 The playbill gives the period as 2006, but in Herman and Ingrid's cozy countryside living room, it might as well still be 1962. This is because the sweethearts who met while serving in the Korean war vowed that their marriage, like the ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Cody-Jamison-Strand-plays-it-by-the-Book

NUNN ON ONE Cody Jamison Strand plays it by the 'Book' - Brought to you by the South Park team Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, of Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon as a musical has entertained packed houses since opening in 2011. The story of missionaries in Uganda attempting to convert natives has had people rolling in the aisles with off color humor for years now. The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Murder-Ballad

THEATER REVIEW Murder Ballad - Playwright: book and lyrics by Julia Jordon, music and lyrics by Juliana Nash. At: Bailiwick Chicago at the Flat Iron Arts Center, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-969-6201; www.bailiwickchicago.com; $30-$40. Runs through: May 9 We know upon entering the Flat Iron Arts Center's smaller studio—reconfigured into the King's Club on Manhattan's Lower East Side, complete with drinks, tables and a ...


THEATER-REVIEW-An-Issue-of-Blood-An-Historical-Parable

THEATER REVIEW An Issue of Blood: An Historical Parable - Playwright: Marcus Gardley. At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or www.victorygardens.org; $15-$60. Runs through May 3 Marcus Gardley's world premiere drama An Issue of Blood: An Historical Parable is sure to inspire some heated debate—especially over the final tableau with a button-pushing audio montage. Many will see this coda as heavy-handed and obvious, while others will ...


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Upcoming: Steppenwolf gala; Sculpture exhibit - Steppenwolf annual gala on May 9 Steppenwolf Theatre Company will join more than 600 members of Chicago's corporate, civic and cultural communities for "Gala 2015" on Saturday, May 9, at Steppenwolf, 1650 N. Halsted St., at 6:30 p.m. The event will offer guests a unique opportunity to connect with Steppenwolf ensemble members in their artistic home while enjoying a preview ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Eclipse focuses on McNally - Eclipse Theatre Company frames each of its seasons around the work of just one playwright. Throughout the company's 23-year history, award-winning gay playwright Terrence McNally was frequently under consideration, but it wasn't until 2015 that Eclipse finally chose him. "Coming off of a really exciting, successful season with playwright Lynn Nottage, there a sense of wanting to shift gears a ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Upstairs-Concierge

THEATER REVIEW The Upstairs Concierge - Playwright: Kristoffer Diaz. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 1-312-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org; $10-$40. Runs through: April 26 With roots going back more than 2,000 years, farce is the most difficult type of drama to write. The most successful farce authors—among them Britain's Alan Ayckbourn and France's Georges Feydeau—make it their specialty, but non-specialists are drawn to farce as moths ...


Critics-Picks-and-Theater-Spotlight-Down-the-Moonlit-Path

Critics' Picks and Theater Spotlight: Down the Moonlit Path - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The nomadic experiential theater troupe Nothing Without a Company opens its 10th-anniversary season with the world premiere of Rachel Staelens and Tate A. Geborkoff's Down the Moonlit Path. This immersive and interactive production dramatizes nine traditional folktales from cultures around the world. Down the Moonlit Path plays in previews before its official opening night on Friday, April 17, at the ...


Writers-Theatre-presents-Doubt-A-Parable

Writers Theatre presents "Doubt: A Parable" - From a Writers Theatre press release - Glencoe, IL— Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce the Writers Theatre production of Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley , directed by William Brown. The show runs April 28 — July 19, 2015 at Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave, Glencoe. The Press Openings are Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7. Writers Theatre ...


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Steppenwolf, About Face host festive events - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Steppenwolf Theatre Company is busy this spring season throwing specialized events such as the current hit production Marie Antoinette's inspiration on fashion during which five local designers worked the runway on April 9 at a rehearsal hall for fans. The following evening, Steppenwolf's Auxiliary Council held a Red or White Ball at Venue One on Randolph Street. VIP donors were ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Graveyard-of-Empires

THEATER REVIEW Graveyard of Empires - Playwright: Elaine Romero. At: 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Tickets: 708-795-6704; www.16thstreettheater.org; $18. Runs through: May 2 This world premiere is Play One in a trilogy about America at war by author Elaine Romero, but it has almost nothing to do with geopolitics, battles or military life. Its focus is on war's psychological damage to specific individuals in ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Travesties

THEATER REVIEW Travesties - Playwright: Tom Stoppard. 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 3 In historical fiction, the ideal narrator is a humble citizen who just happens to occupy a position affording a close-up vantage of world-changing events. The events in Tom Stoppard's play are premised on the coincidence of Vladimir ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Good-Book

THEATER REVIEW The Good Book - Playwrights: Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson. At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: 773-753-4472 or www.courttheatre.org; $45-$65. Runs through: April 19 Right-wing Christians are notorious for insisting that the text of The Bible is the unquestionable word of God. But out playwrights Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson smartly and artistically argue otherwise in their fantastical time-shifting drama The Good ...


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Men On The Verge Of A His-Panic Breakdown opens June 25 - From a press release - PFP Celebrates Pride With A 20th Anniversary Production of Guillermo Reyes' classic one-man show MEN ON THE VERGE OF A HIS-PANIC BREAKDOWN RSVP to this email for Press Comps for June 25. Additional press comps are available for June 27 or 28. Chicago, IL - Pride Films and Plays celebrates Pride with a 20th Anniversary Production of Guillermo Reyes' classic ...


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Theater spotlight: Highballers; Critics' Picks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Get souped up on hooch to enjoy the antics of a Rat Pack-inspired quartet of crooners singing, joking and generally behaving badly in the new improvised musical Highballers. The hour-long improvised musical show devised by David Dritsas promises smart suits, celebrity roast-style put downs and even a bossa nova drinking song. Highballers continues at 10 p.m. Thursdays through June 18 ...


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THEATER REVIEW Title and Deed - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Will Eno. At: Lookingglass Theatre at the Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets: 312-337-0665; www.lookingglasstheatre.org; $40-$60. Runs through: May 3 The first words uttered by our narrator after he rolls onstage—literally—are "I'm not from here." We never learn what country of curious customs claims him as its son, but his resemblance to the hero of Samuel Beckett's Theatre ...


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Nationally known comics to celebrate progressive comedians - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 7, 2015 ) — In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Catharsis Productions will host a one-night comedy event, Social Justice Stand Up: Comedy with a Conscience on Tuesday, April 28th at 9pm. at ComedySportz Chicago, 929 W. Belmont Ave. The evening's performers include headliner Hari Kondabolu, Micia Mosely and Fawzia Mirza. Tickets are $15, with discounts ...


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Blue and view: Wade Elkins part of famed troupe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Wade Elkins constantly feels the "blues." This out gay member of the Blue Man Group on Halsted Street has a long history in the theater. A North Carolina native, he moved to New York to pursue his dreams of performing. Elkins has been seen in classics such as Fiddler on the Roof and Hello, Dolly! Now his life has led ...


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COMEDY Joel McHale talks Indiana, working out - Joel McHale is a busy, busy man. In addition to having filmed the sixth season of Community ( which is now on Yahoo! Stream ), he hosts The Soup and is performing stand-up across the country ( including an April 10 stop at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana ). In a phone interview, McHale talked about Community, sports, the Indiana ...


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LGBT inclusive audio storytelling project launches in Chicago - Amy Matheny, Eric Lynch, Fawzia Mirza, Kevin Theis, Rebecca Cox, and Steve Downes, star in an innovative audio storytelling podcast, The American Fathers. Director is Adrianne Cury and writer is Henry Sullivan. Think Hunger Games meets Homeland set in the year 2032. The American Fathers involves four dynasties, a Lebanese-American journalist, an impassioned college professor, a security contractor, a flamboyant ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Libby Lane explains Ethel Merman - Actress and singer Libby Lane now tackles a new role and this time she's channeling an icon. Playing the part of Ethel Merman in the new show Book of Merman has Lane teaming up with two missionaries searching for entertainment. Libby Lane is an artistic associate with Pride Films & Plays. Some of her past works have included The View ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Commedia Beauregard posed a challenge for a six playwrights to create short one-act plays inspired by sculptures, paintings and other pieces of "folk" or "outsider" art. See how the results panned out and vote for your favorites in MASTER WORKS: The Intuit Plays, which features pieces by Kevin Alves, Jackie Davies, Brenda E. Kelly, Christopher Kidder-Mostrom, Laura Nessler ...


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THEATER REVIEW End Days - Playwright: Deborah Zoe Laufer. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: 773-891-8985 or www.windycityplayhouse.com; $25-$45. Runs through April 26 The folks behind the new Windy City Playhouse are certainly on a mission to impress. Despite its unprepossessing location where you'd expect to find a laundromat rather than a subscription-based professional theater, the Windy City Playhouse instantly ...


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THEATER REVIEW Outside Mullinger - Playwright: John Patrick Shanley. At: Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 N. Skokie Rd. In Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300. www.northlight.org; $25-$78. Runs through: April 19 Some stories have been retold so many times that they should come with assembly instructions, like IKEA furniture. Before his venture into issue-driven dramas, John Patrick Shanley's reputation rested ...


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THEATER REVIEW Genius - Playwright: Kate Walbert. At: Profiles Theatre Alley Stage. 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: May 3 When somebody offers to give you a large sum of money, the prudent response is either, "I'll believe it when I see it," or ( more diplomatically ), "That's very kind of you." Characters in plays, however, are presumed to ...







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