Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-02-03
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  Theater           Download Windy City Times PDF               Download Wedding Guide

Black-Ensemble-Theater-offers-Sensational-Soulful-60s

Black Ensemble Theater offers Sensational Soulful '60s - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor opens the 40th Anniversary Season ( The Season of Greatest Hits ) with audience-favorites Doo Wop Shoo Bop and Those Sensational Soulful '60s running in repertory, February 13 — March 20, 2016. Doo Wop Shoo Bop, written by Jackie Taylor and Jimmy Tillman, and directed by Jackie Taylor, runs ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Last-Defender

THEATER REVIEW The Last Defender - Writer and Director: Nathan Allen. At: The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-769-3832 or www.thehousetheatre.com; $40-$45. Runs through March 13 Unbeknownst to many, the world recently suffered a nuclear Holocaust and I'm partially to blame for it. And you can be a contributor to mass annihilation, too, if you suit up to be ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Mothers-and-Sons

THEATER REVIEW Mothers and Sons - Playwright: Terrence McNally. At: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300; www.northlight.org; $25-$79. Runs through: Feb. 27 The title is not Mothers and Gay Sons. The setting, in a married gay household, is almost secondary although it's reflective of Terrence McNally as a gay man. Yes, we learn the play's mother, Katherine Gerard ( Cindy Gold ), is homophobic ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Another-Word-for-Beauty

THEATER REVIEW Another Word for Beauty - Playwright: Jose Rivera. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.goodmantheatre.org; $25-$75. Runs through: Feb. 21 Bogata's Buen Pastor ( Good Shepard ) Prison was, at one time, a convent serving as a women's shelter, before decades of Colombian civil unrest transformed it into a crowded, neglected, ill-supervised facility for the confinement of female criminals, dissidents and other ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Gun-angst-in-Andersonville

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Gun angst in Andersonville - Lesbian playwright Sarah Gubbins spoke slowly and thoughtfully as she carefully chose her words during a phone interview regarding her world-premiere drama Cocked for Victory Gardens Theater. Since the play explores current issues of gun ownership and gun violence in the United States today, it's understandable why Gubbins' responses frequently sounded as if she was treading carefully around a minefield. ...


COMEDY-Margaret-Smith-talks-Ellen-stealing-jokes

COMEDY Margaret Smith talks Ellen, stealing jokes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Margaret Smith has been tickling people's funny bones for more than two decades. The award-winning comedian and acting vet honed her craft in her Chicago hometown, but brought her talents to the stage at her stand up shows, in front of the camera on TV and behind the scenes. Smith talked with Windy City Times about making Ellen DeGeneres laugh, ...


Theater-Spotlight-La-Voix-Humaine-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight: La Voix Humaine; Critic's Picks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Theater Spotlight: La Voix Humaine Lesbian soprano Patricia Racette makes her Chicago Opera Theater debut in gay French composer Francis Poulenc's drama La Voix Humaine ( The Human Voice ). In this Jean Cocteau-inspired piece, a heartbroken woman converses and pleads with an unseen lover over the telephone. Also on the double bill program is Giacomo Puccini's one-act comedy Gianni ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Man-Who-Murdered-Sherlock-Holmes

THEATER REVIEW The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Music & lyrics by Julie. Shannon and Michael Mahler, book by John Reeger. At: Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-325-1700; www.mercurytheaterchicago.com; $25-$65. Runs through: March 20 Three helpful pre-curtain facts: First, novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a real-life doctor and criminal-science buff who often assisted in solving actual cases ( Victorian gentlemen of status being ...


Pride-Films-and-Plays-to-present-Raggedy-And-world-premiere

Pride Films and Plays to present Raggedy And world premiere - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays is excited to present the World Premiere of David Valdes Greenwood's comedy Raggedy And, opening March 12, 2016 at Rivendell Theater. Delia Kropp will be the first transgender actress to portray a trans character for a major Chicago stage production. Before gender transitioning, Delia Kropp trained in England and Chicago, and acted with a ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks-

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Spotlight Chicago Shakespeare Theater kicks off its Shakespeare 400 Chicago celebration ( commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death ) by hosting Cheek by Jowl and the Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre's touring co-production of Measure for Measure. Performed in Russian with English subtitles, the production ( by director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod ) presents a modern ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sunset-Baby

THEATER REVIEW Sunset Baby - Playwright: Dominique Morisseau. At: Timeline Theatre at Baird Hall, United Church of Christ, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; www.timelinetheatre.com; $38-$51. Runs through: April 10 "There's nothing sentimental about a dead revolution!," snaps the heroine of our play, thereby refuting our presumptions of youth as starry-eyed romantics. Her assessment arises from a childhood overshadowed by a father imprisoned for crimes ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Making-It-Home

THEATER REVIEW Making It Home - Playwrights: The Ensemble. At: Youth Empowerment Performance Project at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.wesayyepp.com; $14-$17. Runs through Jan. 31 Actors in training programs are often taught to use "sense memory," which is to tap into past personal experiences and emotions to make characterizations and performances more real. But when young LGBTQ actors relate their own stories ...


THEATER-REVIEW-London-Wall

THEATER REVIEW London Wall - Playwright: John Van Druten. At: Griffin Theatre Company at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.griffintheatre.com; $36. Runs through: Feb. 14 The entrance of women into the clerical workforce properly dates to 1868 ( when the first Remington typewriters featured casings decorated with flowers ), but the shortage of men following World War One precipitated increased numbers of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Le-Switch

THEATER REVIEW Le Switch - Playwright: Philip Dawkins. At: About Face at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.aboutfacetheatre.org; $35. Runs through: Feb. 21 Le Switch is the second world premiere I've seen since November with a hero unable to accept the increasing heteronormative nature of gay rights in this era of legal same-sex marriage. The other was Peter Parnell's Dada Woof Papa ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Rock-romance-and-depression

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Rock, romance and depression - Music stars Iggy Pop and Tom Waits both have their surnames in the title of Pop Waits, a world-premiere performance piece for The Neo-Futurists. But the show's creators and principal performers—Malic White and Molly Brennan—stress that Pop Waits isn't an impersonation concert. "The piece is not biographical. We're not telling the story of [Iggy Pop or Tom Waits]," said Brennan ...


Monica-Raymund-of-Chicago-Fire-presents-Clandestina-Queer-Womens-Dance

Monica Raymund of Chicago Fire presents Clandestina Queer Women's Dance - From a press release - Chicago, IL - January 20, 2015 - Monica Raymund's newest project isn't one that's on screen or stage. The Chicago Fire star has lived and worked in Chicago now for 4 years and took this chance to contribute to the community. She joined forces with New York transplant Brooke Webster, who famously owned and operated Meow Mix in the East ...


Drag-performers-allege-discrimination-at-beauty-supply-store-

Drag performers allege discrimination at beauty-supply store - [This item updated Jan. 27, 7:30 a.m.] On Jan. 23 at around 5 p.m. eight drag performers with the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus entered Elim Wig & Beauty Supply on North Broadway in Uptown to shop for wigs for their upcoming drag show. Brandon Trumfio, one of the shoppers, explained that they decided to shop at Elim because they had ...


Disneys-Aladdin-begins-tour-at-Cadillac-Palace-Theatre

Disney's Aladdin begins tour at Cadillac Palace Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 26, 2016 ) —Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway In Chicago proudly announce that Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, will launch its North American tour in Chicago. The 12-week engagement begins performances at Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre( 151 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601 ) on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 and plays through Sunday, July 2. ...


Victory-Gardens-presents-world-premiere-of-Cocked-by-Sarah-Gubbins

Victory Gardens presents world premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 41st season with the world premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins, directed by Victory Gardens Theater Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz. Cocked runs February 12 — March 13, 2016 with the press performance on Friday, February 19, 2016, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. The cast of Cocked includes ...


Upcoming-Oscar-YEPPs-Making-It-Home-sexual-assault-exhibit-Artemis-Siskel-

Upcoming: Oscar; YEPP's 'Making It Home'; sexual-assault exhibit; Artemis; Siskel - 'A Night with Oscar' Feb. 28 at Center The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host the Academy Award-related event "A Night with Oscar" on Sunday, Feb. 28. Doors will open for red-carpet arrivals at 6 p.m., and there will be bar service and a buffet. The Oscars telecast starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be the Green ...


WINTER-THEATER-PREVIEW-El-Nino-brings-a-storm-of-classics-revivals

WINTER THEATER PREVIEW El Nino brings a storm of classics, revivals - Classics and revivals were once staged to copy the original as closely as casting and budget permitted. Nowadays, though, directors are unafraid to interpret texts from decades, or even centuries, ago with an eye to addressing our own society in our own age, while modern authors increasingly turn to the past in seeking to illuminate the present. This winter's theater ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Year-of-the-Rooster

THEATER REVIEW Year of the Rooster - Playwright: Eric Dufault. At: Red Theater at the Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave. Tickets: www.redtheater.org; admission free. Runs through: Feb. 6 The play's rural Oklahoma setting, by itself, is enough to prepare us for Gil Pepper's sorry existence. He lives with his slovenly mother and her ancient canine companion. He works at a fast-food franchise where his misspelled name tag ...


THEATER-REVIEW-No-Wake

THEATER REVIEW No Wake - Playwright: William Donnelly. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.greenhousetheater.org; $35. Runs through: Feb. 7 Anyone wondering why white people are projected to become a minority in the United States need only look at the abundance of recent plays focusing on the impaired child-rearing capabilities of WASPs. Ineptitude doesn't mean that divorced ...


-THEATER-REVIEW-Bruise-Easy

THEATER REVIEW Bruise Easy - Playwright: Dan LeFranc. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron Ave. Tickets: 773-409-4125; www.atcweb.org; $43-$48. Runs through: Feb. 14 Two young actors give outstanding performances in this world premiere, playing estranged siblings of a disintegrated family. Kelly O'Sullivan ( Tess ) and Matt Farabee ( Alec ) are committed, completely believable, quietly nuanced and passionate ... to the degree that ...


DOUBLE-REVIEW-Byhalia-Mississippi-Mutt

DOUBLE REVIEW Byhalia, Mississippi; Mutt - Byhalia, Mississippi Playwright: Evan Linder. At: The New Colony & Definition Theatre Company at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thenewcolony.org; $20. Runs through Feb. 14 Mutt Playwright: Christopher Chen. At: Red Tape Theatre & Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $15-$30. Runs through Feb. 14 Four Chicago theater companies ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Pride Films and Plays has a new male singing quartet featuring Emmy Award winner Scott Gryder, Jeff Award winner Donterrio Johnson and Chris Logan and Luke Meierdiercks, who starred in Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere of The Boy from Oz. Their goal? To heat things up this winter with a revue of summery music in The Boys ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Strained-relations

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Strained relations - Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally was understandably upset by some of the dismissive criticism that greeted his 2014 Broadway drama Mothers and Sons, which makes its Chicago-area debut this month courtesy of Northlight Theatre in Skokie. "I was quite appalled at what some people said in now that we have marriage equality, it makes a play like Mothers and Sons ...


Theater-submissions-sought-for-91Trans93formation

Theater submissions sought for [Trans]formation - The Living Canvas, in partnership with Nothing Without a Company ( NWaC ), is reaching out to the trans community for submissions; stories, paintings, poems, allegories, songs or any work of art that explores the naked truth of being transgender for a new work of theater created and devised by trans voices entitled [Trans]formation. Interested persons should email submissions or ...


Lucas-Museum-founding-president-A-story-through-art

Lucas Museum founding president: A story through art - With the Star Wars franchise handed over to Disney and its latest installment already smashing box office records for an opening weekend, its creator George Lucas is in production and collaboration on another legacy to be passed down to multiple generations of children and adults. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will not require their imaginations to travel to a ...


Gildas-LaughFest-announces-artists

Gilda's LaughFest announces artists - Gilda's LaughFest announced the addition of Miranda Sings and other ticketed shows for the 2016 festival, which takes place March 10-20 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Among others slated to perform are David Cross, Seth Meyers, Kathy Griffin, Chris D'Elia and Heather McDonald. Individual tickets are $7-$80; they are available at the Van Andel Arena Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, LaughFest Central ...


WINTER-THEATER-PREVIEW-World-premieres-to-put-on-your-calendar

WINTER THEATER PREVIEW World premieres to put on your calendar - According to statistics crunched by the League of Chicago Theatres, the 250 theater companies in the Greater Chicago area produce more world premieres than any other city in the country by far, usually several hundred every calendar year. We're just scratching the surface here with a few interesting choices coming up in the next three months. There will be a ...


BWBTC-presents-forbidden-love-in-1930s-Hollywood-180-Degree-Rule

BWBTC presents forbidden love in 1930s Hollywood: 180 Degree Rule - From a press release - Chicago, IL…In a world premiere production by Babes With Blades Theatre Company ( BWBTC ), 180 Degree Rule introduces professor Katie Dunham's obsession with long-dead film director Ruth Alice Bennett, shunned by studio heads for her lesbian proclivities and her refusal to conform to industry practices. A love story wrapped in a mystery, 180 Degree Rule previews 4/16 ( 8pm ...


Black-Ensemble-Theaters-biggest-hits-come-back-for-2016-Season

Black Ensemble Theater's biggest hits come back for 2016 Season - From a press release - Chicago, IL—Black Ensemble Theater's Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the 40th Anniversary Season: The Season of Greatest Hits. The season opens with audience-favorites Doo Wop Shoo Bop and Those Sensational Soulful '60s, running in repertory. The 40thAnniversary Season continues with popular tributes to musical legends including Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, and Teddy Pendergrass and will close with ...


Mirza-protests-Trump-lesbian-actress-makes-statement

Mirza protests Trump, lesbian actress makes statement - Lesbian actress Fawzia Mirza recently made a statement in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. In response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments about Muslims, Mirza posted, " Hey @realdonaldtrump WE ARE ALL MUSLIM #WeAreAllMuslim #MichaelMoore #wetrumpdonaldtrump #nohatespeech #chicago." ...


Legendary-Baton-performer-Mimi-Marks-saying-farewell

Legendary Baton performer Mimi Marks saying farewell - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum once famously noted "never give up. No one knows what's going to happen next." Not only is Baum responsible for one of the favorite childhood stories of legendary Chicago entertainer and showgirl Mimi Marks but, on Jan. 24—as she takes her final bow after a quarter-century on the stage at River ...


THEATER-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

THEATER Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Spotlight Out storytellers are part of the 19th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival, originally created by the late Live Bait Theater and continued by Lifeline Theatre. Among the performers are storytellers from Sidetrack's monthly OUTspoken! series, plus David Kodeski's True Life Tales: Another Lousy Day in which he chronicles the life of a single TV factory worker in the 1960s ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Ten-Dollar-House

THEATER REVIEW Ten-Dollar House - Playwrights: Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer. At: Pride Films and Plays at Piccolo Theatre, 600 Main St., Evanston. Tickets: 800-737-0984 or www.pridefilmsandplays.com; $22-$27. Runs through Jan. 31 There's a great joy in watching a gay-history play like Ten Dollar House. Husband-and-wife playwrights Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer insightfully realized great dramatic potential in the Depression-era romantic story of Robert Neal ...


THEATER-REVIEW-What-I-Learned-in-Paris

THEATER REVIEW What I Learned in Paris - Playwright: Pearl Cleage. At: Congo Square Theatre at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6860; www.congosquaretheatre.org; $20-$37. Runs through: Feb. 7 Pearl Cleage's title initially suggests coming-of-age erotica in the Anias Nin mode, or perhaps a Lost Generation roman a clef. Her play's chronological setting on the day in 1973 ( when Maynard Jackson was elected Atlanta's first Black ...


Upcoming-Cabaret-Travel-show-Artemis-show-Le-Switch-Dancemakers-Out-at-CHM

Upcoming: 'Cabaret'; Travel show; Artemis show; 'Le Switch'; Dancemakers; Out at CHM - Artemis Singers shows Jan. 23-24 The nonprofit Artemis Singers ( www.artemissingers.org ) will present "Wildest Dreams," a concert where lesbian feminists musically share their visions, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Among other things, the group will present the liberty piece, "Universal ...


THEATER-REVIEW-29th-Annual-Young-Playwrights-Festival

THEATER REVIEW 29th Annual Young Playwrights Festival - Playwrights: Myka Buck, Brian Hayes and Keauna Pierce. At: Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: 773-878-8864 or www.pegasustheatrechicago.org; $18-$30 Runs through Jan. 23 You might wonder about the winners of youth playwriting competitions. Do the victors truly represent the best of young writers, or are the judging committee selections more reflective of what adults think ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Magic-Lounge

THEATER REVIEW The Magic Lounge - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Various artists. At: Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-867-1946; www.uptownunderground.net; $25. Runs through: Open run The Arabian Nights might chronicle cup-and-ball or pebble-and-shell games promulgated by traveling players in marketplaces, and as a spectacle later migrating to medieval and Renaissance faires throughout Europe. However, in the United States, the birth of so-called "close-up" magic can be traced to ...


TELEVISION-Meet-the-Elites-Kentrell-Collins-and-Jerel-Maddox

TELEVISION Meet the 'Elites': Kentrell Collins and Jerel Maddox - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Mobile, Alabama-based gay and gender non-conforming team The Prancing Elites ( Kareem Davis, Jerel Maddox, Kentrell Collins, Tim Smith, and Adrian Clemon ) made quite the impression when it debuted on Oxygen, thanks to a mix of, among other things, down-home wisdom, a fighting spirit—and, of course, dance skills. The Prancing Elites Project is returning to the network this ...


Victory-Gardens-to-present-world-premiere-of-Cocked-by-Sarah-Gubbins

Victory Gardens to present world premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 41st season with the World Premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins, directed by Victory Gardens Theater Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz. Cocked runs February 12 — March 13, 2016 with the press performance on Friday, February 19, 2016, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. The cast of Cocked includes ...


Pride-Films-Plays-to-present-Judy-Garland-and-Liza-Minnelli

Pride Films & Plays to present "Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli" - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Pride Films and Plays will enliven the New Year by bringing back two leading actresses from its recent acclaimed production of the musical The Boy From Oz in a new show entitled Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli — Once in a Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert — a Tribute, featuring Nancy Hays ( as Judy Garland ) ...


Ten-Dollar-House-A-tale-of-two-men-and-a-house

Ten Dollar House: A tale of two men and a house - It was a honeymoon journey through Wisconsin that inspired Evanston-based husband-and-wife team Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer to write Ten Dollar House. Pride Films and Plays presents the Chicago-area debut of the new play this month, which is very appropriate because an earlier version of the work was previously submitted for one of the company's many LGBTQ writing competitions. The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Gotta-Dance

THEATER REVIEW Gotta Dance - Book: Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin; Lyrics: Nell Benjamin; Score: Matthew Sklar and Marvin Hamlisch. At: Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.broadwayinchicago.com; $40-$102. Runs through Jan. 17 If pressed to do a two-sentence pitch about the Broadway-aimed musical Gotta Dance, mine would be: It's a mix of A Chorus Line and Follies as a ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Dynamite-Divas

THEATER REVIEW Dynamite Divas - Playwright: Jackie Taylor. At: Black Ensemble Theatre, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: Jan. 24 After our brains and cardiorespiratory functions have absorbed the news that those four fine women sitting in a room that looks like a cross between a television talk-show studio and the bridge of the starship Enterprise are Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-House-Party-1923-Obsession

THEATER REVIEW House Party, 1923: Obsession - Playwright: Bill Meincke. At: The Annoyance, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693; www.theannoyance.com; $15. Runs through: Feb. 5 From 1991 to 2005, an ensemble called The Free Associates affirmed, not only the existence of an audience well-versed in classic fiction, but the willingness of those bibliophiles to return, night after night, to see a fully improvised long-form play referencing such ...


Theater-Spotlight-on-Fifty-States-of-Gay-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight on Fifty States of Gay; Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight If you missed GayCo's 2015 comedy revue Fifty States of Gay, there's still one final chance to see it. Chicago's longest-running LGBTQ sketch comedy troupe invades the "heteronormative"' suburbs to revive Fifty States of Gay with its humor involving puppetry, lesbian break-ups and regional reactions to nationwide marriage equality. Fifty States of Gay plays one show only at ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-The-commitment-to-Le-Switch

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT The commitment to 'Le Switch' - New York producer Doug Nevin was so impressed by the 2011 drama The Homosexuals, by About Face Theatre Artistic Associate Philip Dawkins, that he commissioned a new play from the Chicago playwright. Five years later, About Face Theatre presents Dawkin's world premiere romantic comedy Le Switch in association with Nevin. "We had talked about the next issue, because The Homosexuals ...


Lyric-Opera-of-Chicago-presents-opera-Der-Rosenkavalier

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents opera Der Rosenkavalier - From a press release - CHICAGO — Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the perfect midwinter getaway: a beautiful production of Richard Strauss's delectably bittersweet romantic comedy Der Rosenkavalier, which opens on Monday, February 8 for eight performances. The opera stars Sophie Koch ( Feb. 8-20 ) and Alice Coote ( Mar. 4-13 ) in the title role as the teenaged "Rose Cavalier," Octavian, who is ...


Uncommon-Women-and-Others-coming-to-PML-Theatre

Uncommon Women and Others coming to PM&L Theatre - From a press release - Antioch, IL - Wendy Wasserstein's first play, considered an extraordinary debut, Uncommon Women and Others, will be opening at PM&L Theatre on January 29th and will run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for three weeks. Uncommon Women and Others is a dramatic comedy telling the story of alumnae from Mount Holyoke College meeting for lunch in 1978 to talk about their ...


Steppenwolf-Theatre-presents-The-Flick

Steppenwolf Theatre presents The Flick - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 4, 2016 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of Annie Baker's 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, The Flick. Under the direction of Dexter Bullard, who also directed the Chicago premiere of Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, the cast features Danny McCarthy, Caroline Neff and Travis Turner as the three hapless employees of The Flick movie house. ...


Chicago-Theatre-Week-tickets-on-sale-

Chicago Theatre Week tickets on sale - From a press release - Chicago, December 17, 2015 — Chicago Theatre Week, an annual celebration of the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago, will take place February 11 — 21, 2016, spanning a week and two full weekends. Now in its fourth year, Chicago Theatre Week is a program of the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago. Tickets are $30, $15, ...


MUSICAL-REVIEW-Guys-and-Dolls

MUSICAL REVIEW Guys and Dolls - Written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows based on story by Damon Runyon Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. At: Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Tickets: 847-920-5360 www.LightOperaWorks.com; $34-94 ( ages 21 and younger half price ). Runs through: Jan. 3 Guys and Dolls has been a musical-theater mainstay for 65 years, thanks to a ...


Theater-Spotlight-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight; Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The popular performance art comedy spectacular Blue Man Group has been running off-Broadway since 1991 and in Chicago since 1997. Yet it's not the same show as when it started, since the creators of Blue Man Group have frequently updated the routines and comedy bits to keep up with shifting technologies and sociological talking points. So if you ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Incident-at-Vichy

THEATER REVIEW Incident at Vichy - Playwright: Arthur Miller. At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-728-7529; www.redtwist.org; $30-$35. Runs through: extended to Jan. 10 Arthur Miller's play might be set in 1942 France, but with our own would-be leaders in 2015 testing the boundaries of Godwin's Law, it's high time we were reminded of the wisdom in setting aside personal prejudices to unite ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Drink-Sketch-Comedy-Drinking-Game-Wasted-Edition

THEATER REVIEW Drink! Sketch Comedy Drinking Game: Wasted Edition - Playwright: the ensemble. At: Corn Productions at the Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: www.cornservatory.org; $12. Runs through: Jan. 23 In cultures embracing the consumption of intoxicating beverages as a socially beneficial activity, citizens rarely need an authority figure granting them permission to participate. However, when informality or sheer numbers preclude individual toasts, drinking games serve to lend structure to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Million-Dollar-Quartet

THEATER REVIEW Million Dollar Quartet - Book: Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux; Score: Various. At: Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6100 or www.milliondollarquartetlive.com; $25-$95. Runs through Jan. 17 Hey procrastinators! Million Dollar Quartet, officially "Chicago's longest-running Broadway musical," is closing up shop in the Windy City after running more than 3,000 performances in seven years. Yet Million Dollar Quartet didn't officially become a Broadway ...


Upcoming-Le-Switch-Menagerie

Upcoming: 'Le Switch'; 'Menagerie' - About Face's 'Le Switch' Jan. 15 About Face Theatre ( AFT ) will open its 20th-anniversary season with the world-premiere romantic comedy Le Switch, by Artistic Associate Philip Dawkins. Le Switch will play Jan. 15-Feb. 21, 2016, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. The production—in which a man and his non-traditional family must decide for themselves what it really ...


Trans-activist-Broadus-interviewed-on-Jenner-backlash

Trans activist Broadus interviewed on Jenner backlash - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — In a recent interview with on UBN Radio — that is, "One on One With Jasper Cole" —trans activist Kylar W. Broadus, Esq. spoke openly about the state of the trans community along with its newest and most high-profiled member, Caitlyn Jenner. However, an online media outlet erroneously misquoted the comments of Broadus, saying that because of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Baritones-Unbound-Uncommon-Voice-of-the-Common-Man

THEATER REVIEW Baritones Unbound: Uncommon Voice of the Common Man - Playwright: Marc Kudisch, Merwin Foard, Jeff Mattsey and Timothy Splain. At: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-988-9000; www.ticketmaster.com; $60. Runs through: Jan. 3 The traveling theater companies of antiquity typically numbered seven actors: leading man and woman for the raisonneur roles, juvenile and ingenue for the youthful ones, "character" man and woman to play villains, elders or ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Fool-Me-Twice-Deja-Vu

THEATER REVIEW Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu - By Second City. At: Second City Mainstage Theater, 1616 N. Wells St.. Tickets: 312-337-3992; $23-29 . Runs through: April 2 ( Tues-Sun ), with some additional performances after April 2 "Do you ever have deja vu?" Andie MacDowell's Rita asks Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, in the classic '90s comedy Groundhog Day. "Didn't you just ask me that?" Phil ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Orchestra

THEATER REVIEW The Orchestra - Playwright: Okko Leo; Translator: Kristian London. At: Akvavit Theatre at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or www.akvavittheatre.org; $15-$20. Runs through Jan. 10 Scandinavian drama didn't end with the early 20th-century deaths of playwrights Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg. Yet many U.S. theatergoers would be hard-pressed to name subsequent Scandinavian dramatists. This is where Akvavit Theatre comes into ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Domesticated

THEATER REVIEW Domesticated - Playwright: Bruce Norris. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$89. Runs through: Feb. 7 One advertising campaign promotes Bruce Norris' new play as nudge-nudge-wink-wink political satire and another attempts to sell it as a battle-of-the-sexes romp. Don't believe either one. The dramatic premise might have its real-life counterparts, and it might have been Norris' intent to ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Holiday-shows-to-go

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Holiday shows to go - If you've somehow avoided catching a holiday show this season, there's still time to see a plethora of shows running through the end of the month and into early January. They range from perennial family-friendly fare to campy comedy takeoffs of Christmas classics. All locations are in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Burning Bluebeard, The Hypocrites and The Ruffians at Den ...


About-Face-Theatre-to-present-Le-Switch

About Face Theatre to present Le Switch - From a press release - CHICAGO ( December 15, 2015 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to open its 20th Anniversary Season with the world premiere romantic comedy Le Switch by Artistic Associate Philip Dawkins, directed by Stephen Brackett and presented by special arrangement with Doug Nevin. LE SWITCH will play January 15 — February 21, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. ...


Redmoon-closing-its-doors-

Redmoon closing its doors - Redmoon Theater announced on an open letter on its website that it is closing after 25 years of operation. In part, the letter reads, "It has been an honor to serve the City of Chicago for the past 25 years. We have been blessed to work in and with over 40 of Chicago's 77 official neighborhoods and to bring our ...


The-Wiz-Live-soundtrack-available-on-digital-

The Wiz Live soundtrack available on digital - From a press release - ( New York, N.Y. ) Sony Music Masterworks and Broadway Records will release theoriginal soundtrack of the NBC Television event "The Wiz LIVE!" produced by Harvey Mason Jr. and co-produced by Stephen Oremus. Available now for preorder at Amazon, "The Wiz LIVE!" soundtrack features the well-known hits "Ease on Down the Road," "A Brand New Day" and "Home," plus the ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Relive the success of playwright Philip Dawkins' 2011 hit drama The Homosexuals with a special reunion of the original cast overseen by director Bonnie Metzgar for a one-night-only About Face Theatre benefit performance. The Homosexuals had its world premiere here in Chicago, and it has subsequently gone on to have numerous productions around the country. The Homosexuals plays ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Twist-Your-Dickens

THEATER REVIEW Twist Your Dickens - Playwrights: Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. At: Goodman Theatre Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org; $10-$61. Runs through Dec. 27 The Second City sure gets around collaborating with other Chicago arts institutions. Past Second City comedy show creations with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago were artistic and audience successes, and you ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bel-Canto

THEATER REVIEW Bel Canto - Authors: Jimmy Lopez ( music ), Nilo Cruz ( libretto ) from Ann Patchett's novel. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 1-312-827-5600; www.lyricopera.org; $20-$299. Runs through: Jan. 17 World premieres at world-class opera houses are costly commitments to the future of the art form rather than the future of individual works, because new operas stand almost ...


YEAR-IN-REVIEW-Theater-News-and-favorites

YEAR IN REVIEW Theater: News and favorites - It's nearly impossible to see each and every single live stage show playing in and around the Windy City. So when it comes to year-end lists naming the best of the Chicago-area theater scene, you'll only get highly selective answers based upon what an individual critic was physically capable of catching during the 2015 calendar year. With that in mind, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bernarda-Alba-and-Her-House

THEATER REVIEW Bernarda Alba and Her House - Playwright: adapted by Robert Eric Shoemaker from the play by Federico Garcia Lorca. At: Poetry Is productions at Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 270-577-7782; www.poetryis.org; $20. Runs through: Jan. 3 There's this twice-married widow with five daughters, you see. The girls are all of an age to marry—indeed, some well past their prime childbearing years—but their proud ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Heir-Apparent

THEATER REVIEW The Heir Apparent - Playwright: adapted by David Ives from the play, Le Legataire Universel, by Jean Francois Regnard. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600; www.chicagoshakes.com; $48-$88. Runs through: Jan. 17 Have you heard the one about the rich old man who wants a young wife to share his bed and nurse his ailments? Sure you have—every ...







Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.