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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


-LGBT-inclusive-audio-storytelling-project-launches-in-Chicago

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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THEATER REVIEW Balm in Gilead - Playwright: Lanford Wilson. At: Griffin Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.griffintheatre.com; $35. Runs through: April 19 Missouri-bred Lanford Wilson ( 1937-2011 ) lived in Chicago for five years, taking writing classes and living near Clark and Division streets, then a hangout for sex workers, junkies and gays. In 1962 he bought a one-way bus ticket to ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Feeling all 'Grown-Up' - Most mid-life crises hit people when they're 40, but for Brooklyn-based gay playwright Jordan Harrison it was turning age 35 two years ago that sent him into spirals of self-examination over his life and chosen career. It also inspired the creation of his play The Grown-Up, which has its second-ever production this month courtesy of Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Mecca Tales - At: Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: 312-633-0630; www.chicagodramatists.org; $18-$40. Runs through: April 12 The pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, is one of the holiest obligations of Islam; a journey—with rituals and prayers—to be completed by every devout Muslim. The Hajj today is inseparable from overbooked, under-facilitated religious tourism, but that's a fact of the play and not its ...


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THEATER REVIEW Picture Imperfect - Playwright: Richard J. Zieman and Joel Z. Cornfield. At: Bread and Roses Productions at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.athenaeumtheatre.org; $20-$30. Runs through: April 4 Its publicity leads us to expect another jeremiad involving first-world families fretting over less-than-perfect offspring, but while its personnel includes a little boy afflicted with autism, the play is not about him. ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Hammer Trinity - Playwright: Nathan Allen and Chris Mathews. At: House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-769-3832; www.thehousetheatre.com; $30-$65. Runs through: May 3 The Hammer Trinity myth is based on two assumptions: First, that what we call "history" is actually nothing more than stories, their adherence to facts determined by the storyteller—ahem, historian—and, second, that the dramatic ...


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THEATER REVIEW Two Trains Running - Playwright: August Wilson. At: Goodman Thaetre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org; $37-$80. Runs through April 19 The Goodman Theatre lays claim to being the first theater in the world to stage all 10 of August Wilson's plays exploring African-American lives, each set in a different decade of the 20th century. A couple of those plays ( Seven ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Travis Turner heads 'Upstairs' - Gay actor Travis Turner is relishing his chance to return to The Upstairs Concierge, which is about to make its official world premiere at the Goodman Theatre. Travis previously appeared in the modern-day farce by Kristoffer Diaz ( a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the comedy The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety ) when it played the Goodman's New Stages Festival ...


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Rivendell Theatre honors Willa Taylor, marks 20 years - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's sold-out 2015 Salon fundraiser at Level Office marked the group's 20th anniversary of advancing women's lives "through the power of theater." Rivendell cultivates the talents of women artists—writers, actors, directors, designers and technicians—"by seeking out innovative plays that explore unique female experiences and producing them in intimate, salon environments." The event also honored Chicago's Willa Taylor for ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW: LGBTQ works for the spring - There's comedy and tragedy in store this spring for plays and musicals featuring LGBTQ characters or those created by LGBTQ artists. All locations in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Legacies of Hope, Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St. Reflect on the consequences of bullying with the Midwest premiere of ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW: Bring on the premieres! - It will be an invigorating spring if we judge by the number and range of the world-premiere plays and musicals offered by Chicago theater companies. Islam and Judeo-Christianity nearly come into contact in the first two plays on our list, while African-American history also figures strongly. The new musicals favor the women, with Jane Austen and 1920s factory girls taking ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The backstage world of a traveling 1930s circus troupe is revealed to be quite a tawdry and sinister affair in Chicago Tap Theatre's new show TightWire. The production features a script by Marc Kelly Smith, original music by Kurt Schweitz and choreography by Mark Yonally and the Chicago Tap Theatre ensemble. TightWire plays from Friday, March 20, through ...


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THEATER REVIEW Garage Rep 2015 - Playwright: Steven Simoncic, Topher Payne, Taylor Mac. At: Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20 ( or all three for $45 ). Runs through: April 26 The annual Garage Rep—in which three young, small and diverse theater troupes are hosted and marketed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company—is one of the most worthwhile artistic endeavors the 'Wolfies have undertaken ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Full Monty - Playwright: music and lyrics by David Yazbek, book by Terrence McNally. At: Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.kokandyproductions.com; $38. Runs through: April 12 Upstarts triumphing over adversity against seemingly impossible odds are a favorite theme of audiences in the United States, a country founded upon just such audacity. Our applause is even greater when ...


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THEATER REVIEW 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Playwright: adapted by Clint Sheffer and Ann Sonneville from the novel by Jules Verne. At: Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.strawdog.org; $15 . Runs through: April 7 The late Victorian period was the age of science and industry, all sorts of inventions opening new possibilities for the improvement of humanity. With hitherto unimagined concepts becoming manifest almost daily, ...


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THEATER REVIEW First Wives Club: The Musical - Book: Linda Bloodworth Thomason; Score: Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.broadwayinchicago.com; $33-$100. Runs through March 29 The producers behind the Broadway-aimed musical First Wives Club are certainly tenacious. After a 2009 San Diego tryout of the show faltered, First Wives Club was heavily revamped for its current Chicago ...


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Upcoming: Willa Taylor honors; GayCo event; Sculpture exhibit - Rivendell to honor Willa Taylor Rivendell Theatre Ensemble will hold its 2015 Salon fundraiser—to benefit programming at Rivendell Theatre—on Thursday, March 19, at Level Office, 73 W. Monroe St., at 6 p.m. Willa Taylor—director of education and community engagement at the Goodman Theatre, U.S. Navy veteran and discussion panelist for Rivendell's production of Women at War—will be honored with the ...


SPRING-THEATER-PREVIEW-The-long-and-short-of-it-Classics-and-near-classics

SPRING THEATER PREVIEW The long and short of it: Classics and near-classics - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playgoers impatient for destination summer festivals in Spring Green, Bloomington or Ontario's Stratford can get in practice at currently running double- or even triple-feature "marathon" events. These would include the nine-hour Hammer Trinity—House Theater of Chicago's compilation of its 2012 The Iron Stag King, 2013 The Crownless King and now-concluding The Excelsior King—or Steppenwolf's Garage Repertory Series, featuring a revolving ...


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Entertainment: Madonna; Matt Bomer; Billie Jean film; Josh Groban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women," Madonna has claimed, according to Pink News. In an interview to Out magazine, the pop star said: "Women are still the most marginalized group. They're still the group that people won't let change. Gay rights are way more advanced than women's rights. People are a ...


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Kinsey Sicks campaign on Kickstarter funds trip to Scotland's "Fringe" - San Francisco ( March 17, 2015 ) - One week after The Kinsey Sicks announced a month-long campaign to raise $24,500 to attend and conquer the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, they achieved their goal. The campaign was highlighted on Kickstarter's front page. Fans have until March 26 to contribute. Participating in The Fringe will still cost the gals approximately $16,000 more ...


-Out-Chicago-live-from-Boystown-March-22

Out Chicago live from Boystown March 22 - Out Chicago, the city's only LGBT-themed traditional radio program, will host a 'super-sized, star-studded' live radio broadcast from D.S. Tequila, 3352 N. Halsted, Sunday, March 22. "We have always described the show as Sunday brunch with your gay best friends," said comedian Scott Duff, the show's producer and host. "To kick off our second year, we have taken that to ...


About-Face-Theatre-celebrates-19th-year-at-Wonka-Ball-Worhol

About Face Theatre celebrates 19th year at Wonka Ball: Worhol - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 11, 2015 ) — Come claim your 15 minutes of fame at About Face Theatre's annual gala WONKA BALL: WARHOL, where guests are invited to step into Warhol's infamous factory for one night only. This year's highly-anticipated soiree takes place Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8 pm ( VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm ) at Moonlight ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Royal-Society-of-Antarctica

THEATER REVIEW The Royal Society of Antarctica - Playwright: Mat Smart. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071 or www.thegifttheatre.org; $25-$35. Runs through: April 26 Chicago audiences probably want to get as far away from the cold after the recent winter we've had. But there are wonderful rewards in store by visiting the polar cold of The Royal Society of Antarctica, now having its world premiere ...


THEATER-REVIEW-One-Came-Home

THEATER REVIEW One Came Home - Playwright: Amy Timberlake. At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 773-761-4477; www.lifelinetheatre.com; $40. Runs through: April 5 What we have here is a historical-environmentalist fable set in Wisconsin as it was in 1871, before the extinction of the passenger pigeon. What we also have is a whodunit mystery, precipitated by the disappearance of a young lady and later discovery ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Diary-of-Anne-Frank

THEATER REVIEW The Diary of Anne Frank - Playwright: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Wendy Kesselman. At: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe. Tickets: 1-847-242-6000; www.writerstheatre.org; $35-$70. Runs through: June 28 The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the 20th-century's most universally known literary works. It's iconic like Hamlet: People know of it even if they haven't read it or viewed it on stage or ...


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NBCUniversal partners with Second City - culminates in a showcase performance at The Second City. This fellowship program will begin April 7. —NBCUniversal Second City Emerging Voices Scholarship Awards: Three scholarships, one in each of the cities with The Second City training programs—Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood—will be awarded for one year of advanced improvisation or sketch writing training. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates from diverse ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Grant-James-Varjas-pens-gay-bar-drama

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Grant James Varjas pens gay-bar drama - Continuing its 22nd season, A Red Orchid Theatre brings the Chicago Premiere of Accidentally, Like a Martyr to the stage. The story of a gay bar in Manhattan gives strong messages about ageism through the ages. The partying lifestyle is explored through humor and drama in flashes of time. with Red Orchid ensemble member Shade Murray directing, Martyr looks to ...


Theater-Spotlight-Critics-Picks-

Theater Spotlight; Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Seven world-class magicians team up to appear in the international hit and 2014 Broadway success The Illusionists—Witness the Impossible. See America's Got Talent alumni like Dan Sperry and Kevin James, comic illusionist Jeff Hobson and "2014 Magician of the Year" Yu Ho-Jin from South Korea and more. The Illusionists—Witness the Impossible continues through Sunday, March 22, at the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Titus-Andronicus

THEATER REVIEW Titus Andronicus - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit, Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-904-0391; www.babeswithblades.org; $22. Runs through: April 4 Long before Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg and Mehron Squirt Blood, there was Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare's attempt to cash in on the fashion for lurid sensationalism selling tickets in 1593. Featuring a ...


-THEATER-REVIEW-Fit-to-be-Tied

THEATER REVIEW Fit to be Tied - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Nicky Silver. At: Benevolent Theatre at Angel Island, 731 W. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: 773-871-0442 or www.benevolenttheatre.com; $15-$20. Runs through March 15 Comedy often needs a crowd to succeed. So it's unfair to review Benevolent Theatre's production of Fit to be Tied on a cold night where the audience barely outnumbers the actors onstage. But even with a packed house, ...







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