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Nominees Announced For the 43rd Non-Equity Jeff Awards - From a press release - The Jeff Awards Committee have announced 121 nominations in 24 categories for the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 148 productions offered by 67 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee ...


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Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2016: The Ava Plays - The fourth annual Indie Boots Theatre Festival celebrates new short plays with underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. From hilarious comedies to thoughtful dramas, from angsty realism to sci-fi adventures, the plays and their characters grapple with love, feminism, LGBTQ communities, friendship, history, intricacies of language, activism, and a missing vibrator. ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Producers - Book: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; Music and Lyrics: Mel Brooks. At: Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-325-1700 or www.mercurytheaterchicago.com; $30-$65. Runs through: June 26 Once again, director L. Walter Stearns shows what a master he is at refitting big and brassy musicals into smaller intimate spaces. Banish now any doubts you may have had about Stearns ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sender - Playwright: Ike Holter. At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; www.aredorchidtheatre.org; $30-$35. Runs through: May 29 Jeez—what is it about these self-absorbed millennials? Don't they know it's about me? So, exactly one year ago Lynx ( Steve Haggard ) disappeared. His girlfriend Tess ( Mary Williamson ), her best bud Cassandra ( McKenzie Chinn ), Lynx's ...


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THEATER REVIEW In the Time of the Butterflies - Playwright: Caridad Svich, from Julia Alvarez's novel. At: Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.teatrovista.org; $25-$30. Runs through: May 22 Caridad Svich has written remarkable plays—but I don't think this is one of them. It does, however, tell a story about remarkable people: the Mirabal sisters, martyred in 1960 in the bloody struggle against Rafael ...


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THEATER The end of adolescence: Ike Holter looks at aging hipsters in 'Sender' - Late in Ike Holter's play Sender, 20-going-on-30 Jordan, in a burst of pantheistic zeal, hurls his cigarettes off the third-floor back porch to the street below. Almost immediately, he regrets his action, lamenting, "I just threw my addiction off the roof!"—to which his companions reply, "The only addiction you need now is us." The awakening of aging adolescents caught up ...


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Theater spotlight on In the Heat of the Night, Critic's Picks - In the Heat of the Night Contemplate the current U.S. state of race relations and policing by looking back to the 1960s with Shattered Globe Theatre's production of In the Heat of the Night. This stage adaptation by Matt Pelfrey is drawn from the novel by the late author John Ball, and it explores what happens when an African-American ...


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THEATER REVIEW Even Longer and Farther Away - Playwright: Chelsea Marcantel. At: The New Colony at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thenewcolony.org; $20-$25. Runs through: May 15 There are a lot of well-worn character stereotypes and storytelling tropes in Even Longer and Farther Away, Chelsea Marcantel's world-premiere drama for The New Colony. Yet director Thrisa Hodits' displays a clever way of rethinking a Den Theatre space ...


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Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein in "Hairspray Live" to air Dec. 7 - From a press release - UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 25, 2016 — Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson and multiple Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein will headline the cast of NBC's "Hairspray Live!," the network's next live Broadway musical holiday event following the phenomenal success of "The Wiz Live!" Also joining the creative team will be acclaimed television director Alex Rudzinski, who ...


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Theater spotlight on Cabaret, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight on Cabaret If you missed the recent acclaimed touring revival of Roundabout Theatre Company's landmark 1998 revival of Cabaret, you can at least see Kander and Ebb's show itself in a suburban community theater production courtesy of Big Noise Theatre. Cabaret plays through Sunday, May 8, at the Prairie Lake Theater, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines. Performances ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mitera - Playwright: Maria Burnham. At: Strangeloop Theatre, Berger Park North Mansion, 6219 N. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2502445; $18. Runs through: May 14 Playwrights have been fascinated with unmarried sisters for 2,500 years. Consider: The Suppliants ( Aeschylus ), Three Sisters ( Chekhov ), The House of Bernarda Alba ( Garcia Lorca ) and Nunsense ( just kidding ). Maria Burnham follows ...


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From Berlin to Tinseltown - Barbara Lhota and M.E.H. Lewis deliver a thriller of Nazis, Hollywood and forbidden love in '180 Degree Rule' "Three-named people are like three-legged dogs—stubborn and scrappy!" an Englishman declares upon meeting Ruth Alice Bennett. His assessment is correct. After the young photographer's proper Yankee family and fiance disapprove of her nude self-portraits—this is 1930, by the way—her quest for a ...


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Skin is in at the 'Naked Magic Show' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new show hitting Chicago from Down Under that goes down under—literally. The Naked Magic Show is literally losing its pants on tour with magicians Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler. Flying in all the way from Australia, these two are making their way to the Windy City. Wayne began as magician for a kids TV program before having his ...


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Upcoming: Black Playwrights Fest, PFP film fest - Black Playwrights Festival April 24-27 Black Ensemble Theater has announced its 11th annual Black Playwrights Festival, to be held April 24-27 as part of the company's Black Playwrights Initiative ( BPI ). The festival will take place at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St. The 2016 BPI Black Playwrights Festival opens on Sunday, April 24, at ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Dreamgirls. Trash - Dreamgirls Book and Lyrics: Tom Eyen; Score: Henry Krieger. At: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or PorchlightMusicTheatre.org; $35-$51. Runs through: May 22 Trash Playwright: Johnny Drago. At: New American Folks Theatre at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: NewAmericanFolktheatre.org; $20 Runs through: May 15 The pursuit of fame and celebrity can ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mary Page Marlowe - Playwright: Tracy Letts. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$89. Runs through: May 29 Tracy Letts' world-premiere drama Mary Page Marlowe for Steppenwolf Theatre Company will likely divide audiences. Those expecting a sprawling three-hour epic in the vein of Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama August: Osage County might be disappointed by this compact one-act focusing ...


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THEATER REVIEW Carlyle - Playwright: Thomas Bradshaw. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 773-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Carlyle; $10-$40. Runs through: May 1 Main character Carlyle Meyers goes from Democratic to Republican beliefs and we, as an audience, are along for the bumpy ride in the world premiere of Carlyle. From bullying to gun control, nothing is off limits in a story where being a ...


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Pride Films and Plays kicks off Pride 2016 with The Boys Upstairs - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to present the US professional premiere of Jason Mitchell's zesty comedy The Boys Upstairs which The Village Voice called 'Sex in the City meets Boys in the Band.' PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez leads a cast including Gary Henderson as Seth, Tristien Winfree as Eric, Shaun Baer as Ashley, and PFP ...


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Strangeloop stages gay Southern play - Strangeloop Theatre closes out its eighth season with the world premiere of Mitera, a new original work by company member Maria Burnham. In Mitera—which examines Greek-American culture and same-sex relationships, among other topics—three single adult sisters have their lives turned upside down when they find their Greek mother is still micromanaging their lives from beyond the grave. Mitera looks at ...


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Theater spotlight on Jabari Dreams of Freedom, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlightA young boy living in Chicago's South Side tries to escape his turbulent surroundings by imagining what it might be like to meet kids from the civil-rights era—including a young Barack Obama in Jabari Dreams of Freedom. Chicago Children's Theatre's world-premiere play is by Jeff Award-winning playwright and actress Nambi E. Kelley ( Native Son at Court Theatre ) ...


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THEATER REVIEW Hazel: A Musical Maid in America - Book: Lissa Levin; Music: Ron Abel; Lyrics: Chuck Steffan. At: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Tickets: 630-530-0111 or www.drurylanetheatre.com; $45-$60. Runs through: May 29 Actress Klea Blackhurst is a lovable treasure. From her first chatty entrance, Blackhurst has adoring audiences in the palm of her hand as she embodies the title character of Hazel: A Musical Maid ...


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THEATER REVIEW Jensen and Wit - Playwright: Felicia Basanavicius. At: Reutan Collective at The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-650-6449 or www.pubhousetheatre.com; $10. Runs through: April 28 Jensen and Wit are the title lesbians trying to conceive in playwright Felicia Basanavicius' world-premiere comic drama for Reutan Collective. So you might wonder why Basanavicius chose to cede so much of the play's 70-minute running ...


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THEATER REVIEW The 30 Year Gap - Playwright: Matthew Johnston. At: Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-230-4770. Pubhousetheatre.com; $10. Runs through: April 28 ( Thursdays only ) The coming-of-age ( and coming-out ) experience of gays and lesbians has changed tremendously in the last 30-some years, but Matthew Johnston's The 30 Year Gap, which is making its world premiere in a four-performance run at ...


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THEATER REVIEW Hillary and Clinton - Playwright: Lucas Hnath. At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $15-$60. Runs through: May 1 The new play Hillary and Clinton takes place in an alternate universe and, at times, it is out-of-this-world funny. It's a fantasy with some kernels of truth pieced together throughout the 80-minute running time. There are some accurate facts—like many people ...


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Duriel E. Harris' 'Thingification' at MPAACT May 4 - Thingification, a one-woman show by Duriel E. Harris, will be at MPAACT Wed., May 4, at Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Set in contemporary Chicago, Thingification—a one-woman show of poetry, performance, music and dance—aims to transport the audience temporally and spatially while enacting collective struggles against "thingification," describing the annihilating, objectifying force at the core of ...


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'Gender Fusions' features award-winning actress - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 8, the Columbia College Office of LGBTQ Culture and Community presented the 12th Annual "Gender Fusions: Gender Pop." The event—which was also supported by Common Ground and the Columbia College Office of Multicultural Affairs—featured performances, screenings, a full dinner and a talk/question-and-answer session with trans actress Mya Taylor. Taylor, who recently won the Independent Spirit Award for'best supporting ...


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Rivendell Theatre Ensemble to present midwest premiere of Dry Land - From a press release - Chicago, IL—Rivendell Theatre Ensemble ( RTE ), Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core, announces the midwest premiere of Dry Landby Ruby Rae Spiegel. The production, directed by RTE member Hallie Gordon, runs April 22 — May 28, 2016, at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago. The press opening is ...


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Matthew Morrison to perform selections from the powerful new musical Exposure - From a press release - New York, NY - Feinstein's/54 Below will host EXPOSURE in Concert, featuring Matthew Morrison and an exciting line-up of Broadway stars performing selections from the powerful new musical conceived and created by Cathy Nathan, with original music and lyrics by Erik Della Penna, musical direction by Doug Peck, and photography by Sandro. EXPOSURE in Concert will play Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 ...


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Duriel E. Harris' 'Thingification' at MPAACT May 4 - From a press release - Thingification, a one-woman show by Duriel E. Harris, will be at MPAACT May 4 , Greenhouse Theater2, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Thingification is a one-woman show of poetry, performance, music and dance that invigorates with the power of word and sound. Set in contemporary Chicago, the play transports the audience through time and space, enacting collective struggles against "thingification"—the ...


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Mitera characters continue to love those who hate what they are - From a press release - CHICAGO — Strangeloop Theatre closes out its eighth season with the world premiere of Mitera, a new original work by Company Member Maria Burnham. Three, single adult sisters have their lives turned upside down when they find their Greek mother is still micromanaging their lives from beyond the grave. Mitera pokes and prods the boundaries of family loyalty and examines ...


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About Face to present Chicago premiere of The Secretaries by Five Lesbian Brothers - From an About Face Theatre press release - CHICAGO ( April 7, 2016 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to continue its 20th Anniversary Season with the Chicago premiere of the dark comedy THE SECRETARIES by The Five Lesbian Brothers aka Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Tony® Award winner Lisa Kron ( Fun Home ). Directed by Bonnie Metzgar, THE SECRETARIES will play ...


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'Charm' having run in Minneapolis - Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre will run Philip Dawkins' production Charm—which Skokie's Northlight Theatre originally performed last year—April 20-May 8. Charm ( inspired by the true story of Mama Gloria Allen and her volunteer work at the Center on Halsted ) tells the story of Mama Darleena, an African-American trans woman in her 60s teaching an etiquetteclass to trans youth experiencing ...


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Theater Spotlight on A Toast to the Queens, Critics' Picks - Spotlight The Windy City Playhouse hosts New York drag queens Ariel Sinclair, Skyla Versai and All Beef Patty of LIPS in A Toast to the Queens, a special one-night-only post-show event hosted by Tom Boi following a regular performance of the comedy The Explorers Club. The bar opens at 6 p.m. with the play beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER 'Bullets Over Broadway' brings Zarr to Chicago - Watch out Woody Allen fans: Bullets Over Broadway the Musical is premiering in Chicago this April. It's the story of a playwright who obtains financial backing from a mobster and already has audiences rolling in the aisles. Susan Stroman brought the Woody Allen movie to life as the original director and choreographer. The production is now on a national tour ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mosque Alert - Playwright: Jamil Khoury. At: Silk Road Rising, 77 W. Washington St. Tickets: 312-857-1234; www.silkroadrising.org; $35. Runs through: May 1 Both my reviews this week are about highly political plays inspired by true events. Each, in its own way, condemns intolerance and the manipulation of perceived knowledge. Set in 17th-century Italy, Bertolt Brecht's Galileo is every bit as modern as Mosque ...


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THEATER REVIEW Adding Machine: A Musical - Book and Lyrics: Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt; Music: Joshua Schmidt. At: The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.the-hypocrites.com; $36. Runs through: May 15 Those who caught the astonishing 2007 world premiere of Adding Machine: A Musical at the now defunct Next Theatre will initially be thrown off guard by The Hypocrites' ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Life of Galileo - Playwright: Bertolt Brecht ( David Hare, translator ). At: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at The Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.RemyBumppo.org; $42.50-$52.50. Runs through: May 1 Popular Wisdom says Galileo Galilei ( 1564-1642 ) invented the telescope and discovered our heliocentric solar system with Earth moving around the sun, not vice versa. Not quite. Someone else invented the ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Double bind - Thursday nights at The Public House Theatre are set to take on a lavender hue in April. That's because two world-premiere plays—a lesbian drama called Jensen and Wit and a gay drama called The 30 Year Gap—both play the same 8 p.m. Thursday time slot in The Public House's two theaters. "They are both serious plays with comedic overtones that ...


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THEATER REVIEW Kill Floor - Playwright: Abe Koogler. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 773-409-4125 or www.atcweb.org; $38-$48. Runs through: May 1 Despite its title, Abe Koogler's 2015 off-Broadway drama Kill Floor doesn't feature a slaughterhouse scene where the carcasses of recently killed cows are cut apart. Yet there are a few disquieting descriptions that not only make audiences squirm in their ...


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Sidetrack holding LGBTQ community events this spring - Several community organizations will be holding gatherings and fundraising events this spring at Sidetrack, 3349 N Hasted St. —Saturday April 16, 4-8 p.m.: Chicago Gay Men's Chorus Big Package Auction. Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents The Big Package Auction '16, hosted by Judy Tenuta. There will be comedy, gourmet food, cocktails, and silent and live auctions—featuring a super-sexy all-male big ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT 'Alert' on stage - It's been a long and winding developmental road for Jamil Khoury's Mosque Alert. This contemporary drama inspired by the heated controversy surrounding New York's so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" finally sees its official stage world premiere this spring in Chicago, courtesy of Silk Road Rising. "The project itself started about four-and-a-half years ago in a digital online life," Khoury said. "It ...


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THEATER REVIEW Christina, the Girl King - Playwright: Michel Marc Bouchard; Translator: Linda Gaboriau. At: Cor Theatre at Frontier Theatre, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or www.cortheatre.org; $10-$25. Runs through: April 9 For lesbians seeking role models from history, Queen Christina of Sweden ( 1626-1689 ) is a contradictory choice. Some will argue that she pushed back against the patriarchy by refusing to marry and how ...


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THEATER REVIEW Arcadia - Playwright: Tom Stoppard. At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; www.writerstheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: May 1 A round room was an elegant conceit of English 18th-century neo-classical architecture ( say, that of Robert Adam ), to which Collette Pollard pays homage in her handsome, rich scenic design for Arcadia, the opening production in Writers Theatre's new $34-million North ...


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THEATER REVIEW Blackfish the Musical - Playwright: Jonald Reyes. At: MCL Chicago, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave. Tickets: 773-610-5930; www.mcl.com; $10. Runs: April 2 and 9 The 2013 documentary Blackfish centered around the story of Tilikum, a bull orca performing at SeaWorld and the death of his trainer Dawn Brancheau. The film brought a great deal of attention to the subject matter and has created change. In ...


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THEATER REVIEW Matilda the Musical - Playwright: Dennis Kelly ( book, after Roald Dahl ), Tim Minchin ( music/lyrics ). At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; www.BroadwayInChicago.com; $25-$12. Runs through: April 10 Roald Dahl's Matilda remains a great family favorite, judging from the audience for Matilda the Musical. Dahl's book, at 230 pages, wasn't intended for very young children, especially with its dark ...


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The Sound of Music at Cadillac in June - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 30, 2016 ) — Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce that individual tickets for The Sound of Music , directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O'Brien, go on sale to the public on Tuesday, April 5. The Sound of Music will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre ( 151 W Randolph ) for a limited two-week ...


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Upcoming: Vinyl, Kinsey Sicks, Queens Toast, Lollapalooza, Orchestra awards, more - Rachael Sage has new album, tour Singer/songwriter Rachael Sage has announced the release of her forthcoming full-length studio album, Choreographic, due May 20. Through this self-described "ballet-pop," Sage delivers a tribute to her very first love: dance. Also, Sage has confirmed appearances at SXSW in March as well as a new tour, with a stop in Chicago on Thursday, June ...


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Wonka Ball, Chicago Dance Month, Gay Play Weekend, 'Charm', BoHo has new ED - Chicago Dance Month in April The fourth annual Chicago Dance Month, April 1-May 1, coinciding with National Dance Week ( April 22-May 1 ). Chicago Dance Month features a wide variety of performances, classes, educational opportunities, open rehearsals and more, many for free or offered at a special "Hot Deal" discount rate of 20-50-percent off regular ticket prices. To kick ...


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THEATER REVIEW United Flight 232 - Playwright: Vanessa Stalling; Original book: Laurence Gonzales. At: The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-769-3832 or www.thehousetheatre.com; $30-$35 Runs through: May 1 Don't be surprised if you find yourself sobbing through The House Theatre of Chicago's world premiere of United Flight 232. Vanessa Stalling's stage adaptation of Laurence Gonzales' acclaimed book of the ...


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Theater Spotlight on The Piano Men, Critics' Pick - Spotlight Acclaimed cabaret duo Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael reunite for their new show The Piano Men, which pays tribute to the music of famed pianists Barry Manilow, Billy Joel and Michael Feinstein. The Piano Men plays at 8 p.m. Saturdays in April at Davenport's Cabaret, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. Reservations are $20 plus a two-drink minimum purchase; call 773-278-1830 ...


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Come As You Aren't comedic ensemble at Public House Theatre - From a press release - Ensemble Cast is proud to announce the debut of their comedic revue, Come As You Aren't, playing April 1st- April 29th at The Public House Theatre. The six person ensemble explores the most intimate and awkward situations of daily life that most people would rather keep secret. Tackling the tough subjects such as death, unwanted pregnancies, political tension, sexual assault, ...


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U of C's 73rd season of music, concerts, words from writers across the ages - From a press release - CHICAGO — The University of Chicago Presents ( UCP ) Executive Director Amy Iwano today announced the 2016/17 season for the University's professional music presenting organization. Running from October 14, 2016 through May 19, 2017, with 22 concerts featuring artists familiar and new, UCP's 73rd season offers a diverse array of performances in classical, early, contemporary, and jazz music. Additional ...


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Big Noise Theatre to present Cabaret at Prairie Lakes Theater April 22 through May 8 - From a press release - ( Des Plaines, IL )- Big Noise Theatre Company, a division of Winnetka Theatre, continues their 2016 season with the musical play Cabaret, written by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff. Cabaret will be performed at the Prairie Lakes Theater, 515 East Thacker Street, Des Plaines, IL, from April 22nd through May 8th. Performances are: April 22, 23, 29, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Rent - Playwright: Jonathan Larson. At: No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 800-595-4849; www.theo-u.com; $20. Runs through: May 1 The Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre now tackles Rent in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Broadway musical this year. Rent is the story of a group of friends living in New York affected by HIV/AIDS. The production ran on Broadway ...


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THEATER REVIEW Blood Wedding - Playwright: Federico GarcÃa Lorca; Translation: Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata. At: Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets: 312-337-0665 or www.lookingglasstheatre.org; $40-$75. Runs through: April 24 Tony Award-nominated set designer Daniel Ostling ( Metamorphosis, Clybourne Park ) is making his Chicago directing debut at Lookingglass Theatre, and he's given himself a tough task by tackling Blood Wedding. The 1933 rural ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Matchmaker - Playwright: Thornton Wilder. At: The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker; $25-$82. Runs through: April 10 I first saw Allen Gilmore performing Renaissance Italian commedia dell'arte, a challenging style to sell to modern audiences. He wore a false nose, and I knew immediately he was a master. I've seen Gilmore since in far more profound roles, both ...


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THEATER REVIEW after all the terrible things I do - Playwright: A. Rey Pamatmat. At: About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.aboutfacetheatre.org; $35. Runs through: April 10 I've done it myself, describing someone as swishy, nelly, girlie or "such a queen." I've met gay men with whom I would not want to be publicly associated because they are too faggoty. The production after all ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Onstage diversity - Trans performer Sydney Germaine was slightly perplexed when recently interviewed for making their Goodman Theatre debut in the 1955 Broadway comedy The Matchmaker by gay playwright Thornton Wilder. Germaine plays the female assistant milliner Minnie Fay in director Henry Wishcamper's new production, which is non-traditionally cast in multiple ways. "It's interesting to me that I'm of all the people being ...


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Schedule, directors for gay play weekend announced - From a press release - Chicago, IL — A slate of 4 vibrant and kinetic new LGBTQ+ plays and 1 musical have emerged as finalists in Pride Films and Plays' 2016 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. They come from writers across the United States, and were selected by a reading team from across the country doing blind readings of the manuscripts. Those five scripts ...


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Harris Theater being updated to be more user-friendly - The Harris Theater makes the experience of enjoying performance art more accessible and efficient with its recently completed construction. Get ready for some new user-friendly "art-chitecture." The Harris Theater—a state-of-the-art performance venue located in Millennium Park—opened in November 2003. Since its opening, the theater has served as a place where philanthropy and performing arts meet. The theater values diversity as ...


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Spotlight on Richard Strand's Butler; Critics' Picks - A significant moment early in the Civil War is explored in Richard Strand's drama Butler, which takes its name from the controversial Union General Benjamin "Beast" Butler. See how Butler, a former lawyer, tries to work around federal laws when three runaway slaves seek sanctuary at a Union fort. Butler continues through Sunday, April 17, at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie ...


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"Toast to the Queens" continues royal themes in Explorers Club post-show - From a press release - ( March 21, 2016 ) Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's most sophisticated professional theater, and LIPS, New York City's #1 Drag Queen Show, celebrate the royal themes of the current Playhouse hit, The Explorers Club with a Toast to the Queens, a high-energy post-show performance by three of LIPS signature talents: Ariel Sinclair, Skyla Versai and All Beef Patty. The one-night-only ...


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"The 30 Year Gap" the story of two men in two time periods of Chicago - From a press release - The world isn't the same place than it was in 1978. For George, who lived his life in the closet, and his nephew, Chris, who is free and open with his sexuality, their Chicago's are vastly different. In a play that moves between 1978 and 2008, George and Chris must learn from each other what it means to be honest, ...


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New About Face Theatre production explores race, sexuality and identity - About Face Theatre artistic director Andrew Volkoff and playwright A. Rey Pamatmat were initially reluctant to divulge just what troubling topics are explored in his 2014 play after all the terrible things I do, now receiving its Chicago debut courtesy of About Face Theatre. "It's hard to talk about this play without giving away too much," Volkoff said. "It's one ...


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Upcoming: Paula Poundstone; Blue Man; Hunter Valentine; Pride plays; Dancers - Paula Poundstone in Skokie March 19 The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, will welcome comedian Paula Poundstone on Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m. Her most recent comedy CD, I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Boston was recorded during a performance at the Wilbur Theatre in the heart of the city and was ...


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Theater news: New Shakespeare venue; Jeff Awards changes categories; Hillary and Clinton cast - New Shakespeare venue announced Chicago Shakespeare Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, Executive Director Criss Henderson and Board Chair Sheli Z. Rosenberg were joined by Navy Pier, Inc. CEO Marilynn Gardner, Board Chair William J. Brodsky and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce the creation of a performance venue, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. At a cost of $35 million, the project ...


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THEATER REVIEW Ride - Playwright: Neil Connelly. At: The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 617-721-0675; thedentheatre.com; $25. Runs through: April 3 An Uptown bicycle shop is turned upside down following the death of owner, Cal, who was hit by a cab while on his bike. Under the Rug Theatre Company has good timing with this show. The weather is changing and more ...


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SPRING THEATER SPECIAL Reviving some spring favorites - Classic, revival or just a play everybody knows and loves? Rather than quibble over definitions, just check out these spring favorites, okay? —The Matchmaker, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. There are all kinds of ways to choose a mate, and Thornton Wilder's comedy offered some lessons in how to do it before the musical version eclipsed its gentle wisdom. ...


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SPRING THEATER SPECIAL New plays for the (early) spring season - Maybe you've liked the author's other plays, maybe the subject piques your interest or maybe somebody gave you the ticket and you figured, why not risk an evening on an unknown play? Whatever your reason, this is your chance to be among the first to see these premieres. —Midnight Cowboy, Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Not a stage version ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Raggedy-And

THEATER REVIEW Raggedy And - Playwright: David Valdes Greenwood. At: Pride Films and Plays at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 800-737-0984 or www.pridefilmsandplays.com; $22-$27. Runs through: April 10 You can tell that David Valdes Greenwood had his heart in the right place writing his comic-drama Raggedy And. Unfortunately, Valdes Greenwood's preachy script and Pride Films and Plays' world-premiere production both fall short in ...


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Theater Spotlight Carmina Burana; Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire—making up the Windy City Performing Arts ( WCPA )—tackle Carl Orff's famed 1930s cantata Carmina Burana, which features medieval poems in Latin, Middle High German and more. It's conducted by Windy City Performing Arts artistic director Paul Caldwell, who will depart later this year to lead the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Dangerous

THEATER REVIEW Dangerous - Playwright: Tom Smith. At: The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. Tickets: TheCuckoos TheaterProject.com; $20. Runs through: April 3 The mind races at the potential approaches to a gay male version of Dangerous Liaisons, which is what Tom Smith's new play Dangerous aims to be for The Cuckoo's Theater Project. Dangerous could have been a campy ...


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THEATER REVIEW Jerusalem - Playwright: Jez Butterworth. At: Profiles Theatre, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 1-773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: April 24 "Jerusalem" is the widely-popular British patriotic anthem which sings of "that green and pleasant land"—England, not the Holy Land—with a symbolic tilt against industrialization. Jez Butterworth's big, meaty play riffs on the anthem, drawing widely on English mythology ( the giants who built ...


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THEATER REVIEW Richard III - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Gift Theatre at the Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $30-$40. Runs through: May 1 To damn with faint praise, this Richard III kept me alert and entertained, but I think it's more the play itself—and the wily, demented personality of the title character—than the production. Yes, it's special and vivid when Michael ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-From-designer-to-director

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT From designer to director - Daniel Ostling is known throughout the theater world primarily as a set designer, though he's also designed costumes and lighting, too. But now Ostling is making his Chicago directing debut with the 1933 tragedy Blood Wedding for Lookingglass Theatre. Blood Wedding is Ostling's favorite play and he has long identified with its gay author Federico Garcia Lorca, who was executed ...







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