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THEATER-REVIEW-The-Originalist

THEATER REVIEW The Originalist - At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: $44-$74; CourtTheatre.org; 773-753-4472. Runs through: June 10 Here are some facts about Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia, the conservative judge at the epicenter of John Strand's play The Originalist who died in 2016: —He wanted to make make gay marriage illegal. —He wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade. —He advocated for open ...


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Cards Against Humanity Late Night Writers Room June 16 - Cards Against Humanity Late Night Writers Room improv troupe will give an LGBTQ+ angle to its popular show in the Broadway, Pride Arts Center at 4139 N. Broadway, Pride Arts Center, on June 16 at 10 pm. This irreverent night of improv comedy is inspired by the popular and politically incorrect party game "Cards Against Humanity." After audience members pitch ...


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Cameron Esposito works on personal material - Lesbian comic and Windy City Times 30 Under 30 alum Cameron Esposito returned to Chicago for two weeks at the end of March, performing 14 shows at the Den Theatre. Esposito was here working on new material and said the smaller venue and Chicago audience was the perfect setting to test out the more personal material she's been developing, which ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-Hollow-Wave

THEATER SPOTLIGHT Hollow/Wave - You won't see any reviews of Anu Bhatt's emotionally gripping one-woman show Hollow/Wave. But you will get a harrowing and ultimately triumphant 90-minute deep dive into her struggles and ultimate triumph. As a woman of Southeast Asian descent and a longtime student of dance, she combines movement, poetry and humor with her sometimes harrowing narrative. Directed by lesbian Barbara Zahora, ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Buddy, American Blues Theater at Stage 773, through May 26. Far more concert than story, the short, mostly sweet life of Buddy Holly features 16 rocking vocal and instrumental stars. JA The Days Are Shorter, Pride Films and Plays at the Buena, through June 3. Midlife crisis is never easy, but when you're an insomniac past-50 lesbian, sometimes it takes ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Mind-Reader-

THEATER REVIEW Mind Reader - Playwright: Written and performed by Mark Toland At: Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $25; 773-404-7336; GreenhouseTheater.org. Runs through: July 25 Mentalism—more commonly called "mind-reading"—may be the most invasive of the bamboozle-based arts. Sleight-of-hand locates its unknown factors securely within the objects undergoing manipulation ( a person who disappears from inside a box, for example, is understood to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Buried-Child

THEATER REVIEW Buried Child - Playwright: Sam Shepard At: Writers Theatre, 625 Tudor Ct, Glencoe. Tickets: $50-70; WritersTheatre.org; 847-242-6000. Runs through: June 17 Buried Child, the surreal Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Sam Shepard, is a difficult play to watch—not because so much is happening, but because so little is happening. This one is a slow burn: We are introduced to the world's most dysfunctional family ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-New-Attitude-In-Tribute-to-Patti-LaBelle

THEATER REVIEW A New Attitude, In Tribute to Patti LaBelle - THEATER REVIEW A New Attitude: In Tribute to Patti LaBelle Playwright: Rueben D. Echoles At: Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-65; BlackEnsemble.org, 773-769-4451 Runs through: June 17 BY LAUREN EMILY WHALEN Patti LaBelle is known for many things: the hit song "Lady Marmalade," kicking off her shoes, her epic rendition of the ABC's on Sesame ...


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THEATER REVIEW A New Attitude, In Tribute to Patti LaBelle - Playwright: Rueben D. Echoles At: Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-65; BlackEnsemble.org, 773-769-4451. Runs through: June 17 Patti LaBelle is known for many things: the hit song "Lady Marmalade," kicking off her shoes, her epic rendition of the ABC's on Sesame Street and, most recently, her signature pies. It's hard to believe this septuagenarian superstar ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Having-Our-Say

THEATER REVIEW Having Our Say - Playwright: Ellen Mann, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth At: Goodman Theatre, 170 W. Dearborn St. Tickets: $35-75; GoodmanTheatre.org; 312-443-3800. Runs through: June 19 My mother always said that there is a lot we can learn from our elders, and an evening spent with "the Delany Sisters," a pair of ...


THEATER-China-Shop-looks-at-influential-lesbian-couple

THEATER 'China Shop' looks at influential lesbian couple - Imagine this: You're at the top of your class. You're off to an Ivy League college, thrilled at the seemingly limitless intellectual pursuits you can follow. And then you're told that since you're a girl, classes in folding laundry and baking are mandatory. Because everyone knows two things for sure: Rigorous intellectual pursuits are damaging to a woman's precious femininity. ...


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THEATER: 'THE ORIGINALIST' Talk on LGBT rights, law and religion follows performance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - University of Chicago Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Law and Ethics Professor Martha Nussbaum and Wayne State University Philosophy Professor and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination author John Corvino discussed religious liberty and LGBT rights Supreme Court decisions May 20 at the University of Chicago's Court Theater in Hyde Park. The talk followed a matinee performance of The Originalist, which John ...


National-tour-of-Broadway-production-of-Falsettos-opens-here-May-28

National tour of Broadway production of Falsettos opens here May 28 - CHICAGO ( May 14, 2018 ) — Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce the 2019 National Tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Broadway Production of Falsettos, William Finn and James Lapine's groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical, will play Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre ( 24 W. Randolph ) for a limited engagement May 28 — June 9, 2019. This production ...


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Broken Nose will receive award May 21 - The League of Chicago Theatres announced Broken Nose Theatre as the recipient of the 2018 Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theatre Award. The award will be presented at the League of Chicago Theatres Gala on Monday, May 21, at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl. The Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre Award was created in 2007 to encourage, ...


LGBTQ-comedy-company-GayCo-Productions-to-present-Pride-Comedy-Party

LGBTQ comedy company GayCo Productions to present P.ride C.omedy P.arty - From a news release - CHICAGO—- Wanna party in the Chicago comedy scene like it's 1999? Tired of underage twinks asking for cigarettes when all you want is to smoke in peace? Looking for what's next after Bey's Coachella act? Bring that twerking booty to our seats and join us for GayCo's PRIDE COMEDY PARTY. For this year's Pride weekend, let GayCo Productions bust your ...


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Wonka Ball keeps it light with 'SNL' theme' - About Face Theatre held its annual gala at the Museum of Broadcast Communications on May 11. Even though it was a Friday, you would have sworn it was a Saturday night. Wonka Ball at Saturday Night Live: The Experience! proved to be the perfect theme for the LGBTQ-focused theater company. Guests were encouraged to dress as their favorite comedy characters, ...


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Beverly Arts Center to host its first LGBTQ show - Sunday, May 20, will mark at least two firsts for the Chicago community of Beverly: the first time the Beverly Arts Center will host an LGBTQ art show, and the first time this South Side neighborhood to have a queer art event. That's according to Steve English, an artist and floral designer who helped organize "abOUT ART: The Collective Works ...


Global-play-readings-through-May-31

Global play readings through May 31 - International Voices Project ( IVP )—marking the ninth season of play readings by playwrights from around the world—will take place at Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio, through May 31, with performances at 7 p.m. The series is presented in collaboration with consulates and other cultural institutions throughout Chicago and this year's engagement features plays from Spain, Serbia, Poland, Syria, Finland, ...


SUMMER-THEATER-SPECIAL-Hot-recommendations

SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Hot recommendations - Summer theater productions are rising in temperature with some hot upcoming performances heading to Chicago. If you don't want to leave the air conditioned house, watch the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 10, on CBS at 7 p.m. CT to see if Mean Girls is more "fetch" than SpongeBob Squarepants, both leading with 12 nominations. For those that ...


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Rivendell extends 'The Cake' to June 2 - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble ( RTE )—Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core—will add four performances to the run The Cake. Eight performances have been added to the run, which must close June 2 at RTE, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. The plot is as follows: Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed ...


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Second City to host Pride sketch show - The Second City has announced a June run for "The Second City's Let's Make It Perfectly Queer: A Salute to Pride," a sketch show performed entirely by an all-LGBTQIA cast. Under the direction of Mick Napier and with Nick Gage's musical direction, "Let's Make It Perfectly Queer" is Second City's first foray into celebrating all things Pride with a rainbow ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Flies-The-Musical

THEATER REVIEW Flies! The Musical! - Playwright: Cindy O'Connor ( music ), Larry Todd Cousineau ( book and lyrics ) At: Pride Films and Plays at The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20-25; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; 773-857-0222. Runs through: June 10 Theater kids never change. No matter the era, they'll always be a ragtag bunch radiating earnestness while humming the latest Broadway hit. In Flies! ...


Theater-Spotlight-on-Don-Quixote

Theater Spotlight on Don Quixote - Think Don Quixote, and most invariably think one of a ziggitygillion crooners going for the money notes in "The Impossible Dream." If you have a memory for Lit 101, you may also picture a guy with a vaguely Ren Fairish aesthetic galloping after windmills. This is not that Don Quixote. It is instead the Ballet Nacional de Philharmonic, dancing to ...


CriticsPicks

Critics'Picks - Buddy, American Blues Theater at Stage 773, through May 26. Far more concert than story, the short, mostly sweet life of Buddy Holly features 16 rocking vocal and instrumental stars. Don't miss! JA Macbeth, Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, through June 24. Chicago Shakespeare's new Yard space still needs work, but the duo that brought us the magic Tempest ...


THEATER-REVIEW-ThroatPunch

THEATER REVIEW ThroatPunch - Playwright: Sharon Krome At: Chicago Mosaic School, 1101 W. Granville Ave. Tickets: NothingWithoutACompany.org; $10-$20; free on select days. Runs through: June 3 It's morning in America, but the kids aren't all right. In fact, they're mad as hell. They're also restless, yearning, questioning—and sometimes falling-down drunk. In Sharon Krome's ThroatPunch, three young punks find solidarity and heartbreak in the ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Summer promises: Theater in and around the city - One might not believe it from the climate-change weather people are getting now, but summer is on its way and, with it, outdoor warm-weather picnic-welcome entertainment and no-brain indoor spectacles. ( Note: Asterisks indicate productions with no admission charge. ) Under suburban stars Oak Park Festival Theatre, Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park: The highlight of the season ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Days-Are-Shorter

THEATER REVIEW The Days Are Shorter - Playwright: Corinne J. Kawecki At: Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Buena, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $25; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; 773-857-0222. Runs through: June 3 Contrary to popular stereotype, women's midlife crises are not always easily remedied with hormone supplements and jewelry. Sometimes it takes a full-blown visitation by a spectral succubus or two to dispel the unsettling prospects of ...


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NUNN ON ONE THEATER Heath Saunders takes lead in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' - Extended for the online version of Windy City Times - The 1970 groundbreaking musical Jesus Christ Superstar—which Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice created—continues to rise in popularity to this day, thanks to a recent live version on TV and a new production at the Lyric Opera. Set in 30 A.D., Jesus Christ Superstar opens with Judas Iscariot criticizing Jesus; the plot unfolds in song from there. There is little ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL 'The Days Are Shorter' on aging, from women's perspectives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The male midlife crisis has been examined in exhaustive detail in everything from John Updike's novels to plays such as Tracy Letts' Linda Vista at Steppenwolf last spring. But it's harder to find stories that center women's existential conflicts around aging, especially from a lesbian point of view. ( Claudia Allen's plays remain a prominent exception. ) In The Days ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Theater on the open road - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Most of the year people go to theater despite the weather, but during thesummer people can go because of the weather and combine play-going ( or concert-going ) with picnics, wine and the sun and stars. Indeed, dozens of theaters throughout the Midwest operate only in the summer, and several are destinations all by themselves. Elsewhere in this issue we ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Suddenly-Last-Summer-

THEATER REVIEW Suddenly Last Summer - Playwright: Tennessee Williams At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street. Tickets: 773-338-2177; RavenTheatre.com; $46. Runs through June 17 New Orleans is a drinking town, but in Suddenly Last Summer old Violet Venable has one lone daiquiri while everyone else stays dry. This play demonstrates that terrible things happen when you don't drink in the Big Easy. Or not. This taut ...


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City Lit's 2018-19 season to span four centuries with comedies, dramas - For its 2018-19 season, City Lit Theater will reach across four centuries to examine ideas that continue to challenge us today. Artistic Director and Producer Terry McCabe today announced the season, which will open in September and include three full-length plays and a double-bill of one-acts. The season will open with George Bernard Shaw's ARMS AND THE MAN, to be ...


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The Condo Association presents year of queer, political, unapologetic community - From a news release - The Condo Association is an art collective comprised of anti-fascist, and anti-capitalistic humans seeking to empower and support the creativity and productivity of queer people, people of color, women, and other marginalized bodies. Saturday May 19th is your last chance to come see the anniversary show, Continental Breakfast. It will fill you up, but not too much. This group exhibition ...


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Pride Arts Center plans cabarets, film screenings, comedy and WeFest - From a news release - Chicago - In addition to its just-announced "PAC Pride Fest" of five fully-staged plays, the Pride Arts Center will host another five special events and performances. The lineup will include the cabaret events OUT AND PROUD by Melissa Young, and Alan Palmer's FABULOUS DIVAS OF HOLLYWOOD; Pride Films and Plays' semi-annual WEFEST celebration of Chicago's queer female, non-binary and trans ...


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Comedy Prep School opens May 12 - Stage 773 producers of The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and Chicago Women's Funny Festival have announced the return of Comedy Prep School ( CPS ), a one-day festival for young comedians ages 12-17 on Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Comedy Prep School features four, age-appropriate workshops that are taught by highly skilled professionals in the comedy industry: Comedic Song ...


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Wonka Ball on May 11 at MBC - About Face Theatre's annual gala, Wonka Ball ( theme "Saturday Night Live: The Experience!" ) will take place Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. ( VIP cocktail reception 7 p.m. ) at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. From Wayne's World to Celebrity Jeopardy to Weekend Update, patrons will interact with SNL sets, original props and costumes—all ...


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THEATER Raven heats up with 'Suddenly Last Summer' - For iconic gay playwright Tennessee Williams, love was never about hearts and flowers. The passions that fuel his mighty body of work ( A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin roof ) are ruinous rather than rose-tinted. As Williams points out early in Suddenly Last Summer, the Venus Flytrap—a "devouring organism"—is named for the Goddess ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT on How to Use a Knife - Soul-crushing labor, intolerable co-workers, hour-long shifts that feel like days. We've all been there, no? Playwright Will Snider digs into the unlikely evolution of restaurant employees in the ( wait for it ) sharp-edged comedy How to Use a Knife, which is stuffed with memorable characters. Among them are a chef whose career is shredded by years of booze and ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Gaslight District, The Second City e.t.c., open run. The 42nd revue at The Second City's "junior" stage waxes sardonic about Trump, improvises a song, cleverly incorporates an audience member and trumpets ( perhaps unnecessarily ) its multiethnic, multiamorous cast. JA Sweeney Todd, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at the No Exit Café, through May 20. Sondheim's operatic musical changed the history ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Buddy

THEATER REVIEW Buddy - Playwright: Alan James and multiple composers/lyricists At: American Blues Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-325-5252; AmericanBluesTheater.com; $19-$49. Runs through: May 26 ( extension likely ) Conspiracy theorists are correct: Fluoridated water and rock 'n' roll music were 1950s Communist plots designed to rot the minds of young Americans. The result is that we now have Donald ...


THEATER-REVIEW-To-Catch-a-Fish

THEATER REVIEW To Catch a Fish - Playwright: Brett Neveu At: Timeline Theatre at Baird Hall, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: $40-$54; TimeLineTheatre.com; 773-281-8463. Runs through: July 1 If this scenario weren't almost all true, you'd think David Mamet plotted it. There's these three scruffy hustlers, you see—outlaw biker Dex, tattooed skateboard-bum Ike and Pam Grier-lookalike "G"—managing a pop-up dollar-shop outlet in Milwaukee's borderline-gentrified River North district. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Birds of a Feather - By Brian Kirst - Playwright: Marc Acito At: Greenhouse Theater Center at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $35-$45; GreenhouseTheater.org; 773-404-7336. Runs through: June 17 In Birds of a Feather, the audience witnesses a penguin singing show tunes and a proud hawk reveling in the abundant media attention that he receives. Surprisingly, the comedic nature of this piece is nicely counterbalanced by ...


THEATER-Fasten-seat-belts-Jessica-Sherr-returns-in-Bette-Davis-solo-show

THEATER Fasten seat belts, Jessica Sherr returns in Bette Davis solo show - The editor who asked for a feature story showcasing the cast's "pre-eminent dragsters" may have been forgiven guessing Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies to be a cross-dressing camp comedy instead of a solo show written, directed and performed by the multitalented Jessica Sherr. Ironically, this error illustrates perfectly the misconceptions regarding the career of the Hollywood icon who vowed to ...


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ThroatPunch premieres May 8 through June 3 - From a news release - 2017 Northwestern Graduate and Chicago playwright Sharon Krome presents the World Premiere of her play, ThroatPunch in association with Nothing Without a Company, running from May 8th to June 3rd. The production will be held at the Chicago Mosaic School. A trio of misfits try to survive Reagan-Era politics, the evolving Chicago punk scene, police violence, and each other in ...


Controversial-bathroom-law-inspires-Growing-Up-Blue-a-play-on-gender-identity

Controversial bathroom law inspires, Growing Up Blue, a play on gender identity - From a news release - CHICAGO — When North Carolina defined gender access to public bathrooms in 2016, people protested, corporations yanked expansion plans in the state, sports organizations canceled tournaments and celebrities boycotted. Chloe Orlando, a student in The Theatre School at DePaul University, wrote a play. "The bathroom bill reminded me how confused, silly and embarrassing it was for me growing up," said ...


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SHOWBIZ Jake Gyllenhaal, Clay Aiken, Dolly Parton, 'The Handmaid's Tale' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jake Gyllenhaal is set to produce and star as Leonard Bernstein in The American, with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing and producing, according to Deadline. Structured in five movements, like a symphony, The American follows Bernstein from conducting the New York Philharmonic at the age of 25 and through a meteoric rise to fame, all while struggling both personally and publicly ...


-The-Second-Citys-Lets-Make-It-Perfectly-Queer-A-Salute-to-Pride

'The Second City's Let's Make It Perfectly Queer: A Salute to Pride' - From a news release - Chicago, IL — The Second City is proud to announce a June run for "The Second City's Let's Make It Perfectly Queer: A Salute to Pride," a sketch show performed entirely by an all -LGBTQIA cast. Under the direction of Mick Napier with musical direction by Nick Gage, "Let's Make It Perfectly Queer" is Second City's first foray into celebrating ...


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Hamilton the Exhibition in Chicago fall of 2018 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 7, 2018 )—Hamilton the Exhibition — a 360-degree, immersive exhibit that will travel to select U.S. cities — will premiere in Chicago in the fall of 2018 for a limited engagement, it has been announced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the musical HAMILTON, and Jeffrey Seller, the musical's producer. Hamilton the Exhibition — on display in a ...


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THEATER REVIEW Until the Flood - Playwright: Dael Orlandersmith At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $10-$29; Goodmantheatre.org . Runs through: May 12 Roughly midway through her riveting one-woman show Until the Flood, writer/performer Dael Orlandersmith slips into the character of a white woman in a Ferguson, Missouri, wine bar. The character is talking about Michael Brown and Darren Wilson. Wilson, a Ferguson cop, gunned ...


Founder-and-CEO-of-Cinema-Chicago-presenter-of-Chicago-International-Film-Fest-retiring

Founder and CEO of Cinema/Chicago, presenter of Chicago International Film Fest, retiring - From a press release - CHICAGO — Michael Kutza, Founder and CEO of Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, today announced that he will be retiring from his role at the end of 2018. The Governing Board of Directors will pay tribute to Kutza's remarkable career at a special gala, "Celebrating Michael," Saturday, July 14 at Loews Hotel Chicago. The event ...


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GUEST COLUMN Steppenwolf's Multi-Cultural Fellows lead in minority artist alliances - By Regina Victor - We've all seen them: Those shows where a sole person of color stands out in an ensemble sea of white. For artists, being the "only one" of a kind in any given production can be a lonely experience. It also means that creating artistic cohorts—a group of people focused on one task or brought together to foster brought together to ...


New-block-of-Hamilton-tickets-on-sale-Tuesday-May-8

New block of Hamilton tickets on sale Tuesday May 8 - From a news release - CHICAGO ( May 3, 2018 ) — Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway In Chicago announced today that a new 20 week block of tickets for Hamilton at CIBC Theatre ( 18 W. Monroe ) will go on-sale Tuesday, May 8. Tickets will be available for performances through January 20, 2019. Tickets for the new block will go on sale on ...


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'SpongeBob,' 'Mean Girls' lead Tony nods - The Tony nominations for the 2017-18 season were announced May 1—and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical and Mean Girls led the way with 12 nods each. Angels in America got 11 nods, edging the almost six-hour-long Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which received 10. A few of the other productions that received nominations include Latin History for Morons, Farinelli and ...


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Wonka Ball on May 11 at MBC - About Face Theatre's annual gala, Wonka Ball ( theme "Saturday Night Live: The Experience!" ) will take place Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. ( VIP cocktailreception 7 p.m. ) at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. From Wayne's World to Celebrity Jeopardy to Weekend Update, patrons will interact with SNL sets, original props and costumes—all with ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Madres

THEATER REVIEW The Madres - Playwright: Stephanie Alison Walker. At: Teatro Vista at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $20-$45; https://www.teatrovista.org. Runs through: May 27 Don't be fooled by the convivial chat of the priest making a friendly visit to an elderly widow in the first scene of this Teatro Vista production. Padre Juan's nostalgia for sentimental love songs and Senora Josefina's home-baked medialunes ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-The-Gentleman-Caller

THEATER SPOTLIGHT The Gentleman Caller - Here's the short version: If Philip Dawkins writes a new play, you want to see it. The longer version: The gay Chicago playwright ( Charm, Le Switch ) has penned The Gentleman Caller, an emotionally evocative exploration of that time iconic gay playwrights Tennessee Williams ( The Glass Menagerie, Suddenly Last Summer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ) and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Striking-Out-A-Gay-Baseball-Musical

THEATER REVIEW Striking Out (A Gay Baseball Musical) - Authors: Ryan Ford & Adam Levin. At: The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693 or TheAnnoyance.com; $15-20. Runs through: June 16 Sometimes holding a show under a critical microscope has no value; it feels like punching a kitten. A production like Striking Out ( A Gay Baseball Musical ) isn't going to going to win any Jeff awards, ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - South Pacific, Drury Lane Oakbrook, through June 17. Superior musical values and a stellar cast lift this new production beyond "old warhorse" status. Regrettably, the messages of South Pacific about race and bullies remain as pertinent today as ever. JA How I Learned to Drive, The Artistic Home, extended through May 20. He plays a grown man in love with ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Explorers-Club

THEATER REVIEW The Explorers Club - Written by: Nell Benjamin. At: Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest. Tickets: $40. Runs through: May 27 If you are looking for political correctness, you might skip Citadel Theatre's new production of Nell Benjamin's The Explorers Club. If, on the other hand, your goal is to have a good time and laugh a lot, you'll do yourself a ...


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THEATER REVIEW Memphis - Playwright: Music and lyrics by David Bryan, book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro. At: Porchlight Musical Theater at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $33-$60; RuthPage.org. Runs through: June 10 The pantheon of musicals documenting the triumph of rock-and-roll as a multicultural phenomenon transcending global boundaries—a catalogue encompassing The Buddy Holly Story, Hairspray, Jersey ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Jesus-Christ-Superstar

THEATER REVIEW Jesus Christ Superstar - Playwright: Andrew Lloyd Webber ( music ); Tim Rice ( lyrics ) At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600; LyricOpera.org; $49-$219. Runs through: May 20 Lyric Opera closes its season with the North American premiere of Timothy Sheader's celebrated 2016 London revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, which is slated for a U.S. tour in 2019. It's ...


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'Queer Visibility' project kicks off - While the rallying cry "We're here! We're queer! Get used to it" has been in currency at protests since at least the early '90s, that degree of openness hasn't been available to everyone in the LGBTQ community. But if two young Chicago artists have their way, at least a few more real-life stories about queerness will take shape on stage ...


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10th annual Larry Sloan Awards exceeds fundraising goal - From a press release - On April 9, 2018 at Goodman Theatre, theatre professionals, cabaret lovers and supporters of Season of Concern noshed on h'ordeuvres, sipped on signature cocktails, tried their luck at winning over $10,000 worth of raffle prizes, enjoyed a cabaret showcase featuring E. Faye Butler and Honey West, and cheered the 2018 Larry Sloan Award Recipients. The Larry Sloan Awards were created ...


About-Face-Theatre-to-premiere-Bull-in-a-China-Shop

About Face Theatre to premiere Bull in a China Shop - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 26, 2018 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to present the Midwest premiere of Bryna Turner's comedy BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, based on the true story of revolutionary academics and lovers Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks. Directed by AFT Artistic Associate Keira Fromm*, BULL IN A CHINA SHOP will play May 24 — June 30, ...


Bonnie-Hunt-to-chair-Mothers-Day-race

Bonnie Hunt to chair Mother's Day race - Award-winning actress and Chicagoan Bonnie Hunt has been named honorary race chair of Susan G. Komen Chicago's 21st Mother's Day Race for the Cure, which will return to Montrose Harbor on Sunday, May 13. Race for the Cure registration begins at 7:30 a.m., the Survivor Parade is at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K Fun Walk/Run steps off at 9 a.m. ...


Global-play-readings-taking-place-May-1-31

Global play readings taking place May 1-31 - International Voices Project ( IVP )—marking the ninth season of play readings by playwrights from around the world—will take place at Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio, May 1-31, with performances at 7 p.m. The series is presented in collaboration with consulates and other cultural institutions throughout Chicago and this year's engagement features plays from Spain, Serbia, Poland, Syria, Finland, French ...


-Cornerstone-at-ArtSpace-8-in-April

'Cornerstone' at ArtSpace 8 in April - Chicago non-profit theater company Nothing Without a Company has announced the location and cast of its next show, Cornerstone. The production will take place at ArtSpace 8, 900 N. Michigan Ave., third level. The cast features Kenya Ann Hall, Raymond Jacquet, Wanda Jin, Kyle Lovett, Jonathan Mayo, Stella Mensah, Kyle Mundil, Samantha Michelle Nava, Caroline Shaul, Derek Rienzi Van Tassel ...


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'Catechism' marking 25th anniv. on June 3 - A special 25th-anniversary performance of Late Night Catechism will be held Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m. at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Chicago actress Rosie Newton will star as "Sister"—a role she has performed since 1997, both in Chicago and on tour. A limited number of 25 tickets will be available for purchase at the original ...


Bridge-Dance-Festival-through-May-6

Bridge Dance Festival through May 6 - The Bridge Dance Festival—the culmination of four years of Japanese focused programming at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., including the National Performance Network Asian Exchange, Beyond the Box and Links to Japan—is taking place through May 6. It features Links Hall commissioned works by Kaori Seki ( Tokyo ) and Darrell Jones ( Chicago ), and J'Sun Howard ( ...


-Springfield-drag-show-April-28

Springfield drag show April 28 - On Saturday, April 28, the Phoenix Center will present Springfield Pridefest Club LaCage Drag Show at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre III, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield. This event is chaired by Deanna Knight. The show will feature top Springfield drag performers, many who are past and/or present title holders including: Mimi Vancartier, Sara Belle Knight, Mahogany Knight, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Disaster-

THEATER REVIEW Disaster! - Playwrights: Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick At: The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-999-9541; ChicagoTheatreWorkshop.org; $ 32.50-42.50. Runs through: May 6 Chicago Theatre Workshop is presenting Disaster!, a musical comedy set in the '70s that pokes fun at natural disaster films from the past. The setup is simple, a wide array of characters are thrown together and put into ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Grand-Hotel

THEATER REVIEW Grand Hotel - Playwright: Robert Wright, George Forrest ( music and lyrics ); Maury Yeston ( additional music and lyrics ). At: Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150. Kokandyproductions.com; $35-$40. Runs through: May 27 Grand Hotel is more like a silent movie than a musical. Yes, it has singing and dancing aplenty. It is also chock full of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Doppelganger-an-international-farce-

THEATER REVIEW The Doppelganger (an international farce) - Playwright: Matthew-Lee Erlbach At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. Tickets: 312-335-1650. Steppenwolf.org; $20-$114. Runs through: June 2 You'll go through most of Matthew-Lee Erlbach's high-octane farce fairly certain you know what it is you're watching. There are 10 slamming doors, lots of groan-worthy puns, and plenty of gags about sex, poop and mistaken identities. But Urlbach peppers the hijinks ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Blue-Island-in-the-Red-Sea

THEATER REVIEW A Blue Island in the Red Sea - Playwright: Anthony Moseley At: Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-226-9633; Collaboraction.org; $5-$30. Runs through: May 20 A Blue Island in the Red Sea at is a crackling world premiere of devised theater from Collaboraction. Written and directed by Artistic Director Anthony Moseley, the script takes us on a journey through Chicago's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Cake

THEATER REVIEW The Cake - Playwright: Bekah Brunstetter At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-334-7728; RivendellTheatre.org; $28-$38. Runs through: May 20 Cake Wars aren't just for the Food Network anymore. In The Cake, Bekah Brunstetter ( whose resume includes writing/producing for the hit NBC series This Is Us ) uses the highly publicized cases of bakers who refuse to create cakes for ...







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