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GayCo's Gaywatch, Searching for Pride, is Pride weekend improv - From a press release - CHICAGO — Summer is near and if you're feeling queer, then GayCo Productions is here to save the day with theatre! It's time for GayCo, Chicago's premier LGBTQ sketch comedy company, to hit the beach with Gaywatch This annual sell-out Pride event is a wave of entirely improvised comedy shows inspired by the stories told by inspirational heroes of the ...


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Broadway at the Broadway Cabaret celebrating Pride at Pride Arts Center - CHICAGO: The fourth installment of Pride Films and Plays' His & His' cabaret series - entitled "Broadway at the Broadway" will be performed on Thursday, June 8 in The Broadway at the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. The His and His series follows the development of LGBT characters on Broadway, and celebrates the artists who wrote the great works ...


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Marga Gomez in "Latin Standards" June 2 - GLAAD Award Winner Marga Gomez will present the Chicago premiere of her 2017 Off Broadway hit and New York Times critics pick "Latin Standards" at Chicago's Urban Theater, 2620 Division St., for two nights only, Friday June 2 and Satuday June 3 at 7:30pm In her 12th solo play "Latin Standards" Marga Gomez performs the loving, funny and true story ...


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Congo Square director dies - Congo Square Theatre Company has announced the passing of Artistic Director Samuel G. Roberson Jr. He died May 21 at the age of 34 of pneumonia, according to The Chicago Tribune. In a press release, the company said, "He was the ultimate fighter and lived his theatrical life to the fullest, creating and leading an array of successful initiatives and ...


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Hell in a Handbag Productions to present The Golden Girls Lost Episodes - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 25, 2017 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions thanks you for being a friend this summer with its campy world premiere parody of one of TV's most beloved sitcoms: The Golden Girls — The Lost Episodes by David Cerda, directed by Shade Murray, playing June 14 — July 12, 2017 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark ...


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Put the Nuns in Charge by Late Nite Catechism's Vicki Quade June 9-July 16 - From a press release - Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the classroom, Mother Superior is back in town this summer! Vicki Quade, the creator and co-author of Late Nite Catechism, is bringing back her hit comedy Put the Nuns in Charge! for a six-week run, June 9 through July 16, at the Royal George Theatre. Put the Nuns in ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Summer theater's hottest picks - For those of you preferring a Windy City "staycations" to a traveling vacation, here's a selected look at live indoor theater options for the summer. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Of LGBTQ interest —Loud & Proud, MCL Chicago, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave. Musical acts, comedy sketches and more are a part of this LGBTQ variety show co-hosted ...


Spotlight

Spotlight - Lesbian love songs are in the mix of Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis. Refuge Theatre Project presents the local premiere of this "theatrical rock concert" in a venue that describes itself as "Chicago's Original Punk Bar since 1981." Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis continues through Sunday, June 18, at Exit Chicago, 1315 W. North ...


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THEATER REVIEW Ideation - Written by: Aaron Loeb. Directed by: Gus Menary. At: Jackalope Theater Company Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets: JackalopeTheatre.org: $15-25. Runs through: June 17 What if you were assigned a task at work that could potentially kill other human beings? That is the premise behind Ideation, Aaron Loeb's drama/comedy being produced by Jackalope Theater company at the Broadway Armory. ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - 3C, A Red Orchid Theatre, through June 4. David Adjmi's comically critical deconstruction of the TV series Three's Company can be unbalanced, but an outstanding acting ensemble shows how there can be palpable pain behind all those sitcom laughs. SCM Into the Beautiful North, 16th Street Theatre, Berwyn, through June 3. A young woman travels north seeking heroes to protect ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Little-Miss-Sunshine

THEATER REVIEW Little Miss Sunshine - By Sean Margaret Wagner - Authors: William Finn ( music and lyrics ) and James Lapine ( book ). At: The Edge Theatre, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-999-9541 or ChicagoTheatreWorkshop.org; $32.50-$42.50. Runs through: June 4 There's something very savvy on paper about Chicago Theatre Workshop's Chicago premiere production of Little Miss Sunshine, a musical retelling of the 2006 indie movie. Director Maggie Portman and Music ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Radiant

THEATER REVIEW The Radiant - Playwright: Shirley Lauro. At: Genesis Theatrical Productions at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $32. Runs through: June 11 In recent years, plays about working women have evolved from waitresses, hairdressers and secretaries obsessed with personal family issues to female CEOs, senators and nuclear physicists obsessed with personal family issues. Traditional gender assumptions die hard,you see, making even women ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Black-Pearl-A-Tribute-to-Josephine-Baker

THEATER REVIEW Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker - Playwright: Daryl Brooks. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-$65. Runs through: June 18 An Art Deco motif nowadays considered only fit to be invoked in the rarefied environment of museums is that of a smiling young African girl wearing a bikini-length skirt fashioned of bananas and very little else. Far from being an anonymous colonialist ...


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WCT writer in Steppenwolf event - Windy City Times senior entertainment writer Jerry Nunn will be part of "You're Being Ridiculous: PRIDE," which will take place the first three Wednesdays ( 7, 14 and 21 ) of June at 8 p.m. at Steppenwolf Theatre's 1700 Theatre, an 80-seat cabaret-style space connected to Steppenwolf's Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks at 1700 N. Halsted St.. Nunn plans to ...


Black-Pearl-benefit-June-3

'Black Pearl' benefit June 3 - A benefit performance of Black Ensemble Theatre's Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker will take place Saturday, June 3, at 8 p.m. at the theater, 4450 N. Clark St. The $50 ticket includes a private reception preceding the performance and premium seating. Proceeds benefit The Legacy Project, which educates the public about the many roles LGBT people have played ...


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Spacey honored while Billings hosts Steppenwolf gala - There were two major theater fundraisers on May 13 in Chicago. One celebrated one of the most respected actors working in movies today, and the other a multifaceted actress returning to her roots in a city that sparked her bright career. Kevin Spacey received the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award at the Four Seasons Chicago after a cocktail reception ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Chicago theaters offer warm staycations - Your favorite neighborhood playhouses don't close from Memorial to Labor Day, like they did when many of them didn't have air-conditioning. However, the summer season also hosts a number of theatrical entertainments suited for balmy temperatures and lengthy daylight hours. Here are some of them. ( *= free event ) One-stop destinations First Folio Theatre, Peabody Estate at ...


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Goodman shows 'Sequins;' Stamos hosts 'Wish Ball' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 20, Goodman Theatre held a "Sequins and Soul" extravaganza at the Fairmont Chicago. This year, the annual gala invited the talented Broadway performer Billy Porter ( who has a new CD, Billy Porter Presents the Soul of Richad Rodgers ) to entertain attendees. He kicked things off with Barbra Streisand's "Don't Rain on My Parade." Porter kept the ...


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'Rent' cast thrills Sidetrack attendees - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jonathan Larson's Rent has captivated audiences for more than 20 years. The story, loosely based on Puccini's La Boheme, shows the struggles of starving artists living in New York City. Tuberculosis is replaced by HIV/AIDS and Paris is switched for the East Village in this Pulitzer Prize-winning production. The show went on to garner four Tony wins, become a motion ...


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Kate Clinton to be honored at Levity & Justice June 22 in New York - From a press release - Washington, DC ( April 27, 2017 ) — LPAC, the national grassroots lesbian political action committee supporting pro-LGBTQ and pro-women's equality candidates, is hosting its second annual benefit comedy show at Carolines on Broadway on June 22. This year's show will feature some of the top LGBTQ women's comics today including Janine Brito, Erin Foley, Dana Goldberg, Brittani Nichols, Renée ...


Nothing-Without-a-Company-Announces-2017-18-Season-

Nothing Without a Company Announces 2017-18 Season - From a press release - CHICAGO, May 17, 2017 - Chicago non-profit theatre company Nothing Without a Company has announced their 12th season, "Identity." The season will feature three plays: Bobby Pin Girls, Cornerstone, and Not One Batu. These productions show characters figuring out their artistic and personal identities, trying to find themselves in larger social structures, and establishing new relationships as people in recovery ...


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Performance of Black Pearl, A Tribute to Josephine Baker, to benefit Legacy Project - From a Legacy Project press release - Kick-Off LGBT Pride 2017 with us on Saturday, June 3rd with a special Legacy Project Benefit performance of Black Ensemble Theatre's acclaimed "Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker." $50 ticket ( $15 below market value ) includes a private reception preceding the performance and premium seating. Indoor valet parking is available for an additional $10. See the Legacy Project's ...


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'Rent' leaves a legacy of love - Many cast members of the Rent 20th Anniversary Tour were in Chicago on May 8 and stopped by Musical Monday at Sidetrack for a benefit concert titled A Season Of Love. The cast performed cabaret-style renditions of a variety of songs to raise money for The Legacy Project Chicago. Among the songs were Sting's "All This Time," jazz standard "All ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-OPERA-Richard-E-Grant-Movie-theater-actor-makes-Fair-case

NUNN ON ONE: OPERA Richard E. Grant: Movie/theater actor makes 'Fair' case - English actor Richard E. Grant tackled his first musical ever with the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady first at the Opera Australia; now, he is in the sam production at the Civic Opera House. He began his career in his native South Africa, where he founded the multiethnic Troupe Theater Company. His first film, Withnail & I, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Were-Gonna-Die

THEATER REVIEW We're Gonna Die - Playwright: Young Jean Lee. At: Haven Theatre at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $18. Runs through: June 4 Whether you think that life is a "walking shadow" like in Shakespeare, or a "vale of tears" like in the Bible, or just an old-fashioned unvarnished bitch, there's no disagreement on its ending. Oh, sure, we may invoke the D-word ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Tight-End

THEATER REVIEW Tight End - Playwright: Rachel Bykowski. At: Twenty Percent Theatre Company at the Pride Arts Buena, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20. Runs through: June 3 "I'm a physical education teacher. My job is to protect the students," declares the coach of the Westmont High School Titans. "In a small town like this, football is life," insists the widow of former champion Adam Miller. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Objects-in-the-Mirror

THEATER REVIEW Objects in the Mirror - Playwright: Charles Smith. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Ave. Tickets: $20-$75. Runs through: June 4 Our play's author is Charles Smith; its director is Chuck Smith. If you confuse these two names, you will probably find yourself addressing the wrong person. This illustrates the importance of names, long before the house lights signal the start of our fable. More ...


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Dick O'Day's Big Lovely bingo to benefit Pride Action Tank - From a press release - After his historic return to the Annoyance Theater ( 851 W. Belmont ) in 2015, Dick O'Day is back for one show only Sunday, May 21, 5 — 7 pm with a special edition of his one of a kind bingo experience. Welcome to Dick O'Day's Big, Lovely Countdown to Summer Bingo, the show that has played the heartland ( ...


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Theater spotlight on Token, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight In Token, actress/comedian Kaye Winks shares lifelong tales of being that lone Black person in a world of white. This 60-minute one-woman show features Winks portraying family, friends, strangers, foes and more to examine what it can feel like to being a token Black person. Token plays 7:30 p.m. Fridays through June 9 at Judy's Beat Lounge on ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Paradise-Blue-

THEATER REVIEW Paradise Blue - Playwright: Dominique Morisseau. At: TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; TimelineTheatre.com; $38-$51. Runs through: July 23 Paradise Blue is a challenging play that TimeLine meets admirably—if not quite perfectly—under veteran director Ron OJ Parson. The play seems part realism and part impressionism, with characters who are moods as much as real people. As Paradise Blue concerns late-1940s jazz ...


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Pride Arts Center celebrates year with 'Nearly 50' - On the cusp of the 50th anniversary of the gay play The Boys in the Band, Pride Arts Center will present "Nearly 50"—a slate of readings, productions and special events that look at gay works past and present. Staged readings are The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley ( 1968 ) and Jumpers for Goalposts by Tom Wells ( ...


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Collaboraction Theatre season focuses on racism and healing in Chicago - From a press release - Collaboraction Theatre Company will now have a new annual theme each season; The 2017-18 focus is "The Reality of Racism and Envisioning Racial Healing in Chicago" launching with PEACEBOOK Festival at the Goodman Theatre on August 26 with tours to Englewood, Austin and Hermosa. CHICAGO, May 12, 2017 - Collaboraction Theatre Company, Chicago's contemporary social issue-driven theatre, announced today a ...


The-Radiant-on-the-life-of-Madame-Marie-Sklodowska-Curie

The Radiant on the life of Madame Marie Sklodowska Curie - From a press release - The Radiant, by Shirley Lauro. Directed by Kaitlin Taylor. A bio-drama of Marie Sklodowska Curie. Chicago Premiere Thursday, May 18, 7:30 pm. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Set one hundred years ago in Paris, The Radiant centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Sklodowska Curie. Widowed at thirty-nine, with two young children to raise ...


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David Cerda to be honored with Non-Equity Special Jeff Award - More than 200 members of the Chicago theatre community signed a recommendation that the 2017 Non-Equity Special Jeff Award be bestowed on David Cerda, the co-founder and artistic director of Hell in a Handbag Productions, for his theatrical and charitable contributions. The Jeff Awards Committee concurred. Cerda will receive the award at the 44th Annual Non-Equity Awards ceremony on Monday, ...


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Victory Gardens Theater to present the Chicago Premiere of Native Gardens - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42nd season with the Chicago Premiere of Native Gardens, written by Karen Zacarías and directed by Marti Lyons. Native Gardens runs June 2 — July 2, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and his ...


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SheFest, performance art celebrates Chicago's queer female, non-binary artists - From a press release - SheFest ( formerly LezFest ) is Pride Arts Center's' semi-annual celebration of Chicago's queer female and non-binary artists. SheFest showcases the diverse range of queer female and non-binary artists in Chicago as well as the diverse stories and experiences of queer femininity. The sixth installment of the festival, this year's SheFest, will be hosted by stand-up comedian Shannon Noll, and ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Bob-the-Drag-Queen-talks-comedy-Race

NUNN ON ONE Bob the Drag Queen talks comedy, 'Race' - Bob the Drag Queen—also known as Christopher Caldwell—has big hair and a big personality. He took home the crown on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Hailing from Georgia, he moved to the Big Apple to take over the nightlife scene. He wound up fighting for LGBT rights and being arrested before competing on the hit reality show. Last ...


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Spotlight on King of Filth, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Cult filmmaker and self-proclaimed "King of Filth" John Waters serves as the inspiration for Jim & Melissa's new sketch comedy revue Freaky Nasty Trash. Written and performed by Reilly Willson and Shelby Quinn, the adults-only show touches upon topics ranging from pegging to ingesting body hair. Freaky Nasty Trash continues through Thursday, June 8, at Stage 773, 1225 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Steamworks-the-Musical-

THEATER REVIEW Steamworks the Musical - Playwright: Stephanie McCullough, Mike Gifford, Parker Callahan & the cast. At: Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693; TheAnnoyance.com; $20. Run: Fridays through June 16 Long-partnered as I am, I didn't realize that bathhouse culture still flourishes in Chicago, or at least in Boystown, as the very funny Steamworks the Musical makes clear. This is an expanded version ( ...


THEATER-REVIEW-My-Name-Is-Annie-King

THEATER REVIEW My Name Is Annie King - Playwright: Music and lyrics by Aaron Albert and Katy Rea, book by Krista Pioppi. At: Underscore Theatre Company at Pride Arts Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20-$30. Runs through: May 28 According to their playbill bios, the authors met at a BFA program in New York City, eventually collaborating on this musical about religious cults in Appalachia—not the region as ...


THEATER-REVIEW-My-Fair-Lady-

THEATER REVIEW My Fair Lady - Music: Frederick Loewe; Book and Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or LyricOpera.org; $22-$199. Runs through: May 21 No doubt some audiences watching My Fair Lady at the Lyric Opera of Chicago may wonder why designer Tim Hatley's imposing sets are so dominantly white. From the grubby markets of Covent Garden ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Pride, past and present - Pride Films and Plays Executive Director David Zak is making sure that the two-theater Pride Arts Center will be buzzing for its first Pride Month. "If you want to see a film, see a play, go to a cabaret concert like we recently had with a star like Charles Busch, there are lots of options that the building gives us ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Lady-X-The-Musical

THEATER REVIEW Lady X: The Musical - Playwright: music by David Cerda and Scott Lamberty, book and lyrics by David Cerda. At: Hell In A Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: $26-$30. Runs through: June 8 Gangland-crime buffs may detect traces of Charles "Lucky " Luciano's arrest in this musical adaptation of the 2010 romp-in-pumps burlesque from Hell in a Handbag productions, just ...


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Chicago Home Theater Festival May 14-29 - From a press release - In a world of binaries and borders, how does art create sanctuary? Chicago Home Theater Festival ( CHTF ) invites strangers into each other's homes to share a communal meal, experience transformative art, and build intentional community across lines of difference. Spend an evening in the home of lifelong activists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn and explore Kenwood through intersections ...


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Writers Theatre to present Parade - From a press release - Glencoe, IL— Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, concludes its 2016/17 season with the musical Parade, with book by Alfred Uhry and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, co-conceived by Harold Prince. The Writers Theatre production of Parade is directed by Gary Griffin and features musical direction by Michael ...


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Hir, a subversive comedy, opening at Steppenwolf Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 5, 2017 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of Hir, a subversive comedy by celebrated playwright, actor, singer-songwriter and performance artist Taylor Mac. Directed by Steppenwolf Artistic Producer Hallie Gordon, the cast features ensemble members Francis Guinan ( Arnold ) and Amy Morton ( Paige ) with Em Grosland ( Max ) and ...


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Pride Arts Center begins Pride programming - From a press release - Chicago, IL - F On the cusp of the 50th Anniversary of the seminal gay play The Boys in the Band, Pride Arts Center presents a slate of readings, productions, and special events that look at gay works past and present. Staged readings are The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley ( 1968 ) and Jumpers for Goalposts by ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Threesome

THEATER REVIEW Threesome - Playwright: Yussef El Guindi. At: The Other Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $30. Runs through: May 21 If you're going to write a play discussing gender issues in the Middle East, it certainly doesn't hurt to introduce it with three attractive young people—a man and woman wearing PJs and a third man wearing nothing but ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Firebirds-Take-the-Field

THEATER REVIEW Firebirds Take the Field - Playwright: Lynn Rosen. At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: $38. Runs through: May 27 Centuries of empirical evidence attest to the phenomenon of psychological stress manifesting itself in physical symptoms, as well as the quasi-infectious nature of this mind-body connection—particularly in groups of adolescent females, though all ages are susceptible. Famous cases of such mass delusion in ...


THEATER-REVIEW-3C-

THEATER REVIEW 3C - Playwright: David Adjmi. At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722 or ARedOrchidTheatre.org; $30-$35. Runs through: June 4 Is there is such a thing as bait-and-switch whiplash? If so, audiences catching A Red Orchid Theatre's Chicago premiere of 3C might want to brace themselves in advance. David Adjmi's play is a comically critical deconstruction of the hit ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Refugee-drama

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Refugee drama - As a native Chicagoan, out actor Daniel Kyri grew up seeing shows at the city's major regional theaters. So now that Kyri is making his Goodman Theatre debut in the drama Objects in the Mirror, he's very humbled and excited. "Every day when I walk in and see the towing Goodman sign, I have the realization that I'm here for ...


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GayCo Productions' Over the Rainbow fundraiser May 12. - From a press release - Follow the yellow brick road and join GayCo Productions at their annual fundraiser! On Friday, May 12, GayCo will have a 3 hour all-you-can-drink special on domestic beer, well cocktails, sangria, and house wine at the Waterhouse Tavern & Grill ( 3407 N. Paulina, Chicago ) from 8pm-11pm. Strap on your ruby slippers and join the members of GayCo for ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Shakespeare-in-Love-

THEATER REVIEW Shakespeare in Love - Playwright: Lee Hall, adapted from Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier. Tickets: 312-595-5600; ChicagoShakes.com; $58-$88. Runs through: June 11 As we always said about my late Aunt Anne, the world's sweetest woman, "So what's not to like?" If you loved the original 1998 movie of Shakespeare in Love, you'll love this stage adaptation. If you ...


Joffrey-ends-season-with-Visionaries

Joffrey ends season with 'Visionaries' - For its annual spring engagement, The Joffrey Ballet will present "Global Visionaries," a program of three contemporary works that will run through May 7 at he Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. The programs will include the world premiere of Episode 47, by Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman; the Chicago premiere of The Miraculous Mandarin, by San Francisco ...


Tony-nominations-announced

Tony nominations announced - The nominations for the 71st annual Tony Awards were announced May 2. The Josh Groban-led musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 led the new musical nominations with 12 in total, including best musical and an acting honor for Groban. Dear Evan Hansen received nine nominations, including best musical and one for lead actor Ben Platt. Come from ...


Our-Christian-Nation-through-April-29

'Our Christian Nation' through April 29 - Our Christian Nation—a satirical two-act play written by Emmy-winning writer/Second City instructor Joe Janes, with Andrea J. Dymond directing—will run at The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave., on Fridays and Saturdays through April 29. The production tackles several subjects, including the founding fathers, religion and homosexuality. All shows are BYOB. Tickets are $20 each; visit Eventbrite.com or purchase them at ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Hookman-

THEATER REVIEW Hookman - Playwright: Lauren Yee. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn. Tickets: 773-649-3186; SteepTheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: May 27 Playwright Lauren Yee unquestionably creates energetic and imaginative fantasy theater. With two plays currently onstage in Chicago ( Goodman Theatre's King of the Yees is the other ), it's clear that she's a master of meta-theatrical devices and show biz razzle-dazzle. Folks tired ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Visiting

THEATER REVIEW Visiting - Playwright: Ed Proudfoot. At: Artemisia at the Edge, 5154 N. Broadway. Tickets: $25. Runs through: May 7 Bipolar disorder—the psychological infirmity once known as manic-depression, characterized by bouts of intense emotional obsession—is hereditary. Its symptoms are manifested through behavior, rather than through any measurable pathogen. It is often found in large, quarrelsome, stress-riddled groups, the propensity of the afflicted to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-La-Havana-Madrid

THEATER REVIEW La Havana Madrid - Playwright: Sandra Delgado. At: Teatro Vista at Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $15-$50. Runs through: May 28 Chicago has been described as a "city of neighborhoods"—a sobriquet suggesting a tour of the world encapsulated in a few square miles—but also hearkening to feudal ages, making its legacy a chronicle of multicultural displacement as well as assimilation. The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Aladdin-

THEATER REVIEW Aladdin - Book: Chad Beguelin; Score: Alan Menken with Howard Ashman, Tim Rice & Beguelin. At: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or BroadwayInChicago.com; $44-$153. Runs through: Sept. 10 There's no disguising the fact that the national tour of Aladdin is anything but a corporate Disney product. But if audiences want to shell out the big bucks for a ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Hookman-

THEATER REVIEW Hookman - Playwright: Lauren Yee. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn. Tickets: 773-649-3186; SteepTheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: May 27 Playwright Lauren Yee unquestionably creates energetic and imaginative fantasy theater. With two plays currently onstage in Chicago ( Goodman Theatre's King of the Yees is the other ), it's clear that she's a master of meta-theatrical devices and show biz razzle-dazzle. Folks tired ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Camp-comebacks

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Camp comebacks - Hell in a Handbag Productions' notorious Lady X is once again plying her trade at Mary's Attic. But unlike in 2010, the mob-battling Lady X and her "hostess" cohorts are singing and dancing in a world-premiere musical adaptation. "When we originally did it seven years ago, we all thought this would be a great musical," said David Cerda, the artistic ...


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Nominees Announced For the 44th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards - From a press release - Monday, April 24, 2017 — Chicago, IL. The Jeff Awards announced, via a special video presentation, a total of 127 nominations in 26 categories for the 44th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. Hosting the video presentation were Alexis Roston and Lillian Castillo, who will be this year's Mistresses of ...


Chicago-theatres-to-honor-Martha-Lavey

Chicago theatres to honor Martha Lavey - Marquee lights will be dimmed and a moment of silence will be observed at theatres across Chicago and the suburbs on Friday, April 28, 2017, 30 minutes before curtain time. WHAT: Chicago theatres in the city and suburbs will honor former Steppenwolf Artistic Director and ensemble member Martha Lavey by dimming the marquee lights and observing a moment of silence ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-David-Merino-pays-the-Rent

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER David Merino pays the 'Rent' - The globally known musical Rent continues on with a 20th-anniversary tour that began last year. The story—based on Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme—was transformed by Jonathan Larson into a tale about HIV/AIDS set in New York. On Broadway it resonated with audiences running for more than 5,000 performances and earned a Tony for Best Musical. Newcomer David Merino is coming out ...


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Musical-theater fest submissions wanted - Underscore Theatre Company is accepting submissions for its 4th annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, set for February 2018. CMFT 4 will include a number of new development opportunities for participants, including feedback from a panel of local playwrights, composers and judges, as well as networking events with theater professionals from across the country. Applications can be submitted through May 15 ...


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Steppenwolf's Lavey dies at 60 - Martha Lavey—the artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre from 1995 to 2014—has died in hospice care at Illinois Masonic Hospital. She was 60. Born into a family in Lawrence, Kansas, Lavey earned her doctorate degree in performance studies from Northwestern University. She eventually became a Steppenwolf ensemble member in 1993, and performed in more than 30 of its productions, including Good ...


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Otis Mack: Heavy Diva's show goes on - Otis Mack, also known as "Chicago's Heavy Diva," does not take entertainment lightly. CEO and founder of HeavyDiva Productions and creator of The Chicago Warriors, Mack celebrates milestones on the stage. Born in Houston, and then moving to Chicago at the age of 3, Mack was brought up in a religious Christian home with accepting parents. At Prairie View A&M ...


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'Lady X' at Mary's Attic in April-June - Hell in a Handbag Productions will open its 15th season with the world premiere of Lady X—A Musical on April 21-June 10 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Based on Handbag's 2010 play of the same name, Lady X—A Musical takes on the black-and-white crime melodrama films of the '30s and '40s. The production will feature Chazie Bly, David ...


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THEATER REVIEW For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or ShatteredGlobe.org; $35. Runs through: May 20 With the Chicago premiere of Sarah Ruhl's 2016 play For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Shattered Globe Theatre has already laid claim to the casting coup of the season. Ruhl wrote this play in honor of ...


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THEATER REVIEW King of the Yees - Playwright: Lauren Yee. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $10-$40. Runs through: April 30 Lauren Yee's play is a chronicle of San Francisco's Chinatown that refuses to turn a blind eye to its corrupt politicians and gangster warlords. It's also a tour of the district, with exotic xenophile-pleasing sights cited by names and addresses, in addition to cute ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Mystery of Love & Sex - Playwright: Bathsheba Doran. At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: July 2 Despite its title and a provocative program photo, this contemporary comedy-of-manners concerns sexuality rather than sex. Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends and next-door neighbors since they were nine, in an affluent Southern city. As college roommates they seem destined to ...


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THEATER REVIEW Linda Vista - Playwright: Tracy Letts. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$94. Runs through: May 21 It's been said of the United States that everything not fastened down eventually rolls westward to California, so it's unsurprising that we meet our AARP-aged protagonist adrift in San Diego, where cheap bachelor apartments come with two bedrooms, a swimming pool, cactus-fruit margaritas and ...


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Theater spotlight on Marry Me a Little, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Die-hard fans of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim won't want to miss Porchlight Music Theatre's rare revival of Marry Me a Little. The 1980s revue conceived by gay playwright Craig Lucas and Norman René features cut "trunk songs" by Sondheim to tell the story of two lonely New York singles whose apartments strangely combine into one. Expect plenty of musical ...


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Ten Dollar House play about preservation, gay partners at Glessner - Glessner House Museum will host two performances of the celebrated play Ten Dollar House Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m., 1800 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood. In this true story of love and historic preservation set in Depression-era Wisconsin, a London-based decorator and a local drifter fall in love as ...







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