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Grace under pressure, Ernest Hemingway in 'Pamplona' - No matter how impressive their canon, glamorous their lifestyle or enduring their legacy, there is nothing more unexciting to watch than a writer working, unless it's a writer not working. This incontrovertible fact makes for the irony in playwright Jim McGrath opting to depict Ernest Hemingway during a bout of the descriptive paralysis known colloquially as Writer's Block. "[I wanted] ...


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'Carnaval of New Latinx Work' July 19-21 - The Latinx Theatre Commons ( LTC ) is presenting the 2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work ( Carnaval 2018: ConeXion! )—featuring readings of six new Latinx plays paired with Latinx directors, actors, designers and dramaturgs—at The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2350 N. Racine Ave., on July 19-21. Carnaval 2018: ConeXion! is an event celebrating the abundance of Latinx ...


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Emanuel announces plan to reopen Uptown Theatre - Recently, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Ald. James Cappleman, Jam Productions and Farpoint Development to announce Chicago's Uptown Theatre will be restored and reopened. The 93-year-old landmark building—vacant for more than 35 years—will be used for a variety of live performances and special events. The $75-million project fulfills a commitment Emanuel made in his first term. The City of Chicago ...


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Ysaguirre named new Court Theatre ED - Angel Ysaguirre has been appointed executive director of the University of Chicago's Court Theatre, effective Sept. 4. Ysaguirre will join Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charlie Newell as co-leadera of the company. For the last five years, Ysaguirre has served as executive director of Illinois Humanities, a not-for-profit organization aimed at strengthening the social, political and economic facets of Illinois ...


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SPOTLIGHT Bus Stop - In Bus Stop, director Steve Scott takes on William Inge's classic about a bus stranded by a snow storm and the group of desperate, disparate passengers holed up in a diner waiting for the weather to clear. The group includes a cross-section of Americana: cowboys, cabaret singers, law enforcement, lovers, liars and thieves—many of them profoundly changed by their time ...


Critics-Picks

Critic's Picks - Support Group for Men, Goodman Theatre, through July 29. These are confusing times for everyone, but Ellen Fairey doesn't neglect the other half of the population and their search for meaning, identity and companionship on a noisy night in Wrigleyville. MSB The View Upstairs, Circle Theatre at Pride Arts Broadway, through July 22. A time-traveler from 2018 finds himself among ...


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THEATER REVIEW Topdog/Underdog - Playwright: Suzan-Lori Parks At: Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: $15; Noyes Cultural Center; 847-866-5915. Runs through: July 29 In the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog, by Suzan-Lori Parks, two brothers struggle with some of the cultural, family, and societal aspects of being young Black men in the United States. Named Lincoln and Booth by their father for a joke, the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Pamplona - Playwright: Jim McGrath At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: GoodmanTheatre.org; 312-443-3800. Runs through: Aug. 19 Stacy Keach tried to bring his Hemingway show Pamplona to the Goodman Theatre's stage last year, but a mild heart attack felled him. This year, in the one-man show that Jim McGrath wrote, Keach conjures a Hemingway who, in what will be the ...


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THEATER South Side native comes home for 'The Color Purple' - South Side native Carla R. Stewart looks to Rihanna when summing up Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel "The Color Purple." "It's a story about broken people, finding love. Celie and Shug find love in a hopeless place," Stewart said in a paraphrase from Rihanna's mega-hit "We Found Love." As Shug Avery in the national tour of the musical version ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Csardas Princess - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Emmerich Kalman ( music ), Hersh Glagov & Gerald Frantzen ( English libretto ). At: Folks Operetta @ Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: FolksOperetta.org; $40. Runs through: July 22 Emmerich Kalman ( 1882-1953 ) was arguably the last great composer of Viennese operetta, those musically-rich works of romantic fluff floating on three-quarters time that delighted audiences for ...


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THEATER REVIEW Victims of Duty - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Author: Eugene Ionesco At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722 or ARedOrchidTheatre.org; $50. Runs through: Aug. 5 Absurd theater is the refuge for certain breeds of white male tortured genius. It's dismissive of average storytelling norms; has no love for governments, religions and other societal institutions; and would like you to witness the nothingness we amount ...


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THEATER REVIEW Fucking Men - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Written by: Joe DiPietro Directed by: David Zak. At: The Broadway Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: PrideFilmAndPlays.com: $25-30. Runs through: Aug. 25 Pride Films and Plays is presenting Joe DiPietro's Fucking Men—a production that is not as salacious as it sounds. This play centers around the interactions of men in several connected vignettes exploring gay male sexuality, intimacy ...


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THEATER REVIEW Victims of Duty - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Author: Eugene Ionesco At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722 or ARedOrchidTheatre.org; $50. Runs through: Aug. 5 Absurd theater is the refuge for certain breeds of white male tortured genius. It's dismissive of average storytelling norms; has no love for governments, religions and other societal institutions; and would like you to witness the nothingness we amount ...


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NUNN ON ONE THEATER Donterrio Johnson serves it up in 'Waitress' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago native Donterrio Johnson is back in town for a whirlwind tour of Waitress. This talented performer was an artistic ensemble member of Pride Films and Plays and performed in Lookingglass Alice, Next to Normal and Urinetown. He also took on the Daveed Diggs role in Spamilton at Royal George Theatre, to critical acclaim. Currently, he is an ensemble member ...


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THEATER REVIEW Blood at the Root - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Dominique Morisseau At: Jackalope Theatre Company and The Yard Ensemble at the Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets: $10-$25; JackalopeTheatre.org. Runs through: July 28 There are two things you should know before the start of the play: First, one day in 2006, on a high school campus in Jena, Louisiana, an African-American female student running for class president sat in ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT Tilikum - Kristiana Rae-Colon's hypnotically gorgeous and emotionally shattering drama Tilikum delves into the legacy of slavery, the obscene profits of the prison-industrial complex and ( not incidentally ) the tragic life of the Seaworld's longtime star attraction, the orca Tilikum. Gregory Geffrard's galvanizing performance as Tilikum is backed by a percussive soundscape and shimmering projections that capture the beauty of the ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Support Group for Men, Goodman Theatre, through July 29. These are confusing times for everyone, but Ellen Fairey doesn't neglect the other half of the population and their search for meaning, identity and companionship on a noisy night in Wrigleyville. MSB The View UpStairs, Circle Theatre at Pride Arts Broadway, through July 22. A time traveler from 2018 finds himself ...


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THEATER REVIEW Support Group for Men - Playwright: Ellen Fairey At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: Goodmantheatre.org; $25-$80. Runs through: July 29 It's tempting to give the side eye to a play titled Support Group for Men. Generally speaking, guys are not the demographic most in need of a support group right about now—especially the cis het guys who meet weekly in Ellen Fairey's new ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sagittarius Ponderosa - Playwright: MJ Kaufman At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-728-7529; Redtwist.org; $35-$40. Runs through: July 29 Sagittarius Ponderosa is stuffed with unfulfilled possibilities despite a more-than-competent production. A work of magic realism, it seems an exercise in style and technique rather than focused on character or story. For reasons not fully explained, the setting is central Oregon ...


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THEATER About Face Youth's 'Stories' examines everyday horrors - Forget werewolves, aliens zombies and creatures from the black lagoon. The real monsters are lurking within and among us. With Scary Stories to Save Your Life, About Face Youth Theatre taps into horrors more terrifying than anything your basic scary movie franchise is apt fo crank out. "There [are] no witches, no Frankensteins, no exorcisms," said youth ensemble member Via ...


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Milly's Orchid Show "Summer Musical Spectacular Extravaganza" - One-Night-Only Engagement Features Brigid Murphy as Host Milly May and Stars David Cale with Matthew Dean Marsh on Piano and Vocals, and More ( Chicago, IL ) Celebrating it's 30th year the variety show Milly's Orchid Show is thrilled to announce its "Summer Musical Spectacular"—a one-night-only event featuring award-winning solo artist David Cale with a sneak peek of his new ...


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SHOWBIZ Pet Shop Boys, Oprah, 'Chicago' suicide, Idris Elba - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pet Shop Boys ( PSB ) will release the final set of albums in their CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 series of reissues of all their Parlophone studio albums, a press release noted. This fourth batch of releases will see the PSB albums Behaviour ( 1990 ), Very ( 1993 ) and Bilingual ( 1996 ) reissued Aug. 31. The albums have been ...


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'Queer Narratives' July 15 at MCA - "Queer Narratives with Zach Stafford and Jack Halberstam" will take place Sunday, July 15, at 3 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ), 220 E. Chicago Ave. Stafford—editor-in-chief of Grindr and INTO, the app's recent foray into publishing—will appear along with by scholar/author Halberstam for a frank conversation about the role that technology can play in collecting ...


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Latinx Play Readings at Theater School at DePaul July 19-21 - From a press release - CHICAGO - The Latinx Theatre Commons ( LTC ) proudly presents the 2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work ( Carnaval 2018: ConeXion! ) featuring readings of six new Latinx plays paired with Latinx directors, actors, designers and dramaturgs at The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2350 N. Racine, Chicago, 19-21 July 2018. Carnaval 2018: ConeXion! is dynamic event celebrating ...


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CABARET Top 40 Showtunes You've Probably Never Heard Of - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With federal funding for the arts diminishing and arts' patrons considering the new tax implications of charitable giving, singing artists are rushing to create their own shows in lieu of waiting around for other opportunities. Enter writer/producer/director/ emcee Christopher Pazdernik and frequent collaborator/ musical theater talent David Fiorello, musical theater nerd par excellence. With Chris & David's Top 40 Showtunes ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago Magic Lounge ( https://www.chicagomagiclounge.com/ ): As the saying goes, "Prepare to be amazed." The Andersonville spot ( which might require a little know-how just to enter ) enthralls guests with bar, table and stage magic in addition to cool drinks and impressive ulinary fare. ( Also, check out David Parr's Cabinet of Curiosities every Wednesday at the venue, and ...


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About Face Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season - From an About Face Theatre news release - CHICAGO ( July 10, 2018 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to announce its 2018-19 Season, featuring three groundbreaking productions including the world premiere of an original work. The season kicks off this fall with the Chicago premiere of the poetic and political romance THIS BITTER EARTH by award winning playwright and McKnight Fellow Harrison David Rivers, directed by ...


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MOVIE REVIEW The Cakemaker - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Noah McCarthy Director: Ofir Raul Grazier. Starring: Tim Kalkhof, Sarah Adler, Zohar Shtrauss, Roy Miller, Sandra Sade The debut of writer/director Ofir Raul Grazier is a success, as The Cakemaker manages to evoke emotion far beyond its seemingly flimsy premise. The movie opens in Berlin, where a baker, Thomas ( Tim Kalkhof ), shares a joke with Israeli ...


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Joel Hall: An icon looks back at career - The desecrated cow town that pushed its charred carcass toward the water and created one of the world's most glittering lakefronts has always been a city populated by scrappers—and Joel Hall is no exception. Stepping down this summer after more than 40 years at the head of his eponymous dance company, Hall has forged his legacy the Chicago way: Using ...


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Joel Hall's new leader Jacqueline Sinclair takes steps to continue the work - By Aaron Hunt - "I'm house-hunting today!" Jacqueline Sinclair giggled to Windy City Times over the phone. She's not your average house hunter. The newly named Artistic Director of the Joel Hall Dancers is looking to move the the company into its "forever home." If there was a tiny trepidation in her tone, the biggest part of the orchestra was playing glee. "Our lease ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT The Woman with No Legs - In Stories of the Body—a quartet of one-hour one-acts ( alternating pairs on Thursdays and Fridays, all four on Sundays )—Romanian playwright Andras Visky explores four women and their relationship with their bodies. The Woman with No Legs deals with the death of the flesh; Eva is based on the life of a Roma sex worker based in Budapest; Artemisia ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - The Maids, The Artistic Home, through July 14. Author Jean Genet always said he wanted his play's title servants played in cross-gender drag, but playgoers are warned that this examination of domestic power games ( based on a real-life murder ) is no fluffy camp comedy. MSB Buddy, American Blues Theater @ Stage 773, remounted through Sept. 15. Far more ...


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THEATER REVIEW Tilikum - Playwright: Kristiana Rae Colon At: Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; VictoryGardens.org; $20-$30. Runs through: July 29 As the lights dim, an announcer dedicates Tilikum to the "life, voice and struggle of indigenous peoples" and acknowledges that we sit on land forcibly appropriated from the original occupants. Then, to a percussion score ( Coco ...


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THEATER REVIEW Not One Batu - by Sarah Katherine Bowden - Playwright: Hannah Ii-Epstein At: Berger Park Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: NothingWithoutACompany.org;$25. Runs through: July 21 There is nothing playing on Chicago stages like Hannah Ii-Epstein's Not One Batu. Many productions may be about drug addiction and family tension, but none are exploring meth culture in Hawaii. Many productions may be outdoors this season, but none are likely ...


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THEATER REVIEW The View UpStairs - Playwright: Max Vernon ( book, music & lyrics ) At: Circle Theatre at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: CircleTheatreChicago.org; $30. Runs through: July 22 The smart, dense lyrics are this show's best element. They convey much more information about the characters and tell more of the story than most show lyrics. You'll be rewarded if you pay attention ...


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THEATER REVIEW Waitress - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Jessie Nelson and Sara Bareilles At: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. Tickets: $39-107; BroadwayInChicago.com; 312-977-1700. Runs through: July 22 Recipe for everything you could desire in a musical pie: Start with sugar, butter and flour. Fold in enjoyable characters based on a sweet little 2007 Adrienne Shelley film. Add lovely tunes by Sara Bareilles and a clever ...


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TELEVISION Former 'Drag Race' contestant makes 'Dance' history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Noah McCarthy - Miss Estranja ( AKA Jay Jackson, and sometimes known as Miss Laganja Estranja ) made her television debut on season 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Since, she has become known for her cannabis activism and choreography. She recently sat down with Windy City Times to talk about her history-making appearance on So You Think You Can Dance, in which she ...


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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series, July's featured storytellers - The July edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, July 10, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . —Rev. M Barclay is the first openly non-binary trans person commissioned as a deacon in The United Methodist Church. They are currently serving as Director of ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Cher Show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Rick Elice ( book ), Lyricist: Daryl Waters ( orchestrations, arrangements, musical supervision ) At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: BroadwayInChicago.com; $35-$115 . Runs through: July 28 For many of us of a certain age, Sonny and Cher's 1967 hit "The Beat Goes On" was a formative experience: A piece of pop culture that provided an ethos ...


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Drag stars display 'Black Girl Magic' at the Metro - On June 26, The Vixen—fresh from RuPaul's Drag Race—hosted a sold-out "drag concert" featuring an all star cast of local and nationally acclaimed performers at the Chicago Metro. The event, titled "Black Girl Magic," was part of The Vixen's movement to address racism in the gay and drag communities while celebrating the art of drag performance. For several months, The ...


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NUNN ON ONE THEATER Bob Mackie sews a 'Cher Show' - Fashion designer Bob Mackie has dressed a multitude of Hollywood icons over the years and is now bringing his costumes to life on the Chicago stage for The Cher Show.  He was worked with Cher for decades in TV specials and performances, taking home an Emmy for the Believe concert tour. He designed the costumes for the 60th Annual Academy ...


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THEATER REVIEW Haymarket - Playwright: Alex Higgin-Houser ( book, lyrics ), David Kornfeld ( music ) At: Underscore Theatre at the Den Theatre's Heath Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: UnderscoreTheatre.com; $30-$35, $15 students, industry. Runs through: July 22 If you're not on the clock 16 hours of every 24 and didn't have to quit elementary school to go work in a factory, you ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT Hamlet - In the Gift Theatre's memorable staging of Hamlet, the titular Danish prince ( Daniel Kyri ) is mercurial, conflicted and contemporary. As a troubled young man in a state rotten with secrets, Hamlet has fire in his eyes and rage and sorrow in his heart. With Monty Cole directing, it's a fascinating performance capable of bringing the Bard to a ...


Critics-Picks

Critic's Picks - The Light Fantastic, Jackalope Theatre at the Broadway Armory, extended through June 30. You have just one more weekend to see Ike Holter's exorcist-scary outsmart-the-devil parable whose playbill credits include a "ghost wrangler." MSB Bat-Hamlet, Corn Productions at the Cornservatory, through July 14. Balmy summer nights welcome the return of the Dark Knight, back to reclaim Gothick from the murderous ...


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THEATER REVIEW You Can't Take It With You - Playwright: George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart At: Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: OakParkFestival.com; $32. Runs through: July 22 A collection of dream-chasing free spirits, some related by blood and others merely by the bonds of friendship, gather in one communal house to face the realities of an economically challenging United States together. No, this isn't the ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Green Bay Tree - Author: Mordaunt Shairp. At: Pride Arts Center- Buena Theater, 4147 N Broadway. Tickets: 866-811-4111; PrideFilmAndPlays.com; $15-30. Runs through: July 8 It's hard out there for a straight-faced read on a melodrama like Mordaunt Shairp's The Green Bay Tree. Pride Films and Plays cracks the spine on this subversive look at how gayness was unspokenly permitted on depression era stages, but ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Golden Girls, The Lost Episodes, Volume 2 - Playwright: David Cerda At: Hell In A Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: $15-$27; handbagproductions.org; 800-838-3006. Runs through: Sept. 7 In the annals of North American comedy, the television series providing the source material for this camp-drag parody was conceptually daring in its own right—not only did its central characters consist exclusively of elderly single women ...


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THEATER Higher ground,'The View Upstairs' at Pride Arts Center - A port city whose coastal elevation mandates cemetery repositories above the ground surface is almost guaranteed to have a rich necrology, but the legacy of the 1973 UpStairs Lounge holocaust remained buried until 2016, when the torching of a gay club in Orlando, Florida, spurred two playwrights to initiate investigation into the long-forgotten atrocity. One of these was Wayne Self's ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Maids - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Author: Jean Genet At: The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or TheArtisticHome.org; $25/ Runs through: July 14 The Maids at the Artistic Home theater is little bit unexplainable, but deeply entrancing. It's a fearsome ode to power and manipulation, and is also about putting on a pristine facade to deter anyone from looking closely at your undercarriage. ...


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Hell in a Handbag cast announced for The Artificial Jungle - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 20, 2018 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce casting for The Artificial Jungle, the final play by the legendary master of camp, Charles Ludlam. The Artificial Jungle will feature an all-ensemble cast including Chazie Bly*, David Cerda*, Sydney Genco*, Ed Jones* and David Lipschutz*. Who better to direct this criminal tale of ...


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THEATER 'The Cher Show' takes center stage - File this in the dreary catalogue of sentences most of us mere muggles will never be able to say: "The best conversations with Cher are the ones that happen after you've been hanging out at her house for four or five hours and she just starts meandering. Her stories are so amazing. Of course, so is her house." Director Jason ...


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THEATER Disability storytelling aims to focus on intersectionality - "I didn't come out as a little person until I was 26." So begins a story written and performed by Tekki Lomnicki, artistic director of Tellin' Tales Theatre and director of Divercity, Tellin' Tales fifth annual solo performance showcase whose cast members all have disabilities. This year's Divercity opens June 22 at Prop Thtr, and performers' disabilities include blindness, brain ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT Mr. Moral's Guide to Surviving Dark Times Without Losing It - A splatter anthology with a queer point of view? Bring on the blood. In El Bear Productions' Mr. Moral's Guide to Surviving Dark Times Without Losing It, audiences are treated to a quintet of playlets hosted by a Mr. Rodgers-adjacent master of ceremonies. Set in a time when bigotry is seen as downright presidential, the stories (primary writer: Rauly Luna) ...


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THEATER REVIEW Guards of the Taj - Playwright: Rajiv Joseph At: Steppenwolf, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; Steppenwolf.org; $20-$94. Runs through: July 22 Legend has it that after India's Taj Mahal was completed in 1648, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan ordered the hands cut off from the 20,000 laborers who constructed the world wonder. The tale is apocryphal but enduring, a brutal addenda to an epic monument ...


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Critics' Picks - The Opportunities of Extinction, Broken Nose Theatre at the Den, through June 30, A smart low-key trio of actors lend a glimmer of hope to Sam Chanse's discussion of climate change and the coming apocalypse on a cozy campsite in the Mojave desert. MSB Southern Gothic, Windy City Playhouse, extended through July 29. A summer birthday party deep in magnolia ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Wild Women of Planet Wongo - by Regnia Victor - Playwright: Dave Ogrin ( producer/music/lyrics ), Ben Budick ( lyrics ) and Steve Mackes ( book/lyrics ) At: the Basement Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: $20-40; PlanetWongo.com. Runs through: July 14 The Wild Women of Planet Wongo is an immersive experience, best enjoyed with a group of enthusiastic friends and a couple of Wongotinis ( vodka, tequila, midori ...


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THEATER REVIEW From the Mississippi Delta - Playwright: Endesha Ida Mae Holland, Ph.D. At: Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at the Noyes Cultural Arts Ctr, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: $15; Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre; 847-866-5915. Runs through: July 1 There is something marvelous about any story of overcoming a difficult life and finding your joy. There is something even more marvelous when the protagonist is a Black woman in the United ...


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THEATER REVIEW Don't Smoke in Bed - Playwright: Aurin Squire At: Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $15-23; ChimeraEnsemble.com. Runs through: July 8 Even in the most liberal of environments, interracial couples still face an uphill battle. Not just with society and older generations, but within themselves: How do you navigate different upbringings, cultures and beliefs and forge a meaningful relationship of which many ...


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THEATER Sullivan, Illinois, a theater and a thruple thrive - If a theater survives five years, a theater has reached a major milestone. A decade? That's a relative rarity. Endure for 60 years and it's not so much of a stretch to say you've defied astronomical odds and all common sense. Especially if you are located in the heart of Amish country more than two hours away from a major ...


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Activities in Sullivan, Boutiques, antiques, beaches and more - Sidebar to Sullivan, Illinois, a theater and a thruple thrive - From theatergoers to campers to shoppers, Sullivan caters to tourists. The Little Theatre on the Square is the marquee attraction, but there area is burgeoning with additional options. Read on for things to do and places to go. ( For more info, go to Sullivan-chamber.com. ) —The Great Pumpkin Patch and the Homestead Bakery: 1749A CR 1900 North, Arthur Illinois ...


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MORE ON SULLIVAN Reminiscing about Sullivan's theater - VIEWPOINT - When I was 19 years old I was an Equity Apprentice at the Little Theatre-on-the-Square. At that time, being an apprentice was how you became a member of Actors Equity Association, the actors' and stage managers' union. The Little Theatre was the only Equity theater between Greater Chicago and St. Louis. Guy Little Jr., the producer, was in his late ...


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'Queer, Ill + Okay' June 21, 23 - Program Director Joseph Varisco, of Salonathon and the former Alphawood Gallery, has announced the "Queer, Ill + Okay" summer 2018 program of arts programming in partnership with multidisciplinary artist Kia LaBeija. "Queer, Ill + Okay," now in its fifth year, returns in an attempt to explore and better understand how people are living with HIV/AIDS. The programs are as follows: ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Drag Race,' NPH, Lena Waithe, Lady Gaga - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - VH1 announced that Emmy-winning show RuPaul's Drag Race has been greenlit for a new season, a press release noted. The new season will follow a record-breaking season 10, currently the most watched in franchise history. Additionally, the network renewed the aftershow, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, which provides an intimate look into the conversations between the queens as they await to ...


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LGBTQ night at the Shedd June 27, among other themed nights - CHICAGO — As Shedd Aquarium's popular Wednesday evening event series, Jazzin' at the Shedd, enters its 22nd year, the aquarium is introducing new, themed nights and programming throughout the summer schedule. This includes special evenings from June through September celebrating LGTBQ Pride, Shark Week and women in science and more. The new themed programming is meant to help connect new ...


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THEATER REVIEW You Can't Take It With You - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart At: Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: OakParkFestival.com; $32. Runs through: July 22 A collection of dream-chasing free spirits, some related by blood and others merely by the bonds of friendship, gather in one communal house to face the realities of an economically challenging United States together. No, this isn't the ...


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Kinky Boots returns to Chicago in 2019 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 19, 2017 ) — Broadway In Chicago and TROIKA Entertainment are thrilled to announce that back by popular demand, KINKY BOOTS, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein ( Book ) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper ( Tony Award-winner for Best Score for KINKY BOOTS ), will return to Chicago at ...


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About Face Youth Theater to present Scarey Stories to Save Your Life - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 15, 2018 ) — The About Face Theatre Youth Theatre Ensemble is pleased to present the world premiere of SCARY STORIES TO SAVE YOUR LIFE, horror-inspired tales informed by the social and political anxieties facing today's LGBTQ+ youth, devised and performed by members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble and directed by Associate Director of About ...


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THEATER Summer pride shines on in five plays - Pride Films and Plays fills the summer season with five plays in PAC Pride Fest. ( The "PAC" stands for Pride Arts Center—not a political fundraising tool. ) The pieces will play in rotating rep, with the first two in the line-up—Pink Orchids and The Green Bay Tree—sharing the Buena Theater stage through early July, to be followed by Fucking ...


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SHOWBIZ Barry Manilow, Kathy Griffin, Prince, LGBTA country concert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Barry Manilow has begun a residency at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with shows running through early October, HollywoodOutbreak.com noted. With a career to draw from that has now spanned five decades, Manilow said his fondest memories are of the decade that started it all for him: the '70s. He spent five years, 2005-2010, at the Las ...


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'Striking Out' at Annoyance - Striking Out: A Gay Baseball Musical—a two-act musical about the first straight baseball player in a world where all professional athletes are gay—is at the Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave., on Saturdays at 8 p.m. thrugh June 16. Tickets are $15-$20 each; visit TheAnnoyance.com or stop by the box office. ...


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Artemisia's Fall Festival in Sept.-Oct. - Artemisia launches its 2018-19 theater season with six all-new feminist plays featured in Fall Festival 2018, which will take place Sept. 24-26 and Oct. 1-3. This year's playwrights were chosen after a search by Artemisia's artistic staff.From this lineup, one play will be chosen by Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot. Artemisia Fall Festival 2018 opens with Scratching the Surface, by Charly ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Laramie Project - At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-828-9129; AstonRep.com; $15-$25. Runs through: July 8 It's been nearly twenty years since the brutal slaying of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. At a time when new public displays of hatred and bigotry—aided and abetted by the highest office-holders in the land—seem to go viral on social media every day, it's not ...


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THEATER REVIEW Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2, & 3 - Playwright: Suzan-Lori Parks At: Goodman Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $10-$40.Runs through: June 24 Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks has created worlds within worlds in the sweeping Father Comes Home From the Wars ( Parts 1, 2 & 3 ). Set during the Civil War but harkening back to the millennia-old dramas penned at the dawn of the ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT Wild Women of Planet Wongo - Attention People of Earth: Did you yearn for the days of Lost in Space and Attack of the 50-Foot Woman? Do you dream of life in an estrogen-based universe where the beings in charge are not unrepentant, p***y-grabbing, human dumpster fires who believe Viagara is a right and birth control is a sin? Do you love gravity-defying hair product? If ...


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THEATER REVIEW Burnham's Dream: The White City - Playwright: June Finfer ( book/lyrics ) and Elizabeth Doyle ( music/lyrics ) At: Lost and Found Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; TheaterWit.org; $42. Runs through: July 1 Burnham's Dream: The White City is a sweet-sounding, sweetly sung, intelligent slice of Chicago history with melodies hinting at ragtime, blues, ballads, Irish fiddle tunes, barrelhouse polkas ...







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