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Theater spotlight on Dementia Me; Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Texas transplant and gay performance artist John Michael recounts his two years working in a "memory care center" for senior citizens in his self-produced one-man show Dementia Me. Hear how Michael tried to enliven the remaining days of his many fading residents with balloon-filled parties and other activities. Dementia Me continues at 8 p.m. Mondays only through Sept. ...


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Clea DuVall: Out actress turns writer-director with 'The Intervention' - It took an intervention for Clea DuVall to finally come out of the closet publicly. While she's played queer characters throughout her career as actress —in 1999's But I'm A Cheerleader and HBO's Veep, most recently—DuVall's delightful directorial debut, The Intervention, finally gave her a chance to play a lesbian character that she related to, as well as feel comfortable ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Mame

THEATER REVIEW Mame - Playwright: Jerome Lawrence/Robt. E. Lee ( book ), Jerry Herman ( music/lyrics ). At: Light Opera Works, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Tickets: 847-920-5360; LightOperaWorks, com; from $34. Runs through: Aug. 28 Hello, Dolly! and La Cage Aux Folles have been produced frequently by area theaters while Mame—an equally-fine Jerry Herman oeuvre—has gone unstaged seemingly forever. Light Opera Works ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bloodshot - Title: Bloodshot Playwright: Douglas Post. At: Solo Celebration at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $42-$48. Runs through: Sept. 10 To create a good hard-boiled noir whodunit, you need a good story—preferably involving murder, money, mysterious temptresses, duplicity and double-crosses, shady jamokes from all levels of society and plenty of surprise twists. What you also need, however, is ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Good Person of Szechwan - Playwright: Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Tony Kushner. At: Cor Theatre at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1351 N. Wells St. Tickets: $25. Runs through: Sept. 11 Ever since Bertolt Brecht's plays were declared safe for classroom curricila, young theater companies have eagerly embraced his aesthetic precepts, based in intellectual detachment, austerity and didacticspeak as dry as week-old toast. Tony Kushner knows ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A refined 'P.I.M.P.' - Broadway veteran André De Shields has built an impressively long performing career as a multitalented actor-singer-dancer-director-choreographer. De Shields was twice nominated for Tony Awards for starring in the musicals Play On! and The Full Monty, while his turns in the 1978 Fats Waller revue Ain't Misbehavin' and as the title role in The Wiz in 1975 are both the stuff ...


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'Fun Home' national cast announced - Broadway In Chicago and Producers Fox Theatricals ( Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson ) and Barbara Whitman announced casting for the first national tour of the Tony-winning musical Fun Home. The tour will premiere in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Nov. 2-13. Robert Petkoff ( Broadway's Ragtime, All The Way, Anything Goes ) will play Bruce, Chicago ...


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'Bette, Live' runs through Sept. 10 - Hell in a Handbag Productions is bringing back Bette, Live at the Continental Baths. It will run for nine performances through Sept. 10 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Handbag Diva and ensemble member Caitlin Jackson returns to pay tribute to the Divine Miss M's legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. The ...


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Two Chicago theatre legends to announce Jeff Awards Equity noms - From a press release - August 22, 2016 - Chicago, IL. Chicago theatre greats Deanna Dunagan and Mike Nussbaum will announce the nominations for the 48th Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards, recognizing excellence in Chicago theatre, on a video to be released Tuesday, August 30 at www.jeffawards.org. Ms. Dunagan and Mr. Nussbaum have often graced the Jeff Awards ceremonies as nominees and recipients during the course ...


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Theater spotlight on LaChanze, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight For its first season benefit, Chicago Theatre Workshop is going big with Broadway talent by featuring Tony-wining star LaChanze in her solo Windy City debut. Not only is LaChanze famous for originating the role of Ti Moune in Once on this Island, but she also won her Tony Award for creating the role of Celie in The Color ...


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Auditorium Theatre names new CEO - The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University has named Tania Castroverde Moskalenko as its chief executive officer. Castroverde Moskalenko is currently the president/CEO of The Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation in Carmel, Indiana. She joined the Center in June 2012. Henry Fogel, who has been interim CEO since April of this year, will return to ...


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THEATER REVIEWS Planted; Pen; The Transcivility of Albert Cashier - At: Chicago Musical Theatre Festival at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or cmtf.org; $20 per show. Runs through: Aug. 24 ( Cashier ); Aug. 25 ( Planted ) Aug. 26 ( Pen ) I probably shouldn't be writing this triple review of Planted, Pen and The Transcivility of Albert Cashier, three new LGBTQ shows in Underscore ...


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THEATER REVIEW Three Hotels - Playwright: Jon Robin Baitz. At: Bluebird Arts at The Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; AthenaeumTheatre.org; $25. Runs through: Sept. 17 This excellent production reminds me of the power and deeply woven texture of this frequently produced 80-minute tragedy. Kenneth Hoyle ( Dave Belden ) is broken, but we don't know that at first. Addressing us directly from a ...


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The Promise of a Rose Garden - Playwright: Dustin Spence. At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $22. Runs through: Sept. 10 In stories about men and war, the soldiers squabble among themselves, raise ruckus out of sheer boredom, but stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the battlefield, only to be haunted in later years by memories of horrors witnessed. In ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Jackie Wilson Story - Playwright: Jackie Taylor. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-$65. Runs through: Sept. 4 Matinee audiences frequently are slower to warm up than evening crowds, daylight hours tending to discourage suspension of disbelief. At the remount of this, Black Ensemble's most successful show—its second since premiering in 2000—almost a whole 15 minutes went by before spontaneous applause ...


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THEATER FEATURE Gender change distinguishes 'Good Person' - Good Person of Szechwan—Bertolt Brecht's fable of a kind-hearted hooker forced to disguise herself as a hard-hearted pimp in order to survive the predations of her underclass peers—has been approved for college curricula since the 1960s at least, making Die Gute Mensch von Sezuan one of the prolific author's most-produced plays. ( Formerly known as The Good Woman of Setzuan, ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER 'THIS' and that: Menninger directs diverse play - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mix a gay director, a gay character and a bisexual all together and what do you get? The answer is THIS, a production at Windy City Playhouse. While the main story is centered around a straight couple, it is easy to see what people in the LGBT community have contributed to the end product. The production centers around four New ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Out rapper Big Dipper provides the scoop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Queer rapper Big Dipper is returning to Chicago and bringing some heavy-handed tunes with him. Starting with his YouTube hit "Drip Drop," Dipper made a name for himself and never looked back. Songs like "Thick Life" and "Free Money" continue the trend of mixing free speech with hip hop beats. Windy City called up the Evanston native to discuss his ...


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Casting set for first National Tour of Fun Home, on stage in November - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 16, 2016 ) — Broadway In Chicago and Producers Fox Theatricals ( Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson ) and Barbara Whitman are thrilled to announce casting for the first National Tour of Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical. The tour will premiere in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre ( 24 W. Randolph ) for a limited ...


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SHOW REVIEW Todrick Hall entertains in 'Straight Outta Oz' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Tarina Hargrays - On Aug. 9, multitalented performer and YouTube personality Todrick Hall brought his musical tour, Straight Outta Oz to Chicago's historic Thalia Hall. Musical-goers ranged from all ages and demographics. The house was packed with hundreds of people as Hall and his crew took the stage. The musical is based off of the famous movie The Wizard of Oz. It tells ...


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Theater Spotlight on Bette, Live at the Continental Baths and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Bette Midler is readying her Broadway return in a high-profile revival of the musical Hello, Dolly! this season. Yet you can see another take on Midler in her early career with another revival. Hell in a Handbag Productions is bringing back its hit 2015 musical tribute Bette, Live at the Continental Baths. Caitlin Jackson once again inhabits the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Einstein's Gift - by David Mccann - Playwright: Vern Thiessen. At: Genesis Theatrical Productions at The Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport. Tickets: at 773-935-6875 or Athenaeumtheatre.com; $30. Runs through: Aug. 28 Noted Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen crafted this accessible 2003 drama about two Nobel Prize-winning scientists as a memory play. It's a story about two friends who, despite working in similar fields of science at the same ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Anton Chekhov Book Club Returns - Playwright: text by Anton Chekhov. At: Moving Dock Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $17.50-$19.50. Runs through: Sept. 23 ( Fridays only ) Anton Chekhov is mostly known for his plays, not for the hundreds of short stories serving as a kind of verbal photo album of his society as he viewed it. Moving Dock ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mother (and Me) - Sean Margaret Wagner - Playwright: Melinda Buckley. At: The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or GreenhouseTheater.org; $25-$30. Runs through: Aug. 14 "Mother," Writer/Performer Melinda Buckley says, and the floor lights up with the word beneath her as thunder rolls, "It's a big word." With that edict, we are whisked into the lives of Melinda and her mother Eileen, two uproariously ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Merchant of Venice - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Shakespeare's Globe at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier. Tickets: 312-595-5600; ChicagoShakes.com/merchant. Runs through: Aug. 14 This 10-day run is sold out but seek tickets anyway, perhaps cancellations or the waiting list. The Merchant of Venice is freshly deep, darkly lavish, tensely acted and revealing, as carefully edited and crisply directed by Jonathan Munby. Its buoyant comic ...


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'BITE' running thru Aug. 14 - Pride Films and Plays ( PFP ) will complete its summer in Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St., with the world premiere of BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret, PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham's pop-rock ode to A Midsummer Night's Dream. BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. The ...


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Coming up: Disco legend Clifford, LGBT Milwaukee, Numbers Nerds, Musically Human Theatre - Disco legend Clifford in concert Aug. 26 Disco legend Linda Clifford will be in concert at Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome Ave., on Friday, Aug. 26. There will be a meet-and-greet with Clifford at 7 p.m., followed by a concert at 8 p.m. Clifford is known for such hits as "Runaway Love," "If My Friends Could See Me Now" ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Trans speaker Jackson Bird flies into Nerd Comedy Fest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 4th Annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival returns this August and geeks are going wild. For four days socially awkward friends can celebrate with workshops, performances and special events. Transgender speaker/video creator Jackson Bird is headlining the festival along with another online sensation, Team StarKid. Jackson Bird is the spokesperson and communications director for the Harry Potter Alliance where he ...


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Nelson Rodriguez named Artistic Director of Pride Films and Plays - From a press release - CHICAGO - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Nelson Rodriguez, a Chicago-based actor and writer of Puerto Rican descent who has been an ensemble member of Pride Films and Plays since August 2012, has been named the company's first Artistic Director, Executive Director David Zak announced today. "Nelson's contributions to the company as an actor, production manager and curator of our film ...


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Zumanity's Edie at Davenport's Aug. 18 - Drag sensation Edie—who just marked her 4,000th show as the Mistress of Sensuality in Cirque du Soleil's show Zumanity—will perform at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. The showgirl will sing and dance her way through an hour of original songs and standards all with her signature '60s go-go style. ...


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Upcoming in theater: In the Next Room at TimeLine, Trio A/Trio B at Links Hall - 'In the Next Room' cast announced Chicago Inclusion Project Founder and Producer Emjoy Gavino has announced the cast of the next of The Chicago Inclusion Projects reading series, In the Next Room, or the vibratory play by Sarah Ruhl. The reading, presented in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company and The League of Chicago Theatres, will take place Tuesday, Aug. 9, ...


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The Color Game: whitewashing Latinx stories at Victory Gardens Aug 9 - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater and Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists ( ALTA ) Chicago, along with Chicago Inclusion Project, Congo Square, Teatro Vista, Silk Road Rising, and La Cooperativa of Latina/o Theatre Artists ( La Co-Op ) will host The Color Game: whitewashing Latinx stories onAugust 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at Victory Gardens Theater. The Color Game serves ...


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Windy City Theater Series 2016 tickets on sale - Click on the link for full schedule: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCT_TS2016-17_ad_v04.pdf . ...


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Numbers Nerds, Almost All-Girl Math Challenge workshop show - From a press release - CPA Theatricals' workshop production of Numbers Nerds, or the Almost All-Girl Math Challenge, was selected to be produced at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival Aug. 13 at noon and Aug. 27 at noon. Numbers Nerds is the story of an all-girl math team from Our Lady of Perpetual Chastity ( now a charter school ) in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The mathletes ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT New things to sing - The history of musical theater teems with boy-meets-girl stories. So you can't blame LGBTQ fans of the genre who grumble about the paucity of new musicals that reflect the diversity of their lives on stage. Three of the 14 new musicals debuting at Underscore Theatre Company's 3rd annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival ( CMTF ) seem poised to do some ...


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THEATER REVIEW Now. Here. This. - BY ERIC KARAS - Music & lyrics: by Jeff Bowen. Book by: Hunter Bell & Susan Blackwell. At: Rivendell Theater, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: BrownPaperBox.org; $25. Runs through: Aug. 21 Brown Paper Cox Company presents Now. Here. This., by composer Jeff Bowen, who wrote the popular [title of show] musical. Reviews like this usually have some sort of story hook to tie everything ...


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THEATER REVIEW Douglass - Playwright: Thomas Klingenstein. At: The American Vicarious at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; TheaterWit.org; $25. Runs through: Aug. 14 A theatrical tribute to Frederick Douglass is appropriate as his bicentennial nears ( probably born 1818 ). This remarkable American, born a slave, became an internationally revered advocate for freedom and justice and a charismatic writer and speaker. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys - Playwright: Mark Stein, music and lyrics by Harley White Jr. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: $42. Runs through: Aug. 27 The title references a real-life chapter in our nation's history, but this is not another cut-and-dried, preserved-under-glass docudrama. Likewise, its subtitle promises "An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow," but don't worry—the sorrow doesn't come until after ...


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The Black Slot in world premiere with AstonRep Theatre Co. - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 1, 2016 ) — AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to open its 2016-17 season with the world premiere of THE BLACK SLOT, Warren Hoffman's hilarious and biting satire about racial politics in the American regional theater, directed by Associate Artistic Director Derek Bertelsen*. THE BLACK SLOT will play September 1 — October 2, 2016 at The Raven ...


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Casting announced for Hell in a Handbag's world premiere of Skooby, Don't - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 2, 2016 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere Skooby, Don't, David Cerda's uproarious parody of a beloved cartoon classic, directed by Derek Van Barham. Just in time for Halloween, follow the adventures of four adults — Scaggy, Fredd, Velva and Daffy — who wear the same clothes ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Daxton Bloomquist on being in 'The Book of Mormon' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NPerformer Daxton Bloomquist is opening the The Book of Mormon once again in Chicago in the role of Elder McKinley. The Book of Mormon is influenced by Trey Parker's and Matt Stone's ( South Park ) religious upbringings from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The story follows a group of missionaries traveling to Uganda who then deal ...


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THEATER REVIEW C.S. Lewis Onstage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Max McLean. At: Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-325-1700; MercuryTheaterChicago.com; $55-59. Runs through: Aug. 14 After finding out that C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert was centered around the Chronicles of Narnia writer's transition from atheism to staunch Christianity, I was determined to keep an open mind. Fellowship for the Performing Arts has been lauded ...


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Theater spotlight on IGNITION Festival of New Plays, Critics' Picks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Theater spotlight If you want to get a peek at developing shows that might be featured in future theater seasons around Chicago, then don't miss Victory Gardens Theater's 2016 IGNITION Festival of New Plays. Six selected plays are presented in readings that are directed by leading artists in Chicago. The 2016 lineup features The Wayward Bunny, by Greg Kotis ( ...


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Local upcoming events - IFCON 2016 to take place Sept. 1-5 Asians & Friends Chicago will host the International Friendship Conference ( IFCON ) 2016—a conference for the LGBT Asian/Pacific Islander community—Sept. 2-5. Based in the DoubleTree by Hilton, Magnificent Mile, IFCON 2016 will feature city tours, a Spirit of Chicago cruise on Lake Michigan and a gala dinner. Members from chapters of Asians ...


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Joshua Henry to star as Aaron Burr in Hamilton Chicago cast - CHICAGO ( August 1, 2016 ) — Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway In Chicago are thrilled to announce two-time Tony Award nominee JOSHUA HENRY will lead the Chicago company of HAMILTON as Aaron Burr. Henry, who made his Broadway debut in IN THE HEIGHTS, received Tony Award nominations for his roles in VIOLET and THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS and just concluded ...


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Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour Comes to the Chicago Theater - From a press release - National television and progressive talk radio star Stephanie Miller is a wildly popular performer with a huge and fervently devoted audience. Her comedy album, "The Best of Stephanie Miller's Happy House, Volume #1," debuted as the #1 Comedy Album in America on Amazon, iTunes and Googleplay. It blasted on to the Billboard charts on February 18, 2015 at #2, dubbed ...


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Theater spotlight on Between Riverside and Crazy, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Steppenwolf Theatre may be offering an acclaimed take on Stephen Adly Guirgis' Pulitzer Prize-winning 2014 drama Between Riverside and Crazy, but Eclipse Theatre Company has dedicated its entire season to this playwright famed for such works like Jesus Hopped the "A" Train and The Motherfucker with the Hat. The second play of Eclipse's Guirgis season is his 2003 ...


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THEATER FEATURE 'Douglass' provides alternative view of African-American hero - In the gallery of African-American freedom fighters, the face of Frederick Douglass is possibly the most readily identifiable, his photogenic visage immediately recognized by even the most rudimentary of scholars. This star status is not unfounded: Born in 1817, the Maryland slave served under three masters before escaping to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where his shipbuilding skills enabled him to find ...


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THEATER REVIEW War Paint - Playwright: Doug Wright ( book ), Scott Frankel ( music ), Michael Korie ( lyrics ). At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org/WarPaint; $44-$182. Runs through: Aug. 21 War Paint is an elegant and lavish show, with a lush, jazz-inflected score, gorgeous looks ( especially Catherine Zuber's slightly-exaggerated 1930s-1960s costumes, gown heaven with matching massive jewelry ) ...


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THEATER REVIEW Chops - Playwright: Michael Rychlewski. At: Dashnight Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $35. Runs through: Aug. 14 When the author is a hometown boy and the stage picture consists of three guys over the age of thirty swapping Big Talk in a bar, the odds are that at least one of them is trying to put one over ...


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THEATER REVIEW AD HOC [HOME] - Playwrights: The Ensemble. At: About Face Youth Theatre at Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St. Tickets: 773-784-8565 or AboutFaceTheatre.org; Pay-what-you-can admission. Runs through: July 31 More and more LGBTQ youth have bravely started to come out at earlier ages from the generations before them. So it's great that Chicago's About Face Youth Theatre ( AFYT ) ...


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Upcoming: WCT Theatre Series, Market Days - WCT Theatre Series launches The 2016-17 Windy City Times Theatre Series has launched. The cost is $265 for all eight shows; 60 percent of all the possible subscriptions have already been sold. The shows in the series are: —Thursday, Oct. 6: Hand to God, by Robert Askins, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. —Saturday, Nov. 12: I Am ...


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About Face director faces apartment fire's aftermath - Ali Hoefnagel describes themselves ( preferred pronoun ) as "really lucky" despite recent setbacks—including a fire that gutted their apartment. For the past three years, Hoefnagel has been the education and outreach director for Chicago's About Face Theatre while retaining a teaching artist position with Steppenwolf Theatre. "We do a lot of different things at About Face," Hoefnagel told Windy ...


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NUNN ON ONE: PERFORMANCE Stacey Magiera talks about her Cirque performance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - TORUK-The First Flight is soaring into the United Center this August for Chicago audiences. This Cirque du Soleil show is inspired by James Cameron's movie Avatar but is set thousands of years prior. The word "toruk" refers to a predator called a leonopteryx that rules the Pandoran sky. In the storyline, a Na'vi is about to ride it for the ...


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Links Hall Presents Joshua Kent and Mark McCloughan and more in August - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Links Hall is pleased to present Trio A / Trio B, a double bill featuring performances of "The Top" by New York-based Mark McCloughan's No Face Performance Group performed with Jaime Maseda and Melissa Krodman — and "Watching Me / Watching You" by Chicago-based artist Joshua Kent and his two collaborators Courtney Mackedanz and Matthew Nicholas. Combining ...


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Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins XXVIII coming in August - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 13, 2016 ) — Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. is ending it's 30th and final season of theater with Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins XXVIII. This event will take place at The Den Theater at 1333 N. Milwaukee on August 19, 20, & 21. Tickets are $10 for an all day pass and $25 for a weekend pass. ...


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Shattered Globe Theatre announces 2016-17 season - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 20, 2016 ) — Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to announce the first two productions of its 2016-17 Season, kicking off this fall with a revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard's quintessential American drama TRUE WEST, directed by James Yost. The production will feature Shattered Globe Ensemble Members Joseph Wiens, Kevin Viol and Rebecca Jordan with ...


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Writers Theatre announces casting for 25th Anniversary Season - From a press release - Glencoe, IL—Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce casting for the first five plays of the company's 25th Anniversary Season, The season opens with a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, directed and adapted by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Scott Parkinson, featuring Kareem Bandealy, Christine Bunuan, Arya Daire, Sydney Germaine, Matthew Hawkins, Thomas ...


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Duriel E. Harris' Thingification on stage at MPAACT Summer Jams - Thingification: MPAACT Summer Jams takes place on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $20 at the door. Advance tickets available online. Thingification—written, composed, and performed by Duriel E. Harris—is a one-woman show combining poetry, performance, music and dance to invigorate audiences with the life-affirming energy of word-sound-power. Set in ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Finding [HOME] - When Andrew Volkoff took over as artistic director for the LGBTQ-focused About Face Theatre in 2013, one of his producing goals was to make each new show by the About Face Youth Theatre ( AFYT ) debut on an annual basis rather than unveiling a world premiere every two years. Largely tasked with that accelerated artistic schedule has been Ali ...


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Theater spotlight on Byhalia, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight If you missed The New Colony and Definition Theatre's January co-production of Byhalia, Mississippi, Evan Linder's critically acclaimed and Jeff Award-winning drama is back with its entire original cast in a much-anticipated revival. Thanks to Steppenwolf Theatre's Visiting Company Initiative, Linder's astute and cutting drama returns to make audiences question modern-day race relations. It all kicks off when ...


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THEATER REVIEW Between Riverside and Crazy - Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 21 When the 2015 Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Stephen Adly Guirgis' wry examination of marginalized citizens struggling to get by—and not particularly choosy how they do it—against overwhelming odds, nobody suspected that the troubles of these disenfranchised lowlifes would be vying for ...


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PERFORMANCE Hot-button issue at center of Privilege to Pee - Although a theater's Monday night stages are traditionally dark, Stage 773 of Lakeview's Circle Theatre was lit by an ensemble gold mine of talent July 11. The evening brought a capacity audience continually to their feet, while wiping away the tears of laughter and poignancy wrought by some of the city's most ethereal voices in often deeply personal choices of ...


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THEATER REVIEW Space Age - Playwrights: Ricardo Gamboa and Sean Parris. At: Free Street Theater at Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. Tickets: Freestreet.org; Pay-what-you-can admission. Runs through: Aug. 1 Artistic and romantic collaborators Ricardo Gamboa and Sean James William Parris have done their homework on their new confessional two-man performance art piece Space Age ( For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW A Midsummer Night's Dream - DOUBLE REVIEW A Midsummer Night's Dream Playwright: Shakespeare. At: First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Forest Preserve, Oak Brook. Tickets: 630-986-8067; FirstFolio.org; $29-$39. Runs through: Aug. 14 Bite: A Pucking Queer Cabaret Playwright: Derek Van Barham, after Shakespeare. At: Pride Films & Plays at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-737-0984; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; $25-$30. Runs through: Aug. 14 A Midsummer Night's ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Talking with 'Queen of Mean' Lisa Lampanelli - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lisa Lampanelli will probably forever be known as "Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean." Known for not pulling her punches over the years, this stand-up comedian has roasted a variety of people, including Pamela Anderson, William Shatner,and Donald Trump. Lampanelli taped Long Live the Queen for HBO in 2009, and followed that with another one-hour special, Dirty Girl, for Comedy Central. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Kin Folk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: William Glick. At: The New Colony at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: TheNewColony.org; $20-$25. Runs through: Aug. 14 Lucy and her siblings would make the perfect poster family for transitioning. They're about to sell their home and relocate to the Chicago area. Lucy's perfectionist sister Mary has reinvented herself as video celeb, Mary-Beth, a blogger whose ...


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Silk Road Rising announces 2016-2017 season - From a press release - Silk Road Rising, under the leadership of Artistic Director Jamil Khoury, announces its 2016-2017 Season featuring two world premieres, a staged reading series, and a U.S. premiere sure to take you on an authentic and daring polycultural journey. A Letter from Artistic Director Jamil Khoury From stand-up comedy to musical theatre, from global conflict to Charles Dickens. Some might call ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Katja Bavendam on her 'Giant Life' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Katja Bavendam is making a big splash with My Giant Life on the TLC Network. Season two kicks off with a new lesbian cast member who is 6'8" and lives in New York. Her wife, Julie McGuire, is 5'2," making for an interesting dynamic. They have been married for a year and the storyline on the show follows their journey ...


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THEATER REVIEW Schoolhouse Rock Live! - Music and lyrics: Various individuals. At: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayinChicago.com; $16-24. Runs through: Aug 28 I'll "unpack my adjectives" and tell you about Schoolhouse Rock Live! at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower place. This musical revue is made up of educational songs from the well loved television cartoon shorts from ...


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Theater spotlight on WOZ: A Rock Cabaret, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Tony Award-nominee and Broadway veteran André De Shields ( The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin' ) is the very special guest star playing The Wizard for the return of WOZ: A Rock Cabaret. Instead of the classic 1939 MGM film score, WOZ features rock anthems of the 1980s and '90s to tell L. Frank Baum's all-American story of a ...


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OPERETTA REVIEW The Cousin from Nowhere - Music & Libretto: Rideamus ( Fritz Oliven ) and Eduard Kunneke. At: Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252, or at Stage773.com or ChicagoFolksOperetta.org; $25-$40. Runs through: July 24 Poor beautiful, wealthy Julia. Living her pampered life in a mansion and attended by servants, the girl has almost everything her heart could desire. But her ...


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THEATER REVIEW Wastwater - Playwright: Simon Stephens. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or www.steeptheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: Aug. 13 The name of the deepest lake in England lends its moniker to Stephens' latest drama, an intriguing trio of deep, interconnected stories weaving together the relationships of eight individuals, at the same hour on the longest evening of the year. The playwright ...


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THEATER 'Space Age' focuses on queer kids of color - Talking to Ricardo Gamboa and Sean Parris mere hours after Orlando felt uncanny. The couple, well-known in Chicago's theater scene, have co-written a play, Space Age, about growing up as queer kids of color, and clearly the crime committed against Black and Brown LGBTQ people haunted Gamboa as he spoke. "I think one of the questions we were wrestling with ...


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Karen Olivo, Miguel Cervantes and Alexander Gemignani join Chicago Hamilton cast - KAREN OLIVO, who electrified audiences with her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY, returns to the stage as the brilliant and beautiful Angelica Schuyler in the Chicago production of HAMILTON, it has been announced by producer Jeffrey Seller. Joining Ms. Olivo in Chicago are Broadway veterans MIGUEL CERVANTES as Alexander Hamilton, and ...







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