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THEATER SPOTLIGHT on La Havana Madrid - If you missed the first two sold-out runs of Teatro Vista's La Havana Madrid, now's your chance to see this critically acclaimed play with music once again. It co-stars the show's author, Sandra Delgado, and features Roberto "Carpacho" Marin and his band, Carpacho y Su Super Combo, to tell stories of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian immigrants who came to ...


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THEATER REVIEW Hir - Playwright: Taylor Mac. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 20 The phenomenon of "paradigm shift" occurs when an object undergoes a perceived change after being observed from a different angle—the scientific equivalent of the adage about seeing things from the other person's point of view. Be warned that several such transformations are embedded in ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - The Bridges of Madison County, Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire, through Aug. 13. Hopefully, the recent flooding in Lake County will recede soon to safely allow this intimate and emotionally vibrant 2014 Broadway musical to return. SCM La Havana Madrid, Teatro Vista at Goodman Theatre, through Aug. 20. This tune-filled homage to a not-so-long-ago chapter of Chicago's Latinx immigrant history sold out ...


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THEATER REVIEW The God of Isaac - Playwright: James Sherman. At: Grippo Stage Company at Piven Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or GrippoStageCompany.com; $39. Runs through: Aug. 27 American white supremacists garnered lots of media attention this past presidential election cycle, not only for their rebranding as the "alt-right" but also for their support for the candidate who unexpectedly came ...


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THEATER REVIEW Beauty's Daughter - Playwright: Dael Orlandersmith. At: American Blues Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $19-$49. Runs through: Aug. 5 The only thing worse than being somewhere you don't want to be is seeing no way to leave it for someplace better. A young Dael Orlandersmith once surveyed New York City's East Harlem streets and vowed to escape. She made ...


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Humanities fest's chair steps down - The Chicago Humanities Festival's Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Jonathan Elmer has stepped down from his position as artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival and returned to Indiana University ( IU ) full-time. Elmer was appointed to the artistic director position in February 2015. In late April 2017, Elmer was invited to return to IU full time and serve for ...


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Milly's Orchid Show '29 Years and Holdin'' July 29 - Milly's Orchid Show celebrates its "29 Years and Holdin'" anniversary show at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., on Saturday, July 29, at 8 p.m. The show will feature Brigid Murphy as host Milly May Smithy and band Expo 76. Some of the other acts slated to be featured include Blue Man Group, Karol Kent's Cubs trilogy, Paula Killen, ...


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PERFORMANCE Sandra Bernhard talks comedy, sexuality, career - By Emagin Tanaschuk - As part of her tour, Sandra Bernhard will be coming to Chicago to perform her latest comedy show, "Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast," at City Winery July 20-21. Since her career began four decades ago, Bernhard has showed no sign of slowing down, especially with her new comedy show tour, appearances on the hit CBS TV sitcom 2 Broke ...


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THEATER REVIEW Something Rotten! - Playwright: Karey Kirkpatrick & John O'Farrell ( book ), Wayne & Karey Kirkpatrick ( music, lyrics ). At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $24-$95. Runs through: July 23 The energetic and upbeat music does the job in a variety of pop styles, but isn't particularly memorable. The fast and mostly non-stop comedy unapologetically consists of shtick, ...


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Jane: Abortion and Underground reading July 24 - "Jane: Abortion and Underground" will be presented as a reading Monday, July 24, 7:30 pm at the Pride Arts Center, Broadway Theater, 4139 N. Broadway St., Chicago. The play by Paula Kamen and will be directed by Iris Sowlat. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with the theme "Never Go Back" ( to When America Wasn't So ...


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Director Steve Scott steps away from the Goodman - Director Steve Scott has been a significant presence at the Goodman Theatre since 1980, working his way up from director of educational programs to his current titles of producer and a member of the Artistic Collective. But as he turns 67 this month, Scott has decided to step away from his administrative duties at Chicago's flagship regional theater. "I felt ...


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Sedaris, Ginsburg, Ailey dancers part of Auditorium's season - The Auditorium Theatre announced its 2017-18 season under new Chief Executive Officer Tania Castroverde Moskalenko—along with its new tagline, "The Theatre for the People." Diverse programming is the hallmark of the upcoming season, with everything from a talk with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's annual visit. Some of the highlights are as ...


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'BLACK!' in Chicago in July - Michael Washington Brown, in association with Athenaeum Theatre Productions, present BLACK!, July 20-30, in Studio 2 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Opening night is Thursday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. The England-born Browncreated BLACK! in 2016. In the production, Brown inhabits an array of characters from Africa, the United States, England and Jamaica, performing each person's individual ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Parade, Writers Theatre through July 15. It's the last week for this outstanding musical telling of the factual story of Leo Frank, a Jew lynched in Georgia in 1915. Jason Robert Brown's richly varied score—inspired by traditional music—is passionately rendered with unexpected entertaining flourishes despite the grim subject matter. JA The Gin Game, Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace, through Aug. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Alone, with Friends - Playwright: Lee Peters. At: Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. Tickets: 773-742-5420; proptheater@gmail.com; $20. Runs through: July 15 No matter where you are in the spectrum of sexual orientation, your first break-up almost always is difficult and painful, especially if initiated by your partner. It's also commonplace and unexceptional—which is the big problem with Alone, with Friends. Steve, the 30-year-old ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-School-for-Lies

THEATER REVIEW The School for Lies - Playwright: Adapted by David Ives from a play by Moliere. At: The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: $28-$32. Runs through: Aug. 13 You have to admire David Ives' commercial savvy: After making his fortune in 1993 with a collection of short, funny, low-budget, actor-friendly sketches suitable for classroom or cabaret, his "translaptations" of obscure pre-19th-century French playwrights have, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Nance

THEATER REVIEW The Nance - Playwright: Douglas Carter Beane. At: Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: $30-$40. Runs through: July 30 The effeminate—or merely unmanly—male has been a stock character in comedy since antiquity, his risible appeal arising from the reversal of expectations at the foundation of popular humor to this day. In Western literature, the overtly gay ...


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Cirque du Soleil buys Blue Man Group - Cirque du Soleil has acquired Blue Man Productions, reportedly for tens of millions of dollars. The acquisition marks one step on Cirque's path toward growth and diversity, Variety noted. Blue Man Group started as a small show in New York more than a quarter-century ago; it has since played in 20 countries and has six resident productions in the Germany ...


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Theater Bike Ride on Sept. 9 - The Third Annual Chicago Theater Bike Ride: Love Hard will take place Saturday, Sept. 9, at Foster Beach, 5200 N. Lake Shore Dr. The ceremony will be at 11 a.m., with the first ride wave at 12 p.m. A community potluck barbecue will start at 1:30 p.m. It's a organization that will benefit The Actors Fund, a nationwide human services ...


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Gays behind the American Bandstand - By Sari Staver - When The New York Post published a story that a new coffeetable book, Bandstand Diaries, revealed stories about the secret gay lives of some of the dancers, sales of the book went through the roof. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, March 12, when the Post story by tell-all journalist Jerry Oppenheimer was published, "We could barely keep up ...


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Theater spotlight on How to be a Rock Critic - How to be a Rock Critic ( Based on the Writings of Lester Bangs ) is a solo play examining the influential and controversial title journalist who was famed for peeling away the veneer behind great music stars. Each evening performance is followed by a music tribute act, while matinees feature a talkback with music critic/biographer Jim DeRogatis. How to ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Bridges of Madison County - Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown. Written by: Marsha Norman. Directed by: Nick Bowling. At: Marriott Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Tickets: Marriotttheatre.com: $50-60. Runs through: Aug. 13 The Marriott Lincolnshire is presenting the regional premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. This is the musical version of Robert James Waller's best-selling romance novel that was later made into a ...


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THEATER REVIEW Johnny Johnson - Playwright: Music by Kurt Weill, libretto by Paul Green, adapted by Gerald Frantzen. At: Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $40. Runs through: July 9 Some experiences cannot be described in words, war being one of them. The difficulty of summarizing so vast and varied a topic accounts for the similarities evident in their documentation, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Going To a Place Where You Already Are - Playwright: Bekah Brunstetter. At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $30-$35. Runs through: July 23 Rare is the human being who has not grappled with the mystery of death and its aftermath. Cultural speculations on the realms beyond the grave encompass simple regression to the earth ( as observed in animals ) and regeneration ( as observed in ...


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THEATER REVIEW Hitler on the Roof - Playwright: Rhea Leman. At: Akvavit Theatre at Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Tickets: ChicagoNordic.org; $25. Runs through: July 9 Audiences attending Hitler on the Roof are put in the uncomfortable position of deciding whether or not to sing along with Nazis. But that's just one of many morally questioning oddball moments in American-Danish playwright Rhea Leman's hectoring 2011 "play ...


Critics-Picks

Critics. Picks - Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe, through Aug. 6. This collection of ballads by Belgium's hippest mid-20th century export is less a comprehensive revue than a tone poem. But when the bard outstrips both Aristide Bruant and Leonard Cohen for romantic melancholy, who can resist? MSB Late Company, Cor Theatre at ...


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Theater Spotlight on At the Table - It's not often that critically acclaimed Chicago productions get brought back for a second run complete with the original cast. So consider yourself lucky that Broken Nose Theatre is remounting its four-time Jeff Award-winning production of At the Table. Michael Perlman's play looks at a diverse group of friends away on a weekend retreat, and what drama emerges when those ...


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'Golden Girls' now through Aug. 26 - Due to popular demand, Hell in a Handbag Productions' campy world premiere The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes is adding six additional weeks of performances, extending through Aug. 26 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. The production stars David Cerda ( who wrote it as well ), AJ Wright, Ed Jones and Adrian Hadlock. Shade Murray directs. For tickets, ...


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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: July's featured storytellers - The July edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, July 11, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . —Sonal Aggarwal is a world traveling performer. Raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, she left the country after college to travel the world. In March ...


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Comedian provides a 'Fay' ol' time - Beloved comedian Fay Jacobs will grace the Center on Halsted stage for the first time in her career on Sunday, July 9. Her previous stint in Chicago occurred more than 10 years ago for a reading at Women & Children First and was at a completely different time and place. Now she's headed back to the Windy City to present ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Blake Hammond: 'Something' to talk about - Set in 1959, the hilarious show Something Rotten! is the story of two brothers named Nick and Nigel Bottom living in the Renaissance period. They are competing with William Shakespeare to find success in the theater world. After a series of mishaps and crazy situations, a production is brought to life called Something Rotten! Be prepared for lots of laughs ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Burlesque breakdown - John Nasca likes a challenge. Earlier this year, the Pride Films and Plays artistic associate designed dozens of glittery costumes for the company's regional premiere of Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical—all on a very tight budget. For his efforts, Nasca won another costume design Jeff Award to add to his previous one for a Pride Films and Plays ...


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THEATER REVIEW Ah, Wilderness! - Playwright: Eugene O'Neill. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $20-$75. Runs through: July 23 Ah, Wilderness! is a classic sentimental comedy given a sweetheart of a production by director Steve Scott. It's a summertime treat from its airy beachfront setting ( Todd Rosenthal ) and warm-hued lighting ( Aaron Spivey ), to its comfy costumes ( ...


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Theater Spotlight - A recently dumped gay guy turns to his circle of straight friends for solace in Lee Peters' new comedy Alone, With Friends... Peters wrote the play originally to explore how gay and straight men could be friends, though now he says it is more about the power of relationships in our lives. Alone, With Friends... plays 8 p.m. Fridays and ...


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THEATER REVIEW MacBeth - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Oak Park Festival Theatre at Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: 773-445-4440 or OakParkFestival.com; $15-$30. Runs through: July 22 I'm ashamed to admit that Oak Park Festival Theater's new outdoor production of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth reminded me of awful stereotypes about Scottish people—particularly, those oft-repeated jokes about Scotsmen being notoriously tight-fisted with their money ...


CRITICSPICKS

CRITICS'PICKS - Aladdin, Cadillac Palace Theatre, through Sept. 10. This national tour is a corporate Disney product, no doubt. But most audiences nostalgic for the blockbuster 1992 animated feature probably won't care since Aladdin delivers as a wowing, big-budget stage spectacle. SCM Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies, Velvet Fox Productions at Athenaeum Theatre, through July 2. We only have an hour to ...


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THEATER REVIEW London Assurance - Playwright: Dion Boucicault. At: City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-293-3682; Citylit.org; $32. Runs through: July 23 Comedies about a father and son competing for the same woman go back well over 2,000 years, perpetually reinvented by clever writers of many eras and nations, none more so than this Early Victorian take by Dion Boucicault ( pronounced ...


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THEATER REVIEW Late Company - Playwright: Jordan Tannahill. At: Cor Theater at the Pride Arts Buena, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $18-$30. Runs through: July 16 Two sets of affluent parents meeting to discuss an incident involving their respective offspring is a premise inviting anticipation of a comedy of manners in the style of Yasmina Reza, where rational discourse quickly gives way to voices raised in ...


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Sedaris, Ginsburg, Ailey dancers part of Auditorium's season - The Auditorium Theatre announced its 2017-18 season under new Chief Executive Officer Tania Castroverde Moskalenko—along with its new tagline, "The Theatre for the People." Diverse programming is the hallmark of the upcoming season, with everything from a talk with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's annual visit. Some of the highlights are as ...


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Journey To The Center Of Pride at Annoyance Theater after the Pride Parade - From a press release - Chicago - Get ready for another adventure with eclectic Chicago nightlife collective IT Presents ( Abhijeet, An Authentic Skid Mark, Ariel Zetina, Bon Bon, Eda Yorulmazoglu, Imp Queen and Scott Cramer ) this Pride at IT Presents: Journey To The Center Of Pride on Sunday, June 25th at the Annoyance Theater, 851 W. Belmont Ave. The event takes place after ...


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Biker-club play through June 28 - A new play inspired by the real-life biker club The Sirens of NYC ( the biker gang that leads the Pride Parade in NYC each year ), Gorilla Tango's The Valkyries: Badasses on Bikes is a story concerning queer and trans characters forming their own biker club. "Valkyries" is running Wednesdays at 8 p.m. through June 28 at Gorilla Tango ...


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THEATER REVIEW Pass Over - Playwright: Antoinette Nwandu. At: Steppenwolf Theatre Upstairs, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: ( 312 ) 335-1650 or Steppenwolf.org; $20-$89. Runs through: July 9 Oh, dear. What to write about Steppenwolf Theatre's world premiere of Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over after all the furor over its initial critical reception? I know I have to choose my words carefully. A review by Chicago ...


Spotlight-on-Gaywatch

Spotlight on Gaywatch - GayCo Productions, Chicago's oldest LGBTQ sketch comedy troupe, presents Gaywatchto celebrate Pride month. The entirely improvised comedy shows are built upon audience suggestions and stories shared by two special guests. Life coach Ali FitzSimmons is featured on Friday night, while GayCo co-founder ( and actor, director, writer and teacher ) Andy Eninger appears on Saturday night in what could be ...


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LGBTQ drama through July 16 - Cor Theater will present the Midwest premiere of the LGBTQ drama Late Company through July 16 at The Buena ( Pride Arts Center ), 4147 N. Broadway. Jessica Fisch will stage the first Chicago production of this new work by Canadian playwright, director and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill. Late Company is set in Chicago's North Shore, and focuses on LGBTQ youth ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER 'The King and' Kavin Panmeechao - Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I continues to captivate audiences decades after premiering back in 1951. The classic musical tells the story of Anna, a British schoolteacher, and her relationship with the king of Siam. This current touring version won four Tonys in 2015 including Best Revival of a Musical. Kavin Panmeechao plays the role of Lun Tha on ...


CRITICSPICKS

CRITICS'PICKS - Great Expectations, Silk Road Rising and Remy Bumppo Theatre at Chicago Temple, through July 2. Victorian Brits may all look alike to us Yanks, but when you move the locale to colonial-era India, there's no mistaking what Dickens was talking about. MSB Her Majesty's Will, Lifeline Theatre, through July 16. Thrilling action sequences enhance this madcap buddy-comedy set in 16th-century ...


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THEATER REVIEW Native Gardens - Playwright: Karen Zacarias. At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $15-$60. Runs through: July 2 History provides ample testimony to wars arising over initially trivial differences, so we shouldn't be surprised when our own citizens amplify petty squabbles into full-out conflicts requiring vast investments of time, expense and even violence to resolve. The two couples ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies - Playwright: Jessica Sherr. At: Velvet Fox Productions at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $24-$34. Runs through: July 2 It was a blunder to be remembered throughout cinema history. On the night of the 1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards presentations, the evening edition of the Los Angeles Times published the names of the winners in ...


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Milly's Orchid Show '29 Years and Holdin' July 29 - Milly's Orchid Show celebrates its "29 Years and Holdin'" anniversary show at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., on Saturday, July 29, at 8 p.m. The show will feature Brigid Murphy as host Milly May Smithy and band Expo 76. Some of the other acts slated to be featured include Blue Man Group, Karol Kent's Cubs trilogy, Paula Killen, ...


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ATC play explores Kerrigan/Harding - American Theater Company ( ATC ) concludes its 32nd season with the world premiere of Dan Aibel's T., an exploration of the competitive ice-skating saga involving Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. Margot Bordelon directs a cast featuring Guy Massey ( Al ), Leah Raidt ( T. ), ensemble member Tyler Ravelson ( Jeff ), Kelli Simpkins ( Joanne ) and ...


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Lookingglass ED Kraft to exit - Lookingglass Theatre Company announced that Rachel Kraft has decided to step down as executive director after 12 years with the company. She will remain at Lookingglass through the end of the calendar year as the company searches for a successor. Kraft has been the executive director of Lookingglass Theatre since September 2005. During her tenure, the company and its ensemble ...


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'Nuns in Charge' through July 16 - Vicki Quade—the creator and co-author of Late Nite Catechism—is bringing back the comedy Put the Nuns in Charge! through July 16 at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. The show features the character of Mother Superior, a no-nonsense nun out to teach the seven deadly sins of bad behavior. According to a press release, Quade calls the show ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Golden-Girls-The-Lost-Episodes

THEATER REVIEW The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - Written by: David Cerda. Directed by: Shade Murray. At: Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: HandbagProductions.org: $16-20. Runs through: July 12 Hell in a Handbag productions presents The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, starring recent Jeff honoree David Cerda as the acerbic Dorothy, Ed Jones as the bubble-headed Rose, AJ Wright as the oversexed Blanche and Adrian Hadlock as ...


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Kathy Bates to headline Oct. 2 event - Kathy Bates, an Academy Award-winning actress ( Misery ) and two-time cancer survivor, will headline the 2017 Fall Benefit Luncheon hosted by the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation ( LSCRF ). The event will be Monday, Oct. 2, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., at 11 a.m. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship information, visit LynnSage.org/event/fall-benefit-luncheon. Proceeds will ...


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The Golden Girls, The Lot Episodes, extended through Aug. 26 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 20, 2017 ) — Thank you for being a friend, indeed! Due to popular demand Hell in a Handbag Productions' campy world premiere THE GOLDEN GIRLS — THE LOST EPISODES is adding six additional weeks of performances, extending through August 26, 2017 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. The campy parody of ...


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Pride Arts Center hosts pre-Pride Parade breakfast, rally Sunday, June 25 - From a press release - The Pride Arts Center - located right on the parade route - will celebrate its first Pride Parade with a free light breakfast of coffee, snacks, and camaraderie beginning at 10 am on Sunday, June 25 in The Broadway, Pride Arts Center at 4139 N. Broadway. A short "Call to Action" rally will be held from 11:00 am to 11:30 ...


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Entertainment news: Male model comes out, Laverne Cox, Mariah Carey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Model/fashion and lifestyle blogger Carl Cunard as come out as gay, Queerty noted. On his YouTube channel in a video entitled "Coming Out The Real Me," the 26-year-old Brit describes the first time he realized he was gay, his first relationship with a man ( with a guy who was 18 years older than him ), and how he came ...


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Museum event on science of sex June 20 - The Field Museum's LGBTQ affinity group Outfielders will host its second annual "Out in the Field: Slushies and Science," which will take place Tuesday, June 20, 6-8 p.m., at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Last year, in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting, "Slushies and Science" donated proceeds to Equality Florida to benefit the families of the victims. This ...


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THEATER REVIEW Naked Boys Singing! - Playwright: conceived by Robert Shrock, with music & lyrics by various artists. At: Eclectic Full Contact Theater Company at Theater Wit, 1229 N. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $25-$30. Runs through: July 1 The six males referenced in the title of this musical revue sing—quite capably, too. It's likewise true that the ensemble of physically diverse players—lissome or cuddlesome, bear-hairy or baby-bottom ...


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THEATER REVIEW Her Majesty's Will - Playwright: Adapted by Robert Kauzlaric, from the novel by David Blixt. At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: $40. Runs through: July 16 Some say it all began in 1973 with the novel The Princess Bride, some in 1998 with Shakespeare in Love, and yet others attribute the revival of the sword-and-cloak literary genre to theatrical combat designers weary ...


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THEATER REVIEW Ragtime - Playwright: Terrence McNally; music, Stephen Flaherty; lyrics, Lynn Ahrens. At: Griffin Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; Griffintheatre.com; $39. Runs through: July 16 Ragtime is among the most musically powerful and deeply felt Broadway shows ever written. It's also huge ... or has been until now. This production unveils a "smaller" Ragtime, performed by a 20-person ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Bullying blame - At the age of 23, gay Canadian playwright Jordan Tanahill wrote his play Late Company from a place of great anger. Back in 2012, following a spate of LGBTQ teenage suicides in North America, the conservative party in Canada released an "It Gets Better" video encouraging LGBTQ youth to seek out help. "It felt like such a cynical ploy in ...


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'Evan Hansen' prevails at Tonys - With no juggernaut like Hamilton sweeping the Tonys this year, the awards were dispersed among more productions during this year's ceremony, held June 11 at Radio City Music Hall. Dear Evan Hansen was the night's biggest winner, with six awards. Among them were Best Musical, Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Ben Platt, and Best Actress ...


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NUNN ON ONE Alexandra Billings talks 'Transparent,' tunes and Caitlyn - Alexandra Billings grew up performing in Chicago and recently returned to make an appearance at the Steppenwolf gala. Theater credits in Illinois include The Bailiwick Theater, Light Opera Works and Court Theatre. She has won a Joseph Jefferson Award and five After Dark Awards, and was a artistic associate for About Face Theatre. Now living in Hollywood, she has achieved ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Aladdin, Cadillac Palace Theatre, through Sept. 10. This national tour is a corporate Disney product, no doubt. But most audiences nostalgic for the blockbuster 1992 animated feature probably won't care since Aladdin delivers as a wowing, big-budget stage spectacle. SCM King Liz, Windy City Playhouse, through July 16. Even self-made monarchs can succumb to hubris and ambition. Chuck Smith directed ...


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THEATER REVIEW Pilgrims - Playwright: Claire Kiechel. At: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071 or TheGiftTheatre.org; $30-$40. Runs through: July 30 Claire Kiechel's world-premiere play Pilgrims is billed as a sci-fi drama. But its core is a gripping mystery between two strangers hinging on shifting male-female power dynamics. The two principal characters are "The Soldier" ( a hulking and often menacing ...


-Aging-Gracelessly-50-Shades-of-Fay-at-Center-on-Halsted-July-9

Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay! at Center on Halsted July 9 - From a press release - Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay! on stage July 9 at the Center on Halsted After touring the East Coast with her one-woman show Aging Gracelessly:50 Shades of Fay, humorist Fay Jacobs will make her Chicago debut July 9, for one show only, at the Center on Halsted. Fay will be onstage in Chicago following shows at the famed Duplex ...


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Theater Spotlight on SHADE: An ACTUALLY Diverse Comedy Show - Standup comedians of color and/or who self-identify within the LGBTQI acronym make up the performers featured in SHADE: An ACTUALLY Diverse Comedy Show. SHADE: An ACTUALLY Diverse Comedy Show plays at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Steppenwolf Theatre's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. Tickets are $15; call 312-335-1650 or visit Steppenwolf.org. Caption: Comedian Peter Kim is featured in ...


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Dan Savage in Chicago June 15 - Dan Savage returns to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., for a live taping of the Savage Lovecast on Thursday, June 15, at 8 p.m. There will be special guests, such as comedian Kristen Toomey. Savage is an author, a sex-advice columnist, a podcaster, a pundit, and a public speaker. "Savage Love," Dan's sex-advice column, first appeared in ...


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'Out to Climb' pride event June 13 - Brooklyn Boulders Chicago, 100 S. Morgan St., is hosting a special edition of "Out to Climb"—featuring members of Chicago's vibrant queer nightlife community—on Tuesday, June 13, at 6 p.m. Among other things, local drag stars Abhijeet, Alex Kay and avant-garde fashion designer Eda Yorulmazoglu will compete in a drag climb off to the top. Emcees will be drag legends Lucy ...


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Naked Boys Singing! through July 1 - Join Eclectic Full Contact Theatre this summer and expose yourself to the biggest ( ahem ) show of the season, Naked Boys Singing! A little song, a little dance, a little time without your pants! A show about life, love and manscaping ( Okay, not so much about the last one. ) This show is the perfect blend of sweet ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bright Half Life - Playwright: Tanya Barfield. At: About Face Theatre, Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $40, $20 students and seniors. Runs through: July 1 It's hard to say where exactly Tanya Barfield's Bright Half Life starts in terms of time and space. The play's form is that of a deconstructed rom-com, where seminal moments in a couple's history get played, array ...


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Theater Spotlight on You're Being Ridiculous PRIDE - Real people tell real stories about their lives in a special edition of You're Being Ridiculous: PRIDE. A rotating series of LGBTQ storytellers—including Jerry Nunn, Gloria Allen, Steven Strafford and more—shares tales that are hilarious, tear-inducing or both. You're Being Ridiculous: PRIDE plays at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through June 21, at Steppenwolf Theatre's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. Tickets ...


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Critics' Picks - Chicago, Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace, through June 18. For the first professional homegrown production of Kander and Ebb's Broadway hit musical since the 1980s, director William Osetek cleverly takes aim at the media for elevating lying lowlifes to positions of fame and power. SCM Great Expectations, Silk Road Rising and Remy Bumppo Theatre at Chicago Temple, through July 2. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Parade - Playwright: Alfred Uhry ( book ), Jason Robert Brown ( music/lyrics ). At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: July 2 Parade is an exceptional production and vehicle and you should rush to see it, although its dark based-on-fact story is challenging. Parade unfolds in Atlanta just before World War I, where a young ...







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