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THEATER REVIEW Escape to Margaritaville - Score: Jimmy Buffett; Book: Greg Garcia & Mike O'Malley At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or BroadwayinChicago.org; $35-$115. Runs through: Dec. 2 There no doubt about the target audience for Escape to Margaritaville. This Broadway-bound jukebox musical is centered around the tropical rock hits of Jimmy Buffett, and is custom-made to capitalize on his legions of loyal ...


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'Tis the Seasonal Depression - By Sean Margaret Wagner - Authors: Sarah Collier, Katie Cutler, Evan M. Duggan, Julie Fishbach, Clay Goodpasture, Christopher "Tito" Thies Lotito, Greg Phelps and Laurel Posakony. At: Pride Arts Center Broadway Theater, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: GayCo.com; $12-$20. Runs through: Dec. 22 The ensemble at GayCo Productions is bringing all the wonder and dread of the holiday season to life with 'Tis the Seasonal Depression, ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Becky Shaw, Windy City Playhouse, through Dec. 17. "Love is a by-product of Use" says a cynical cad in Gina Gionfriddo's slyly Machiavellian comedy, before leaving us to guess he difference between the lovers and the users. MSB Bobby Pin Girls, Nothing Without a Company at the Chicago Mosaic School, through Dec. 3. The authenticity reflected in Janey Bell's screwball ...


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Spotlight on Irving Berlin's White Christmas - Get in a Broadway holiday mood by taking in the touring return of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The popular screen-to-stage show not only features plenty of seasonal songs like "Happy Holiday" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," but also several other Berlin standards like "Sisters," "Blue Skies" and "I Love a Piano." Irving Berlin's White Christmas continues ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Importance of Being Earnest - By James R. Wilke - Playwright: Oscar Wilde At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. Tickets: writerstheatre.org; $35-80. Runs through: Dec. 23 On the evening of Saint Valentine's Day, 1895, the audience at St. James' Theatre in London raucously cheered a new romantic farce by a popular Irish playwright. Yet while Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest would go on to be heralded as ...


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Gift Gala on Dec. 1 at Copernicus - The Gift Theatre will present its 16th annual benefit, Gift Gala 2017: Revolutions on Friday, Dec. 1, 6-10 p.m., at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. Gala co-chairs include Navy Pier Inc. Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer Michelle Boone and Chicago's first lady, Amy Rule. The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, auction items and desserts. Entertainment will include ...


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OUT FRONT seeks play submissions - About Face Theatre is seeking play submissions for its OUT FRONT Series, an annual line-up of workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. This season's theme, "Babes on Stage," will showcase on-the-rise LGBTQ+ women-identified playwrights. Readings will begin in spring 2018. To apply for the OUT FRONT Series, e-mail full scripts and bios to literary@aboutfacetheatre.com with ...


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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo film at Siskel - The New York-based and cheekily named Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo—the gay, all-male dance troupe that has for 40 years slyly and hilariously satirized ballet classics—is revealed in the esprit de corps that is its greatest strength in this documentary that tells the inside story. The film screens Friday, Nov. 24-Thursday, Nov. 30, Gene Siskel Film Center of the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Breath, Boom - Playwright: Kia Corthron At: Eclipse Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $30 Runs through: Dec. 17. Once upon a time, there were four sisters—bound, not by birth, but by the sororal affiliations of York City's South Bronx. In this realm, adolescent-girl fantasies revolve around, not weddings, but funerals and suicides, while obituaries of murdered companions are ...


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THEATER REVIEW Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery - Playwright: Shay Youngblood Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists, 773 N. Aberdeen Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or PegasusTheatreChicago.org; $20-$30. Runs through: Dec. 10 There are many powerful performances to treasure in Pegasus Theatre Chicago's strong revival of Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery. First staged by the late Chicago Theatre Company back in 1998, Shay Youngblood's play is chock full of compelling ...


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THEATER REVIEW Fade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Tanya Saracho At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $15-$56. Runs through: Dec. 23 During the 1980s and '90s, it often seemed as if every playwright venturing west of Phoenix or south of Fresno eventually wrote a scathing diatribe of show business practices in California's motion-picture capital. Cautionary tales in this genre usually revolved ...


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Magic Cabaret closing Dec. 27 - After a decade-long run, The Magic Cabaret is ending. David Parr and Joe Diamond are wrapping up the run with four more performances at Greenhouse Theater Center on Nov. 22 and 29 as well as Dec. 13 20 and 27. Tickets are $25; visit MagicCabaret.com or call 773-404-7336. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lizzie - Authors: Tim Maner,book; Steven Cheslik-deMeyer & Maner,lyrics; Alan Stevens Hewitt & Cheslik-deMeyer, music. At: Firebrand Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: FirebrandTheatre.org; $45. Runs through: Dec. 17 The debut production of a new company often is called a "calling card," allowing public response to determine if the troupe should be invited to stick around. Based on ...


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The Music Box Theatre to present The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long - Every year, The Music Box Theatre celebrates Thanksgiving weekend with special sing-a-long presentations of the classic Julie Andrews musical, in glorious, full-screen Technicolor. The Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long begins on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 North Southport Ave. and will conclude on Sunday, Dec. 3. The Music Box Theatre brings audiences a two fun-filled weekends. ...


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"Steamworks: The Musical" on stage New Year's Eve - From a press release - Chicago IL — November 15, 2017—The popular Annoyance Theatre comedy "Steamworks: The Musical" is coming back for one night only to finish off 2017! Ring in the new year with the hilarious story of a wide-eyed young man who moves to the Windy City seeking love ... when he stumbles into the legendary Boystown bathhouse, Steamworks. As our hero makes ...


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GayCo's 'Depression' Nov. 17-Dec. 22 - GayCo Productions' Tis the Seasonal Depression will take place Fridays at 8 p.m. Nov. 17-Dec. 22 ( as well as Thursdays on Dec. 14 and 21 ) at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Writers/performers include Sarah Collier, Katie Cutler, Evan M. Duggan, Julie Fishbach, Clay Goodpasture, Christopher "Tito" Thies Lotito, Greg Phelps and Laurel Posakony. It features direction by ...


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Fantastic in any language: Talking with Marlow La Fantastique - A staple at the famous West Berlin cabaret Chez Nous, Marlow La Fantastique has taken the art of drag and her legendary fan dance all over the world. Born and raised in Bronzeville on Chicago's Near South Side, Marlow used to perform at the historic Regal theater nearby, was a regular in the ballroom scene and was also featured as ...


THEATER-REVIEW-JB

THEATER REVIEW J.B. - By James R. Wilke - Playwright: Archibald MacLeish At: Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: CityLit.com; $32. Runs through: Dec. 10 All the world's a stage … or a circus tent, rather, in Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play, J.B. And it is hard to imagine this historic drama from 1958 being brought back to life more skillfully than it is ...


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Theater spotlight on three distressing one-man shows - Controversial monologist Mike Daisey returns to Chicago's Theater Wit for a series of three distressing one-man shows. This Is Not Normal is a sequel to Daisey's The Trump Card, and it explores the cultural and global forces that have helped lead America into the hands of a demagogue. The End of Journalism tackles the rise of FOX News, the decline ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - The Audience, Timeline Theatre Company, extended through Dec. 3. Like the cat in the nursery rhyme, Chicago playgoers can visit the queen in Peter Morgan's intimate look at how Elizabeth II has successfully ruled her country for more than six decades. MSB Quixote: On the Conquest of Self, Writers Theatre through Dec. 17. Henry Godinez as the mad knight, Don ...


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THEATER REVIEW Dream Freaks Fall from Space - Playwright: Kelsey Kinney, Ryan Asher, Tyler Davis, Jeffrey Murdoch, Tien Tran and Nate Varrone At: Second City, 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets: $29-$46. Open run Parochialism always makes for easy humor. Fixed social divisions ( like those found in Shakespeare's England ) permit the gentry—in the company of their peers—to jeer at commoners, who then affirm their own camaraderie by ...


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THEATER REVIEW Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White - Playwright: Alice Childress At: The Artistic Home. 1376 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: $28-$32. Runs through: Dec. 17 The year of our story's setting is 1918, in a sleepy small town on the coast of South Carolina, where Miss Fannie Johnson serves as landlady to Mrs. Lula Green and adopted grown son Nelson, and to Miss Mattie and young daughter ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A trans opera journey 'As One' - As One is a 2014 chamber opera exploring a transgender woman's journey of self-realization and acceptance. Commissioned by American Opera Projects, As One initially escaped the notice of classical conductor Alexandra Enyart. Yet now Enyart is proud to be tied to the growing reputation of As One—she's guest conducting Chicago Fringe Opera's Windy City debut of the work at the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Significant Other - Playwright: Joshua Harmon At: About Face Theatre and Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; AboutFaceTheatre.com; TheaterWit.org; $20-$38. Runs through: Dec. 9 Last July I reviewed Alone with Friends ( Prop Thtr ) about an unpartnered 30-year old gay man with no gay friends. His three best buds were straight guys from college. In Significant Other, Jordan Berman ( ...


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THEATER A Big Apple theater tour - Chicago LGBTQ talents have spread their considerable wings in New York this season. Artistic directors Will Davis ( American Theater Company ) and Chay Yew ( Victory Gardens ) both staged well-received Off-Broadway plays. Yew directed Luis Alfaro's Oedipus El Rey—produced at Victory Gardens in 2012—at the Public Theatre while Davis staged Philip Dawkins' Charm at the MCC Theater. The ...


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Lizzie to open at Firebrand Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 13, 2017 ) — Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to present its inaugural production, the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, the rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murderess Lizzie Borden. LIZZIE will play November 11 — December ...


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THEATER Kristian Espiritu schools audiences at Cadillac Palace - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Based on the hit film, the musical version of School of Rock follows the adventures of Dewey Finn, a rocker who lands a job as a substitute teacher then transforms the students into a band. Featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber's music with Glenn Slater's lyrics and book by Julian Fellowes, the show debuted on Broadway and now travels across the country. ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY James Adomian makes an impression - Lincoln Lodge is bringing out comedian James Adomian to town, and things will never be the same. Adomian—best known for NBC's Last Comic Standing and multiple appearances on Comedy Central—is half of Trump vs. Bernie, which turned into a number-one album recorded live in Brooklyn. His Low Hangin Fruit comedy album might have the best title ever, and his voiceover ...


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LGBTQ theater group GayCo to present 'Tis the Seasonal Depression - From a press release - CHICAGO —- Can't find that perfect tree? Emotionally drained by those extra relatives? There is no way Santa can bring you peace on earth? Uh oh, you know what that means? The diagnosis: 'TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION. This holiday season let GayCo Productions lift your spirits ( especially the boozy kind ) and make your Yule tide even gayer. Through ...


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Irving Berlin's White Christmas coming to Cadillac Palace Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 10, 2017 ) — Broadway In Chicago and the producers of Irving Berlin's White Christmas are delighted to announce full casting for the North American Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The stage adaptation of the beloved classic film is coming to Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre ( 151 W. Randolph ) this holiday season. Bring ...


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About Face Theatre, Theater Wit to premiere Significant Other - From a press release - CHICAGO ( October 18, 2017 ) — About Face Theatre and Theater Wit are pleased to present the Midwest premiere of the romantic comedy SIGNIFICANT OTHER by Joshua Harmon, playwright of the hit comedy Bad Jews. Directed by AFT Artistic Associate Keira Fromm, SIGNIFICANT OTHER will play November 3 — December 9, 2017 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. ...


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Steppenwolf season to include Chita Rivera in concert - From a press release - CHICAGO ( October 23, 2017 ) — Steppenwolf's LookOut Series is pleased to announce their exciting Winter 2017-18 Lineup, which will feature two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera in Concert with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. The one-night-only event will be on Monday, December 11 at 6:30pm in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre ( 1650 N Halsted ). Public tickets go ...


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'Rudolph' at Mary's Attic Nov. 25-Dec. 30 - Hell in a Handbag Productions has announced casting for the return of its holiday hit Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer 2017, by David Cerda and co-directed by Becca Holloway and AJ Wright. The production ( which will run Nov. 25-Dec. 30 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. ) will feature Graham Heacock as Rudolph, Kristopher Bottrall as Herbie, Allison Petrillo ...


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'Bewildered' through Nov. 11 - Hell in a Handbag Productions is continuing its 15th-anniversary season with the world premiere of Bewildered, a musical parody of the '60s/'70s television sitcom Bewitched told from the perspective of Gladys Kravitz, Samantha Stephens' iconic nosy neighbor. Featuring a book by Ron Weaver, music and lyrics by Aaron Benham and Ron Weaver and direction and choreography by Brigitte Ditmars, Bewildered ...


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Spotlight on Transgressive and Sullivan opera teaming - Transgressive Theatre-Opera teams with The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company for A Gilbert & Sullivan Jewelry Box: The Best of the Worst; After the Carpet Quarrel. A Gilbert & Sullivan Jewelry Box plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Nov. 10 to 11, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., and then at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - An Evening at the Talk House, A Red Orchid Theater, through Nov. 19. We've all shivered at plays about thugs and death squads coming for the artists, but how do we watch our backs when the thugs and death squads ARE the artists? MSB The Consul, Chicago Opera Theater at Studebaker Theater, through Nov. 12. Menotti's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway opera ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Firebrand feminism with 'Lizzie' - Timing can be everything, even if it's unintentional. That's what the new Firebrand Theatre in Chicago lucked out on last year when its founding members announced their mission to create the world's first feminist musical theater company. Firebrand's press launch happened to fall on International Women's Day on March 8. That, in turn, helped to garner some major press attention ...


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THEATER REVIEW Yasmina's Necklace - Playwright: Rohina Malik At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $10-$40. Runs through: Nov. 20 Don't be fooled by the first few scenes in Rohina Malik's play—or the second, or the third, for that matter. Yes, there's comedy, and family squabbles, and a romance—but romance, remember, can be dark and forbidding in its refutation of death, beneath whose ...


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BOOKS A chat with author Kathryn Sermak on Bette Davis, the grande dame of acting - Kathryn Sermak was the personal assistant to Bette Davis in the final decade of the celebrated actress's life. Hired at 23, Sermak found a mentor in the 71 year old Davis who eventually considered her more than an assistant, but also a confidant, a friend, and a stepdaughter. Twenty-eight years after the actress's passing, Sermak has released Miss D & ...


OUT-FRONT-seeks-play-submissions

OUT FRONT seeks play submissions - About Face Theatre is seeking play submissions for its OUT FRONT Series, an annual line-up of workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. This season's theme, "Babes on Stage," will showcase on-the-rise LGBTQ+ women-identified playwrights. Readings will begin in spring 2018. To apply for the OUT FRONT Series, e-mail full scripts and bios to literary@aboutfacetheatre.com with ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Bobby Pin Girls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Janey Bell At: Nothing Without a Company at the Chicago Mosaic School, 1101 W. Granville Ave. Tickets: $20-$25 Runs through: Dec. 3 It's been said of mating customs in 21st-century North America that every emotional cripple eventually finds a crutch and vice-versa. Janey Bell's fable recounts the pivotal night that two young women break free of exploitive symbiosis ...


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THEATER REVIEW School of Rock: The Musical - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Julian Fellowes At: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. Tickets: BroadwayInChicago.com; $27 and up. Runs through: Nov. 19 The musical version of School of Rock opens with a cover band called No Vacancy playing music in concert. The band's guitarist, Dewey Finn, tries to upstage the lead singer and problems soon arise. Immediately, this scene sets the tone ...


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THEATER REVIEW Marie Christine - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Michael John LaChiusa At: BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets: 773-975-8150; BoHoTheatre.com; $33-$35. Runs through: Dec. 10 BoHo Theatre Company's production of Marie Christine is powerful, moody and even sensual at moments, with some of the finest singing and playing I've encountered in off-Loop theater, especially from a troupe of BoHo's modest size. Nonetheless, Marie Christine—the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Welcome to Jesus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Janine Nabers At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 773-409-4125 or ATCweb.org; $20-$38. Runs through: Dec. 3 As a damning allegorical indictment of enduring Southern racism, there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic ingredients to be found in Texas-born playwright Janine Naber's Welcome to Jesus. It's too bad that most of Naber's conceptual conceits come off as ...


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Altered Boy on stage through holidays - ALTERED BOY follows the life of Garrett, a good little Catholic boy who says his prayers, makes good grades, performs in school plays, and wins participation trophies for recreational sports. As he gains more years and fewer trophies, his connection with the Church grows stronger. And yet the closer he gets to the Church, the further he gets from who ...


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Local theater official faces harassment accusations - A prominent local theater figure has been accused of sexual harassment, according to multiple reports. Michael Halberstam, longtime artistic director for Glencoe-based Writers Theatre, was accused by a former subordinate of harassment and lewd behavior. Tim Robson, now a theater historian and associate professor at Millikin University in Decatur, wrote on Twitter on Nov. 2 that, while he served as ...


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Paramount Theatre, Court Theatre take top Jeff Awards, Steve Scott honored - From a press release - November 6, 2017 — Chicago, IL. The gala 49th Annual Equity Jeff Awards held at Drury Lane Oakbrook on Monday, November 6, celebrated a season of outstanding productions. The tale of the revengeful and murderous "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street" at Paramount Theatre led the evening with five awards: Production-Musical-Large, and for Director-Musical Jim Corti, for Actor-Principal-Musical ...


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OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series Nov. 7 - The November edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —Nestor Gomez was born in Guatemala and moved to Chicago in the mid '80s. He told his first story at a Chicago Moth Slam as a way ...


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THEATER REVIEW Upstairs: The Musical - Playwright: Wayne Self At: Pride Arts Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway Tickets: $35. Runs through: Nov. 26 New Orleans tourism thrives on that city's legacy of necrophilic attractions, so why do the circumstances surrounding the destruction of the Upstairs Lounge in its antebellum French Quarter district remain a mystery nearly fifty years later? Is it because 1973 is too recent for ...


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Theater spotlight on This Wonderful Life - American Blues Theater will soon serve up the Chicago premiere of This Wonderful Life. No, this isn't the company's annual radio-play adaptation of Frank Capra's beloved Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life ( which returns for another holiday season run from Nov. 16 to Jan. 6, at Stage 773 ). It's actually a different one-man show adaptation featuring a script ...


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THEATER REVIEW In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl At: TimeLine at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252; TimelineTheatre.com; $42.50-$56.50. Runs through: Dec. 16 In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play also could be sub-titled "clueless about orgasm," but perhaps that's too blunt for a comedy. There always have been skilled lovers, male and female, who understand sexual mechanics, but there probably have ...


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Kristin Chenoweth on touring, cartoons and 'American Gods' - The petite powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth continues to keep up a grueling touring schedule. Through the years she has crossed over from theater to film to television. Early in her career she won a Tony for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown that led to a standout stint with Wicked as Glinda. Television credits include Glee and the current Starz television ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Fun Home, Victory Gardens Theater, extended through Nov. 19. Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir is back. Broadway veteran Gary Griffin directs a gloriously intimate and heartbreaking production that musicalizes Bechdel's life as a budding lesbian in contrast to her closeted gay dad's troubled existence. SCM His Greatness, Pride Films and ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lysistrata Jones - Playwright: Book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Lewis Flinn At: Refuge Theatre Project at Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral Ave. Tickets: $25. Runs through: Nov. 19 Scholarly playgoers scrambling to retrieve their SparksNotes will be relieved to learn that all that's left of Aristophanes' much-tweaked comedy in this musical romp is the launching device of women ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Black Renaissance (A Musical Resistance Against Racism) - Script and new songs: Jackie Taylor At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451 or BlackEnsemble.org; $45-$65 Runs through: Nov. 19 Ending racism has been built into the mission statement of Black Ensemble Theater since its inception more than 40 years ago. So the company is truly honoring its roots with the timely new revue The Black Renaissance ...


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Queer Lines: Drag kings, spoken word and more, Nov. 24 - Queer Lines, a show produced by artists Jenn Freeman ( aka Po'Chop ), Andy Bellomo ( aka O.Snap! ), Tiff Beatty, and Emily Claibourne, returns Friday, Nov. 24, at Chicago Art Department, 1932 S. Halsted. Doors open 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Jenn Freeman made her debut as the burlesque artist Po'Chop in 2010 and has built a repertoire ...


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Victory Gardens Theater fellowship empowering future leaders of color - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater announces its new Next Generation Fellowship program, made possible by a generous grant from The Field Foundation of Illinois. This new program will provide comprehensive mentorship, requisite training, and experience for future leaders of color, preparing them to helm arts institutions or departments on the national and local level. The Victory Gardens Theater's Next Generation ...


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Fed. of Actors calls for an end to sexual harassment - From a press release - Zagreb, Croatia, Oct. 26, 2017 — The International Federation of Actors ( FIA ) Executive Committee unanimously approves a Declaration on sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the entertainment and media industries. The Declaration, authored and sponsored by the American performers union Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists ( SAG-AFTRA ), recognizes the rights of all performers ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Tragic LGBTQ event inspires musical - Playwright Wayne Self discusses Upstairs: The Musical - The deadliest single attack on the LGBTQ community is the 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 people were murdered. But before Pulse, the 1973 Upstairs Lounge arson fire in New Orleans held that dubious distinction. Twenty-nine people perished in the blaze itself on Sunday, June 24, 1973. Another three later died from injuries ...


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THEATER REVIEW His Greatness - Playwright: Daniel MacIvor At: Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Buena, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $25. Runs through: Nov. 12 It's true that Tennessee Williams was a writer-in-residence at Vancouver's University of British Columbia in the autumn of 1980, and that one of his plays was produced in that city at this time. It's also true that the ...


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THEATER REVIEW With Blood, With Ink - Librettist: Peter M. Krask At: Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. Tickets: ThirdEyeTe.com; $25 in advance. Runs through: Nov. 5 Third Eye Theatre Ensemble's With Blood, With Ink tells the story of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a poet and nun from Mexico's colonial period. She loved books and was a feminist who was way ahead of her time. ...


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Firebrand Theatre to present Lizzie - From a press release - CHICAGO ( October 13, 2017 ) — Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to present its inaugural production, the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, the rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murderess Lizzie Borden. LIZZIE will play November 11 — December ...


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Theater Spotlight on lesbian comedian and writer Judy Gold - Emmy-winning lesbian comedian and writer Judy Gold performs a special run of standup shows this week in Rosemont. Gold—currently seen on Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here and Netflix's Friends from College—is also the acclaimed author/star of the critically acclaimed off-Broadway comedies The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Judy Gold performs at ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Punk, The New Colony at The Den Theatre, through Nov. 5. Tragedy occurs when a "straight" guy who murdered a gay man finds a place in a GBTQ unit of a maximum security prison in Mi-chael Allen Harris' timely new drama. SCM Dracula, The Hypocrites at Mercury Theater through Nov. 5. Auteurist director Sean Graney makes changes to the familiar ...


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Black women leaders headline Chicago Ideas Week event - Filmmaker Lena Waithe at Ideas Week - Chicago Ideas Week reached a milestone this year with the first all-Black women panel to appear on one stage at its "A Seat at the Table: Finding Equal Footing through Storytelling" event Oct. 19 at the Harris Theater. Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan ( 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism ) moderated discussions with Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth, Uber ...


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THEATER REVIEW Meet Juan(ito) Doe - Playwrights: Ricardo Gamboa, Ana Velazquez At: The Storyfront, 4346 S. Ashland Ave. Tickets: Free, or pay what you can at the door. Runs through: Nov. 10 Some of the most incredible stories in Meet Juan( ito ) Doe—Free Street Theater's ( FST's ) latest production—are told without words. They all happen in a space so small that you might have ...


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'Burf of a Nation' through Nov. 19 - MPAACT is staging Burf of a Nation, or From Covfefe with Love through Nov. 19 at The Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Carla Stillwell and Leonard House wrote the play. The production is the story of Covfefe Lamont Jenkins, a Southern farmer so enraged by the current political climate and an ongoing Twitter beef with the president of ...


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'Vampires & Vanities' Oct. 27 - Improvised Jane Austen's Vampires & Vanities: An Improvised Gothic Novel will take place Sunday, Oct. 27, at the McKaw Theater, 1439 W. Jarvis Ave., at 7 p.m. The long-running, all-female comedy team will conjure a new two-act tale on the spot in the style of the 19th-century British novelist, but with a vampiric twist in the spirit of the season. ...


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Hell in a Handbag Productions Announces Casting for Rudolph - From a press release - CHICAGO ( October 24, 2017 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce casting for the return of its holiday hit RUDOLPH THE RED-HOSED REINDEER 2017 by David Cerda*, co-directed by Becca Holloway and AJ Wright*. RUDOLPH THE RED-HOSED REINDEER will feature Graham Heacock as Rudolph, Kristopher Bottrall* as Herbie, Allison Petrillo as Jane Donner, Chase Wheaton-Werle ...


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THEATER REVIEW Billy Elliot: The Musical - Playwright: Music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall At: Porchlight Music Theater at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $33-$60 Runs through: Nov. 26 Porchlight Music Theater's delight in its nifty new home at the Ruth Page Center is palpable—indeed, on view for everyone to share. For starters, it can ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Swell-in-the-Ground

THEATER REVIEW A Swell in the Ground - by Sean Margaret Wagner - Playwright: Janine Nabors At: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283- 7071 or TheGifttheatre.org; $20-$40 Runs through: Dec. 10 Suspension of disbelief is a writer's currency. It's good only for use on a rapt audience, allowing you to build a world so real that little inconsistencies in your story won't matter. For all the work that ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Amarillo

THEATER REVIEW Amarillo - Playwright: Group-devised At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier Tickets: 312-595-5600; ChicagoShakes.com; $35-$42 Runs through: Oct. 29 Amarillo is splendid physical theater. Its design elements are not beautiful when viewed separately—dozens of hanging bags of sand, industrial shelving, large plastic water bottles—but they form a gorgeous and ever-changing whole over the course of this 60-minute piece, as three-dimensional items ...


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OH, THE HORROR Melissa Carbone and her scary empire. - Melissa Carbone didn't plan to become the queen of horror. For years, she and her now ex-wife Alyson Richards created elaborate Halloween displays in their front yard. Their home became a huge neighborhood attraction, and finally in 2008, Carbone began to think that maybe she could turn her passion for Halloween into something more. So began the creation of Ten ...


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'GHOSTS & zombies' through Oct. 29 - Akvavit Theatre is presenting GHOSTS & zombies—by Henrik Ibsen and Gustav Tegby, and in a new U.S. translation by Chad Eric Bergman—through Sunday, Oct. 29, at the new Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. According to a press release, "GHOSTS & zombies puts a blood-curdling spin on Ibsen's classic drama Ghosts." Tickets are $10-$25 each ( varying from previews ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-BOOKS-Matt-Bellassai-discusses-Everything

NUNN ON ONE: BOOKS Matt Bellassai discusses 'Everything' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's whine o' clock somewhere and gay comedian/writer Matt Bellassai is ready with a tall glass in hand. After gaining success with the Buzzfeed video series Whine About It, he was awarded the People's Choice Award for Favorite Social Media Star in 2016. He now headlines sold out comedy shows all over the world and has launched his own podcast ...







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