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Victory-Gardens-Theater-to-present-the-World-Premiere-of-Queen

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 ...


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 ...


Northlight-Theatre-announces-43rd-Season

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 ...


Hell-in-a-Handbag-Productions-announces-production-of-Lady-X-A-Musical

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 ...


Theater-Spotlight-Critics-Picks

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 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Wolf-at-the-End-of-the-Block-

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 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Faceless

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 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Scottsboro-Boys

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 ...


Gender-Breakdown-looks-at-gender-equity-on-and-offstage-Feb-16-March-19

'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 ...


Hairspray-on-stage-in-March

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 ...


About-Face-Theatre-to-Blast-Off-at-Wonka-Ball-Forbidden-Planet

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 ...


Reading-of-LGBT-Themed-Sycamore-at-Center-on-Halsted-Feb-17

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 ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Ryan-Spahn-Hope-and-Gloria-

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Ryan Spahn: Hope and 'Gloria' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The unpredictable debut of stage play Gloria is currently shocking audiences at the Goodman Theatre these days. The story follows a group of people working for a popular New York magazine whose frustrations create unexpected results. Gloria made its off-Broadway opening in 2015 at the Vineyard Theater. The cast and creative team reunites to develop the show once again, including ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-Kathy-Griffin-explains-it-all

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Kathy Griffin explains it all - Actress and funny lady Kathy Griffin is a two-time Emmy and Grammy winner who's broken the Guinness World record for the number of TV specials on any network by any comedian. Raised in Oak Park, Illinois, she has become a hometown hero when, after studying with The Groundlings, she snapped up a supporting role on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan. ...


Theater-spotlight-on-Hot-Buns-Beefcakes-Critics-Picks

Theater spotlight on Hot Buns & Beefcakes, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight What's a struggling mom-and-pop burger joint to do when a fast-food conglomerate moves in next door? The answer: Host a bachelor/bachelorette auction as a massive fundraiser. Find out how things go in Playlab Productions' Hot Buns & Beefcakes: Linda Belcher's Love Connection, by Sean Margaret Wagner, which she describes as an ode to the TV series Bob's Burgers. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Karen Finley homecoming - Famed performance artist and Evanston native Karen Finley returns home this month to perform over two weekends as part of Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOut series. It's a visit that provides Finley the chance to look back at past traumas and ahead to current and future fights against the Trump administration. "I'm thinking about Chicago on so many levels. I'm speaking about ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Bodyguard

THEATER REVIEW The Bodyguard - Playwright: Alexander Dinelaris. At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: $44-$120. Runs through: Feb. 22 The Bodyguard is now a musical based off the hit movie of the same name. The story is brought forward in time to the present day and focuses on singer Rachel Marron, now played by singer Deborah Cox. Judson Mills plays her protector, Frank ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bootycandy-

THEATER REVIEW Bootycandy - Playwright: Robert O'Hara. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Road. Tickets: 773-891-8985; WindyCityPlayhouse.com; $15-$55. Runs through: April 15 At intermission, my partner asked about the playwright's intentions. I said, "He's satirizing a lot of things—Black culture, especially, its sometimes-homophobia. Also, he's satirizing plays about Black culture, and white academic reaction to Black plays. And he's doing it all ...


Gender-Breakdown-sheds-light-on-hiring-parity-across-theater-professions

Gender Breakdown sheds light on hiring parity across theater professions - From a press release - Statistics cited in Collaboraction Theatre Company's world premiere of Gender Breakdown shed light on hiring parity across theater professions during Chicago's 2015- 2016 theater season. The research was undertaken by Kay Kron and Mariah Schultz as a part of Kron's Master Thesis at DePaul University. The study includes the full Jeff eligible season for Equity and Non-Equity theaters nominated for ...


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'Priscilla' extended to March 12 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pride Films and Plays' production of the Tony Award-winning musical Priscilla: Queen of the Desert—the company's inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center—will now close Sunday, March 12. instead of the previously announced Sunday, Feb. 12. The Jeff-recommended musical, which began previews Jan. 12 and opened for the press on Jan. 15, earned raves from critics and has played ...


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The Laramie Project in Glen Ellyn March 24 through April 15 - From a press release - Village Theatre Guild will be presenting Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project's "The Laramie Project" March 24 through April 15, 2017 at Village Theatre in Glen Ellyn, IL. "The Laramie Project" is a thought-provoking theatre piece that chronicles a community's reaction to the events following the savage death of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student. It ...


The-Vagina-Monologues-reading-Feb-10-to-support-Planned-Parenthood

The Vagina Monologues reading Feb. 10 to support Planned Parenthood - From a press release - ( February 7, 2017- Chicago, IL ): On February 10th at 7:30pm, V-Day Chicago and The Public House Theatre will kick off a three-night benefit reading of Eve Ensler's award-winning play The Vagina Monologues. Proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Last year over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against ...


Lyric-Opera-to-run-Carmen-in-February-March

Lyric Opera to run 'Carmen' in February-March - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 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 opens on Saturday, Feb. 11, with 11 performances through Saturday, March 25, at Lyric's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets start at $34 and are available ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Hobo-King

THEATER REVIEW Hobo King - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Javon Johnson. At: Congo Square Theatre at the Atheneaum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $25. Runs through: March 5

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Khoury wins leadership award - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The University of Chicago recently presented Silk Road Rising Founding Artistic Director Jamil Khoury with the 2017 Diversity Leadership Alumni Award. This annual award recognizes an alum of the university who has shown exceptional leadership in advancing social justice, equity, and achieving greater diversity across the community and society. Khoury was presented with the award as part of the Annual ...


THEATER-REVIEW-CNTRLALTDELETE-by-GayCo

THEATER REVIEW CNTRL+ALT+DELETE by GayCo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At: Judy's Beat Lounge on second floor of Piper's Alley, 230 W. North Ave. Tickets: $13-16. Runs through: Feb. 24 Gayco presents its Friday evening show, CNTRL+ALT+DELETE—an LGBT exploration of identity in our current times. If you're looking for a fun escape from our recent news, this probably won't be it. The current problems in our world permeate ...


-Exotica-Poetica-Feb-13-at-Hideout

'Exotica Poetica' Feb. 13 at Hideout - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Weeds Poetry will present "Erotica Exotica Poetica Extravaganza"—described as "an open mic poetry reading on steroids"—on Monday, Feb. 13, 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m., at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. In addition to erotic poetry, the show will feature live music with Linda & the Hot Licks and audacious dances by Cruel Valentine, Chicago's Own Community Chest and TS Machine-Gunn CoCo, ...


Lyric-Opera-holding-choral-auditions

Lyric Opera holding choral auditions - Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions in March for experienced, classically trained singers who are seeking professional positions in the company's choral ensemble for the 2017-18 season. Musical rehearsals begin in mid-August 2017; the schedule is determined by the shows for which a chorister is contracted. The 2017-18 performance season runs from late September 2017 through late March 2018. ...


Love-is-Love-is-Love-concert-to-benefit-Trevor-Project-Planned-Parenthood-SPLC

Love is Love is Love concert to benefit Trevor Project, Planned Parenthood, SPLC - From a press release - ( January 30th, 2017 ) Directors Scott Weinstein and Hannah Dawe and Music Director Jermaine Hill will lead a Valentine's Day themed event, LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE: A concert benefiting Planned Parenthood, the Trevor Project and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The concert is set to take place at 8PM on Monday, Feb. 13, at Windy City Playhouse ( ...


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"Nevermind, It's Nothing" anti-Valentine's lesbian story told in slam poetry - From a press release - CHICAGO - Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre proudly announces the World Premiere of "Nevermind, It's Nothing", as a cure for a Valentine's Day hangover running Feb. 17 - March 24 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Using slam poetry as a primary medium, Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre uses elements of movement, drama, music, spoken word, and sketch comedy based ...


THEATER-REVIEW-By-Association

THEATER REVIEW By Association - Playwright: Shepsu Aakhu. At: MPAACT at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $28-$32. Runs through: Feb. 22 Our nation's immediate response to the bombing of the World Trade Center in 2001 was not its finest hour. If it was, the days that followed—after the shock of being attacked on our own ground gave way to a free-floating fear attaching ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Gloria-

THEATER REVIEW Gloria - Playwright: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3825; GoodmanTheatre.org/Gloria; $20-$85. Runs through: Feb. 19 The day after Mary Tyler Moore died, CBS broadcast a comprehensive biography of her. It was produced before she died, with only final details needing to be added. All large-market media outlets do this. The New York Times has 1,700 die-and-publish obits ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Blues-for-an-Alabama-Sky

THEATER REVIEW Blues for an Alabama Sky - Playwright: Pearl Cleage. At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave, Tickets: $48-$68. Runs through: Feb. 12 Oh, how we adore the romance associated with young people rejecting shallow materialistic imperatives to pursue a selfless lifestyle devoted to art, ideals and adventure—and since nothing is more romantic than the untimely death of the innocence sustaining their starry-eyed vision of a better ...


Kevins-Room-to-mark-15th-anniversary

'Kevin's Room' to mark 15th anniversary - As both a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the groundbreaking film Kevin's Room and in honor of National Black/HIV AIDS Awareness Day, the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus alongside event sponsors the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) will hold a Feb. 7 screening of the film at the Baton Show Lounge in Chicago's River North neighborhood. ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Jessie-Mueller-serving-Chicago-some-humble-pie

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Jessie Mueller serving Chicago some humble pie - Evanston talent Jessie Mueller made it big on Broadway, winning the 2014 Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. She appeared in Animal Crackers and A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre before moving to New York for the revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. She is currently appearing ...


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Theater spotlight on The History Boys, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Same-sex crushes and inappropriate touching figure prominently into gay British playwright Alan Bennett's worldwide hit drama The History Boys. See how two teachers spar over teaching philosphies as they try to school a group of students to pass rigorous exams to get into Oxford or Cambridge in Eclectic Full Contact Theatre's intimate revival. The History Boys runs from ...


PERFORMANCE-Bill-T-Jones-returns-to-enthrall-Chicago-audience

PERFORMANCE Bill T. Jones returns to enthrall Chicago audience - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A capacity audience packed into Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History, which had partnered with the groundbreaking Art AIDS America exhibit Jan. 27 in order to bring a living legend back to Chicago. For one spectacular hour, dancer, choreographer, revolutionary artist, author and passionate HIV/AIDS activist Bill T. Jones took a breathless audience by the hand as he led ...


DOUBLE-REVIEW-Wit-The-Baltimore-Waltz

DOUBLE REVIEW Wit, The Baltimore Waltz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - DOUBLE REVIEW Wit Playwright: Margaret Edson. At: The Hypocrites at Den Theatre Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: The-Hypocrites.com; $36. Runs through: Feb. 19 The Baltimore Waltz Playwright: Paula Vogel. At: Brown Paper Box Co. at The Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or BrownPaperBox.org; $20. Runs through: Feb. 19 Terminal illness usually isn't a ...


Our-Miss-Brooks-100-to-celebrate-Gwendolyn-Brooks-at-the-Art-Institute-of-Chicago

Our Miss Brooks 100 to celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks at the Art Institute of Chicago - An evening of poetry celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks will include all five living African-American Pulitzer Prize-winning poets - Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Natasha Trethewey, Tracy K. Smith, and Gregory Pardlo - reading their favorite Brooks poem followed by a conversation moderated by award-winning journalist and author Natalie Moore. The event is to take place Feb. 2, 2017 6 to 8 p.m. ...


DOUBLE-REVIEW-Winter-The-Tall-Girls

DOUBLE REVIEW Winter, The Tall Girls - Winter Playwright: Julie Jensen. At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave.. Tickets: 773-334-7728 or RivendellTheatre.org; $38. Runs through: Feb. 11 The Tall Girls Playwright: Meg Miroshnik. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or ShatteredGlobe.org; $35. Runs through: Feb. 25 Women desperately trying to get out of increasingly trapped situations feature in ...


Theater-spotlight-on-Magic-City-Critics-Picks

Theater spotlight on Magic City, Critic's Picks - Theater spotlight Chicago Children's Theatre inaugurates is 149-seat Pritzker Family Studio Theatre with Magic City, a world-premiere collaboration with the acclaimed multimedia puppetry troupe Manual Cinema. This family-friendly hour-long show is an adaptation of Edith Nesbit's 1910 novel The Magic City, in which a little girl builds a miniature city that comes to life. Magic City runs from Friday, Jan. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Priscilla-Queen-of-the-Desert

THEATER REVIEW Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - Playwright: book by Stephen Elliott and Allan Scott. At: Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway Tickets: $30-$40. Runs through: Feb. 12 The lure of road trips is etched into our cultural heritage, our approval of the need for restless city-bred feet to roam remaining undiminished even when they belong to three drag-queen showgirls, whose ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Disappearing-Number-

THEATER REVIEW A Disappearing Number - Playwright: Complicite ( original conception by Simon McBurney ) At: TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; TimelineTheatre.com; $22-$51. Runs through: April 9 I'd never heard of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan ( 1887-1920 ) before seeing A Disappearing Number, but now I understand his profound importance to pure mathematics and in creating ground-breaking formulae applicable to modern physics string ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Temperamentals

THEATER REVIEW The Temperamentals - Playwright: Jon Marans. At: About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $40 Runs through: Feb. 18 The play is, first, a history lesson, its purpose to correct the popular myth of gay people in the United States owing their freedom to a handful of New York City clubbers who, inflamed by a vision of Judy Garland's ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Charles Busch: Drag reel - Gay playwright/actor/drag icon Charles Busch would love to appear on Logo's hit cable reality TV series RuPaul's Drag Race. But only as a guest judge—not as a contestant. "Could you start the whisper campaign now?" asked Busch with a laugh during a recent telephone interview. Busch spoke with the Windy City Times in advance of his multi-city cabaret concert tour, ...


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Mahoney, Lavey join '10 Out of 12' - Chicago theater figures Martha Lavey, John Mahoney, Barbara Robertson and Peter Sagal will play key roles in Theater Wit's Midwest debut of 10 Out of 12, the newest work by Anne Washburn, author of Wit's 2014 production Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. Performances are March 3-April 23 ( Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. ). ...


Lyric-Opera-to-run-Carmen-in-February-March

Lyric Opera to run 'Carmen' in February-March - 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 opens on Saturday, Feb. 11, with 11 performances through Saturday, March 25, at Lyric's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets start at $34 and are available ...


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Drag-king workshop Jan. 26 at Center - "Living Dangerously: A Drag King Workshop and Bonus Fancy Tie Tutorial" will take place Thursday, Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m., at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. This event, which Gavin Danger is hosting, is family-friendly and kids are invited to attend with their parents. Attendees are asked to bring make-up, crepe hair, mirrors, spirit gum, binders and performance ...


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NUNN ON ONE: BURLESQUE Dita Von Teese on new album, Chicago show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Heather Sweet has come a long way after growing up in Michigan. As Dita Von Teese her life was forever changed by cinema and imagery from the past. The name Dita came from silent film actress Dita Parlo and Von Teese was misspelled right out of the phone book when asked to be on her first Playboy cover. The queen ...


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PERFORMANCE Tom Judson bares it all about Charles Busch, theater - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, will present Charles Busch: That Girl, That Boy on Jan. 29-30 in The Broadway in the center—marking the first time the legendary drag figure/storyteller will play his solo show in Chicago. Accompanying Busch will be Tom Judson, who himself has quite the background in entertainment, especially musical theater. However, he also has done everything ...


Hell-in-a-Handbag-Productions-announces-15th-anniversary-season

Hell in a Handbag Productions announces 15th anniversary season - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( January 25, 2017 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is thrilled to kick-off 2017 with the announcement of its 15th season. Comments Artistic Director David Cerda, "We really want to thank our audiences for keeping us going for the past 15 years with their love and support, so we are doing a mix of new, old ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-World-and-local-premieres-abound

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL World and local premieres abound - There are plenty of offerings this winter for theater lovers who prize new-to-Chicago and never-seen-before works. Here's a sampling of world and local premieres to watch out for. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. World premieres Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, Second City e.t.c., 1608 N. Wells St. You can bet that this 41st revue will feature ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL The winter classics: Old and not-so-old - Classics... The very word is an attraction for some but a turn-off for others, which is understandable if an old play is presented as a stodgy museum piece, or used as a springboard for some ill-conceived deconstruction. Fortunately, the finest and greatest theater pieces remain pulsing and pertinent for contemporary audiences through the universality of their characters, stories and ...


Theater-spotlight-on-Chicago-Childrens-Theatre-Critics-Picks

Theater spotlight on Chicago Children's Theatre, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Chicago Children's Theatre is simultaneously celebrating its future and its past this month. The recent opening of Chicago Children's Theatre's new headquarters for classes and small-scale shows in the former 12th District police station in the West Loop conincides with the revival of one of the company's biggest hits. Back in 2009, Ralph Covert ( Ralph's World ) ...


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Charles Busch in Chicago Jan. 29-30 - Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, will present Charles Busch: That Girl, That Boy on Jan. 29-30 in The Broadway in the center. This is the first time this theatrical legend will play his solo show in Chicago. And this is the first of what will be quarterly Pride Arts Center Presents events featuring prominent performers from the world of ...


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VideoOut hosts story-sharing event - NYC-based nonprofit VideoOut ( created to amplify the voices of LGBTQ people by sharing coming-out stories and building community ) and Chicago-based film-production company Strangewaze hosted Chicago Story Collection Day Sunday, Jan. 15, at Center on Halsted. Pride Action Tank ( PAT ) Kim Hunt ( left, back row ) was one of those who took part. Photo by Gretchen ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL LGBT plays to chase away the darkness - Don't put away that gay apparel yet. After a stressful 2016, it's time to rally around LGBT plays to raise consciousness and morale while having a good time as well. Gay history The Temperamentals, About Face at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Before Stonewall sparked the creation of Gay Alliances, Coalitions or Liberation Fronts, the Mattachine Society ...


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National comedy benefit Jan. 19-21 - In response to what the event's organizers have called President-elect Donald Trump's "repeated threats on human rights," comedians in more than 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for the ACLU on Inauguration Day Weekend for the WHAT A JOKE Comedy Fest, organized and produced by New York comedians Jenn Welch ( The New York Comedy Festival ) and ...


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Goodman to light up new marquee - Goodman Theatre will illuminate its brand-new marquee for the first time during a public ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The illumination event is aligned with The Ghostlight Project, a national effort of U.S. theater. The iconic vertical marquee above the Goodman's Dearborn Street main entrance will match the look and dimensions of the original sign, which was ...


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Wayne Brady joining 'Hamilton' - Five-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy nominee Wayne Brady is joining the Chicago cast of Hamilton ( as Aaron Burr ) Jan. 17-April 9 at The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. Brady will return for his eighth season as the host of CBS' Let's Make A Deal as well as the fifth new season of Who's Line Is it ...


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THEATER REVIEW Her America - Playwright: Brett Neveu. At: Solo Celebration at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $34-$48. Runs through: Feb. 12 In theater jargon, the term "vehicle" indicates a play or production designed to showcase the talents of a particular artist, often—but not always—at the expense of other dramatic factors ( plot, character, plausibility, etc. ). Brett Neveu's conveyance for Chicago icon ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Sundial - Playwright: adapted by Paul Edwards, from the novel by Shirley Jackson. At: City Lit Theatre at the Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $29. Runs through: Feb. 12 In an uncertain world, rarely is there a shortage of free-floating dread ( dubbed "anxiety" by the shrinks ). Since putting a name to unseen terrors provides an illusion ...


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GayCo to present Cntrl+Alt-Right+Delete - CHICAGO—-In a world run by a man with tiny, quick thumbs, and a sidekick as terrifying as a broken condom, GayCo has managed to dismantle the alt-right movement in 3 simple keystrokes: CNTRL + ALT-RIGHT + DELETE. GayCo is back with a brand new show to take down the alt-right movement in a battle of sass, wit and sexual innuendos. ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Jeremy Ashley Owens riffs on Cher and being ridiculous - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeremy Ashley Owens is showing the funny side of life with his popular Chicago series You're Being Ridiculous. In the show, a different topic is featured each run. Currently, family is front and center, with games, choices and lightbulbs all planned for the future. Sounds ridiculous? It is all part of the fun. Founded in 2010 by Owens, the cast ...


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Local theaters to participate in The Ghostlight Project - From press releases - CHICAGO ( January 13, 2017 ) — Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and Executive Director David Schmitz announce Steppenwolf's participation in The Ghostlight Project, an evening of advocacy at theater companies across the country to demonstrate a shared commitment to greater inclusion, participation and compassion in our theaters and our communities. On January 19, 2017, beginning at 5:15pm, Steppenwolf Theatre ...


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Theater Spotlight on Fillet of Solo, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight There are plenty of LGBTQ artists featured in the 20th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival, which celebrates the breadth of Chicago's storytelling and live literature scene. GayCo, OUTspoken, You're Being Ridiculous and the Sweat Girls are just a few of the 15 storytelling collectives gathered together for this three-week theatrical event. The 20h Annual Fillet of Solo Festival ...







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