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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Risk and resurrection: Theater classics, revivals WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Risk and resurrection:
Theater classics, revivals
Plays drawn from the repertoire of Western drama are usually dismissed as ...

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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - The percussive dance revue STOMP has been playing off-Broadway since 1994 and wowing the world through a series of international tours. If you haven't seen the show, which features drummers making noise out of everyday objects, catch the current tour of STOMP now playing in Chicago. STOMP continues through Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them - Playwright: A. Rey Pamatmat. At: First Floor Theater at the Flatiron Arts Center, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-857-6406; www.firstfloortheater.com; $20. Runs through: Jan. 31 The Tolentino family is not what is usually defined by that term. Doctor Mom died of cancer after divorcing Doctor Dad, who now lives with his girl friend, periodically depositing money in a bank account ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Map of Virtue - Playwright: Erin Courtney. At: Cor Theatre at Rivendell, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.CorTheatre.org; $25. Runs through: Feb. 14 Are birds happy harbingers of pleasant days and flights of fancy? Or are they figures of foreboding a la Poe's raven and Hitchcock's flocks? Mark, an adult gay man, carries a tiny wood statuette of a meadowlark, which he stole ...


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THEATER REVIEW Keys of the Kingdom - Playwright: Penny Penniston. At: Stage Left at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$32. Runs through: Feb. 15 What we know for sure is that while in New York City for a book-signing, high-profile preacher Ed Newell was shown a painting that the common citizens of Lower Manhattan worshipped as a shrine. Upon returning to his 400-member ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Risk and resurrection: Theater classics, revivals - Plays drawn from the repertoire of Western drama are usually dismissed as "safe options" for theaters—what could be more reliable, after all, than a script arriving with a decades-long track record of pleasing audiences? This popular impression renders all the more astonishing the degree of daring reflected in this winter's selection of ( at least ) twice-told tales. Big ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Book of Merman - Book and Score: Leo Schwartz. At: Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or www.pridefilmsandplays.com; $20-$30. Runs through Feb. 15 Ever wondered what shenanigans might ensue if a couple of missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints happened to ring the doorbell of a woman who may or may not be ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Winter premieres: Something new - It's a new year with another 800 or so productions, the typical annual total of plays, revues, musicals, one-person shows, etc. presented by the 230-plus theater companies in the greater Chicago area. You really can't go anywhere these days—Bridgeport, Naperville, Albany Park—without bumping into a theater troupe. So what's going to be good? How the hell do I know? I ...


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Theater news: Upcoming events - Dead Writers mark 'A Wilde Affair' Dead Writers Theatre Collective announces its 2015 season "A Wilde Affair," focusing on the theme of forbidden love with works by Oscar Wilde and Moliere. All works take place at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. This season marks the company's fifth anniversary and the first time the company is offering its plays for ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL LGBTQ theater has plenty to offer - If you're looking for theater that explores LGBTQ issues, then you're in lots of luck this winter. Gender non-conformity, bullying and Broadway diva worship are just a few of the topics explored in the shows listed below. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. LGBTQ shows: A Map of Virtue, Cor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre, now to Feb. 14. ...


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Performance series highlights youth, seniors, LGBTQ isolation - From a press release - Many in the LGBTQ community are or have at one point experienced loneliness or isolation because of how they identify. As a community-based organization, Center on Halsted tackles this need through providing programs, services, and space for individuals to commune and live powerfully in supportive inclusive environments. In a new collaboration with About Face Theatre, Center on Halsted is hosting ...


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Theater: MLK show; Sweat Girls at Fest; Comedy theater opens - African American Arts Alliance's MLK show Jan. 19 The African American Arts Alliance will hold "Justice Is Ours," the 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr,, Day Celebration (A Dedication of Dance, Song, Poetry and Music), on Monday, Jan. 19. The event will feature performances from Sketch N' Tyme, The Robbert Reddrick Trio, Alexis Rogers, Yahdina Udeen, Dawn Bless, Red Clay ...


Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Spotlight and Critics' Picks - There are two different touring musical spoofs of E.L. James' bestselling S&M novel Fifty Shades of Grey, but the better-reviewed of the two is clearly 50 Shades! The Musical Parody. The show is back again briefly in Chicago, just as anticipation builds for the film version that comes out this Valentine's Day. So get your laughs in while you can. ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Kiss Kiss Cabaret - Playwright: written and performed by the ensemble. At: Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Tickets: www.kisskisscabaret.com . Runs through: TBA A licensing delay postponed the opening of this latest addition to Chicago's historical "speakeasy" district at Broadway and Lawrence Avenue—recently targeted by Mayor Emanuel for rejuvenation—but the Kiss Kiss Cabaret forged ahead with a "press rehearsal" in the newly-furbished Uptown Underground, ...


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THEATER REVIEW 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival - Playwrights: Deja Jenkins, Daisianee Minenger, Taylor Vazquez, Steve Maloy. At: Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: 773-878-8864 or www.pegasustheatrechicago.org; $18-$30. Runs through Jan. 31 Pegasus Theatre Chicago, formerly known as Pegasus Players, has had its share of financial and artistic ups and downs in recent years. But the company had remained steadfast with producing its ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Cookie-Play

THEATER REVIEW Cookie Play - By: Ken Prestininzi. At: Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland Ave. Tickets: 773-384-0494; $20 ( two-for-one Thursdays ). Runs through: Feb. 14 Trap Door Theatre's mission of producing obscure and unusual work is as resolute as ever in Cookie Play, the fourth collaboration between playwright Ken Prestininzi and director Kate Hendrickson to be housed in Bucktown's esteemed theatrical hole-in-the-wall. A ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bye-Bye-Liver

THEATER REVIEW Bye, Bye, Liver - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: written and performed by the ensemble. At: The Public House, 3914 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-650-6449; www.pubhousetheatre.com; $20. Runs through: open run Just as any two coinciding activities can be turned into a competition—e.g., penny pitching, centipede racing—almost any fixed text can serve as the basis for synchronized consumption of intoxicating beverages. In 2006, Byron Hatfield's comedy troupe, ...


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OUTspoken! takes place at Sidetrack - The first installment of 2015's OUTspoken!, the monthly showcase of LGBTQ oral storytelling, took place Jan. 6 at Sidetrack in front of an SRO house of enthusiastic supporters and participants. The event, which takes place on the first Tuesday of each month, focuses on personal stories that LGBTQ individuals share. Art Johnston ( co-owner of Sidetrack and LGBTQ-rights pioneer ) ...


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Richard Blanco, August Wilson part of poetry series - Openly gay poet Richard Blanco and the late playwright August Wilson will be among those featured during Poetry Foundation's winter/spring 2015 events season. On Thursday, Jan. 8, "Las Chavas: Poetry and Film from Honduras" will feature Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet of the United States; Brad Coley, director of the forthcoming documentary Las Chavas; and Cheryl Chapman, executive director of ...


Theater-Spotlight-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - The brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in 1998 led to many reflective works of art, ranging from documentary theater pieces like The Laramie Project and its follow-up 10 years later, to out author Lesléa Newman's book of poetry titled October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. Now, North Central College theater director Carin Silkaitis has adapted October ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Telling tales and getting sketchy - January wouldn't seem to be the best time to stage major theater festivals in Chicago, what with the frigid cold weather. But there are three prominent Chicago theater festivals braving the snowy conditions this month, with two featuring LGBTQ components. The newcomer on the block is the first of what is hoped to be a biennial Chicago International Puppet Theatre ...


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THEATER REVIEW Panic on Cloud 9 - Playwright: written and performed by the ensemble. At: Second City at Pipers Alley, 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-337-3992; www.secondcity.com; $23. Runs through: open run Unlike such niche-market troupes as Annoyance, the Public House, the Cornservatory, Gorilla Tango and the Cupid Players, Second City's international status attracts patrons of all demographics, reflecting cultural backgrounds ranging from urban neighborhoods and nearby ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Penny-the-Fckable-Dolphin-A-Love-Story

THEATER REVIEW Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story - Book, music and lyrics: Kristina Felske. At: Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693 or www.theannoyance.com; $15-$20. Runs through Feb. 11 Every now and then you see a comically shocking stage title that piques your prurient curiosity. Take for instance Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story now playing at the Annoyance Theatre. It's billed as being based on ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Cupid-Has-a-Heart-On

THEATER REVIEW Cupid Has a Heart On - Playwright: Cupid Players. At: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252; www.stage773.com; $22. Runs through: open run There's no shortage of you're-all-losers sketch comedy, but from its inception in 2000 ( under the title Cupid Misfires His Eros ), the mission of "Chicago's longest-running musical comedy" has been to declare us all losers. Instead of extolling giddy infatuation or ...


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Sweat Girls part of Fillet of Solo Festival - Running as part of Lifeline Theatre's 18th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival, The Sweat Girls Are: Tribal Elders will take place on consecutive Saturdays ( Jan. 10, 17 and 24 ) at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. It will run at 4 p.m. on Jan. 10 and 17, and 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 24. Caroline Andres, Cindy Hanson, Dorothy ...


DOUBLE-REVIEW-The-Pirates-of-Penzance-The-Mikado

DOUBLE REVIEW The Pirates of Penzance; The Mikado - Libretto: W.S. Gilbert; Score: Arthur Sullivan; Adaptation: Sean Graney. At: Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.the-hypocrites.com; $36-$50. Runs through Feb. 7 The late Canadian-British comedian Anna Russell ( 1911-2006 ) was famous for spoofing the conventions of classical music, with "How to Write Your Own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera" as one of her best sketches. In it she ...


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Comedians present cancer show at Sketchfest - "I think cancer touches everybody in some way shape or form," said Chicago comedienne Judy Fabjance. She should know. A performer with GayCo and instructor at Second City, Fabjance was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, inspiring her to create a solo show, "Are You There Judy? It's Me, Cancer." While her cancer was in remission for three years, it ...


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Theater notes: Rose Tattoo; McNally as featured playwright - 'The Rose Tattoo' at Theater Wit Jan. 15 Shattered Globe Theatre is presenting Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo Jan. 15-Feb. 28 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Greg Vinkler, the artistic director of Peninsula Players, will direct. Set on the Louisiana Gulf Coast in a Sicilian-American village, Williams delves into the world of Serafina Delle Rose, an overprotective widow ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Sadieh Rifai's 'Human' nature - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Karam is presenting a holiday family drama show with American Theatre Company ( ATC ) this season. The Humans depicts a family facing modern problems from health to unhappiness. ATC company member Sadieh Rifai plays the older daughter Aimee, a newly single lesbian stuck with a dysfunctional family at Thanksgiving. Rifai has performed as an understudy ...


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TV 'Love Boat' actress Jill Whelan sets sail, talks Cosby - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Best known for her roles as the sick girl in 1980's hilarious film Airplane! and as captain's daughter Vicki on TV's The Love Boat, actress Jill Whelan will be doing her one-woman cabaret show aboard the RSVP Gay Cruise on Princess Cruise Lines from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during Valentine's Day week, co-hosting ship entertainment along with actress Kathy Najimy. Windy ...


Local-entertainment-coming-up

Local entertainment coming up - Homestretch, Kahlo, Love Is Strange, Knuckles tribute, Dyke Delicious, About Face, Frozen, Queer Dance - Gay film, 'Homestretch' parts of PBS series A film about a couple's decades-long fight for the right to marry and a documentary about homeless Chicago youths are in the line-up of PBS' Independent Lens' winter/spring 2015 season. Limited Partnership, which will air June 15, centers on a gay couple's 40-year fight for the right to marry in the United ...


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Smart moments in theater in 2014 - Even if the line of dialogue you couldn't wait to quote after Chris Hainsworth's adaptation of Monstrous Regiment for Lifeline Theatre was "Things couldn't get any worse if it were raining arseholes," a more accurate summary of Chicago theater in 2014 might be "ars victrix"—in English, "art endures." The year may have been marked by long-existing companies folding their tents ...


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Chicago theater in 2014 - The end of 2014 is here, but I must admit that I personally cannot offer a properly judged "Ten-Best List" for the theater year. That's because there was no way for me to have seen every single show in and around Chicago, what with 115 different venues featuring performances of more than 200 member companies that are a part of ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Blue Man Group has been running off-Broadway since 1991 and in Chicago since 1997. After all that time you would think that audiences might tire of the mute blue-faced drummers making funny and thought-provoking performance art. But the show has been cleverly updated through the years to match with changes in technology, so there's something new to experience even if ...


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Sandra Bernhard; John Waters; Taylor Lautner parties - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In New York City, Sandra Bernhard joined the annual Midtown North Detective Squad holiday party—which had a somber tone this year in light of the killings of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, according to Page Six. Bernhard joined the festivities to support her friend Detective Kevin Schroeder, who organized the soiree to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and ...


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The Black & White Ball staged reading Jan. 20 - From a press release - FWD Theatre Project presents a public staged reading of The Black & White Ball by award-winning writers Stephen Cole & Todd Ellison on January 20th, 2015: Place: City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St. Tickets: On sale now through the City Winery box office at ( 312 ) 733-9463 and http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets/fwd-theatre-project-the-black-white-ball-1-20.html Amber Mak, FWD Theatre Project's executive founder, ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater SpotlightThe Merry Widow is back in a new Light Opera Works production that features Lyric Opera of Chicago veteran soprano Stacey Tappan in the title role. Though it may not be as closely associated to New Year's Eve as Die Fledermaus, Franz Lehar's classic 1905 comic operetta has equally memorable waltzes and tunes to romantically waltz away the outgoing ...


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THEATER REVIEW Airline Highway - Playwright: Lisa D'Amour. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$86. Runs through: Feb. 8 The most inconsequential encounters can suddenly assume an aura of high adventure when they occur in certain cities that continue to cast a romantic spell on American imaginations. San Francisco, Las Vegas and New Orleans all share images largely based in visitors' ...


Holiday-chestnuts

Holiday chestnuts - When I worked as a paid usher for Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, I remember my supervisor stating that watching Ballet West's The Nutcracker was always a major letdown after Christmas. But, to my surprise, I encountered many patrons who said they actually preferred seeing The Nutcracker after Christmas. The stressful buildup to the official day was over, so ...


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THEATER REVIEW Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella - Playwright: Douglas Carter Beane; Score: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. At: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.broadwayinchicago.com; $22-$115. Runs through Jan. 4 You wouldn't think that a classic beauty like Cinderella would need drastic plastic surgery. But apparently producers thought that was necessary for the 2013 Broadway debut of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, which ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose - Playwright: adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly from the story by Arthur Conan Doyle. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-338-2177; www.raventheatre.com; $20. Runs through: Jan. 4 It's Christmas day in 1890 and the London police have apprehended a suspect in the theft of a precious brooch from a guest in a Mayfair hotel. The stolen property ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Burning-Bluebeard

THEATER REVIEW Burning Bluebeard - Playwright: Jay Torrence. At: The Ruffians at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; $36-50. Runs through: Jan. 4 There are holiday productions—some perennial favorites, others offbeat alternatives—to see each December. Burning Bluebeard looks as if it's emerging as Chicago's newest cult offering of the holiday season. Jay Torrence's play, which debuted in 2011 at the Neo-Futurarium and returned ...


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Theater notes: 'A Wilde Affair'; Steppenwolf to honor Metcalf - Dead Writers mark 'A Wilde Affair' Dead Writers Theatre Collective announces its 2015 season "A Wilde Affair," focusing on the theme of forbidden love with works by Oscar Wilde and Moliere. All works take place at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. This season marks the company's fifth anniversary and the first time the company is offering its plays for ...


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NUNN ON ONE Tanya Saracho on her past with the Goodman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Oct. 20, 1925, Goodman Theatre opened its doors for a dedication ceremony. Eighty-nine years later, the theater troupe celebrated with a gala that was nothing short of spectacular. Held at The Standard Club in downtown Chicago, a full-course dinner was presented with speeches from some of the people that have made the theater such a success over the years. ...


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COMEDY Cameron Esposito: The lesbian linguist of funny - Through BuzzFeed's "Ask a Lesbian" video series, biweekly A.V. Club columns ( "Who in the World is Cameron Esposito?" ), and stand-up routines around the country—including appearances on "Conan" and "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson"—comic Cameron Esposito ( a former Chicago and Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree ) readily tackles sexism, dating, and coming out, all ...


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Student actors present poetic novel "October Mourning" - North Central College presents "October Mourning," a stage production based on Lesléa Newman's book, "October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard," Jan. 8-11. Student actors with direction by Carin Silkaitis, North Central College assistant professor of theatre, will present six performances at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8-10, at 2 p.m. Jan. 10-11 and at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 in Madden Theatre ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Lesbian-actress-Beth-Glover-gets-evil-in-Cinderella

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Lesbian actress Beth Glover gets evil in 'Cinderella' - There's a new madame in town, and this time she's played by the talented Beth Glover in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Glover returns to this touring gig after successful national tours of Promises, Promises, All Shook Up and Anything Goes. She has tackled roles in 9 to 5, Grey Gardens and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Windy City Times phoned her on ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Pericles

THEATER REVIEW Pericles - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com; $48-$78. Runs through Jan. 18 Modern audiences might find Pericles very hard to swallow. William Shakespeare's romantic drama set on and around the Mediterranean Sea during antiquity is filled with plot twists involving a Lazarus-like resurrection, thwarted seductions and coincidental reunions of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Twist-Your-Dickens-or-Scrooge-You

THEATER REVIEW Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You! - Playwright: Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. At: The Second City at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.goodmantheatre.org; $25-$61. Runs through: Jan. 3 A rite of passage on the road to maturity is to deny the power over your emotions exercised by childhood icons—acts of defiance including, but not restricted to, posing Barbie dolls in provocative postures or ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Newsies

THEATER REVIEW Newsies - Book: Harvey Fierstein; Music: Alan Menken; Lyrics: Jack Feldman. At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.broadwayinchicago.com; $40-$130. Runs through Jan. 4 The Disney film musical Newsies was a big fat critical and financial flop when it was first released in 1992. So imagine everyone's surprise 20 years later when Newsies became a big fat critically acclaimed ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Andrews away - Attention, Chicago theater fans! It might be a very long time before you see out actor/musician/choreographer Patrick Andrews on or around a Chicago-area stage after the holiday season. That's because the auburn-haired Andrews plans to leave the Windy City in an attempt to make it in the Big Apple. Andrews is bound to receive some big-time exposure in New York ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Clean-House

THEATER REVIEW The Clean House - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl. At: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.remybumppo.org; $42.50-$52.50. Runs through: Jan. 11 Sometimes a play needs to be separated from its author—or, to be more specific, from audiences' expectations of the author. How many years passed before Neil Simon was perceived as more than a-laugh-a-minute, Beth Henley as more ...


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Entertainment: 'Broadway Bares' news; Grindr awards; Robyn's new CD - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, who created and is the executive producer of Broadway Bares, will return to the director's chair to helm the 25th edition of that famed burlesque show, which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, according to Playbill. Broadway Bares will be presented twice on June 21, 2015, at the Hammerstein Ballroom. More than 200 ...


Critics-Picks-and-Theater-Spotlight

Critics' Picks and Theater Spotlight - Theater Spotlight Get a dose of circus-infused Christmas-style spectacle with Cirque Dreams Holidaze. The touring holiday show features 20 international acts performing feats of acrobatics, balancing and magical illusions as they're dressed up as snowmen, penguins, reindeer, toy soldiers and more. Cirque Dreams Holidaze plays six performances only at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. Performances are 7:30 p.m. ...


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'We Must Breathe' Dec. 18 at Victory Gardens Theater - On Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., is hosting "We Must Breathe: A Response from Chicago Playwrights and Poets," a special event gathering members of Chicago's artistic community to share their views on discrimination, race and inequality and engage Chicagoans in a discussion about these social issues. "We Must Breathe"—which is free and ...


Winter-LGBT-movie-preview

Winter LGBT movie preview - With the holidays just around the corner, Hollywood is trotting out both their awards contenders and some of their most anticipated mega-blockbusters. And the winter months promise plenty of diverting film fare as well, with a few queer-friendly movies among them. Here's a random sampling of what lies ahead cinematically in the coming months with movies both overtly queer or ...


Theater-spotlight-Critics-picks

Theater spotlight, Critics' picks - About Face Theatre teams with Theater Wit to present the return of Big Red and The Boys for its fourth seasonal appearance. Hear traditional and off-kilter holiday songs and stories from the titular chanteuse, with added musical back up from her equally alluring band. Big Red and the Boys plays five performances only at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. ...


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SAG nominations unveiled - The full list of nominations for the 21st annual SAG Awards was announced Dec. 10 at Los Angeles' Pacific Design Center. Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for portraying the late gay codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. He'll compete again Steve Carell ( Foxcatcher ), Jake Gyllenhaal ( Nightcrawler ...


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THEATER REVIEW H.M.S. Pinafore - Adapted by Sean Graney from W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. At: The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.the-hypocrites.org; $36-$50. Runs through Feb. 7 Librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan collaborated together on 14 operettas in the late 19th century, though nowadays they're best known by their most-produced "Big Three" works: The Mikado ( 1885 ), The Pirates ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Desperate-Dolls

THEATER REVIEW Desperate Dolls - Playwright: Darren Callahan. At: Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-528-9696; www.strawdog.org; $15. Runs through: Dec. 23 From the earliest tales of foolish maidens who ventured out to the Fair/the Ball/the Big City/Hollywood and later, to the Prom/Rock Concert, only to be seduced by Satan's homeys, entertainment engineered to titillate has trumpeted its value as a morality fable. Consumers ...


OPERA-REVIEW-Anna-Bolena

OPERA REVIEW Anna Bolena - Author: Gaetano Donizetti ( composer ), Felice Romani ( libretto ). At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600; www.lyricopera/org/bolena; $33-$207. Runs through: Jan. 16 Almost certainly, I expect too much. In theory, opera is the fusion and epitome of all musical and dramatic arts. It's breathtaking when it is, but opera rarely achieves that ideal. The ...


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About Face gets grant; BETTY canceled; YEPP, Crys Matthews Jan. 10 - About Face Theatre receives $10K grant Chicago's About Face Theatre is among the National Endowments of the Arts' ( NEA's ) 2015 grant recipients. The company received a $10,000 grant to support the commission and development of The Babe Didrikson Project with book and lyrics by Sarah Gubbins. The musical will portray Babe Didrikson, a famous early 20th-century lesbian athlete ...


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WTTW to air @home; Moraine presents 'Humbug!' - WTTW to air film on homelessness WTTW-11 will broadcast the hour-long documentary film @home Wed., Dec. 17, at 9 p.m., raising awareness about the issue of homelessness in the Chicago area. @home—a film by Susanne Suffredin and produced by Chicago's Kindling Group—follows social-media activist Mark Horvath ( @hardlynormal ) on an 11,000-mile cross-country road-trip into tent cities and under bridges ...


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THEATER REVIEW Hot Georgia Sunday - Playwright: Catherine Trieschmann. At: Haven Theatre Company at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-697-3930; www.haventheatrechicago.com; $30. Runs through: Dec. 21 A sweltering day in the rural Deep South, when the temperature exceeds 100 degrees and the air conditioners crash, can make for volatile environmental conditions leading otherwise rational citizens to seek escape from the irritations, big and small, ...


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Rivendell's Women at War talkback focuses on DADT - Video below - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's Women at War depicts the lives of women in the armed forces based on true accounts from veterans. The first of two stagings on the final night, Dec. 6, was followed by a panel discussion focusing on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, moderated by Rivendell's Megan Carney and including Willa Taylor, a Navy veteran; Lorry Luscri of the ...


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Laurie Metcalf to be honored at Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts - From a press release - CHICAGO ( December 2, 2014 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company proudly announces award-winning star of stage and screen Laurie Metcalf as the guest of honor at the 2014/15 annual Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12 noon ( location TBD ). Widely celebrated for her role as Jackie Harris on the long ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Testament of Mary - Playwright: Colm Toibin. At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $20-$60. Runs through: Dec. 14 A mother tells her story, still fiercely grieving and angry years after she was practically forced to witness the public execution of her son on trumped-up political charges. Her deep hurt is complicated by two sharply-felt wounds. The first was her ...


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THEATER REVIEW Shining City - Playwright: Conor McPherson. At: Irish Theatre of Chicago at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-878-3727; www.seanachai.org; $26-$30. Runs through: Jan. 4 Conor McPherson's first play written after his near-death experience in 2001 acquaints us with three troubled marriages, as recounted by three troubled husbands. One account takes up perhaps 10 minutes of onstage time; another's disparate segments add ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Humans

THEATER REVIEW The Humans - Playwright: Stephen Karam. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 773-409-4125 or www.atcweb.org; $38-$48. Runs through Dec. 21 With so many people recoiling from recent holidays spent with the family, American Theater Company is making a big ask for audiences to spend time experiencing another family's fraught Thanksgiving gathering in the world premiere of Stephen Karam's The Humans. ...


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MUSICAL REVIEW The Q Brothers Christmas Carol - Playwright: book, music and lyrics by the Q Brothers. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600; www.chicagoshakes.com; $30-$48. Runs through: Dec. 31 Whatever else can be said about rap/hip-hop music, there's no denying its relentlessly regular rhyme and meter. The discipline imposed by this form, as poets will attest, forces the rapper to express ...


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Theater, dance, music news and events - Joffrey's 'Nutcracker' Dec. 5-28 The Joffrey Ballet will celebrate the 27th annual presentation of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker in a 24-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., on Dec. 5-28. Joffrey Ballet Co-Founder Gerald Arpino contributed to Robert Joffrey's version, having choreographed the Land of the Snow scene, which closes Act I, and the ...


Theater-Spotlight-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The Joffrey Ballet's 27th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky's classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker is back for an extended run of 24 performances. This 1987 production, reset to America from its traditional 19th century German setting, was the final full work choreographed by company co-founder Robert Joffrey before he was felled by AIDS the following year. The Joffrey Ballet's ...


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Auditorium Theatre to mark 125th with gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Exactly 125 years from when the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University opened its doors in 1889, the national historic landmark, led by Board Chairman Melvin L. Katten and Executive Director Brett Batterson, will mark its 125th anniversary with a special performance, "Living the History: 125 Years of the Auditorium Theatre" on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. The celebratory evening, ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Writer and performer David Sedaris skyrocketed to fame with his essay The Santaland Diaries, which detailed the quirky ins and outs of performing as an elf in Macy's Department Store in New York. First it was broadcast via radio on NPR, then published and eventually transformed into a hit one-man show by director Joe Mantello. Mitchell Fain returns to star ...


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THEATER REVIEW Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale - Playwright: book, music and lyrics by Dee Snider. At: Broadway In Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; www.broadwayinchicago.com; $30-$90. Runs through: Jan. 4 . Paula Killen's Music Kills a Memory features a simultaneous harmony medley of "Superstar" and "Piece of My Heart"—a feat relying on the melodies sharing the same chord progression. After Dee Snider ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Lady-Balls

THEATER REVIEW Lady Balls - Playwright: John Loos. At: Annoyance Theater, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693; www.theannoyance.com; $20. Runs through: Jan. 22 Playwright John Loos was once a photographer for his school yearbook—duty endowing him with an insider's view of the "unchecked aggression, emotion, joy, loss and friendship" associated with women's collegiate basketball. His account of the fictional Tallahassee Lady Fireballs encompasses all of ...







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