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THEATER-REVIEW-After-Miss-Julie

THEATER REVIEW After Miss Julie - Playwright: Patrick Marber, adapted from the play By August Strindberg. At: Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.strawdog.org; $28. Runs through: Sept. 26 It was 1945 when England's Labour Party scored a victory over the Conservatives in the general election—translated for Yanks, this meant that the rich lazy aristocrats had been toppled by the poor working blokes, who ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Conjoined-anew

THEATER REVIEW Conjoined anew - When Porchlight Music Theatre included the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Side Show as part of its 2015-16 season, it was initially announced that it would be the original 1997 version and not the thoroughly revised 2014 revival edition overseen by Academy Award-winner Bill Condon ( Gods and Monsters, Chicago ). But it was Side Show's book writer and lyricist, Bill ...


Play-to-mark-10th-anniv-of-Katrina

Play to mark 10th anniv. of Katrina - The Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St., will observe the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with The Play About My Dad. The Play About My Dad, by Boo Killebrew, opened at New York's 595 E 59 Theatres in June 2011. It tells of the author's father—a doctor in Gulfport, Mississippi—who stayed behind to take care of patients as the storm ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The sex-positive variety show Menage-A-Hah returns for another stint at Mary's Attic, this time featuring standup comedy sets from Zach Peterson and Shannon Noll, burlesque stripping from Stephanie Hawking, a rope-bondage demonstration from BadKitty Bondage and the chance to win prizes from The Pleasure Chest. Mary Zee and Eric Barry are the co-hosts. Menage-A-Hah plays 8 p.m. Thursday, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-October-Sky

THEATER REVIEW October Sky - Playwright: Aaron Thielen ( book ), Michael Mahler ( music/lyrics ) At: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Tickets: 1-847-634-0200; www.MarriottTheatre.com; $50-$55. Runs through: Oct. 11 This world premiere musical is based on a popular 1999 movie and, in turn, an autobiographical novel by Homer Hickam. It tells of four teenage boys—with Homer as hero—who rebel against limited expectations imposed ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Price

THEATER REVIEW The Price - Playwright: Arthur Miller. At: TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463 or www.timelinetheatre.com; $38-$51. Runs through Nov. 22 The instant you walk into TimeLine Theatre's production of The Price, you're confronted by stacks of antique furniture piled up haphazardly to the ceiling by scenic and lighting designer Brian Sidney Bembridge. And soon enough, all that left-behind excess turns out ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Jacksonian

THEATER REVIEW The Jacksonian - Playwright: Beth Henley, At: Profiles Theatre Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: Oct. 11 Beth Henley's plays have always hinted at the dark side of the rural/tribal values lingering at the cultural roots of our country's southern regions, but smug Yankee directors and audiences usually prefer to chuckle complacently at the droll antics of their ...


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Theater, now on stage and soon to come - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Addresses in Chicago unless otherwise noted Now on stage: Not Suitable For Textbooks. Improvised omissions and additions from history. At Under The Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, Chicago. $12. Saturdays through September 5. Tickets www.undertheguntheater.com or ( 773 ) 270-3440 . SMUT: The Improvised Romantic Book Club. Improv/comedy. By Corn Productions at Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. $10. Runs through 9/18 ...


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Broadway in Chicago turns 15 in the park - Chicago took a bite of the big apple in Millennium Park on Aug. 17 with a free summer concert that celebrated 15 years of Broadway In Chicago reigning in the Windy City. More than 10 scenes were performed from the upcoming season of shows hosted by ABC 7's Janet Davies. The iconic 42nd Street cast kicked things off with classic ...


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Upcoming: Sondheim honored; Play marks 10th Katrina anniversary - Sondheim to receive Sandberg Award The Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library have announced that the 16th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Award will be presented to legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Heralded for his immense contributions to musical theater in a career spanning more than 50 years, Sondheim will be honored at the Carl Sandburg Literary ...


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Upcoming: Fashion Fest; 'Downton' exhibit; Jeff Awards; Haymarket reading - Haymarket Riot reading Aug. 29 In commemoration of the 130th anniversary of Chicago's Haymarket Riot, there will be a table reading of Bloody Haymarket on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Irish-American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. Actors Ben David Garza and Eric J. Coleman will be bringing to life an original theatrical performance of the grisly ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Chicagos-Role-in-the-Crime-of-the-Century

THEATER REVIEW Chicago's Role in the Crime of the Century - Playwright: Hillel Levin. At: The Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. Tickets: 800-838-3006; www.assassinationtheater.com; $49. Runs through: Nov. 7 Even with the current fashion for talking-heads symposiums posing as docudramas ( but leaving out the drama ), Hillel Levin's decision to present his journalist's investigation of the role played by organized crime in the 1963 assassination of U.S. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Fringe options - The Chicago Fringe Festival is back for its sixth season, returning again to the Jefferson Park neighborhood at five different venues. This time the Fringe features nearly 50 companies presenting 198 performances from Thursday, Sept. 2, to Sunday, Sept. 13. As in past years, all the shows selected were by lottery and a few are of likely interest to LGBTQ ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Patchwork-Drifter

THEATER REVIEW Patchwork Drifter - Playwright: Jennifer L. Mickelson. At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit in Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-904-0391; www.babeswithblades.org; $22. Runs through: Sept. 19 Wyoming granted women the right to vote and to serve as court officers more than 50 years before the 19th Amendment was ratified, so it's appropriate that Jennifer L. Mickelson's ...


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Theater in Chicago: Opening soon and now on stage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Addresses in Chicago unless otherwise noted Opening dates August 25, 2015 Mom? A Comedy of Mourners. Clown siblings Victoria, Frank and Mango mourn the loss of their mother. By Box of Clowns at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Tickets at www.gorillatango.com or ( 773 ) 598-4549 . August 27, 2015 Glory Days. Broadway musical nailing ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Things-You-Shouldnt-Say-Past-Midnight

THEATER REVIEW Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight - Playwright: Peter Ackerman. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Road. Tickets: 773-891-8985 or www.windycityplayhouse.com; $25-$60. Runs through Oct. 4 Peter Ackerman's 1999 New York sex comedy Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, now being revived in a strongly acted production at the swanky Windy City Playhouse, certainly begins with a great premise. How do you react when your ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Rise-and-Fall-of-Little-Voice

THEATER REVIEW The Rise and Fall of Little Voice - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Jim Cartwright. At: No Stakes Theater Project at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 1-773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $13.50-$34.50. Runs through: Sept. 5 Steppenwolf Theatre Company produced this play 21 years ago utilizing an enormous set with a moving house that swallowed the play alive. It still requires a two-story house ( Grant Sabin, set designer ) but this intimate ...


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Theater Spotlight on Bad Jews; Critics' Picks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The kvetching continues since Theater Wit's acclaimed production of Joshua Harmon's scathing comedy Bad Jews is back again in its fifth extension and third venue. So if you missed seeing this play involving three cousins doing battle over a family heirloom, then you can choose your favorites and take sides now in the intimate cabaret space of the Royal George ...


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Bryan Safi has it made in the 'Shade' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bryan Safi seems to be everywhere lately. The openly gay Emmy winner has done everything from writing on The Ellen DeGeneres to being a writer/performer on the website Funny or Die to acting in the Lifetime movie A Deadly Adoption ( with Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell ) and the ABC Family series Young and Hungry. Then, there are his ...


Celebrate-with-caution

Celebrate with caution - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times, by Michael Kearns - This speech was in acceptance of the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award "for groundbreaking and distinguished achievement in the LGBTQ playwrighting and arts advocacy." Presented to Michael Kearns by Celebration Theatre on Aug. 11, 2015, at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers. Celebration Theatre, during its halcyon days, was located on Hoover Street in Silver Lake, not in the land ...


Jeff-Awards-Equity-nominations-honor-2014-2015-productions

Jeff Awards Equity nominations honor 2014-2015 productions - From a press release - Friday, August 21, 2015 - Chicago, IL — Chicago stage, TV and film star Michael Shannon did the honor of announcing the nominees for the 2014-2015 Equity Jeff Awards. A video of the presentation is available at www.JeffAwards.org. Six world premiere plays, three world premiere musicals, and three new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving Jeff ...


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Poet Kit Yan performs Queer Heartache at Chicago Fringe - From a press release - Chicago, IL: From September 3-13, Kit Yan, a transgender, queer, Asian American poet from Hawaii, will be performing his show Queer Heartache at the Chicago Fringe Festival. Queer Heartache is a one-person SLAM POETRY theater show about the micro-aggressive societal failures that break our queer hearts. The show follows Kit from his childhood in Hawaii as a poor child of ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-SNL-dreams

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT SNL dreams - Don't be deceived by the title of John Loos' SNL Showcase, now playing at the Annoyance Theatre. Despite its abbreviated moniker, it's not an actual audition showcase by the Chicago-based gay comedian for the long-running NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live. "It's a way to frame my one-man show—actually a one-man play about auditioning for Saturday Night Live, which I ...


Theater-Spotlight-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight If you missed the the national tour of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage the last time it played Chicago in 2008, then you can catch up with the international hit show once again. So see Baby fall in love with Johnny in the 1960s, complete with anachronistic songs written for the beloved 1987 film like "Hungry ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-History-of-Alcohol-in-Chicago-A-Drinkers-Guide

THEATER REVIEW The History of Alcohol in Chicago: A Drinker's Guide - Playwright: Andrew Thorp. At: Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark Street. Tickets: 1-800-650-6449; www.publichousetheatre.com; $15. Runs through: Sept. 27 ( Sundays only ) The theater venue that long housed Live Bait Theatre, and later the Artistic Home, has been the Public House Theatre for several years now, acquiring a cabaret license to allow drink service during performances of varied sketch ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Dueling-Gentlemen

THEATER REVIEW The Dueling Gentlemen - Playwright: conceived and written by Marvin Eduardo Quijada. At: Silent Theatre at the Athenaeum, 2836 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.athenaeumtheatre.org; $17-$27. Runs through: Sept. 20 Theater companies founded on a narrow repertory—Commedia, Operetta, the collected works of Shakespeare/Shaw/Sondheim—might survive for a time on their appeal to a select audience but, sooner or later, will find it necessary to deviate ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Kurios-Cabinet-of-Curiosities

THEATER REVIEW Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities - Devised and directed by: Michel Laprise. At: Cirque du Soleil at United Center, 1901 W. Madison St. Tickets: $35-$270; 877-924-7783 or www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios. Runs through: Sept. 20 There are plenty of recurring hallmarks for Cirque du Soleil shows and there are many to be found in Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. The show debuted in Montreal in 2014, and now it has ...


The-Chicago-Fringe-Festival-announce-times-places

The Chicago Fringe Festival announce times, places - From a press release - Over Twelve Days, 47 Companies Gather in Jefferson Park to Offer 198 Performances, Including All New Kids Fringe, September 3-13, Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, Aug. 1 CHICAGO — The Chicago Fringe Festival is proud to announce its line up for the 2015 festival. Performances in the sixth annual Chicago Fringe Festival take place in five venues in Jefferson Park, ...


Theater-in-Chicago-Now-on-stage-and-opening-soon

Theater in Chicago: Now on stage and opening soon - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Addresses in Chicago unless otherwise noted Now on stage: Improvised Twilight Zone. A new Twilight Zone-inspired scenario every show. At The Annoyance Theatre and Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, 773-697-9693. Wednesdays, 8 pm. Runs through August 19, 2015. Tickets at the door or at https://theannoyance.com . Live at the Continental Baths. Musical tribute to Bette Midler focusing on ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Art-

THEATER REVIEW Art - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. At: Amazing Sammo Productions at Gorilla Tango, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-598-4549; www.gorillatango.com; $18. Runs through: Aug. 29 ( Saturdays only ) Seldom has the adage about beauty and the eye of the beholder been illustrated more often, or in as many ways, as it has since Yasmina Reza wrote her deceptively ...


Upcoming-Cho-to-marry-couples-Chicago-Fashion-Fest-Horror-film-fest

Upcoming: Cho to marry couples; Chicago Fashion Fest; Horror-film fest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cho to marry couples on 'PsyCHO' tour Comedian Margaret Cho is marrying couples on stage as part of her "PsyCHO" tour. Cho is a certified officiant through the American Marriage Ministries. A winner will be selected in each city during the Tour. Qualified participants must submit a homemade video. The homemade video must answer "Why I want you to #MarryMeMargaret." ...


Upcoming-Dancing-Fest-Chicago-Fringe-Treasure-Island-Bette-WildClaw

Upcoming: Dancing Fest; Chicago Fringe; Treasure Island; Bette; WildClaw - Chicago Dancing Festival Aug. 25-29 The ninth annual Chicago Dancing Festival will take place Aug. 25-29 at various downtown Chicago venues. With choreographer Lar Lubovitch and Chicago dancer Jay Franke co-producing, the event aims to bring together leading ballet, modern and contemporary dancers from Chicago and across the country to present the largest dance festival in the nation. The event ...


Theater-spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight The Mayne Stage teams with Cult Camp Productions to stage the hit 2005 off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz, which is all about a fictitious Christian boy band on the last night of its "Raise the Praise" tour. See if the boys can stay together or if the lures of celebrity, sexuality or the hope of solo career will break ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Boy-from-Oz

THEATER REVIEW The Boy from Oz - Playwright: book by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, music and lyrics by Peter Allen. At: Pride Films and Plays at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252; www.stage773.com; $25-$40. Runs through: Aug. 30 Few would argue Australian-born singer/songwriter Peter Allen's inclusion in the pantheon of American pop music, so why does Martin Sherman's adaptation of Nick Enright's original biodrama ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Zelda-at-the-Oasis

THEATER REVIEW Zelda at the Oasis - THEATER REVIEW Zelda at the Oasis Playwright: Patricia Lin - Playwright: Patricia Lin. At: Genesis Theatrical Productions at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 1-773-338-2177; www.genesistheatricals.com; $30. Runs through: Aug. 23 By the early 1930s, the celebrated marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was beyond repair. He was an alcoholic, she was bipolar. Each accused the other of infidelities. He wrote relentlessly, frequently to her exclusion. She ...


THEATER-REVIEW-We-Gotta-Bingo

THEATER REVIEW We Gotta Bingo! - Playwright: conceived by Bill Collins and written by WGB Creative. At: Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 312-391-0404; www.wegottabingo.com; $49. Runs through: open run The notion of audiences at a play sitting still and attending to every minute of the onstage agenda is a relatively new practice, as accounts of theatrical performance in, say, Cyrano de Bergerac, or ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Stanley-in-the-Name-of-Love

THEATER REVIEW Stanley in the Name of Love - Book: Mr. Margaret Svetlove; Score: The Delicious Moons. At: The New Colony at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thenewcolony.org; $20-$25. Runs through: Aug. 29 Hey, you young queer club kids who worship at the altar of contemporary pop music! If ever there were a musical written to target your demographic, then that show would be The New Colony's ...


Shakespeare-in-the-Parks-thru-Aug-16

Shakespeare in the Parks thru Aug. 16 - Chicago Shakespeare Theater ( CST ), the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Boeing partner to present the annual citywide summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. This summer, 24 performances of Shakespeare's Greatest Hits travel to 17 neighborhood parks across Chicago, free for all, July 19—Aug. 16. In its fourth year, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks inaugurates cultural ...


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OUTspoken! marks one year with rousing stories - Appearing before a packed house, emcees Kim Hunt ( outgoing executive director of Affinity Community Services ) and Art Johnston ( co-owner of Sidetrack ) kicked off OUTspoken!'s one-year anniversary celebration Aug. 4 at Sidetrack. The event featured stories by Tracy Baim ( Windy City Times publisher ), Bea Cordelia ( playwright, slam poet, essayist, performer and researcher ), LeVan ...


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Nightspots calendar: The Big To Do - NIGHTSPOTS' WEEKLY PICKS TO PLAN YOUR NIGHTLIFE CALENDAR ALCC's Tiki Holiday: Escape to a Polynesian Paradise Wed., August 12, 6-9 pm Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. AIDS Legal Council of Chicago's yearly travel-themed fundraiser, with island fare by Three Dots and a Dash, entertainment, silent auction, and the Grand Raffle. Contact Kevin Mork at kjmork@aidslegal.com for more info. Totally ...


Theater-in-Chicago-Now-on-stage-and-soon-to-open

Theater in Chicago: Now on stage and soon to open - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Addresses in Chicago unless otherwise noted Now on stage: Brilliant Adventures. Science fiction play featuring a time machine created by Luke, a bookish 19-year-old disabled by a severe stutter. By Steep Theatre at Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave, Chicago. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 3 pm. Runs through August 15, 2015. Tickets at www.steeptheatre.com or ...


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Vives Q series continues with second installment - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The latest instalment of the 2015 Vives Q series took place on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. Now in its third year, the program centers the intersectional experiences of LGBTQ Latinos and Latinas, providing a safe space for intergenerational dialogue. "With Latino people specifically, there's been a lack in organising around trying to ...


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Griffin Theatre 2015-16 Season includes Midwest and Chicago premiere - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 6, 2015 ) — Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to announce its 28th Season, kicking off this fall with the Midwest premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's heartbreaking comedy POCATELLO, directed by ensemble member Jonathan Berry ( Punk Rock, Balm in Gilead ). Next winter, Griffin presents the Midwest premiere of British playwright John Van Druten's romantic drama ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Ross-Mathews-Riding-the-rainbow

NUNN ON ONE Ross Mathews: Riding the rainbow - Ross Mathews came out in a big way on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Known as "Ross the Intern," he became a household name virtually overnight. He went on to be a regular correspondent for the show then tackled Celebrity Fit Club, as well as becoming a regular on Chelsea Lately. He landed his own show Hello Ross on ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-With-RuPaul-Skin-is-in

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION With RuPaul, 'Skin' is in - Drag personality RuPaul Charles keeps busy constantly working on projects from books, music, to a makeup line. Charles is currently reigning on television over at the Logo channel as well as now judging Skin Wars on GSN. RuPaul's Drag Race just received it's first Emmy nomination ever for Outstanding Makeup and Season 4 RuVealed premieres July 31. It was also ...


About-Faces-15-Breaths-thru-Aug-7

About Face's '15 Breaths' thru Aug. 7 - About Face Theatre is presenting 15 Breaths, written by and featuring members of the the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble and directed by AFT Education/Outreach Director Ali Hoefnagel. The production will run July 23-26 at Greenhouse Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Additionally, there will be free performances as part of the Chicago Park District's Night Out in The Parks initiative ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Pippin

THEATER REVIEW Pippin - Playwright: Roger O. Hirson ( book ), Stephen Schwartz ( music & lyrics ). At: Cadillac Palace Theatre. Tickets: 800-775-2000; www.BroadwayInChicago.com; $27-$105. Runs through: Aug. 9 I can't remember the last time a Broadway musical tour provided as much bang for audience bucks as Pippin. Under director Diane Paulus, choreographer Chet Walker and circus creator Gypsy Snider, this production is ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - The destructive relationship between famed Victorian playwright Oscar Wilde and the troublesome Lord Alfred Douglas is explored in David Hare's 1998 drama The Judas Kiss. It questions why Wilde didn't flee Great Britain after he was convicted for crimes of "gross indecency," and also shows Wilde upon his release from prison two years later. Dead Writers Theatre Collective's intimate production ...


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THEATER REVIEW Last Train to Nibroc - Playwright: Arlene Hutton. At: Haven Theatre Company at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.haventheatrechicago.com; $28. Runs through: Sept. 6 Arlene Hutton's Courtship Play is the first in a trilogy recounting the progress of a Southeastern Kentucky couple in the years spanning World War Two and immediately after. Given the inclination toward epic narratives this region often inspires ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Two-Gentlemen-of-Verona

THEATER REVIEW Two Gentlemen of Verona - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Oak Park Festival Theatre at Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: 708-445-4440 or www.oakparkfestival.com; $22-$27. Runs through Aug. 22 Lavina Jadhwani makes a great case in her director's notes for re-envisioning Shakespeare's comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona as a 1980s teenage film drama. But in actual performance, Jadhwani's Oak Park Festival Theatre staging ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Summer-of-Daisy-Fay

THEATER REVIEW The Summer of Daisy Fay - Playwright: Ed Howard, based on a novel by Fannie Flagg. At: New American Folk Theatre at Redtwist, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-426-6442; www.brownpapertickets.com; $20. Runs through: Aug. 17 Our play is set in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where the wall calendar reads 1958. However, before meeting our spunky narrator, you ought to know: 1 ) that until the government programs ...


THEATER-Now-on-stage-and-future-openings

THEATER Now on stage and future openings - Now on stage: Brilliant Adventures. Science fiction play featuring a time machine created by Luke, a bookish 19-year-old disabled by a severe stutter. By Steep Theatre at Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave, Chicago. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 3 pm. Runs through August 15, 2015. Tickets at www.steeptheatre.com or ( 866 ) 811-4111 . ...


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Jane Lynch at Civic Opera House in December - From a press release - Lyric is delighted to announce that acclaimed actress, singer, comedian, and Chicago native Jane Lynch will bring her hilarious cabaret show, "See Jane Sing," to the Civic Opera House on December 17 and 18 for four performances. In "See Jane Sing," Lynch takes audiences on a musical journey through a world of songs from Broadway to cabaret. Lynch puts her ...


Upcoming-Theater

Upcoming: Theater - Greensboro: A Requiem. Documentary play about the 1979 attack of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party on a Communist Workers' Party Rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. The production examines questions of race and police negligence. By American Theater Company at American Theater Company, 1909 W Byron St, Chicago. Runs through August 2, 2015. Tickets at-the-door, ( 773 ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Pop porn - Out actor Steve Love wasn't originally supposed to star in the world premiere musical comedy Stanley in the Name of Love for The New Colony. Love previously choreographed The New Colony's revised Tupperware musical Plastic Revolution, so he was initially contacted to help add some choreography for this ensemble-devised show. But director Sean Kelly instead asked Love to audition for ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special "Jubalee" gala performance of Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales starring 10-time Tony recipient Tommy Tune ( Grand Hotel, Nine, My One and Only ) The company then puts a focus on up-and-coming international masters of tap and Chicago masters of the dance form in two ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Grand-Concourse

THEATER REVIEW Grand Concourse - Playwright: Heidi Schreck. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 30 BY MARY SHEN BARNIDGE This play features a pretty teenage girl afflicted with cancer working in a church-affiliated charity facility—but don't haul out your hankies yet. There's also a paranoid ex-hippie prone to go off his medication, but you can keep your ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Loving-Repeating

THEATER REVIEW Loving Repeating - Playwright: Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics and text adapted by Frank Galati from the writings of Gertrude Stein. At: Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.kokandyproductions.com; $38. Runs through: Aug. 30 With the benefit of hindsight enjoyed by enlightened citizens in 2015, we can look upon the lifetime partnership of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bette-Live-at-the-Continental-Baths

THEATER REVIEW Bette! Live at the Continental Baths - Playwright: Various composers. At: Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: www.handbagproductions.org; $20-$35. Runs through: Aug. 21 No sooner had Juvenal coined his famous 100 A.D. catch phrase, "Mens Sana in Corpore Sano" ( "a healthy mind in a healthy body" ) than his fellow Greeks began to use it as an excuse for ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Perfect-Ganesh

THEATER REVIEW A Perfect Ganesh - Playwright: Terrence McNally. At: Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875 or www.eclipsetheatre.com; $20-$30. Runs through: Aug. 23 Can audiences empathize with characters who frequently epitomize the stereotype of the "Ugly American" abroad? Or a bigger challenge is whether audiences of today can give a second chance to a distraught character who shockingly uses racist ...


Shakespeare-in-the-Parks-thru-Aug-16

Shakespeare in the Parks thru Aug. 16 - Chicago Shakespeare Theater ( CST ), the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Boeing partner to present the annual citywide summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. This summer, 24 performances of Shakespeare's Greatest Hits travel to 17 neighborhood parks across Chicago, free for all, through Aug. 16. In its fourth year, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks inaugurates cultural ...


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Louisiana comedian Jen Kober coming to The Den Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 28, 2015 ) — Louisiana comedian JEN KOBER will bring her southern brand of down-home comedy to the Windy City for one night only on Sunday, August 9 at 7 pm for an evening benefitting Interrobang Theatre Project at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. The event will also include live jazz by Louisiana ...


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Salve Regina: A Coming of Gay Story at Center in August - From a press release - Center on Halsted is proud to announce the upcoming presentation of Javier Rivera's one-man show, Salve Regina: A Coming of Gay Story. The one-man spectacle, written and performed by Puerto-Rican born Chicago artist Javier Rivera, will be staged in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted on Saturday, August 22 at 7:30 pm, and August 23 at 3 pm. The ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Mark Burrell is steppin' in 'Pippin' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Life's a three-ring circus for the revival of four-time Tony Award winner Pippin. Now on a national tour, Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey and the choices he makes in life. Mark Burrell wears many hats on the tour. He's an assistant choreographer, dance captain and understudy for the role of Charles. Burrell made ...


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These Boots Are Made for Working - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kyle Taylor Parker has some mighty big heels to fill in the national tour of Kinky Boots. The part of Lola was originally played by Billy Porter (and, in this interview, Windy City Times found out about Parker's take on it). The Broadway musical, based on the movie of the same name, was inspired by true events telling the story ...


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Chaz Bono on stage in "Down the Road" in LA - From a press release - Actor, "Down the Road" producer and activist Chaz Bono returns to the stage in a dramatic portrayal in the role of William Reach, a serial killer serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison for the mrders of l9 women. His newest victims could be Dan and Irin Henniman, the true-crime writers who are interviewing him for his biography. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT About Face takes 'Breaths,' marks anniversary - There's a deliberate synchronicity to the title of About Face Youth Theater's new show Fifteen Breaths. It was 15 years ago that the queer youth theater produced its first show, which had the title of First Breath. "We've had an incredible run and we've been really lucky to see queer youth theater that has been lauded and applauded," said About ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Contemporary updates of Chekhov's The Seagull often haven't fared too well critically, but Aaron Posner's Stupid Fucking Bird turned out to be an exception. Sideshow Theatre Company's Midwest premiere of the show was so successful that Carlisle Hart, LLC is bringing the entire cast back for a commercial remounting for the summer. Stupid Fucking Bird runs from Thursday, July 23, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Grand Concourse - Playwright: Heidi Schreck. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 30 This play features a pretty teenage girl afflicted with cancer working in a church-affiliated charity facility—but don't haul out your hankies yet. There's also a paranoid ex-hippie prone to go off his medication, but you can keep your tasers holstered, too. Staff ...


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NUNN ON ONE Sandra Bernhard: Feeling '#blessed' - Sandra Bernhard is a woman of many talents. Stand-up has always been a part of her act, even before her big break in Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, for which she won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. After her many appearances on the Roseanne sitcom she continues with more TV shows such as ...


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THEATER REVIEW Take Me Back - Playwright: Emily Schwend. At: The Poor Theatre at Collaboraction, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thepoortheatre.org; $10-$16. Runs through Aug. 8 In The Poor Theatre's Midwest premiere of Emily Schwend's drama Take Me Back, you genuinely feel that you're watching a diabetic mother on stage who has been magically transported directly from the play's setting of Muskogee, Oklahoma. But it's actually ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Whatever

THEATER REVIEW Whatever - Playwright: Robert Tenges. At: the side project, 1439 W. Jarvis St. Tickets: 773-340-0140 or www.thesideproject.net; $10-$20. Runs through Aug. 9 Abortion and easy access to firearms are introduced in the first few minutes of Whatever, a drama by Robert Tenges now receiving a world premiere at the side project. Sure enough, that gun goes off before the end, but the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Men of Soul - Playwright: Daryl D. Brooks. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: Aug. 31 The disagreement over what precisely constitutes "soul" will never be resolved, but two major components emerging from the decades-long dispute are experience at overcoming adversity, whether personal or ancestral, and a performance style characterized by the phenomenon called "duende"—a quasi-theoleptic ...


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Upcoming: Theater - Runs through: August 2 Bard Fiction Playwright: Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer and Brian Watson-Jones. At: Commedia Beauregard at City Lit in Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 312-487-1893; www.cbtheatre.org; $30. Runs through August 2, 2015. Greensboro: A Requiem. Documentary play about the 1979 attack of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party on a Communist ...


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Entertainment: Jennifer Hudson; Lee Daniels; Margaret Cho; Thomas Roberts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jennifer Hudson crashed one of the first gay weddings to take place in Dallas, and surprised two very happy grooms ( Chris and Scott Lindsey ) by performing an impromptu mini-concert, TheStir reported. The Oscar winner wanted to show her support to the LGBT community following the landmark Supreme Court decision a few weeks ago to legalize same-sex marriage. Hudson ...







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