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Student actors present poetic novel "October Mourning" - North Central College presents "October Mourning," a stage production based on Lesléa Newman's book, "October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard," Jan. 8-11. Student actors with direction by Carin Silkaitis, North Central College assistant professor of theatre, will present six performances at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8-10, at 2 p.m. Jan. 10-11 and at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 in Madden Theatre ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Lesbian actress Beth Glover gets evil in 'Cinderella' - There's a new madame in town, and this time she's played by the talented Beth Glover in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Glover returns to this touring gig after successful national tours of Promises, Promises, All Shook Up and Anything Goes. She has tackled roles in 9 to 5, Grey Gardens and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Windy City Times phoned her on ...


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THEATER REVIEW Pericles - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com; $48-$78. Runs through Jan. 18 Modern audiences might find Pericles very hard to swallow. William Shakespeare's romantic drama set on and around the Mediterranean Sea during antiquity is filled with plot twists involving a Lazarus-like resurrection, thwarted seductions and coincidental reunions of ...


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THEATER REVIEW Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You! - Playwright: Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. At: The Second City at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.goodmantheatre.org; $25-$61. Runs through: Jan. 3 A rite of passage on the road to maturity is to deny the power over your emotions exercised by childhood icons—acts of defiance including, but not restricted to, posing Barbie dolls in provocative postures or ...


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THEATER REVIEW Newsies - Book: Harvey Fierstein; Music: Alan Menken; Lyrics: Jack Feldman. At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.broadwayinchicago.com; $40-$130. Runs through Jan. 4 The Disney film musical Newsies was a big fat critical and financial flop when it was first released in 1992. So imagine everyone's surprise 20 years later when Newsies became a big fat critically acclaimed ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Andrews away - Attention, Chicago theater fans! It might be a very long time before you see out actor/musician/choreographer Patrick Andrews on or around a Chicago-area stage after the holiday season. That's because the auburn-haired Andrews plans to leave the Windy City in an attempt to make it in the Big Apple. Andrews is bound to receive some big-time exposure in New York ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Clean House - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl. At: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.remybumppo.org; $42.50-$52.50. Runs through: Jan. 11 Sometimes a play needs to be separated from its author—or, to be more specific, from audiences' expectations of the author. How many years passed before Neil Simon was perceived as more than a-laugh-a-minute, Beth Henley as more ...


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Entertainment: 'Broadway Bares' news; Grindr awards; Robyn's new CD - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, who created and is the executive producer of Broadway Bares, will return to the director's chair to helm the 25th edition of that famed burlesque show, which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, according to Playbill. Broadway Bares will be presented twice on June 21, 2015, at the Hammerstein Ballroom. More than 200 ...


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Critics' Picks and Theater Spotlight - Theater Spotlight Get a dose of circus-infused Christmas-style spectacle with Cirque Dreams Holidaze. The touring holiday show features 20 international acts performing feats of acrobatics, balancing and magical illusions as they're dressed up as snowmen, penguins, reindeer, toy soldiers and more. Cirque Dreams Holidaze plays six performances only at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. Performances are 7:30 p.m. ...


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'We Must Breathe' Dec. 18 at Victory Gardens Theater - On Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., is hosting "We Must Breathe: A Response from Chicago Playwrights and Poets," a special event gathering members of Chicago's artistic community to share their views on discrimination, race and inequality and engage Chicagoans in a discussion about these social issues. "We Must Breathe"—which is free and ...


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Winter LGBT movie preview - With the holidays just around the corner, Hollywood is trotting out both their awards contenders and some of their most anticipated mega-blockbusters. And the winter months promise plenty of diverting film fare as well, with a few queer-friendly movies among them. Here's a random sampling of what lies ahead cinematically in the coming months with movies both overtly queer or ...


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Theater spotlight, Critics' picks - About Face Theatre teams with Theater Wit to present the return of Big Red and The Boys for its fourth seasonal appearance. Hear traditional and off-kilter holiday songs and stories from the titular chanteuse, with added musical back up from her equally alluring band. Big Red and the Boys plays five performances only at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. ...


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SAG nominations unveiled - The full list of nominations for the 21st annual SAG Awards was announced Dec. 10 at Los Angeles' Pacific Design Center. Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for portraying the late gay codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. He'll compete again Steve Carell ( Foxcatcher ), Jake Gyllenhaal ( Nightcrawler ...


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THEATER REVIEW H.M.S. Pinafore - Adapted by Sean Graney from W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. At: The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.the-hypocrites.org; $36-$50. Runs through Feb. 7 Librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan collaborated together on 14 operettas in the late 19th century, though nowadays they're best known by their most-produced "Big Three" works: The Mikado ( 1885 ), The Pirates ...


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THEATER REVIEW Desperate Dolls - Playwright: Darren Callahan. At: Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-528-9696; www.strawdog.org; $15. Runs through: Dec. 23 From the earliest tales of foolish maidens who ventured out to the Fair/the Ball/the Big City/Hollywood and later, to the Prom/Rock Concert, only to be seduced by Satan's homeys, entertainment engineered to titillate has trumpeted its value as a morality fable. Consumers ...


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OPERA REVIEW Anna Bolena - Author: Gaetano Donizetti ( composer ), Felice Romani ( libretto ). At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600; www.lyricopera/org/bolena; $33-$207. Runs through: Jan. 16 Almost certainly, I expect too much. In theory, opera is the fusion and epitome of all musical and dramatic arts. It's breathtaking when it is, but opera rarely achieves that ideal. The ...


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DANCIN' FEATS 'Tis the season of Nutcrackers - In the dance world, December means Nutcracker, and in the Chicago area there are dozens. The famous story of Clara ( or, in some versions, Maria ) and her Nutcracker doll who turns into a magical prince is based on a tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It was originally choreographed as a ballet by Marius Petipa, and set to a 90-minute ...


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About Face gets grant; BETTY canceled; YEPP, Crys Matthews Jan. 10 - About Face Theatre receives $10K grant Chicago's About Face Theatre is among the National Endowments of the Arts' ( NEA's ) 2015 grant recipients. The company received a $10,000 grant to support the commission and development of The Babe Didrikson Project with book and lyrics by Sarah Gubbins. The musical will portray Babe Didrikson, a famous early 20th-century lesbian athlete ...


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WTTW to air @home; Moraine presents 'Humbug!' - WTTW to air film on homelessness WTTW-11 will broadcast the hour-long documentary film @home Wed., Dec. 17, at 9 p.m., raising awareness about the issue of homelessness in the Chicago area. @home—a film by Susanne Suffredin and produced by Chicago's Kindling Group—follows social-media activist Mark Horvath ( @hardlynormal ) on an 11,000-mile cross-country road-trip into tent cities and under bridges ...


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THEATER REVIEW Hot Georgia Sunday - Playwright: Catherine Trieschmann. At: Haven Theatre Company at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-697-3930; www.haventheatrechicago.com; $30. Runs through: Dec. 21 A sweltering day in the rural Deep South, when the temperature exceeds 100 degrees and the air conditioners crash, can make for volatile environmental conditions leading otherwise rational citizens to seek escape from the irritations, big and small, ...


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Rivendell's Women at War talkback focuses on DADT - Video below - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's Women at War depicts the lives of women in the armed forces based on true accounts from veterans. The first of two stagings on the final night, Dec. 6, was followed by a panel discussion focusing on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, moderated by Rivendell's Megan Carney and including Willa Taylor, a Navy veteran; Lorry Luscri of the ...


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Laurie Metcalf to be honored at Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts - From a press release - CHICAGO ( December 2, 2014 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company proudly announces award-winning star of stage and screen Laurie Metcalf as the guest of honor at the 2014/15 annual Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12 noon ( location TBD ). Widely celebrated for her role as Jackie Harris on the long ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Testament of Mary - Playwright: Colm Toibin. At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $20-$60. Runs through: Dec. 14 A mother tells her story, still fiercely grieving and angry years after she was practically forced to witness the public execution of her son on trumped-up political charges. Her deep hurt is complicated by two sharply-felt wounds. The first was her ...


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THEATER REVIEW Shining City - Playwright: Conor McPherson. At: Irish Theatre of Chicago at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-878-3727; www.seanachai.org; $26-$30. Runs through: Jan. 4 Conor McPherson's first play written after his near-death experience in 2001 acquaints us with three troubled marriages, as recounted by three troubled husbands. One account takes up perhaps 10 minutes of onstage time; another's disparate segments add ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Humans - Playwright: Stephen Karam. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 773-409-4125 or www.atcweb.org; $38-$48. Runs through Dec. 21 With so many people recoiling from recent holidays spent with the family, American Theater Company is making a big ask for audiences to spend time experiencing another family's fraught Thanksgiving gathering in the world premiere of Stephen Karam's The Humans. ...


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MUSICAL REVIEW The Q Brothers Christmas Carol - Playwright: book, music and lyrics by the Q Brothers. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600; www.chicagoshakes.com; $30-$48. Runs through: Dec. 31 Whatever else can be said about rap/hip-hop music, there's no denying its relentlessly regular rhyme and meter. The discipline imposed by this form, as poets will attest, forces the rapper to express ...


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Theater, dance, music news and events - Joffrey's 'Nutcracker' Dec. 5-28 The Joffrey Ballet will celebrate the 27th annual presentation of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker in a 24-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., on Dec. 5-28. Joffrey Ballet Co-Founder Gerald Arpino contributed to Robert Joffrey's version, having choreographed the Land of the Snow scene, which closes Act I, and the ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The Joffrey Ballet's 27th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky's classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker is back for an extended run of 24 performances. This 1987 production, reset to America from its traditional 19th century German setting, was the final full work choreographed by company co-founder Robert Joffrey before he was felled by AIDS the following year. The Joffrey Ballet's ...


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Auditorium Theatre to mark 125th with gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Exactly 125 years from when the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University opened its doors in 1889, the national historic landmark, led by Board Chairman Melvin L. Katten and Executive Director Brett Batterson, will mark its 125th anniversary with a special performance, "Living the History: 125 Years of the Auditorium Theatre" on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. The celebratory evening, ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Writer and performer David Sedaris skyrocketed to fame with his essay The Santaland Diaries, which detailed the quirky ins and outs of performing as an elf in Macy's Department Store in New York. First it was broadcast via radio on NPR, then published and eventually transformed into a hit one-man show by director Joe Mantello. Mitchell Fain returns to star ...


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THEATER REVIEW Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale - Playwright: book, music and lyrics by Dee Snider. At: Broadway In Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; www.broadwayinchicago.com; $30-$90. Runs through: Jan. 4 . Paula Killen's Music Kills a Memory features a simultaneous harmony medley of "Superstar" and "Piece of My Heart"—a feat relying on the melodies sharing the same chord progression. After Dee Snider ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lady Balls - Playwright: John Loos. At: Annoyance Theater, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693; www.theannoyance.com; $20. Runs through: Jan. 22 Playwright John Loos was once a photographer for his school yearbook—duty endowing him with an insider's view of the "unchecked aggression, emotion, joy, loss and friendship" associated with women's collegiate basketball. His account of the fictional Tallahassee Lady Fireballs encompasses all of ...


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THEATER REVIEW Point and Shoot - Playwright: Jake L. Freund and Liz Ellison. At: Cold Basement Dramatics at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee. Tickets: www.pointandshoot.brownpapertickets.com; $15. Runs through: Dec. 7 The mission of Cold Basement Dramatics is "telling stories about things we hide from ourselves and others," but this tale of a 1950s gay man isn't quite on-target although Point and Shoot is well-produced. Unlike many ...


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OPERA REVIEW Porgy and Bess - Libretto: DuBose and Dorothy Heyward with Ira Gershwin; Score: George Gershwin. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or www.lyricopera.org; $20-$249. Runs through Dec. 20 Porgy and Bess may be considered by many critics to be "The Great American Opera," but that hasn't stopped ongoing debate about how and where this 1935 opus by composer George ...


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OFF-BROADWAY 'Sylvester' musical: Serving realness - Anthony Wayne has appeared in fantastic, Tony-winning Broadway shows including Pippin, The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, and Anything Goes. Yet the openly gay, African-American Harlem resident admits there aren't a lot of roles out there for people of color his age, despite his formidable talents as a dancer, singer and actor. So, in collaboration with his boyfriend, ...


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Out actor Harrison White on LGBT productions, Chicago roots - As a kid growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Harrison White always dreamed of being a performer. "I remember singing at my Head Start graduation and seeing the tears of joy streaming down my mother's face. I didn't even know I could sing," said White. This started off a lifelong love of performing that was solidified when White ...


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Director Mike Nichols dies - Mike Nichols, the entertainment icon and husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, died suddenly at the age of 83, ABC News reported. Nichols was born in Germany in 1931, and came to the United States when he was 7, when his family escaped Nazi Germany. He graduated from the Walden School in New York City, and began pursuing theater ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bearly Legal - Playwrights: The ensemble. At: GayCo Productions at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.. Tickets: 773-871-3793 or www.gayco.com/bearlylegal; $13-$18. Runs through Dec. 20 Chicago's longest-running LGBTQ sketch comedy troupe GayCo Productions turns 18 years old with a new revue called Bearly Legal. Yet it's odd that GayCo didn't mine that milestone age for a series of comedy sketches involving newly ...


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THEATER REVIEW Iphigenia in Aulis - Playwright: Euripides, translated by Nicholas Rudall. At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: 773-753-4472; www.CourtTheatre.org; $45-$65. Runs through: Dec. 7 Director Charles Newell and translator Nicholas Rudall's admirable new version of Iphigenia in Aulis is one Euripides ( 480-406 BCE ) himself would recognize, and that's good. It's lucid, vigorous and musical without gimmicks or condescension to its audience, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Tamer of Horses - Playwright: William Mastrosimone. At: Teatro Vista at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $25-$30. Runs through: Dec. 14 William Mastrosimone's reputation as a playwright is based in bunker-dramas premised on a few people in a small space exploring a single underlying question until its possibilities are exhausted. The thesis for this three-handed exercise—premiering in 1985 and twice ...


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THEATER REVIEW Women at War - Playwright: Megan Carney. At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N.Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-334-7728; www.rivendelltheatre.org; $32-$35. Runs through: Dec. 6 Women at War does for the female front-line grunts in the Iraqi wars what Tracers did for their male counterparts in Viet Nam, breaking from conventional depictions of women-in-uniform as wholesome all-American campfire girls—or, more recently, Hallmark-card moms skyping smiley greetings to ...


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Soap opera's Hall in 'Special Rudolph' Dec. 7 - Days of Our Lives star Deidre Hall will be featured in Hell in a Handbag's annual benefit "A Very Special Rudolph" Sunday, Dec. 7, 5-10 p.m., at Dank Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western Ave. Hall will join Handbag for the evening's festivities and appear in a very special production of the perennial hit show Rudolph the Red-Hosed ...


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Theater spotlight; Critics' Picks - The reconceived 2012 Broadway revival of Annie wasn't the smash hit that many in the theater industry hoped. So instead of replicating that revival, producers of a new non-Equity national tour turned to original Annie lyricist and director Martin Charnin ( who will turn 80 later this month ) to restage the beloved 1977 Tony Award-winning hit. Annie continues now ...


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Lypsinka back on stage after almost a decade - By Frank Pizzoli - John Epperson's legendary Lypsinka is now on the New York stage until Jan. 3, 2015. The character is his lip-synching drag alter ego. He brings to the stage Lypsinka! The Trilogy consisting of three different productions—two revivals: Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, a revue featuring excerpts from films and musical recordings, and The Passion of the Crawford, a recreation of a ...


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NUNN ON ONE Talking with Mr. Grinch - The Chicago Theatre goes green this holiday season with a new production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The show will feature songs such as "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" from the classic animated special. Max the Dog serves as the narrator to the tale of the Grinch attempting to rob Christmas from the ...


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COMEDY Todd Glass admits to some dos and don'ts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Todd Glass is eager to come to Chicago's UP Comedy Club Nov. 20-22 as he shares some words about his recent memoir The Todd Glass Situation and some of his personal views about what it means for him to be a comedian who also happens to be gay. The Todd Glass Situation is about his process coming out in the ...


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About Face Theatre presents Big Red and the Boys - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 12, 2014 ) — For that special mix of naughty and nice, About Face Theatre, in association with Theater Wit, presents Big Red and the Boys, a non-traditional evening of songs, stories and spirits starring Meghan "Big Red" Murphy, John Francisco*, Patrick Andrews* and Nick Davio. This sexy and spicy holiday concert plays five performances only December ...


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Theater spotlight, Critics picks - The previous two national tours of The Color Purple that visited the Windy City featured Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child fame as Shug Avery in 2007, then American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino as Celie in 2009. Well now, the 2005 Broadway musical based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is back again, this time with Tony and Grammy winner Jennifer ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lotto Fever in the Sucker State - Playwright: Leigh Johnson. At: Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure, 1641 W. Diversey Pkwy. Tickets: 773-404-7922 or saintsebastianplayers.org; $10-$20. Runs through Nov. 23 There is no reason why Leigh Johnson's drama Lotto Fever in the Sucker State should last nearly three and a half hours. If a play is going to be that long, it had better be something epic ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Inside - Playwright: Lydia R. Diamond. At: MPAACT at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.mpaact.org; $15-$25. Runs through: Nov. 30 In the context of a linear plot, it would be called a "soliloquy"—like when Hamlet ( or the King of Siam, for that matter ) stops to mull over his next course of action. Lydia R. Diamond, however, dispenses ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Bright Room Called Day - Playwright: Tony Kushner. At: Spartan Theatre Company at Chemically Imbalanced, 1422 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: 636-373-0586; www.spartantheatre.org; $15-$20. Runs through: Nov. 23 "Moral exuberance" declares Zillah Katz, our story's narrator-guide, is the key to escaping creeping despotism. No playwright was more morally exuberant in 1985 than Tony Kushner, his outrage so great that it would require the two-part seven-hour ...


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THEATER REVIEW Featherstone - Playwright: Vincent Truman. At: Viable Theater Company at Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton Ave. Tickets: 773-871-9046 or thecharnelhousechicago.com; $15. Runs through Nov. 23 It's not a crime to be an Anglophile. If it were, playwright and actor Vincent Truman would be found guilty. Just look at Truman's world-premiere comedy Featherstone for Viable Theater Company, in which he wrote and stars ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lyric brings back 'Porgy and Bess' in Zambello production - Lesbian director Francesca Zambello has some amazing and timely memories working on her production of Porgy and Bess, a work many critics consider to be "The Great American Opera." The first time Zambello staged the 1935 Broadway "folk opera" composed by George Gershwin with a libretto co-written by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, it was in 2005 for Washington National ...


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The good, the bad and the hopeful - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jamil Khoury - On Nov. 12, in a ceremony at the Chicago History Museum, Silk Road Rising will be inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. The significance of this honor, with its myriad of cultural and political meanings, cannot be overestimated. For it is not just recognition, it is vindication. Silk Road Rising is a non-profit theater and media-arts ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - If you missed the Chicago debut of FACES by the Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) last June, it's back again in town for a limited run. YEPP seeks to create a safe environment for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness to explore their history and struggles through the process of developing a theatrical piece. FACES and YEPP recently received some ...


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THEATER REVIEW Titanic - Book: Peter Stone; Score: Maury Yeston. At: Griffin Theatre Company at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or www.handbagproductions.org; $39. Runs through Dec. 7 There's little risk that Griffin Theatre Company will need a pre-show announcement advising audiences not to toss handfuls of cocktail napkins into the air at the conclusion of the opening number of its gloriously ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Hundred Flowers Project - Playwright: Christopher Chen. At: Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Pierce Hall, 77 W. Washington St. Tickets: 312-857-1234 or www.silkroadrising.org; $35. Runs through: Nov. 23 There's an intriguing concept behind The Hundred Flowers Project, a 2012 play by Christopher Chen now making its Chicago debut courtesy of Silk Road Rising. It's a very meta theater piece that explores the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Strandline - Playwright: Abbie Spallen. At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1351 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; www.aredorchidtheatre.org; $30-$35. Runs through: Dec. 7 Abbie Spallen's Ireland is so rarely seen amid that country's U.S. exports that audiences may be forgiven departing the theater unsure of what they have just seen. Instead of an Emerald Isle where time stopped before 1948, the problems faced ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Lieutenant of Inishmore - Playwright: Martin McDonagh. At: AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Arts Complex, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-828-9129; www.astonrep.com; $20. Runs through: Nov. 23 First, there's Padraic, an Irish "freedom fighter" whose tactics are so brutally implemented that even the IRA rejected him—but whose most terrible revenge is reserved for the assassin sending his beloved pet cat to its untimely end. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Werner aims for Broadway big league - Out Chicago-based singer/songwriter Susan Werner is mostly known for her contemporary folk music. In fact, her 2013 album Hayseed was conceptually focused on her Iowa heritage, particularly on "farms, farmers and the people who love them." But Werner's songwriting reputation may soon attract a whole new set of fans—lovers of musical theater. That's because Werner wrote the music and lyrics ...


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Upcoming: WC&F party; BETTY; New Freddie Mercury songs - WC&F Indiegogo 'Perk Party' Nov. 11 Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., will host an Indiegogo "Perk Party" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. The fund aims to raise $35,000 for a storewide renovation that will include a dedicated event space and community area. (More than $20,000 have been raised.) There will be readings by local Chicago ...


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Upcoming: Barlesque; casting auction; Gershwin, Ives - 'Barlesque' thru Nov. 23 Through Nov. 23, contestants representing 18 local bars and businesses are competing for the title of "Chicago's Sexiest" to raise money for TPAN in its online strip-a-thon, "Barlesque 7: Let's Get Physical." As people visit the Barlesque website ( www.barlesque.org ) and donate money, the contestants' photos will reflect their various stages of undress—the more ...


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THEATER Osgood celebrates milestone career in stage managing - Kim Osgood, a production stage manager, is celebrating 25 years at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago's oldest and largest not-for-profit theater. An Edgewater resident who married her partner of 27 years, Patricia Kane, Osgood is approaching 100 productions as a stage manager for her career, which elicited a four-part reply splashed with a bit of humor. She said: —"Wow, that's kind ...


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Lady Balls to premier at Annoyance Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 3, 2014. "Lady Balls," a new comedic and music driven play premiering at The Annoyance Theatre, portrays a team of WMBA superstars and their tyrant of a coach trying to win their 20th title. The play premieres at the new Annoyance Theatre on November 6th, and opens November 20th. Legendary and controversial coach/anger monster Deb Champion is ...


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Events coming up in film, arts, music, performance - Lea Delaria, Artemis at 'Women in Music' Nov. 16 Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Women in Music"—a celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers—at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago's lesbian feminist ...


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'Out' lesbian Moms Mabley was comedic pioneer - LGBT HISTORY MONTH Special to the online edition of Windy City Time y Lou Chibbaro Jr. Washington Blade,s - Legendary American vaudeville entertainer-turned-comedian Jackie "Moms" Mabley became famous for her persona as a frumpy, middle-aged woman in a housedress and floppy hat delivering hilarious stand-up comedy routines, often with wry political commentary tucked inside. Through her early years of performing at famous African-American theaters along the so-called chitlin' circuit, including the Apollo Theater in Harlem, to appearances in the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Devil's Day Off - Playwright: Jon Steinhagen. At: Signal Ensemble, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Tickets: 773-698-7389; www.signalensemble.com; $23. Runs through: Nov. 22 Chicago learned its lesson with the disastrous summer of 1995, introducing city-wide safety measures to more quickly remedy the hardships associated with unusually high temperatures. This is small comfort to the sweltering citizens in Jon Steinhagen's panoramic portrait of an urban landscape ...


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THEATER REVIEW All Girl Edgar Allan Poe - Playwright: Adapted by the ensemble. At: The Mammals at Zoo Studio, 4001 N. Ravenswood Ave. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door; $20. Runs through: Nov. 8 Edgar Allen Poe's copyright expired long ago, leaving its content open to any number of revisions ( will we see a "Zombie Edgar Allen Poe" soon? ), but though The Mammals' aesthetic fully embraces ...


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THEATER REVIEW Parade - Book: Alfred Uhry; Score: Jason Robert Brown. At: Bohemian Theatre Ensemble at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or www.bohotheatre.com; $25-$27. Runs through: Nov. 16 Ten years after Parade made its acclaimed Chicago debut at Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, the 1998 Tony Award-winning musical is back again in the same building courtesy of Bohemian Theatre Ensemble ( BoHo ). ...


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Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Out of Disorder is a double bill of monologues that tackle real-life topics that might make you laugh as well as squirm with discomfort. Find out how a male model raised in Baltimore, Maryland, developed anorexia in Christopher L. Moore's autobiographical piece Hunger Pains. Then see how Ali Clayton coped with a learning disability in North Carolina schools before she ...


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THEATER REVIEW Amazing Grace - Score: Christopher Smith; Book: Smith and Arthur Giron. At: Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.broadwayinchicago.com; $33-$100. Runs through: Nov. 16 The world-premiere musical Amazing Grace has a lot of impressive Broadway-caliber bona fides. It has a cast full of impressive Broadway veteran performers acting and singing up a storm. It has a lavish production ...


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Theater events: Nutcracker; Lynch at Lyric; Laramie - Jane Lynch, others at Lyric event Lyric Opera of Chicago will celebrate its history and future on Saturday, Nov. 1, with a star-studded 60th-anniversary concert at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr., beginning at 6:30 p.m. Actress Jane Lynch will emcee the event. Lynch will mix it up with an internationally acclaimed roster of musical artists including Lyric ...


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Bailiwick Chicago holds annual casting auction - From a press release - CHICAGO ( October 20, 2014 ) — Anyone can be a star — for a price! The annual Chicago Casting Auction is a unique opportunity for non-professionals to experience the thrill of being on stage in a professionally produced Chicago stage production. Bailiwick Chicago will be auctioning off over 40 roles for this season's musical production, Wonderful Town, on Saturday, ...


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EXHIBITS 'David Bowie Is' wows patrons at the MCA - Having opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Sept. 23, "David Bowie Is" offers audiences an intimate and immersive journey into the multifaceted personas and creations of an artist widely considered to be one of the most significant of his time and genre. At a preview on Sept. 19, MCA chief curator Michael Darling was joined by ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Theatrical puzzle pieces - Many composers and playwrights would be aghast to see their songs or scripts rearranged willy-nilly by an artsy director who feels that he or she knows better than the show's original authors. Lyricist Amanda Green experienced this exact situation earlier this year when she attended the Texas premiere of her 2013 Broadway musical adaptation of the film documentary Hands on ...







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