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'Sharmila' through Aug. 9 - Catharsis Productions' Me, My Mom & Sharmila—a one-woman show by Fawzia Mirza—will run at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., on July 24-Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. A brief talk-back will follow every performance. See "Me, My Mom & Sharmila at Theatre Wit" on Facebook, contact Cara Thaxton at cara@catharsisproductions.com. ...


Next-Theatre-facing-eviction

Next Theatre facing eviction - Facing more than $76,000 in back rent, the Next Theatre Company in Evanston, Illinois, will be forced to leave its current home at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center following the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, according to The Chicago Tribune. Next Theatre, an Equity company that helped give life to the Off-Broadway musical Adding Machine, has been in residence at ...


Paul-Oakley-Stovall-no-Qualms-about-Steppenwolf-show

Paul Oakley Stovall: no 'Qualms' about Steppenwolf show - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER - Steppenwolf Theatre Company has a brand-new show titled The Qualms, and one actor in the cast is playing for our team. Paul Oakley Stovall has built quite an impressive resume over the years. He was last seen in Steppenwolf's Words on Fire. He earned a Jeff nomination for Play On! His Off-Broadway credits include Dessa Rose and Notebooks of Leonardo ...


The-Qualms

The Qualms - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Bruce Norris. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$86. Runs through: Aug. 31 At a well-planned sex party—or just about any kind of party, for that matter—there is an understanding that you don't have to engage in sex, but are free to enjoy the occasion in whatever manner you wish. At poorly-planned sex parties, ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Checking Boxes, About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble at Austin Town Hall, then Willye White Park, through Aug. 1. Playwright and poet Shannon Matesky teams with the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble for a thoughtful and multifaceted look at immigration and the dangers faced by workers who come out as undocumented. SCM Dead Man's Cell Phone, The Enthusiasts at Athenaeum Theatre, ...


Men-Should-Weep

Men Should Weep - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Ena Lamont Stewart. At: Griffin Theatre Company at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 1-866-811-4111; www.griffintheatre.com; $35. Runs through: Aug. 10 Written in 1947, Men Should Weep is set a decade earlier in a Glasgow, Scotland, slum tenement. Its author was a smart literary cookie almost certainly familiar with the dramas of Dublin slum life written 25 years ...


The-Beverly-Hillbillies-The-Musical

The Beverly Hillbillies: The Musical - THEATER REVIEW - Playwrights: David Rogers and Amanda Rogers; Songwriter: Gregg Opelka. At: Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Tickets: 219-836-3255 or www.theatreatthecenter.com; $40-$44. Runs through: Aug. 10 Many theater aficionados bemoan how so many new musicals are adaptations of films with household names. So you can guess how negatively they might react to the news that the 1960s TV ...


Othello

Othello - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071; www.thegifttheatre.org; $20-$35. Runs through: Aug. 24 Shakespeare never tells us how ethnically diverse the Venetian army was before an African soldier named Othello distinguished himself honorably in the war with Turkey for possession of Cyprus, but the recognition granted this valiant warrior would probably have stirred rancor among ...


Theater-Spotlight-LezFest-A-One-Night-Fling

Theater Spotlight: LezFest: A One Night Fling - Pride Films and Plays' upcoming Women's Words Week fundraising revue, LezFest: A One Night Fling, produced by Libby Lane and Chrystle Morman, features performances by Christy Hasselson ( 2006 winner of Windy City Gay Idol ), storyteller Lauren Sivak, slam poet and playwright Shannon Matesky, vocalist Liz Pazik, comedian Shanna Brown and more. LezFest: A One Night Fling is at ...


Jessie-Mueller-makes-good-on-Broadway

Jessie Mueller makes good on Broadway - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - There's no doubt that when Jessie Mueller won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the title role of the Broadway jukebox show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, her entire Evanston family of talented actors was overflowing with pride and admiration. The same could also be said for local theater fans who had seen Mueller triumph ...


An-Evening-of-Magic-to-benefit-AFC

'An Evening of Magic' to benefit AFC - From the front window of Patrick Livingston's apartment, visitors can glimpse the ornate façade of the Uptown Theatre, which stands eight stories tall and closed its doors to regular audiences in 1981. The theater is the largest movie palace in the United States, boasting more interior space then Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and many famous magicians ...


Chicago-Theatre-Week-expands-in-2015

Chicago Theatre Week expands in 2015 - From a press release - ChChicago, July 21, 2014—Due to overwhelming success, Chicago Theatre Week is expanding in 2015. The upcoming celebration of the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago is returning for its third year and will take place February 12 — 22, 2015, spanning a week and two full weekends for the first time. More than 100 productions are expected to participate as ...


Tony-Tripoli-tag-teams-with-The-Cabaret-Project

Tony Tripoli tag-teams with The Cabaret Project - NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Comedian Tony Tripoli is leaving L.A. behind for the Windy City this month. Reality shows have been his home with appearances on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, and Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? He's a staff writer for Fashion Police and was previously on The Dish for the Style Network. His stand-up act finally arrives with a ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Bound-for-Broadway

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Bound for Broadway - The Last Ship recently set sail from its world-premiere run at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre, and it already has Broadway on its radar for this fall. Hopefully the creators of The Last Ship will have listened to Chicago audiences' reactions to their show ( and that all of the show's book problems will have been ironed out by the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Dead-Mans-Cell-Phone

THEATER REVIEW Dead Man's Cell Phone - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl. At: The Enthusiasts at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.athenaeumtheatre.org; $20. Runs through: July 27 There's this guy in a café, you see, who quietly dies in his chair, and then his cell phone rings. A stranger at the next table answers the noisy device and discovers that it has been rendered ownerless—forever. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Small-Fire

THEATER REVIEW A Small Fire - Playwright: Adam Bock. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.steeptheatre.com; $20-$22. Runs through: Aug. 16 Don't be fooled by the TV-movie premise. Author Adam Bock's specialty lies in seemingly harmless settings spotted with empty spaces for audiences' imaginations. Theatergoers anticipating a tidy explanation offering insight into the domestic crisis depicted in this curiously unfinished play are hereby ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Checking-Boxes

THEATER REVIEW Checking Boxes - Playwright: Shannon Matesky and the ensemble. At: About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble at various venues. Information: www.aboutfacetheatre.com or www.nightoutintheparks.com; free admission. Runs through: Aug. 1 A night out dancing with friends in Boystown results in disastrous immigration consequences in Checking Boxes, a world premiere piece devised by playwright Shannon Matesky and members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble. But ...


Spotlight-Shepherds-Daughter-a-Joan-of-Arc-Reimagining

Spotlight: Shepherd's Daughter: a Joan of Arc Reimagining - Was the famous French warrior Joan of Arc a hero? Was she a delusional child? Or does she deserve her status as a truly pious religious martyr? The Paradeigma Collective teams up with The Chicago Mammals to explore all these ideas in Whitney LaMora's new drama Shepherd's Daughter: a Joan of Arc Reimagining, which features many actresses taking on different ...


Brigadoon

Brigadoon - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Alan Jay Lerner ( book & lyrics ), Frederick Loewe ( music ) At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Brigadoon; $25-$98 Runs through: Aug. 17 Take a musical with a wonderful score from Broadway's Golden Era, and sing and play that score beautifully, and you're 80 percent of the way to a hit—and that's Brigadoon at ...


xCRITICS-PICKS

xCRITICS' PICKS - Annapurna, Profiles Theatre Alley Stage, through July 20. This latest duet in the key of kitchen-sink marital reconciliation is elevated beyond its genre by the riveting nuanced performances of Darrell Cox and Lia Mortensen. MSB Apes of Wrath, The Second City e.t.c., an ongoing run. Deep existential despair and sci-fi matters make for great comic gold in this hilarious and ...


An-Evening-of-Magic-July-26-to-support-AFC

An Evening of Magic July 26 to support AFC - From a press release - Chicago IL — Chicago LGBTQA magicians create one night show to experience wonder with Chicago magicians in the LGBTQA community, the first show of its kind that highlights the work of LGBTQA magicians. Proceeds support AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Staring Chicago Magicians: Eugene Burger- One of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century Benjamin Barnes- Chicago native and ...


21st-Annual-Gwendolyn-Brooks-Open-Mic-Award-July-23

21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award July 23 - From a press release - CHICAGO—21 years ago, renowned Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks and the Guild Literary Complex started a $500 poetry award given to Illinois poets for a written work read aloud. This year, the Guild continues this tradition at the 21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award taking place on July 23, 7:00—9:00 p.m. at the Chopin Theatre ( 1543 West Division St. ...


A-Musical-Tribute-to-the-Andrews-Sisters

A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Concept by David Heimann and Fred Anzevino. At: Theo Ubique Cabaret at No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 1-800-595-4849; www.theo-u.com; $29-$34. Runs through: Aug. 31 Perhaps the 2013 death of the last survivor of the Andrews Sisters, lead singer Patty, explains why two Andrews Sisters shows currently are running in Chicago, the one reviewed here and also ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Juno, TimeLine Theatre, through July 27. Marc Blitzstein's rarely seen musical of Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock preserves all O'Casey's brooding tragedy but jettisons much of the character comedy. It's a problem, although this production is beautifully sung, acted, played and staged. JA The Last Ship, Bank America Theatre, through July 13. Sting's robust score, sung by a band ...


Annapurna

Annapurna - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Sharr White. At: Profiles Theatre at the Alley Stage, 4137 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: July 20 When artists are on a creative roll, they often ignore housekeeping chores and personal hygiene in their quest to concentrate on their work. This may explain why, when we first encounter reclusive emphysema-racked poet Ulysses, he is wearing ...


Get-Your-Hands-Off-Me-Chekhov-Flip-Flop

Get Your Hands Off Me, Chekhov!/ Flip Flop - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Anne and Greg Taubeneck/Ashley Thornton & Andrew Daniels. At: Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-561-4665; www.annoyanceproductions.com; $10. Runs through: July 30 Most comedy nowadays relies on familiarity with current movies and television, but not since the Free Associates disbanded has there been a show geared toward playgoers who spend their leisure time seeing other plays. The syllabus ...


Windy-City-Theater-Series-2014-tickets-on-sale

Windy City Theater Series 2014 tickets on sale - Click the links below for 1. subscription form and 2. full information - Click on the link for a printable subscription form: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCTTS14-15orderForm-2.pdf . Click on the link for full schedule: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/TheatreSeries2014_15_ad_July9.pdf . ...


Queer-Ill-and-OK-LGBT-show-focuses-on-illness

Queer, Ill, and OK: LGBT show focuses on illness - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After being diagnosed with HIV two years ago, creative director and artist Joseph Varisco dealt with the news by doing what he loves most: He turned it into art. Starting as an experimental performance project at Links Hall and witnessing a tremendous triumph as a result, he developed the concept into "Queer, Ill, and Okay." After six months of assembling, ...


Spotlight-Alice

Spotlight: Alice - Anna Rose Il-Epstein recently received the Windy City Times' 30 Under 30 for 2014 ( a honor shared with her wife, Hannah ). Ii-Epstein is also the artistic director of the theater company Nothing Without a Company, which has just revived its 2013 outdoor promenade summer show Alice, a modern-day updating of Lewis Carroll's classic Victorian exercise in witticism and ...


Billy-Elliot-at-Drury-Lane-in-2015-

'Billy Elliot' at Drury Lane in 2015 - Oakbrook's Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Ln., will present the regional premiere of the hit musical Billy Elliot April 9-June 7, 2015. The plot is as follows: Set during the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike in a small working class town in the English countryside, young Billy discovers a passion for ballet and trades in his boxing gloves for dancing shoes. ...


The-Broken-Gay-Folk-Revue

The Broken Gay Folk Revue - THEATER REVIEW - By Michael Gifford and Ross W. Berman IV. At: Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693 or www.annoyanceproductions.com; $10-$12. Runs through July 31 There are many unanswered questions that The Broken Gay Folk Revue—an hour-long show playing in the sparse Small Theatre of the recently opened Annoyance Theatre in its spacious new Belmont Avenue digs—poses. But damningly, ...


Raul-Castillos-Maiden-voyage

Raul Castillo's 'Maiden' voyage - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Raul Castillo latest endeavor brings him to Chicago, starring in Death and the Maiden, in which he plays Gerardo Escobar. The co-star of HBO's Looking has appeared on several other television shows, such as Blue Bloods, Law and Order, and Nurse Jackie. He's been in independent films like Don't Let Me Drown, My Best Day, and Cold Weather. His theater ...


Pride-Films-Plays-LezFest-A-One-Night-Fling-July-28

Pride Films/Plays: LezFest: A One Night Fling July 28 - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Pride Films and Plays is delighted to present LezFest: A One Night Fling, a celebration in words, songs, music and theater on July 28 at 7 pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 North Clark. Join PFP for an evening all about ladies who love ladies who are artists, showcasing a vast mix of Chicago's best and brightest women ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Partners

THEATER REVIEW Partners - If you ever become the recipient of a large amount of money, your wisest course of action is to immediately store it in one or more bank accounts until you can think about it without your heartbeat racing. Do not share the news of your windfall with others, or spend time staring at the check ( "Wow! Look at all ...


Play-takes-a-look-at-undocumented-queer-youth

Play takes a look at undocumented queer youth - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - There's no doubt that tremendous strides have been made in the past few years when it comes to same-sex marriage rights in the United States. But that doesn't mean that there aren't battles still to be won for people and groups who identify along the LGBTQIA spectrum. This is why the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble is turning its attention ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Apes-of-Wrath

THEATER REVIEW Apes of Wrath - At: The Second City e.t.c., 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com; $23-$48. In an open run Typically, people are driven to despair and misery when contemplating existential feelings of insignificance in the universe. But for the super-clever and very funny crew behind Apes of Wrath, the new 38th revue for The Second City e.t.c., those potentially depressing notions ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Carrie: The Musical, Bailiwick Chicago at Richard C. Christiansen Theater, through July 12. Put away your camping gear and get out your hankies for a fable of adolescent martyrdom and vengeance on bullies from a time before such stories inevitably ended in a hail of bullets. MSB Depraved New World, The Second City, open run. With elements of long-form improv, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Last-Ship

THEATER REVIEW The Last Ship - Book: John Logan & Brian Yorkey; Music and lyrics: Sting. At: Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.broadwayinchicago.com; $33-$100. Runs through July 13 It's ironic that the United Kingdom's current governing coalition isn't more supportive of its film and theater industries—especially if you consider the artists who have created commercial film and stage pieces advocating ...


McNallys-Some-Men-opens-Aug-16-

McNally's 'Some Men' opens Aug. 16 - Pride Films and Plays will present the Chicago premiere of Terrence McNally's Some Men. David Zak and Derek Van Barham will co-direct, and the production will feature many of the artistic ensemble Members of Pride Films and Plays. Some Men presents a kaleidoscope of gay characters set within some of the events that bent the arc of gay history in ...


-Cole-Theatre-launches

Cole Theatre launches - Chicago actors Boyd Harris and Layne Manzer have announced the founding of Cole Theatre, working under an Equity contract with non-profit status. The inaugural show will be Mike Leigh's Ecstasy, staged at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St., on Aug. 25-Sept. 28. Jeff Award winner Jonathan Berry will direct. For more information about Cole Theatre's productions and programs, ...


Cirque-Shangai-Warriors-through-Sept-1-Navy-Pier

Cirque Shangai: Warriors through Sept. 1, Navy Pier - Cirque Shanghai's brand-new show, "Cirque Shanghai: Warriors," will run through Monday, Sept. 1, at the Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Now in its ninth consecutive summer season at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, this latest installment of Cirque Shanghai combines the usual acrobatics with the martial prowess of Chinese Kung Fu and Wu Shu masters. Tickets ...


Kinky-Boots-returning-to-Chicago-in-2015-

Kinky Boots returning to Chicago in 2015 - Broadway In Chicago has announced that Kinky Boots—the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein ( Book ) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper ( Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots )—will return to Chicago for a limited engagement at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., on July 14-26, 2015. Directed and ...


Churchill-at-Greenhouse

'Churchill' at Greenhouse - The Greenhouse Theater Center is proud to present Churchill—a one-man performance portraying the British prime minister Winston Churchill—in its second-floor mainstage theater. Adapted and performed by Chicago's Ronald Keaton, and based on the writings of Winston Churchill and the teleplay "Winston Churchill" by Dr. James C. Humes, Churchill is directed by Kurt Johns, and runs Aug. 1-Sept. 14 at the ...


BuzzOnStage-takes-Chicago-to-the-theater

BuzzOnStage takes Chicago to the theater - What's the buzz around Chicago's theater scene? Brandon Hollembeak, founder and CEO of BuzzOnStage reveals what is happening in the various spotlights around the city's neighborhoods. Since 2012, the online start-up has been a one-stop consumer news site and box-office platform. Working with theaters in Chicago to help grow and connect with their audience, BuzzOnStage makes it simpler for consumers ...


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Theater spotlight: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - When it debuted in 2005, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee featured a monologue where a daughter of two gay dads railed about the fact that her parents couldn't get married. However, that speech has understandably been updated to reflect the times. The rest of the two-time Tony Award-winning musical is still hilarious as adults depict quirky little kids ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Late-Henry-Moss

THEATER REVIEW The Late Henry Moss - Playwright: Sam Shepard. At: Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.theartistichome.org; $28-$32. Runs through: Aug. 3 It's not a cheerful reunion: after hearing that his father has gone missing, Ray Moss arrives at a squalid desert shack to find the family patriarch dead, laid out on his bed with his hands clasped over an empty bottle. Sitting vigil ...


Jenifer-Lewis-gets-serious-at-HIV-event

Jenifer Lewis gets serious at HIV event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fierce and fabulous funny lady Jenifer Lewis got plenty of laughs—and became serious—during the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's "Step Up. Get Tested" event at the Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark St. "Let me see how I look—a pretty bitch!" Lewis said, gazing in a full-length mirror on stage. The event raised no money. It was all about raising HIV ...


Joe-Mantello-talks-The-Last-Ship-The-Normal-Heart

Joe Mantello talks 'The Last Ship,' 'The Normal Heart' - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER - Sting has launched his musical The Last Ship, debuting first in Chicago before heading to Broadway. It tells the story of the English seafaring town of Wallsend, a shipyard community full of strapping men working day in and day out. Openly gay actor Joe Mantello directs the show and has an extensive theater resume. He worked on Broadway's Wicked, Take ...


Chigaygos-Big-Gay-Pride-show-June-26

Chigaygo's 'Big Gay Pride' show June 26 - Chigaygo, Laugh Factory Chicago's queer comedy showcase, is celebrating Gay Pride with its "Big Gay Pride Anniversary-ish Show" on Thursday, June 26, at 8 p.m. at 3175 N. Broadway. Poppy Champlin will headline the evening of gay and gay-friendly comedy; other acts include Chicago comics Tamale, Rachel McCartney and more. Scott Duff will host. ...


30-Queer-Plays-in-60-Minutes-June-27-29

'30 Queer Plays in 60 Minutes' June 27-29 - The Neo-Futurists will present its annual Pride Weekend benefit "30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes," a special edition of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes that combines queer and gender binary-smashing plays from the past with new work to benefit and support local LGBTQ organizations. This year's beneficiary is Project Fierce ( ...


This-Is-Our-Youth

This Is Our Youth - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Kenneth Lonergan. At: Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$82. Runs through July 27 Chicago-area theater audiences should consider themselves extremely lucky that producer Scott Rudin picked Steppenwolf Theatre Company's intimate upstairs space for his starry Broadway-bound revival of Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth. This 1996 off-Broadway drama clearly has the potential to ...


Spotlight-Pridezilla

Spotlight: Pridezilla - GayCo, Chicago's oldest LGBTQ sketch comedy troupe, unleashes Pridezilla on unsuspecting audiences for its Pride Month celebrations. The show features a guest visit by a local "gay-lebrity" like burlesque performer Tamale Sepp ( on June 27 ) or Nightspots Magazine editor Kirk Williamson ( on June 28 ), and then the cast will improvise comedy sketches on the spot based ...


Orville-and-Wilbur-Did-It

Orville and Wilbur Did It! - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: David Zellnik; Songs: Zellnik and Eric Svejcar. At: The New Colony at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Tickets: www.thenewcolony.org; $10-$20. Runs through July 20 The New Colony prides itself on creating world premieres devised via a process of actor improvisation workshops with a playwright or two who pens a final script. Sometimes the result is an acclaimed ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Avenue Q, Mercury Theater Chicago, extended through Oct. 26. This Tony Award-winning hit musical that smartly spoofs Sesame Street feels right at home at the intimate Mercury Theatre. And now with an extension through October, the show is finally getting the long Chicago run it really should have had when it was brand new. SCM Mud Blue Sky, A Red ...


Death-and-the-Maiden

Death and the Maiden - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Ariel Dorfman. At: Victory Gardens Theatre at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $40-$42 . Runs through: July 20 The allegorical theme often found in medieval art lending our play its title shares its cognomen with a string quartet by classical composer Franz Schubert, the latter a favorite of the "doctor" who assisted in rape and ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Brigadoon-reappears

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT 'Brigadoon' reappears - To put it bluntly, out playwright Brian Hill is tampering with a classic. The Goodman Theatre brought him aboard to revise the script for its new production of Brigadoon, the 1947 Broadway musical about a magical Scottish village that reappears for one day every 100 years. Considering that Brigadoon creators Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner would go on to ...


McNallys-Some-Men-opens-Aug-16-

McNally's 'Some Men' opens Aug. 16 - Pride Films and Plays will present the Chicago premiere of Terrence McNally's Some Men. David Zak and Derek Van Barham will co-direct, and the production will feature many of the artistic ensemble Members of Pride Films and Plays. Some Men presents a kaleidoscope of gay characters set within some of the events that bent the arc of gay history in ...


The-Golf-Ball

The Golf Ball - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Kestutis Nakas. At: The Bridge in The Orphanage at First Lutheran Church, 634 W. 31st St. Tickets: 312-307-5194; www.brownpapertickets.com; $12. Runs through: July 6 There's this twentysomething playwright named Ian, see, who's in love with a would-be actress named Sheena. He's written a play for her, rented the Theatre at the Lake facility and invited all his family ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Gotta-have-a-gimmick

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Gotta have a gimmick - Journalists are supposed to quote the real names of people they interview for articles. But when it comes to quoting burlesque performers who theatrically flaunt their bare flesh for all, they will strangely guard their legal names while hiding behind the cover ( or as they might say the "mysterious allure" ) of a clever stage name. So for this ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Avenue-Q

THEATER REVIEW Avenue Q - Book: Jeff Whitty; Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. At: Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-325-1700 or www.handbagproductions.org; $25-$65. Runs through: Oct. 26 Avenue Q shocked the theater world by besting Wicked in the categories of Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical at the 2004 Tony Awards. Not long after that, the critically acclaimed puppet ...


Theater-Spotlight-My-Dinner-with-Divine

Theater Spotlight: My Dinner with Divine - Playwright Jon A. Gleason imagines what might happen if the late drag camp superstar Divine were alive today and taking part in a wide-ranging dinner interview in his comedy My Dinner with Divine. Find out what's on the menu when The Chicago Mammals' production of My Dinner with Divine plays at Zoo Studios, Suite 205 at 4001 N. Ravenswood Ave., ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Grounded

THEATER REVIEW Grounded - Playwright: George Brandt. At: American Blues at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.americanbluestheater.com; $19-$49. Runs through: July 13 For most of the last century, wars were fought chiefly by unmarried men and women who enlisted for two to four years, during which their lives were almost totally immersed in the military environment, where those assigned to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Laughter-on-the-23rd-Floor

THEATER REVIEW Laughter on the 23rd Floor - Playwright: Neil Simon. At: Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets: 1-773-935-6875; www.eclectic-theatre.com; $27. Runs through: June 29 Laughter on the 23rd Floor is Neil Simon's valentine to the prickly genius of comedian Sid Caesar and the gifted, competitive, neurotic mostly Jewish men—and one woman—who wrote his early 1950s pioneering TV variety show, the youngest being ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, The New Colony and Chicago Commercial Collective at Chopin Theatre, extended through June 22. It may still betray its roots as an improvisation-built sketch, but this comedy about a group of egg-loving "widows" facing disaster in 1956 America still earns plenty of laughs—especially in the perfect environmental setting of the Chopin Theatre basement. SCM Haymaker, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Monstrous-Regiment

THEATER REVIEW Monstrous Regiment - Playwright: adapted by Chris Hainsworth from the novel by Terry Pratchett. At: Lifeline Theater, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 773-761-4477; www.lifelinetheatre.com; $40. Runs through: July 20 Move over, Dirty Dozen! At ease, Inglorious Basterds! The members of the undefeatable squad called by its foes the "monstrous regiment" are a team of literally monstrous misfits: Carborundum, the phlegmatic troll; Igor, the ...


About-Face-Youth-Theatre-Ensemble-presents-Checking-Boxes

About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble presents Checking Boxes - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 10, 2014 ) — About Face Theatre, in association with the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks initiative, is pleased to present the world premiere of Checking Boxes by Shannon Matesky in collaboration with the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble, directed by AFT Education and Outreach Director Ali Hoefnagel and featuring Youth Ensemble members. AFT's ...


Lookingglass-holds-Madhatters-Ball

Lookingglass holds Madhatter's Ball - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On June 14, Lookingglass Theatre Company's Junior Board hosted its annual Madhatter's Ball at Block 37. Games, themed cocktails and a DJ kept the party jumping. The Windy City Rollers wheeled in pizzas while The Actors Gymnasium flipped out all night. The evening raised funds for the company's upcoming productions. For more information, visit lookingglasstheatre.org. Photos and text by Jerry ...


Chigaygos-anniversary-ish-Pride-Show-has-Poppy-Champlin

Chigaygo's anniversary-ish Pride Show has Poppy Champlin - From a Chigaygo press release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, CHICAGO —- Chigaygo, Laugh Factory Chicago's premiere queer comedy showcase, is celebrating Gay Pride with its "Big Gay Pride Anniversary-ish Show" on June 26, 2014. In its first year, Chigaygo has featured the most fabulously funny comics in Chicago and around the country including Jessica Halem, Liza Treyger, Bill Cruz, Joel Kim Booster, The Puterbaugh Sisters, Candy ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Caged-Dames

THEATER REVIEW Caged Dames - Book, Music, Lyrics: David Cerda. At: Hell in a Handbag Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or www.handbagproductions.org; $18-$37. Runs through July 13 Many of Hell in Handbag Productions' most recent shows have been squeezed within an inch of their lives onto the postage stamp-sized stage of Mary's Attic. At most curtain calls, Hell in a ...


Spotlight-Youth-Empowerment-Performance-Projects-Faces

Spotlight: Youth Empowerment Performance Project's Faces - The Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ), a company dedicated to seeking a safe environment for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, is presenting a debut production called Faces. The show looks at the different faces that society and has defined for the ensemble members and compares them with how the performers see themselves. In Faces, topics like homelessness, HIV stigma, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Ask-Aunt-Susan

THEATER REVIEW Ask Aunt Susan - Playwright: Seth Bockley. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org/AuntSusan; $10-$40. Runs through: June 22 The literary plot device of gaming the gamer has remained evergreen since storytelling began, encompassing The Odyssey, Dangerous Liaisons, The Sting and Trading Places among diverse examples. Ask Aunt Susan fits the genre. Its hero is a not-so-reformed Internet scammer who becomes ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Love-Tapes

THEATER REVIEW Love Tapes - - Playwright: Penn Jillette and Steven Banks. At: The Inconvenience at Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: 773-871-0442; www.theinconvenience.org; $20. Runs through: July 5 Once upon a time, there was a metal-rock band called Umlaut and, in it, a bass player named Kevin. We don't see much of Kevin in our story but, like Marley's ghost, his presence must be ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Carrie-The-Musical

THEATER REVIEW Carrie: The Musical - Playwright: music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, book by Lawrence D. Cohen. At: Bailiwick Chicago at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $40. Runs through: July 12 Back in 1974, when the notion of disenfranchised teenagers ( U.S. teenagers, anyway ) taking violent action against their peers was the stuff of fantasy-fiction, this tale ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Bat-Hamlet, Corn Productions at the Cornservatory, opens June 20 and runs through July 14. Jordan Pulliam's mash-up of Dark Knight and Melancholy Dane is smarter than its premise would lead you to suspect, and the literal Joker on the throne is a villain worth the admission alone. MSB Buyer & Cellar, Broadway Playhouse @ Water Tower Place, through June 15. ...


Upcoming-events

Upcoming events - More at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/chicago/events/upcoming.php . Wed., June 11 Hillary Clinton She talks about her memoir Hard Choices, about crises, choice and challenges she faced as secretary of state and how those choices drive her view of the future. Mayor Rahm Emanuel will then interview Clinton in a Q&A session. $50 tickets include a signed copy of Hard Choices. ...







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