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WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-Winter-classics-true-and-reimagined

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Winter classics "true and reimagined - The classics—usually meaning plays by dead playwrights which have withstood the test of time—sometimes can be "reimagined" ( to use an au courant term ) and reinvigorated, or simply redone and redundant. People should be leery of radical revisions, deconstructions and updates of great works unless you've seen the works in their original forms. Only then can they understand the ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-World-premiere-plays-start-bright-and-early

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL World-premiere plays start bright and early - It might have been the mild snows in the last few years that finally persuaded theater companies to acknowledge winter as a time for people to go out, or maybe more artists willing to rehearse through the holidays. Whatever the reasons, what is undeniable is the number of world premieres in evidence during the months when playgoers were formerly presumed ...


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'Insurrection' echoes Nat Turner's life through present day - Try to define playwright Robert O'Hara's Insurrection: Holding History would likely result in confusion. "I've been describing it, like, the playwright does Roots meets The Wizard of Oz meets In Living Color. With a big gay love story between two African Americans right in the middle of everything," said leading man Breon Arzell, who plays Ron, a gay historian swept ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - BLKS, Steppenwolf Theatre, through Jan. 28. Life is never easy for young, bright, urban hipsters confronting their future in all its high-velocity kaleidoscopic contradictions, but queer playwright Aziza Barnes shows us the exhilaration in the angst. MSB It's My Penis ( and I'll Cry If I Want To ), Pride Films and Plays at The Buena at Pride Arts Center, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Insurrection: Holding History - Playwright: Robert O'Hara. At: Athenaeum Theatre, Studio Two, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: AthenaeumTheatre.org; $22-32. Runs through: Feb. 11 Insurrection: Holding History conspicuously breaks theatrical conventions, mixing comedy, drama, history, time travel and the supernatural in ways no-one but playwright Robert O'Hara could conceive. There are comedic moments splashed around subjects where society demands sober drama, characters breaking the forth ...


TELEVISION-TV-special-Sighted-Eyes-Feeling-Heart-tells-Lorraine-Hansberrys-story

TELEVISION TV special, Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart, tells Lorraine Hansberry's story - In high school, Tracy Heather Strain's grandmother took her to see a production of Young, Gifted and Black, a play drawn from the writings of Lorraine Hansberry. The young playwright's powerful interior monologue riveted Strain, who would grow up to become a celebrated filmmaker, and who hopes her new documentary about Hansberry—Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart—will spark the same wonder for ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-Queer-theater-to-chill-to

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Queer theater to chill to - LGBTQ audiences who want to see their lives reflected onstage have plenty to choose from this winter. Productions ranges from developmental festival works to lavish and established Broadway-scale musicals. Here's a sampling of some of those productions. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Premieres of note Blue Over You, Spot On Company at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Flamingo-and-Decatur

THEATER REVIEW Flamingo and Decatur - Playwright: Todd Taylor At: Block St Theatre Company at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $33. Runs through: Feb. 18 Audiences whose notions of Las Vegas are restricted to tourist brochures may encounter difficulty accepting the concept of gambling as a career choice. However, since playwright Todd Taylor admits to having himself once been a poker pro ( evidenced ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-My-Kinda-60s

THEATER SPOTLIGHT My Kinda '60s - Playwright, performer and drag legend Charles Busch ( Psycho Beach Party, Die Mommy Die ) returns to Chicago to perform My Kinda '60s. With the assistance of musical director/arranger Tom Judson, Busch shines a spotlight on his difficult adolescence while also tapping into his musical memories of the era. Charles Busch: My Kinda '60s plays two shows only at 7:30 ...


Charles-Busch-at-Pride-Arts-Jan-21-22

Charles Busch at Pride Arts Jan. 21-22 - Tony Award nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner, Charles Busch, who performed two sold-out shows at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, in January 2017, will return on Jan. 21-22 with "Charles Busch: My Kinda '60s." Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of the ...


Julia-Sweeney-show-through-March-18

Julia Sweeney show through March 18 - Saturday Night Live veteran, author, actor and TED- talk veteran Julia Sweeney will make her stand-up debut this January in a new workshop production staged in Judy's Beat Lounge, 230 W. North Ave. In Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider, the Grammy-nominated comedian will tackle parenting, religion, cancer, feminism and even her iconic androgynous character, SNL's "Pat," through a 2018 lens. ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-Emma-Willmann-talks-stand-up-Louis-CK-and-more

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Emma Willmann talks stand-up, Louis C.K. and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Comedian/actress Emma Willmann—who describes herself as "gender-wiggly" and "extremely gay"—is coming to Chicago for three stand-up dates. The Maine native graduated from Simmons College Boston and received a masters from The New School New York City before moving into performing. She made her television debut with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and is currently on a hot streak with ...


Sarah-DeLappes-The-Wolves-to-launch-Goodmans-2018-Owen-Theatre-season

Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves to launch Goodman's 2018 Owen Theatre season - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL ) Game on! The Chicago premiere of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves, a "smart, hilarious, delightful meditation on society, sex and soccer" ( The Village Voice ), directed by Vanessa Stalling, launches Goodman Theatre's 2018 Owen Theatre season. A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves follows a suburban girls soccer team as they navigate life's big questions and ...


Victory-Gardens-Theater-announces-2018-Next-Generation-Fellows

Victory Gardens Theater announces 2018 Next Generation Fellows - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater announces Jess McLeod and Aaron Todd Douglas as the 2018 Next Generation Fellows. Beginning in February 2018, the Next Generation Fellowship will provide comprehensive mentorship, requisite training, and experience for these future leaders of color, preparing them to helm arts institutions or departments on the national and local level. The program is made possible by ...


Visit-Oak-Park-Announces-First-Ever-Oak-Park-Theater-Month

Visit Oak Park Announces First-Ever Oak Park Theater Month - From a press release - OAK PARK, IL — For the first time, the Oak Park Area is celebrating its world-class theater scene with Oak Park Theater Month. Presented by Visit Oak Park, the convention & visitor's bureau for Oak Park and 18 neighboring communities in Western Cook County, the inaugural event takes place throughout the month of February 2018 and features seven discounted productions ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Light

THEATER REVIEW The Light - Playwright: Loy Webb At: The New Colony at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: TheNewColony.org; $20. Runs through: Feb. 4 Loy Webb's world-premiere drama The Light wasn't supposed to be part of The New Colony's season. But it's immediately clear why outgoing co-artistic directors Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood rushed this powerful drama into production, and the Chicago ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Jitney-

THEATER REVIEW Jitney - Playwright: August Wilson At: Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $35. Runs Through: Feb. 11 In a time where there was no Uber, Lyft or ridesharing, people were still looking for discounts on traveling from place to place. The word "jitney" refers to transportation using a vehicle for a lower fare. The setting of August Wilson's Jitney takes ...


THEATER-REVIEW-For-the-Loyal

THEATER REVIEW For the Loyal - Playwright: Lee Blessing At: Interrobang Theatre Project at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $32. Runs through: Feb. 4 Exhortations to be "loyal, brave and true" are commonplace in songs designed to rally the troops—military, religious or athletic—but what happens when the actions spurred by these values come into conflict? This is the query posed in this Chicago premiere ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-on-Artemis-Singers-Rise-Up-

THEATER SPOTLIGHT on Artemis Singers' Rise Up! - Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus since 1980, presents a concert of protest songs with Rise Up! The performance features guest artist Melanie DeMore, who will also lead a vocal workshop earlier in the day. Artemis Singers' Rise Up! is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston. Concert-only tickets are $20 and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Blue-Over-You-

THEATER REVIEW Blue Over You - Playwright: Daniel Noonan At: Spot On Company at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park Ave., Evanston. Tickets:BlueOverYou.com; $20-$25. Runs through: Jan. 28 You probably know of musical-theater fanatics who can break out into song at the drop of hat. So be aware that this is the kind of guy you'll be spending 90 minutes with in Daniel Noonan's world-premiere solo ...


Comic-Emma-Willman-at-Zanies-Jan-20-22

Comic Emma Willman at Zanies Jan. 20-22 - Emma Willmann will perform stand-up at Zanies Comedy Night Club, 1548 N. Wells St., Friday-Sunday, January 20-22. The event is an 21+ show. Willmann has appeared on The Late Show with Steven Colbert and @midnight; and will appear on the upcoming seasons of HBO's Crashing and the CW's Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Also, she was featured in Time Out New York ...


PODCASTS-Mattachine-podcast-creator-brings-the-past-back-to-life

PODCASTS 'Mattachine' podcast creator brings the past back to life - Columbia College writing and production graduate Devlyn Camp is producing and hosting a 10-episode, serialized podcast, called Mattachine, that is currently available free on iTunes. The series illustrates the importance of LGBT history by spotlighting a crucial point in the modern gay-rights movement, the formation of the Mattachine Society in 1950 by Harry Hay. Using voice actors as well as ...


Lookingglass-names-new-executive-director

Lookingglass names new executive director - Lookingglass Theatre Company's board of directors announced the appointment of the theatre's new executive director, Rachel L. Fink. Fink will begin her tenure at Lookingglass on Monday, Feb. 19. She succeeds Rachel Kraft, who stepped down as executive director after 12 years with the company. Fink comes to Chicago from the San Francisco Bay area, where she was managing director ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Kaumakaiwa-Kanakaole-Trans-Hawaiian-singer-on-home-state-final-CD

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole: Trans Hawaiian singer on home state, final CD - Transgender Hawaiian performer Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole is making a rare appearance in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The show will combine ancestral chants, singing, and hula practice. Having been on stage since she could walk has now earned her five Hawaiian Grammy Awards and also awarded the 2015 Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowship by the Native Arts & ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Telling-gay-WWII-history

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Telling gay WWII history - Yank! A World War II Love Story is a 2010 off-Broadway musical focusing on gay, lesbian and heterosexual U.S. service members of more than 70 ago. The critically acclaimed musical penned by brothers David and Joseph Zellnik has its belated Chicago premiere this month courtesy of Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Center. Music director Robert Ollis saw ...


Sarah-Paulson-to-be-honored-at-the-Steppenwolf-Women-in-Arts-Luncheon-Jan-22

Sarah Paulson to be honored at the Steppenwolf Women in Arts Luncheon Jan. 22 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 9, 2018 ) — On Monday, January 22, 2018, Steppenwolf Theatre Company proudly hosts Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Sarah Paulson as the 2018 Honoree at the annual Steppenwolf Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon. The 9th annual luncheon takes place at 12noon at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel ( 221 N Columbus Dr ). VIP ...


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Salonathon's Beauty Bar finale Feb. 12 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 9, 2018 ) — The long running performance incubator Salonathon has announced that Monday, Feb. 12 will mark the final instance of its weekly appearance at Beauty Bar Chicago ( 1444 W. Chicago Ave ) in an epic 12-hour-long festival ( 12 p.m.-12 a.m. ) followed by the traditional dance party with resident DJs Danny LeRoy and ...


Eye-of-the-Storm-The-Bayard-Rustin-Story-at-eta-Creative-Arts-Foundation-

Eye of the Storm: The Bayard Rustin Story at eta Creative Arts Foundation - From a press release - eta Creative Arts Foundation invites you to support their upcoming musical production by McKinley Johnson chronicling the life of Bayard Rustin, a largely forgotten but immensely influential civil-rights leader. Rustin was an African American political strategist who championed the rights of others while being denied his own because of his homosexual identity, which was highly controversial during his time. McKinley ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-POETRY-Andrea-Gibson-Gender-queer-poet-makes-inroads

NUNN ON ONE: POETRY Andrea Gibson: Gender queer poet makes inroads - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Award-winning poet Andrea Gibson is coming to town and bringing some of their best work. This genderqueer artist identifies with the pronouns they and has worked in many activist groups. In 2013, they launched a website called "Stay Here with Me" to provide support for those struggling with suicide. Their new album, Hey Galaxy, drops Friday, Jan. 12, and is ...


SHOWBIZ-NEWS-Sarah-Paulson-Amy-Winehouse-EastSiders-gay-EDM-musician

SHOWBIZ NEWS Sarah Paulson, Amy Winehouse, EastSiders, gay EDM musician - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sarah Paulson told Town & Country Magazine that children just aren't for her, Page Six noted. "I don't want to look at my child and say, 'You're the most extraordinary thing that ever happened to me, but also the death knell,' " the actress ( currently in the Meryl Streep-Tom Hanks movie The Post ) said. "It was hard for ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Its-My-Penis-and-Ill-Cry-If-I-Want-To-

THEATER REVIEW It's My Penis (and I'll Cry If I Want To) - Playwright: Jamie Black At: Pride Films and Plays at Pride Arts Buena, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $25.Runs through: Feb. 11 Don't be misled by the P-word. Even if our hero makes his entrance garbed only in his underwear ( plain white cotton jockeys, for those who care about such details ) to inform us that he used to be ...


Celebrating-David-Bowie-Feb-23-at-Vic-Theatre

Celebrating David Bowie Feb. 23 at Vic Theatre - From a press release - After performing rapturously received and critically lauded shows in early 2017, Celebrating David Bowie returns this year with a brand new Bowie show spanning his entire career, which will be stopping locally in CHICAGO on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at the VIC THEATRE. Tickets are on sale now; links available at www.celebratingdavidbowie.com. View the CdB trailer here: http://tiny.cc/CdBNorthAmerica. More than just ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Magic-Parlour

THEATER REVIEW The Magic Parlour - Playwright: Written and performed by Dennis Watkins At: House Theatre of Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St. Tickets: $79 ( admission includes refreshments ). Open run. When we speak of "fooling" people, the term is usually associated with manipulation in service of personal gain at the expense of innocents. ( "Fool me once, shame on ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Late-Nite-Catechism-

THEATER REVIEW Late Nite Catechism - Authors: Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan At: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-988-9000 or Ticketmaster.com; $30. Runs ongoing through 2018 "When you wear this outfit," says the imposing nun, staring us all down from the blackboard, "you get respect." And it's true, at Royal George Theatre's Late Nite Catechism. With all the commands the sister issues, ...


Final-weeks-for-Lizzie-casting-set-for-9-TO-5-The-Musical-

Final weeks for Lizzie, casting set for 9 TO 5 The Musical - From a Firebrand Theatre press release - CHICAGO ( January 2, 2018 ) — As its inaugural production Lizzie enters its final two weeks of performances, Firebrand Theatre is pleased to announce casting for the second and final production of its inaugural season, the musical comedy 9 TO 5 The Musical, playing April 7 — May 20, 2018 at The Den Theatre's Bookspan Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee ...


Flying-Elephant-Productions-to-present-anti-Trump-musical-

Flying Elephant Productions to present anti-Trump musical - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 4, 2018 ) — Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to launch its inaugural season with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE: The Anti-Trump Musical, a political musical song cycle about the turbulent 2016 election, with six actors playing 55 characters. This powerful new musical features a book by Sean Chandler, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, ...


Cyrano-reimagined-as-part-of-BoHo-Theatre-2018-season

Cyrano reimagined as part of BoHo Theatre 2018 season - From a press release - CHICAGO — BoHo Theatre opens its 2018 season with the Chicago premiere of CYRANO, adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner, based on the play by Edmond Rostand, and directed by BoHo Artistic Affiliate Steve O'Connell. This sharp, lean, nine-person translation of the classic French love story keeps the poetry, but ditches the pretension to create a work full of ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-The-Kiki-Queer-Comedy-and-Variety

THEATER SPOTLIGHT The Kiki: Queer Comedy and Variety - Welcome in the new year with a load of LGBTQ laughs courtesy of comics, musicians, storytellers and more appearing in The Kiki: Queer Comedy and Variety. It's hosted and produced by Scott Duff and Megan Brennan, and on the bill for the early January edition are Clare Austen-Smith, Meghan Sullivan, Marla Depew and Brittany Meyer. The Kiki: Queer Comedy with ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Puff: or Believe It or Not, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Greenhouse Theater, through Jan. 7, The "well-made" lay may have once been dismissed as formulaic, but this frothy madcap farce of high-society lovers and liars wholly redeems the genre. MSB Red Velvet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, through Jan. 21. Not many people know that Ira Aldridge was ...


Steppenwolf-to-honor-Sarah-Paulson

Steppenwolf to honor Sarah Paulson - Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress Sarah Paulson as the 2018 honoree at the annual Steppenwolf Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, Jan. 22, at 12 p.m. at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. ( The VIP reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. ) Paulson will join Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. ...


Sessions-to-put-trans-stories-in-spotlight

Sessions to put trans stories in spotlight - Just for transgender participants, "Stories in the Spotlight" lets people transform important moments into stories that professional actors will perform onstage. Playwright Susan Lieberman teaches techniques for writing effective autobiographical anecdotes in this six-week, free-of-charge workshop at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Delia Kropp and other theater artists will present the stories to an invited audience at Center ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Solitary-refinement

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Solitary refinement - Solo shows abound around Chicago this January. Former Saturday Night Live alumna Julia Sweeney is work-shopping standup comedy shows called Older and Wider in Judy's Beat Lounge at The Second City starting Jan. 12. Also kicking off that same date is Lifeline Theatre's presentation of the 21st annual Fillet of Solo Festival, which runs through Jan. 28. And solo shows ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Altar-Boyz

THEATER REVIEW Altar Boyz - Playwright: music by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, book by Kevin Del Aguila At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at the No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: $34-$39. Runs through: Jan. 14 It's said that God—or gods, for you polytheists—moves in mysterious ways, but since history records the sacred and profane often meeting in mutual accord, the phenomenon ...


SHOWBIZ-Times-Up-Brad-Goreski-Hamilton-actor-Kristin-Chenoweth

SHOWBIZ 'Time's Up,' Brad Goreski, 'Hamilton' actor, Kristin Chenoweth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes and more than 300 other women are taking a stand against sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry by launching Time's Up—a movement that aims to promote equality and safety in the workplace, E! News noted. In addition to Witherspoon, Rhimes and Streep, Jennifer Aniston, Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams, Kate Capshaw and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bye-Bye-Liver-

THEATER REVIEW Bye, Bye, Liver - Playwright: Written and performed by the ensemble At: Byron Hatfield Productions at The Public House Theater, 3914 N. Clark St. Tickets: $18-$22. Runs through: Open run No bachelorette parties were in evidence the week before Christmas, but two birthdays were being celebrated at this outpost for entertainment focused on the consumption of alcoholic beverages—comedy sketches based in time-travel adventures tracing ...


OPERA-REVIEW-Turandot-

OPERA REVIEW Turandot - Libretto: G. Adami & R. Simoni; Composer: Giacomo Puccini At: Lyric Opera of Chicago at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or LyricOpera.org; $20-$349. Runs through: Jan. 27 Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in 1924 before completing his grandiose Chinese fable Turandot, leaving Franco Alfano to finish it. But, oddly, this hasn't stopped Turandot from gaining ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Blue-Man-Group

THEATER REVIEW Blue Man Group - Created and written by: Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink At: Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted St. Tickets: BlueMan.com/chicago; $39-99. Ongoing Performance art, street act, vaudeville show, drum session, sketch comedy, tech fair, carnival party, science experiment, rock concert, alien sighting … Briar Street Theatre's Blue Man Group is all these things and more, wrapped tightly into a ...


Theater-Spotlight-on-Burning-Bluebeard

Theater Spotlight on Burning Bluebeard - Chicago's deadly Iroquois Theatre fire of 1903 is commemorated again with a limited revival of Jay Torrence's Burning Bluebeard. The acclaimed performance piece features six singed clowns and acrobats meditating on the gross malfeasance of this disaster that took the lives of 600 people ( mostly women and children ). The Neo-Futurists and The Ruffians revive Burning Bluebeard for six ...


Theater-Critics-Picks

Theater Critics' Picks - The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes Holiday Edition, Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, through Jan. 10. Extend the holiday season just a bit longer with David Cerda's hit parody of the beloved NBC sitcom. Laugh at all the drag, cuss words and contraband that wouldn't have made it past the network censors. SCM The Nutcracker, Joffrey Ballet ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Roomies-

THEATER REVIEW Roomies - Author: Dane A. Campbell At: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or Stage773.com; $25-$40. Runs through: Dec. 31 Nothing strikes as much fear in my heart as reading the words, "conceived, written, directed and filmed by" a single person. It can sometimes mean you'll be treated to a work of genius or great vanity. When it comes to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Roomies-

THEATER REVIEW Roomies - Author: Dane A. Campbell At: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or Stage773.com; $25-$40. Runs through: Dec. 31 Nothing strikes as much fear in my heart as reading the words, "conceived, written, directed and filmed by" a single person. It can sometimes mean you'll be treated to a work of genius or great vanity. When it comes to ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Broadway-transfers

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Broadway transfers - Chicago has an established reputation as a major tryout town for Broadway musicals. Some become big New York hits ( The Producers, Movin' Out ), some are misses ( Big Fish, Sweet Smell of Success ) and some don't even make it in ( First Wives Club ). One Chicago tryout that has the all makings to be an all-audiences ...


Januarys-featured-storytellers-in-Sidetracks-OUTspoken-Series-

January's featured storytellers in Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series - The January edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . —Garrett Allain has been writing and performing sketch comedy for over four, and he just closed his first one-man show, Altered Boy. He's also participated in ...


PODCASTS-Feast-duo-still-having-fun-after-13-years

PODCASTS 'Feast' duo still having fun after 13 years - The popular podcast Feast of Fun are still making it work after all of these years thanks to the dynamically gay duo Fausto Fernos and Marc Felion. In January 2018 they begin their 14th year of producing podcasts with an average of 200 shows a year. The two have taken on additional endeavors recently such as filming on video for ...


Theater-writer-changes-at-WCT-

Theater writer changes at WCT - Effective Feb. 1, 2018, the Windy City Times theater coordinator will be Catey Sullivan. Scott Morgan, who has been theater editor for nine years, is stepping aside due to other work requirements, but he will continue to freelance for Windy City Times. We thank Scott for his hard work. Catey can be reached at cateysullivan@ameritech.net, and please continue to also ...


LETTER-Addressing-gun-violence

LETTER Addressing gun violence - Note: The Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement from President Chad Griffin on the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: Five years ago today, 26 innocent people—including 20 children—were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a horrific act of violence that shook the nation and the world. HRC remembers the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-BLKS-

THEATER REVIEW BLKS - Playwright: Aziza Barnes At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: Jan. 28 The language of Aziza Barnes' play is Dirty Girl-Talk—not the phallocentric banter favored by male writers who fancy themselves the predominant theme of women's intimate conversations, but observations couched in gynecological vocabulary and delivered with a take-no-prisoners candor to make Kia Corthron sound like ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sammy-A-Tribute-to-Sammy-Davis-Jr

THEATER REVIEW Sammy: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. - Playwright: Daryl D. Brooks At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-$65. Runs through: Jan. 21 If you were given two days to abandon your partner and marry someone of your own "color" or suffer bodily harm, would you do it? If the presidential candidate you supported asked you to postpone your wedding until after the election, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Potted-Potter-The-Unauthorized-Harry-Potter-Experience-

THEATER REVIEW Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience - Written by: Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. Additional material by: Richard Hurst At: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: BroadwayInChicago.com; $25-69.95. Runs through: Jan. 21 How does a seasoned pair of British stage & television comedians pack seven full-length fantasy novels into a 70-minute stage production? Why, with magic, of course! And magic is ...


Theater-Spotlight-on-Peter-Pan

Theater Spotlight on Peter Pan - Women have largely embodied the title role of Peter Pan onstage since the Edwardian era. Music Theater Works in Evanston continues that tradition by staging a revival of the most popular Broadway musical version of Peter Pan from 1954 ( which originally starred Mary Martin ). Music Theater Works' Peter Pan plays nine performances between Saturday, Dec. 23, through Monday, ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Ashley Wheater marks a decade at Joffrey's helm - A tarot card reading in the '80s predicted that Ashley Wheater would become the artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet. Well, maybe it didn't specifically mention the Joffrey Ballet and the reading was not for Wheater himself; it was for his sister. But it did clearly indicate that her brother would one day be an artistic director and that he ...


LETTERS-Net-loss

LETTERS Net loss - GLAAD is responding to the Trump administration's Federal Communications Commission's vote to overturn the 2015 net neutrality rules, allowing broadband providers the ability to control your experience online by giving them the power to change what you can see on the internet, the speed at which you see it, and the quality of your connection. "Stripping away net neutrality is ...


Charles-Busch-at-Pride-Arts-in-January-

Charles Busch at Pride Arts in January - Tony Award nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner, Charles Busch, who performed two sold out shows at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, in January 2017, will return on Jan. 21-22 with "Charles Busch: My Kinda '60s." Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of ...


Drag-Race-queens-in-Chicago-Dec-21

'Drag Race' queens in Chicago Dec. 21 - The queens of RuPaul's Drag Race are spreading cheers and queers throughout the world this holiday season in their new musical-comedy show, Christmas Queens. They will be in Chicago on Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., at 8 p.m. Michelle Visage will host with live performances by Manila Luzon, Ginger Minj, Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Phi ...


-Silk-Road-Rising-to-present-Through-the-Elevated-Line-world-premiere-in-March

Silk Road Rising to present Through the Elevated Line world premiere in March - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Silk Road Rising ( Chief Programming Officer Jamil Khoury and Executive Director Malik Gillani ) is proud to announce the World Premiere of Through the Elevated Line, written by Novid Parsi and directed by Carin Silkaitis. The production will run on March 7th to April 15th, 2018 at Silk Road Rising located at 77 W. Washington St., ...


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HIV+ playwright pens 'Blue Over You' - HIV-positive Chicago playwright Daniel Noonan and director Sarah Whitney have joined forces to co-found Spot On Company, which is launching with the world premiere of Blue Over You ( A Mysterious One-Man Love Story with Musical Bits ), starring theater veteran Michael Joseph Mitchell. Blue Over You will run Jan. 5-28 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park Ave., Evanston. ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer and Golden Girls, The Lost Episodes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer. Playwright: David Cerda At: Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: $25-$30; VIP tickets available; HandbagProductions.org . Runs through: Dec. 30. The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Holiday Edition Playwright: David Cerda. At: Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: $25; VIP tickets available. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Red-Velvet

THEATER REVIEW Red Velvet - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Lolita Chakrabarti At: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: $48-$88. Runs through: Jan. 21 There's no disputing that William Shakespeare was an Englishman writing in the 17th century, albeit often employing natives of foreign locales—Italy, Cyprus, Egypt—in his scenarios, so that nowadays, it's not uncommon for their portrayers to approximate the ethnicity of these ...


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THEATER REVIEW It's a Fabulous Life - Playwright: Julie Hill At: The Chicago Red Line at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $20. Runs through: Dec. 22 The playbills hadn't left Santa's shop on opening night, but that's just another part of the hey-kids-let's-put-on-a-show charm of this holiday revue by the troupe calling itself The Chicago Red Line, whose fluid aesthetic owes as much to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Beautiful-The-Carole-King-Musical-

THEATER REVIEW Beautiful, The Carole King Musical - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Douglas McGrath ( book ); Jerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil ( words & music ) At: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $30-$115. Runs through: Jan. 28 The Oriental Theatre is packing in the teenie and tweenie females for Wicked, but it's their grandmothers who are whoopin' and hollerin' two blocks ...


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Rock musical Lizzie extends, Broadway's Ciara Renee joins cast - From a press release - CHICAGO ( December 14, 2017 ) — Following a brief hiatus for the holidays, Firebrand Theatre is pleased to announce its hit rock musical Lizzie will return for two additional weeks of performances, January 3 — 14, 2018 at The Den Theatre's Bookspan Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. LIZZIE currently runs through Sunday, December 17, ...


Soloways-musical-satire-Jesus-Has-Two-Mommies-presents-benefit-for-EI

Soloway's musical satire "Jesus Has Two Mommies" presents benefit for EI - From a Annoyance Theatre press release - The Annoyance Theatre will present a special benefit for Equality Illinois featuring a one-time viewing of a recorded performance of Faith Soloway's musical satire "Jesus Has Two Mommies." First premiered in Boston in 2001, "Jesus Has Two Mommies" played to sold-out performances, which were heralded by hometown newspapers as "hilarious, high-spirited, and uproarious." Soloway, an Annoyance Theatre alum whose credits ...


African-American-lesbian-poet-e-nina-jay-releases-DVD

African American lesbian poet e. nina jay releases DVD - The work of e. nina jay, Chicago-based African American lesbian poet and spoken word artist, is featured in the new film Body of Rooms, based on her book of the same name. This is a powerful, dramatic exhibition of an artist, a camera and the raw words and emotions of a Black woman navigating the U.S. during a time of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sir-Gawain-and-the-Green-Knight-A-Rock-n-Rock-Musical

THEATER REVIEW Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'n' Rock Musical - Book by: John C. Ashton. Music and lyrics by: Foreigner, Scorpions, Great White and more At: Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: greenknight.brownpapertickets.com; $25 Runs through: Dec. 17 At a monastery in 14th-century medieval England, an unknown author sat down to pen an epic poem. Luckily, the romantic manuscript survived the ages and is now known as one ...


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Drag Race' queens in Chicago Dec. 21 - The queens of RuPaul's Drag Race are spreading cheers and queers throughout the world this holiday season in their new musical-comedy show, Christmas Queens. They will be in Chicago on Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., at 8 p.m. Michelle Visage will host with live performances by Manila Luzon, Ginger Minj, Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Phi ...







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