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

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


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

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


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

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


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Kid-Thing

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


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


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Wiz

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


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


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


Carmen-ends-March-25

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


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


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


THEATER-REVIEW-Phantom-Pain

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


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


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


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW Classics, revivals offer breath of fresh air - It might not all be jam and sunshine yet, but after the ominous rumblings of 2016, anything not heralding apocalypse is enough to lift the spirit. Classic plays serve to remind us of hard times that we survived, so restore your morale at some of these: Born Yesterday, Remy Bumppo Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. A corrupt ...


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THEATER REVIEW Skin for Skin - Playwright: Paul Pasulka. At: Agency Theater Collective at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-680-4596; WeAreTheAgency.org; $28. Runs through: April 2 This world premiere is a disturbing play, and partly effective because of that, but it isn't a good play. The plot and characters are thin and it's one-sided in the extreme. Skin for Skin is set in Bagdad ...


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Theater spotlight on Victory Gardens' A Jewish Joke, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight A Hollywood comedy writer in the 1950s faces a crisis of conscience when he's asked to name names before Sen. Joe McCarthy's House Committee on Un-American Activities in A Jewish Joke. The comic drama, by Marni Freedman and writer/actor Phil Johnson, was first seen locally at Victory Gardens Theater and now appropriately returns in another time of heightened ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Source

THEATER REVIEW The Source - Playwright: Gabriel McKinley. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $25-$30. Runs through: April 2 They are both journalists. Vernon Jenkins is a newspaper correspondant and Oona Del Negro is a documentary filmmaker. He is armed with a laptop and all the latest apps, she packs old-school analog photography equipment. We are never told ...


THEATER-REVIEW-24-Words-The-Equal-Rights-Musical

THEATER REVIEW 24 Words: The Equal Rights Musical - Playwright: Book and lyrics by Charles Kouri, music by Gary Bragg, additional songs by Dean Schlabowske. At: LingoStudio Productions at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. ( March 22 show at Steppenwolf 1700 ) Tickets: $25. Runs through: March 22 In an interview, Charles Kouri, book writer and lyricist for this history lesson framed in a musical revue, expressed concern ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Hedwig-and-the-Angry-Inch

THEATER REVIEW Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Playwright: John Cameron Mitchell . At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-200; BroadwayInChicago.com; $38-$108 . Runs through: March 19 Many of the gay community in Chicago came out in support for opening night on March 8 for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The fictional rock musical is helmed by East German singer Hedwig Robinson/Hansel Schmidt. The band and ...


SPRING-THEATER-PREVIEW-New-shows-Be-around-when-they-happen

SPRING THEATER PREVIEW New shows: Be around when they happen! - Year after year, half of all the shows produced in Chicago theaters are world or regional premieres. In other cities—even New York—audiences often are reluctant to see plays or playwrights unknown to them, but Chicago audiences embrace discovery and are eager to be astonished by new talent onstage or behind-the-scenes. Spring will offer 50-75 unknowns to local theatergoers. Here are ...


Carmen-thru-March-25

'Carmen' thru March 25 - Lyric Opera of Chicago will run the story of a deadly love triangle in Bizet's Carmen. Carmen runs through Saturday, March 25, at Lyric's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets start at $34 and are available at LyricOpera.org/Carmen or at 312-827-5600. ...


Gender-Breakdown-through-March-19

'Gender Breakdown' through March 19 - Gender Breakdown—Collaboraction Theatre Company's first world premiere of 2017, that's a response to the lack of gender equity on and offstage—will take place through March 19. According to the Dramatist's Guild, only 14 percent of plays produced in regional theaters were by U.S. white women in 2015. Only 3.4 percent were written by U.S. women of color. Dani Bryant is ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Mona-Mansour-sets-sights-on-Unseen

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Mona Mansour sets sights on 'Unseen' - There's a new show at The Gift Theatre that everyone should see called Unseen. The play follows a photographer in Istanbul who deals with trauma thanks to drugs and her girlfriend, with powerful performances from Brittany Burch and Ashley Agbay in the production. The playwright, Mona Mansour, has a broad background from which to draw. She composed The Vagrant trilogy ...


TimeLine-names-newest-collective

TimeLine names newest collective - TimeLine Theatre Company has announced the playwrights who will be in residence during 2017 and 2018 with its Playwrights Collective, the company's new-play incubator. Four playwrights have been named to the Playwrights Collective: Tyla Abercrumbie, Will Allan, Maureen Gallagher and Calamity West. These four playwrights are the second group to be in residence as part of TimeLine's Playwrights Collective. The ...


Forging-from-Fire-March-23-26

'Forging from Fire' March 23-26 - Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) will perform Forging from Fire at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., on March 23-26. Forging from Fire tells of the various journeys that individual ensemble members have taken to build lasting relationships as well as how circumstances, behaviors and choices can create compromising situations. This is the first stop of a ...


Our-Christian-Nation-March-25-April-29

'Our Christian Nation' March 25-April 29 - Our Christian Nation—a satirical two-act play written by Emmy-winning writer/Second City instructor Joe Janes, with Andrea J. Dymond directing—will run at The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave., on Fridays and Saturdays on March 25-April 29. The production tackles several subjects, including the founding fathers, religion and homosexuality. All shows are BYOB. Tickets are $20 each; visit Eventbrite.com or purchase them ...


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Boston LGBTQ youth theater group first to receive White House honor - The night following Moonlight's win for Best Picture at the Oscars, a first for a Black LGBTQ film, True Colors Out Youth Theater—the country's longest running LGBTQ youth theater company—celebrated a first, too, with a 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented last November at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. Receiving the award is a ...


-The-Laramie-Project-characters-come-to-life-at-Village-Theatre-Guild

"The Laramie Project" characters come to life at Village Theatre Guild - From a press release - The Laramie Project tackles the tragic murder of a young gay man, Matthew Shepard, in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998 from the viewpoints of the townspeople who struggle to make sense of this crime. Director Julie Rodgers-Baker, of Wheaton, shares why the of telling this story is still important almost 20 years later, "The Laramie Project affected me on so many ...


Broadway-in-Chicago-announces-season-including-School-of-Rock-Wicked-specials

Broadway in Chicago announces season including School of Rock, Wicked, specials - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 13, 2017 ) — Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce its next season line-up: Andrew Lloyd Webber's SCHOOL OF ROCK, Broadway sensation WICKED, 2016 Tony Award®-winning Best Play THE HUMANSand LOVE NEVER DIES. Joining the season shows are two off-season specials: IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. The upcoming season will go on sale ...


Our-Christian-Nation-satirical-two-act-play-on-the-ultra-Christian-right

Our Christian Nation satirical two-act play on the ultra Christian right - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 1, 2017 )— What would the USA look like if the extreme Christian right got everything they wanted? In this slightly alternate present just before the rapture, a Reverend President has eliminated the "fake news" and homosexuality is outlawed. A young family is torn apart when Mitch ( Adam Ston ), the breadwinner, loses his job and ...


Victory-Gardens-Theater-announces-Fun-Home-part-of-2017-2018-Season

Victory Gardens Theater announces Fun Home part of 2017-2018 Season - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, announces the lineup for its 2017-2018 Season. Victory Gardens' 43rd Season will include the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron; the Chicago premieres of Fade, a co-production with Teatro Vista, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Meatball-Seance

THEATER REVIEW Meatball Seance - Playwright: John Michael. At: Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: $15. Runs through: April 6 By the end of the play, a double portion of spaghetti and meatballs has been dropped on the floor, bread crumbs and fresh herbs have been scattered throughout the room, five audience members have been rewarded with on-the-house drinks in remuneration for gigolo/gigola services ...


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Theater Spotlight on Iolanthe, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight See what happens when the fairy realm orchestrates a takeover of the House of Lords in Parliament in Gilbert and Sullivan's whimsical Iolanthe. Last staged by the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra in 2008, this 1882 comic operetta is a particular delight for die-hard Anglophiles. Iolanthe plays 7:30 p.m. Friday and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Snare

THEATER REVIEW The Snare - Playwright: Samantha Beach. At: Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets: JackalopeTheatre.org; $15-$25. Runs through: April 1 How is a loving modern Christian family supposed to react when a young teenage member casually mentions that she believes that the devil spoke to her? That's what sets off the drama of The Snare, Samantha Beach's world-premiere play for ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Scene-

THEATER REVIEW The Scene - Playwright: Theresa Rebeck. At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; Writerstheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: April 2 What makes a man completely melt down? Playwright Theresa Rebeck can't answer this question—too many possible reasons—but it's her focus in The Scene, in which Charlie ( Mark L. Montgomery ), a 40-ish actor, destroys his 10-year marriage, throws away his longest ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Henry-V

THEATER REVIEW Henry V - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $25. Runs through: April 1 "To be, or not to be" may come to mind initially, but this is not the question most often asked in Shakespeare. In play after play, from Macbeth to Coriolanus, the argument's focus is what best constitutes ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Euan-Morton-takes-the-lead-in-Hedwig

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Euan Morton takes the lead in 'Hedwig' - Performer Euan Morton is known for his acting, singing and voiceover work. His role as Boy George in the musical Taboo put him on the map. For that production he received many nominations including the Laurence Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, and a Tony Award. Off-Broadway he appeared in Brundibar and the musical Caligula: An Ancient Glam ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Dancer Sean Aaron Carmon and his 'Winning' style - Broadway veteran and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Sean Aaron Carmon is looking forward to performing in the company's annual Chicago tour later this month at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Yet before Carmon takes the stage as a dancer, he is excited that he has an opportunity to share his work as a dancemaker with Chicago audiences ...


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Poets' struggles, stories criss-cross at W&CF reading - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Vita E. Cleveland., a poet and musician from Cleveland, Ohio; and Kayla Weeden, a DePaul University student from Vermont, performed music and recited their poems at the Women and Children First Bookstore on March 2, as part of a series of events commemorating Women's History Month. Their works intertwined, conveying the challenges, dreams, passions, humor and everyday lives of their ...


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DrekFest 2017, on a mission to expose great bad writing - From a press release - Chicago, March 1, 2017 — Stage Left Theatre announces Drekfest 2017, which performs on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:30pm at CSz Theatre, 929 W Belmont. Stage Left is proud to again partner with CSz Chicago for DrekFest 2017. CSz team members will be joining Stage Left company members and guest artists in staging the four finalists. DrekFest is on a ...


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Steppenwolf Theatre 2017/18 Season embraces diversity, compassion - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 1, 2017 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and Executive Director David Schmitz announced today the 2017/18 Season. The nation's premier ensemble theater, Steppenwolf celebrates its 42nd season with seven captivating shows—three world premieres and four Chicago premieres—that embrace diversity, compassion and imagination. "The plays we programmed this season embrace conversations about what ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Uncle-Vanya

THEATER REVIEW Uncle Vanya - Playwright: Anton Chekhov: Translation: Annie Baker. At: Goodman Theatre, Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800 or GoodmanTheatre.org; $20-$59. Runs through: March 19 Playwright Annie Baker famously tested the patience of audiences with her drawn-out Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Flick. So it would make sense that Baker would also be keen to write a new translation of Anton Chekhov's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Gender-Breakdown

THEATER REVIEW Gender Breakdown - Created by: Dani Bryant, with more than 200 contributors. At: The Vault at Collaboraction Studios in Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-226-9633 or Collaboraction.org; $20-$30. Runs through: March 19 Gender Breakdown is an unashamedly proud piece of protest theater. Headed by writer Dani Bryant and director Erica Vannon, this devised world premiere for Collaboraction thoroughly highlights ...


THEATER-REVIEW-My-Brothers-Keeper-The-Story-of-the-Nicholas-Brothers

THEATER REVIEW My Brother's Keeper: The Story of the Nicholas Brothers - Playwright: Reuben D. Echoles. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N Clark St., Chicago. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: March 26 Rueben D. Echoles wrote the script for this 41st-anniversary season revival of the show premiering in 2010. The Black Ensemble senior company member is also claims playbill credit for composing eight of the score's 21 songs, choreographing the breathtaking dance sequences, ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-LA-drama

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT L.A. drama - LOS ANGELES—One of the hottest theater tickets in Southern California right now is the acclaimed revival of Zoot Suit. The hit Chicano musical has been repeatedly extended at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum, which is the same venue where Zoot Suit debuted in 1978 before transferring to Broadway the following year. Zoot Suit was revived to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Wonder-in-My-Soul

THEATER REVIEW A Wonder in My Soul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Marcus Gardley. At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph. 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $15-$60. Runs through: March 12 No one disputes the importance of communal space in promoting social unity, whether the public baths of Athens and Rome, the trading posts of frontier settlements, or the galleys of seagoing vessels. If the barber shop represents the urban working ...


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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: March's featured storytellers - —Rita Adair is a retired social worker and sensitive crimes specialist. Currently, she is an activist, author and mother of three grown children and six grandchildren ( along with previously fostering 23 teenaged girls ). Rita comes from a very eclectic, large family full of color, travel, fame and fantastic design. —Lindsay Eanet can be seen around town at shows ...


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Theater Spotlight on From Jackie with Love, Critic's Picks - Theater Spotlight Jackie Taylor is well known as the dynamic founder and executive director of Chicago's 41-year-old Black Ensemble Theater. But Taylor also is an acclaimed performer in her own right, and her one-woman show From Jackie with Love ( What the World Needs Now ) features songs, monologues and more from her career in show business. This fundraiser show ...


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MOVIES 'Watermelon Woman' celebrates 20 years with re-release - It's been 20 years since filmmaker Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman debuted to audiences across the country and brought one of the first depictions of Black lesbian identity to movie screens. The Watermelon Woman was Dunye's first feature film, and it was the first feature film that a Black lesbian made. The film tells the story of Cheryl ( Dunye ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MAGIC Michael Carbonaro: Cause and 'Effect' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out magician Michael Carbonaro is returning for his third season on The Carbonaro Effect for truTV. This time the hidden camera show is filmed in Chicago. Past pranks have included a car disappearing into thin air and a puppy appearing from a tuft of hair. He was featured on Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central, and played Andy Wilson on Another ...


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Chicago to join nationwide "The Future Is Female Festival" March 19 - In March, Chicago's FM Productions will join theaters, playwrights, directors and actors throughout the US and Canada uniting during Women's History Month to present THE FUTURE IS FEMALE FESTIVAL. The series of staged readings and productions of 10-minute plays written by women of all backgrounds focuses on what the subject "The Future is Female" means to them. "Instead of spending ...


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THEATER Elliott Jenetopulos walks the 'Straight' and narrow - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Trans performer Elliott Jenetopulos announced to the audience at Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre that the pronoun is "they" for them before the latest production. Young Jean Lee directs this latest show titled Straight White Men. The storyline follows a father and three sons celebrating together around the Christmas holiday. When one of their privileged lives doesn't work out as planned emotions ...


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Victory Gardens Theater to present the World Premiere of Queen - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42nd season with the World Premiere of Queen, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Joanie Schultz. Queen runs April 14 — May 14, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 7:30 pm atVictory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better ...


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TimeLine Theatre names playwrights in residence for 2017 and 2018 - From a press release - Chicago, IL — TimeLine Theatre Company is pleased to announce the playwrights who will be in residence during 2017 and 2018 with its Playwrights Collective, the company's new-play incubator. Four playwrights have been named to the Playwrights Collective: Tyla Abercrumbie, Will Allan, Maureen Gallagher and Calamity West. Brief artist biographies are included below; for more details visit timelinetheatre.com/people/playwrights. Over its ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Straight-White-Men

THEATER REVIEW Straight White Men - Playwright: Young Jean Lee. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: March 19 They are so ubiquitous that we rarely even have to speak their name. They are the "baseline" against which metabolic functions, pharmaceutical dosages and testimonial accuracy are measured. They are also often the loneliest creatures on earth. Playwright Young Jean Lee invites us ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sweeney-Todd

THEATER REVIEW Sweeney Todd - Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim; Book: Hugh Wheeler. At: Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Tickets: 630-896-6666 or ParamountAurora.com; $44-$59. Runs through: March 19 When it debuted in 1979, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street shocked Broadway audiences with its tragic bloody tale of a murderous Victorian barber whose victims became fillings for meat pies purchased by ...


Theater-Spotlight-on-Nameless-Mountains-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight on Nameless Mountains, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Megan Donahue's world-premiere play Nameless Mountains, for Accomplice Theatre, makes a point that LGBTQ people can be found throughout history. At least that's part of the drama involving a bisexual woman who finds herself trapped alongside a struggling preacher and a number of prostitutes inside a Klondike brothel circa 1899 during a massive snowstorm. Nameless Mountains continues through ...


THEATER-REVIEW-By-the-Bog-of-Cats

THEATER REVIEW By the Bog of Cats - Playwright: Marina Carr. At: Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: $28-$32. Runs through: March 26 Euripides wasn't the first to recount the story of bad-mommy Medea, but his is the version best-known today: how the princess of Colchis eloped with Corinthian fortune hunter Jason, only to find herself alone and friendless in a foreign land, abandoned by her husband, ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Gender Breakdown a collaborative look at theater - There's an old adage that too many cooks spoil the soup. Others would argue the opposite, especially when it comes to the vital collaboration necessary to create live theater. An extraordinary amount of collaboration has gone into Collaboraction's world premiere of Gender Breakdown, a devised theater piece drawing from more than 200 artists looking at the lack of gender equity ...


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Sonny Apollo: From homelessness to successful artist - "One of the first things you have to learn is that you can't base your life on other people's expectations." Musician Stevie Wonder spoke those words in a reflective 1985 interview with The Los Angeles Times. Today it is a quote used on multiple occasions across the internet on social media, blogs and in articles as a catchall for those ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Unseen-

THEATER REVIEW Unseen - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Mona Mansour. At: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071; TheGiftTheatre.org; $30-$40. Runs through: April 9 Partisans of this world premiere probably will be drawn to lovers Mia ( Brittany Burch ) and Derya ( Ashley Agbay ), women who bridge gaps of culture and country to be together. Their chemistry is seen in some non-graphic physical ...


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Northlight Theatre announces 43rd Season - From a press release - Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces its 43rd season, opening with the World Premiere of Bruce Graham's Sanctions, directed by BJ Jones and featuring Mary Beth Fisher. The season continues with the Midwest Premiere of The Book of Will, Lauren Gunderson's new play about the creation of Shakespeare's First ...


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Alex Newell heads 'Love Is Love Is Love' benefit concert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recording artist and actor Alex Newell—who played Unique Adams on the Fox show Glee—joined Chicago theatwe artists at a Valentine's Day-themed event, "Love Is Love Is Love," a concert that benefited Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Directed by Scott Weinstein and Hannah Dawe with Music Direction by Jermaine Hill, the concert took place at ...


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Hell in a Handbag Productions announces production of Lady X, A Musical - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( February 20, 2017 ) — Hold the presses! Hell in a Handbag Productions announced today it will open its 15th season with the world premiere of Lady X, A Musical, a shocking exposé ripped from the headlines of yesteryear! LADY X will replace the previously announced musical VALLEY!, from April 21 — June 11, 2017 at Mary's ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Gay actor Steven Strafford, famed for his one-man show Methtacular!, goes solo once again to star in William Spatz's world-premiere play Jesus the Jew As Told By His Brother James for Forum Productions. Strafford plays a modern-day biblical history professor who tries to make sense of a recent tragedy by imagining himself as a Jewish brother of Jesus ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Wolf at the End of the Block - Playwright: Ike Holter. At: Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; TeatroVista.org; $25-$30. Runs through: March 5 Abe ( Gabriel Ruiz ) shows up beaten, bloody and discombobulated in the middle of the night in a marginal Chicago neighborhood. Next day he tells his boss/friend Nunley ( Bear Bellinger, in a witty and energetic performance ...


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THEATER REVIEW Faceless - Playwright: Selina Fillinger. At: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300 or Northlight.org; $30-$81. Runs through: March 4 Selina Fillinger's world-premiere courtroom drama Faceless for Northlight Theatre was clearly meant to be up-to-the-minute current when it was first commissioned. But now that Faceless has opened with the erratic and right-leaning Trump administration in power, Fillinger may have to add ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Scottsboro Boys - Playwright: Music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson. At: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $45-$51. Runs through: March 12 The real-life story related in our play is of how nine African-American teenagers, one day in 1931, all happened to be freight-hopping on the same Chattanooga-to-Memphis train. Their discovery ...


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Entertainment news: Lea DeLaria, Aretha, Gaga, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Murphy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lea DeLaria recently told E! News that she's "the lesbian Jack Nicholson," adding, "I'm dating a lot, dating a lot of young girls. That's where I am right now." The Orange Is the New Black co-star announced about a month ago that she and fiancee Chelsea Fairless had called it quits. They revealed they were no longer together by posting ...


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'Gender Breakdown' looks at gender equity on and offstage Feb. 16-March 19 - Gender Breakdown is Collaboraction Theatre Company's first world premiere of 2017. The production, with 10 female identified performers and an all-female identified production and design team, responds to the lack of gender equity on and offstage. It takes place Feb. 16-March 19. According to the Dramatist's Guild, only 14 percent of plays produced in regional theaters were by U.S. white ...


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Hairspray on stage in March - From a press release - Naperville ( February 13, 2017 ): A plus-sized teen is determined to fulfill her show business dream in Hairspray, the winner of eight Tony Awards. Red Horse Theatre Company in association with Forte Productions will present a concert version of the hit Broadway musical, with a 15-piece on-stage orchestra, for two performances only, 7 p.m. March 31 and April 1 ...


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About Face Theatre to Blast Off at Wonka Ball Forbidden Planet - From a press release - CHICAGO ( February 14, 2017 ) — Get ready to blast off! About Face Theatre ( AFT ) invites guests to the final frontier — space — for an out of this world evening at Wonka Ball Forbidden Planet. The company's annual gala will be held Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8 pm ( VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm ...


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Reading of LGBT Themed "Sycamore" at Center on Halsted Feb. 17 - From a press release - CHICAGO — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Center on Halsted will host a reading of Raven Theatre Company's world premiere production of Sycamore in the Hoover — Leppen Theatre on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 pm. In this new drama by Brooklyn-based playwright Sarah Sander, the Jacobses seemed to be the perfect suburban family until a personal crisis rocked their world ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Assembled-Parties

THEATER REVIEW The Assembled Parties - Playwright: Richard Greenberg. At: Raven Theatre Company at Raven Arts Center, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: $43-$46. Runs through: March 25 Ben Bascov is New York Jewish, the pride of his Nassau County-dwelling kin. His wife, Julia, is Hollywood Jewish, a former teenage starlet raised by her single-mom fashion designer. On this Christmas day in 1980, their Central Park West ...







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