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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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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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Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Spotlight: Animal Farm/B> Animal Farm, George Orwell's famous allegorical novella that darkly explores an "ideal" society via barnyard animals, comes to life again on stage in a world premiere adaptation by Althos Low for Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Performances during the week are for visiting schools, but performances for the general public are available on weekends. Animal Farm continues for ...


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THEATER REVIEW At Last: A Tribute to Etta James - Playwright: Jackie Taylor. At: Black Ensemble Theatre, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: Dec. 28 Fifteen minutes into Black Ensemble's revue, audience members might find themselves asking three questions: 1 ) What are songs written by Bob Dylan, Glen Frey and Sammy Fain doing in the score of a show billed as a tribute to Etta ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Submission

THEATER REVIEW The Submission - Playwright: Jeff Talbott. At: Pride Films and Plays at the Apollo Studio, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6100; www.pridefilmsandplays.com; $25. Runs through: Nov. 25 Writing under pseudonyms is hardly an unknown practice—consider the literary career of Jane Martin, the detective stories of Ed McBain, or Google a 1969 novel by Penelope Ashe called Naked Came the Stranger. Reputable artists may ...


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THEATER REVIEW Watch on the Rhine - Playwright: Lillian Hellman. At: The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand Ave. . Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.theartistichome.org; $28-$32. Runs through: Nov. 16 It's easy for us Americans, safely barricaded on two sides by the earth's biggest oceans, to ignore the border disputes of countries sharing more closely-forged histories and real estate. Ah, but what if those disturbances invaded our homes—indeed, our very ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Book: Hugh Wheeler; Score: Stephen Sondheim. At: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or www.porchlightmusictheatre.org; $39-$45. Runs through Nov. 9 Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's 1979 musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street has proven itself to be a masterpiece that can hold any size stage. When cast and designed well, ...


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Laramie Project; Boy George; Library exhibit on marriage - 'The Laramie Project' at NU Oct. 24-Nov. 2 The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of a Wyoming town following the 1998 kidnapping and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, will be staged at Northwestern University Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The production, which Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project wrote, will launch the Virginia Wadsworth ...


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'By Women for Women' Oct. 25 at Joffrey Tower - With the Women's Action Committee of Center on Halsted hosting, "By Women For Women: Art-Performance-Engagement" will present the Community Leader Awards to Kat Fitzgerald, and Vera Washington & Patricia S. McCombs. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, at Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St., at 6:30 p.m. Washington and McCombs, both of whom have been inducted into the ...


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GayCo Productions turns 18, is Bearly Legal - From a press release - CHICAGO—-It's official! GayCo Productions is on the market! The boundary-pushing comedy organization can now legally buy cigarettes, vote, have sex and, thanks to marriage equality in Illinois, get married to a 54-year-old muscle daddy and divorce him and take all his Design Within Reach furniture. GayCo Productions turns 18 years old this year, and, to celebrate a whole new world ...


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Upcoming shows: Laramie Project; Brickman; McComas, Kuper, Kennedy - 'The Laramie Project' at NU Oct. 24-Nov. 2 The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of a Wyoming town following the 1998 kidnapping and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, will be staged at Northwestern University Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The production, which Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project wrote, will launch the Virginia Wadsworth ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Donna McKechnie, the primary performing muse to late director-choreographer Michael Bennett in such musicals as A Chorus Line, Company and Promises, Promises, is the headlining star for Pride Films and Plays' annual benefit Simply Sensational: Legends. The event features McKenchnie and other performers in addition to a raffle for fabulous door prizes. Pride Films and Plays' ...


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Cyndi Lauper talks about 'Kinky Boots' - Winner of six Tony Awards, the Broadway hit musical Kinky Boots debuted on The Great White Way in October 2012 and hasn't slowed down since. The popular musical is based on the 2005 film Kinky Boots, which was serendipitously inspired by a true story. With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots was ...


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THEATER REVIEW Take Me Out - Playwright: Richard Greenberg. At: Eclectic Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.eclectic-theatre.com; $25. Runs through: Nov. 2 Richard Greenberg launches his world of sports play with superstar batter Darren Lemming announcing to the press that he is gay, but the repercussions vested upon his teammates, his fans and his career will not be what we ...


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THEATER REVIEW Witches Among Us - Playwright: Music & Lyrics by Scott Free, book by Rick Karlin. At: New American Folk Theatre at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-426-6442; www.newamericanfolktheatre.org; $15-$20. Runs through: Nov. 7 The martyrs of Salem, Massachusetts, were not the first scapegoats of a society undone by its own fears, but the source of their persecution has entered our language ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Wild Party - Score: Michael John LaChiusa; Book: LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe. At: Bailiwick Chicago at Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or www.bailiwickchicago.com; $40 . Through Nov. 1 It's likely that die-hard musical-theater fans will forever be bickering and taking sides over The Wild Party. That's because in New York during the year 2000, two completely different musicals ...


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THEATER REVIEW Danny Casolaro Died for You - Playwright: Dominic Orlando. At: TimeLine ( sic ) Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; www.timelinetheatre.com; $39-$52. Runs through: Dec. 21 I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I believe Oswald acted alone. Still, I know there are vast international crime networks doing business with each other far outside any law. I know, too, our government does business with them in the ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Gay-bar-drama

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Gay bar drama - Plays and musicals with characters who fall within the LGBTQ spectrum appear all over Chicago stages, from Equity flagships like the Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company to the tiniest of storefronts like The Side Project or the Apollo Studio. But there's also something to be said about targeting LGBTQ audiences precisely where they like to hang out. This explains ...


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46th Jeff Awards celebrates excellence in Chicago theatre - From a press release - October 13, 2014 — Chicago, IL. At the gala 46th Annual Equity Jeff Awards held at Drury Lane Oakbrook on Monday, October 13, awards were spread among numerous theatres honoring a season of outstanding productions. From Writers Theatre, "The Dance of Death", a battle of wits between a tyrant and his manipulative wife, received the Production-Play award for a large ...


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Terrence McNally Eclipse Theatre Company's featured playwright - From a press release - Lips Together, Teeth Apart; A Perfect Ganesh; The Lisbon Traviata Chicago's Eclipse Theatre Company, the Midwest's only theatre company to focus on a single playwright each season, will feature the works of award-winning American playwright Terrence McNally for their 2015 Season. Eclipse will explore the range of McNally's output with three full productions, plus readings and public events about the ...


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Dustin Lance Black talks marriage rights, traveling and London - Dustin Lance Black is a charmer. That much became apparent during a recent phone conversation with the Oscar-winning screenwriter ( for Milk, which starred Sean Penn ). However, behind that easygoing facade is a fierce advocate for marriage rights—a fight that constantly takes him around the country. ( Also, that journey will bring the American Foundation for Equal Rights board ...


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NUNN ON ONE Gay actor from 'Nurse Jackie' shows theater chops - Chicago Cabaret Professionals ( CCP ) will celebrate in a big way this October with an anniversary gala at Park West. Performer Stephen Wallem will be the organization's national honoree. The Rockford, Illinois, native is known for playing the role of gay jack-of-all-trades Thor Lundgren on the Showtime feature Nurse Jackie. However, he also has extensive theater experience; he has ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Call Chicago comedian Shawn Bowers a creep ( if you want ) for what he calls the art of "goldfishing," which his adventures of pretending to be a woman on popular online dating sites for his own amusement. Hear all about Bowers' duplicity in The Goldfish Project: Procreation, which is co-curated by Sarah Gitenstein and produced by The New Colony ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bethany - Playwright: Laura Marks. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071 or www.thegifttheatre.org; $20-$30. Runs through Nov. 23 Laura Marks' 2013 off-Broadway drama Bethany grips audiences from the start and won't let go. Now making its Chicago premiere at The Gift Theatre in an edge-of-your-seat staging by Marti Lyons, Bethany craftily instills feelings of hope and dread as you ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Night Alive - Playwright: Conor McPherson. At: Steppenwolf theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$82. Runs through: Nov. 16 Conor McPherson may have forsaken alcohol after his brush with the Grim Reaper, but his universe is still that of a pub-crawler down to his last euro, reliant on the grudging charity of family and friends. In this myth-infused underworld realm, demons ...


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THEATER REVIEW The World of Extreme Happiness - Playwright: Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Happiness; $10-$40. Runs through: Oct. 12 [Editor's note: A pivotal plot twist is revealed in this review.] This new play may not be a good production, but it certainly is pertinent. Hong Kong may be bloody when you read this, as Beijing suppresses massive demonstrations supporting free ...


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THEATER REVIEW At Home at the Zoo - Playwright: Edward Albee. At: City Lit at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-293-3682; www.citylit.org; $29. Runs through: Oct. 26 Edward Albee's curmudgeonly decision to affix an addendum, written in 2004, to his career-making one-act play, written in 1959, shouldn't be surprising. Far from solving mysteries probed for over five decades by learned scholars and acting-class students ...


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Robert Patrick: One of oldest gay playwrights on theater history - LGBT HISTORY MONTH - Robert Patrick is the author of Kennedy's Children and The Haunted Host, one of America's oldest gay plays, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. He was one of the leading lights of the off-off Broadway, fringe and gay-theater movements in the United States. When he was younger, he made the mistake of selling his copyrights and now, at age 76, he ...


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Bennett and Gaga's CD; Melissa on marriage; Laverne in Vegas - Showbiz news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's acclaimed jazz album, Cheek To Cheek, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album, the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts, according to a press release. With the release of Cheek to Cheek, Bennett breaks his own record, set in 2011 when Duets II debuted at number one at the age of 85. ...


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Double date with Walt Whitman: Interview with playwright, actor - LGBT HISTORY MONTH - Walt Whitman is one of America's most celebrated poets, essayists and journalists, even though during his lifetime ( 1819-1897 ) his work was considered controversial. Whitman broke with many traditions and is now seen as the father of free verse. Fundamentalists objected to the homoerotic passages in his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene and overtly ...


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Laramie Project launches Northwestern's MainStage season - - The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of a Wyoming town following the 1998 kidnapping and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, will be staged at Northwestern University Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The production, written by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project, will launch the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts' 34th Mainstage ...


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October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard to premiere - Non-profit theatre company, Trust Theatre Ensemble, will premiere their stage adaptation of October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard at Theatre Wit in Chicago this October. Written by Lesléa Newman, who was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in 1998, the year Matthew Shepard was killed, October Mourning is a poetic exploration of this ...


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THEATER REVIEW Jane Eyre - Playwright: Christina Calvit from Charlotte Bronte's novel. At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 773-761-4477; www.lifelinetheatre.com; $40. Runs through: Oct. 26 The novels of the Bronte sisters have served as a touchstone for Lifeline Theatre for much of its history. The troupe first presented Jane Eyre almost 25 years ago, repeated it as the millennium turned and now approaches ...


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MUSICAL REVIEW A Kurt Weill Cabaret - Arrangements and music direction: Jeremy Ramey. At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 800-595-4849 or www.theo-u.org; $25-$29. Runs through Oct. 19 Count me among the chorus of critics who feel that the diverse music theater works of Kurt Weill ( 1900-1950 ) deserve more renown and full-scale revivals. But in the meantime, I'm ...


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THEATER REVIEW Rest - Playwright: Samuel D. Hunter. At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $20-$60. Runs through: Oct. 12 Existential voids come in all shapes and sizes. Samuel D. Hunter's begins in an unnamed assisted-living facility located ( unsurprisingly ) in the hinterlands of a likewise remote Idaho city. Its corporate owners are closing it down ...


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Octavia Spencer: 'Red' is the new black - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION - Academy Award-winning Help actress Octavia Spencer has paid her dues in the business. She started as a nurse in A Time to Kill that led to Bad Santa and Spider-Man. Her television roles have included ER, Becker and Ugly Betty. Recently, she was in the James Brown biopic Get on Up as well as Fruitvale Station, which is about the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Season on the Line - Playwright: Shawn Pfautsch. At: The House Theater of Chicago at the Chopin, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-769-3832; www.thehousetheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: Oct. 26 This is a play aimed at audiences who know how plays are made—or who want to know how plays are made. The playmakers, in this case, are the Bad Settlement Theatre Company ( BSTC ), and ...


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Theater spotlight; Critics picks - Redmoon Theater has teamed with the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago to present The Great Chicago Fire Festival, an inaugural theatrical spectacle to celebrate the city's strength and resurgence following the Great Fire of 1871. Highlights of the event include fireworks, specially built houses on the river that will be set ablaze, plus celebrity grand marshals Jesse ...


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La Roux Oct. 1; Big Freedia Oct. 10; By Women for Women Oct. 25 - By Women for Women' Oct. 25 at Joffrey Tower With the Women's Action Committee of Center on Halsted hosting, "By Women For Women: Art-Performance-Engagement" will present the Community Leader Awards to Kat Fitzgerald, and Vera Washington & Patricia S. McCombs. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, at Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St., at 6:30 p.m. Washington and ...


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THEATER REVIEW Another Bone - Playwright: Cathy Earnest. At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr. Tickets: 773-728-7529; www.redtwist.org; $30 Thurs., $35 Fri.-Sun. Runs through: Oct. 19 The horrifying events of 9/11 have been seared into our collective consciousness in a myriad of ways for well over a decade. Another Bone, currently featured at the Redtwist Theatre, manages, rather surprisingly, to present us with a fresh, ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Chicago actress and trans* woman Sandra Wagner makes her directorial debut with Moon over Buffalo, Ken Ludwig's 1995 Broadway comedy about two aging repertory actors battling against memory lapses and other stage mishaps in a vain attempt to impress a visiting Hollywood producer. The PAC Rats Theatre Company's Moon over Buffalo continues through Sunday, Sept. 28, at South Suburban College's ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Broadway legend returns to town - Chita Rivera is truly a living theater legend. Her Broadway career spans 60 years starting in 1953 when she was hired as a dancer for Cole Porter's musical Can-Can, stretching to 2013 when she turned 80 starring as Princess Puffer during the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Studio 54. But Rivera also has an ...


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THEATER REVIEW Native Son - Playwright: Nambi E. Kelley after the novel by Richard Wright. At: American Blues Theater & Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis St. Tickets: 773-753-4472 or www.courttheatre.org; $45-$65. Runs through Oct. 19 On the surface, Nambi E. Kelley's world-premiere stage adaptation of Richard Wright's novel Native Son is a period piece set in 1939 Chicago. But as the play hurls toward its ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Downpour

THEATER REVIEW The Downpour - Playwright: Caitlin Parrish. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.greenhousetheater.org; $35. Runs through: Oct. 12 In olden days, they were called "family insanities"—mental disorders seemingly handed down through generations like physical characteristics. Nowadays such fears are no longer as prevalent, but if your mother suffered postpartum psychosis so severe as to compel ...


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THEATER REVIEW King Lear - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier, 800 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600; www.chicagoshakes.com; $48-$78. Runs through: Nov. 9 Of all Shakespeare's plays, his ranting-in-the-rain scene in King Lear is unsurpassed for sheer Wagnerian spectacle, so nobody can blame Chicago Shakespeare Theater's for deciding to open their 2014 season with flourish and fanfare. The title role also ...


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Upcoming: Fireside Chat; Mapplethorpe; Etta James tribute; Mamet's Cryptogram - 'A Fireside Chat' with Victor Salvo on Oct. 1 "A Fireside Chat" with Victor Salvo, executive director of The Legacy Project, will take place at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater, 3656 N. Halsted St., on Wed., Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The Fireside Chats are produced by Joanne Gaddy, Christina Court and Douglas O'Keeffe, who also hosts the event. There ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Healthcare-Plays

THEATER REVIEW The Healthcare Plays - Plays: Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith; Mercy Strain by Michael Milligan. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 773-409-4125; www.atcweb.org; $43-$48. Runs through: Oct. 18 American Theater Company ( ATC ) collectively bills Let Me Down Easy and Mercy Strain as The Healthcare Plays. As important as health care is, and as much a hot-button ...


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New American Folk Theatre presents musical by two Chicagoans - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 14, 2014 ) — New American Folk Theatre ( NAFT ) announced that it will present the world premiere of "Witches Among Us", a musical by Chicagoans Rick Karlin ( book ) and Scott Free ( music and lyrics ), on October 3, at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. It will run on Friday evenings ...


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The Gay Divorce 2.0 in staged reading at Mary's Attic - From a press release - On Friday, September 26, Mary's Attic presents a staged reading of a new comedy by cult novelist Robert Rodi ( Fag Hag, Bitch Goddess ) and Clio winner Jack Badofsky. "The Gay Divorce 2.0" charts the acrimonious battle between husbands Mel Pinsky ( a helicopter traffic reporter ) and Cody Gillenwater ( a former pro baseball player ), urged on ...


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Co-creator of Kam Kardashian presents Brown Girl Problems - Fawzia Mirza, creator of the character Kam Kardashian, brings you a new comedic web series, Brown Girl Problems. It is a sketch-style series showcasing the comedic, awkward and even imaginary situations in the life of South Asian women. The show highlights Mirza's own minority backgrounds: South Asian, Muslim, queer. The show stars Fawzia Mirza as "The Brown Girl" and features ...


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Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Actress Amanda Peet made her off-Broadway debut as a playwright in 2013 with a drama inspired by the recent downfall of financier Bernie Madoff, who ran an elaborate Ponzi scheme. With The Commons of Pensacola, Peet imagines what life might be like for the wife of a convicted Wall Street trader and the recriminations that spew from fellow family members ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Josh Young: 'Grace' under pressure - This October, Chicagoans are being treated to another pre-Broadway engagement—this time with a musical called Amazing Grace. It tells the story of John Newton, played by Josh Young, who is torn between becoming a slave trader or becoming more compassionate thanks to fellow costar Erin Mackey, who plays his childhood sweetheart. The classic title song "Amazing Grace" is born in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Ryan Czerwonko's 'Dead' reckoning - Evil Dead: The Musical is creeping into the Broadway Playhouse this fall and only running for three weeks. This horror show based on the classic movie broke records in Canada during its run before hitting the Windy City. The full cast of Chicagoans tells the campy story of five college friends staying in a cabin in the woods. Everything is ...


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FALL THEATER SPECIAL Autumn premieres - Chicago theater chugs along ... and chugs along and chugs along. The 2014-2015 season is filled with delights covering 2,400 years of drama from the works of Euripides and Sophocles to new lights we haven't yet discovered ( but will before next summer rolls around ). As always, a very high percentage—about 40 percent—of work offered from our 230+ area ...


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Autumn classics and revivals and how to tell the difference - FALL THEATER SPECIAL - The word "classic" is tossed around pretty casually these days—indeed, it's not uncommon for Baby Boom geezers to affix that appellation to anything recalled from their youth, regardless of lasting historical significance ( "Yellow Submarine" might qualify as "classic" pop, but should "Mellow Yellow" share that status? ) According to sages at Windy City Times, a play can be called ...


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Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra: UNDONE - THEATER REVIEW - Adapting and condensing a historical theater epic down to fit into a tiny storefront theater space sounds like a fool's errand. But as regular Chicago theatergoers know, the Windy City's industrious theater artists can often surprise and delight in re-imagining great works on a drastically smaller scale. Unfortunately, Skyline StageWorks' reduction of the Bard's work titled Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra: ...


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Miracles in the Fall - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Chuck O'Connor. At: Polarity Ensemble Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.petheatre.com; $25. Runs through: Oct. 5 Sister Clare Connelly probably wasn't the first teenage girl to flee her squabbling parents house for the perceived safety of a cloistered community, nor was Father Peter Lentine likely the first boy to seek the priesthood as an ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Midnight City - Playwright: Tony Fitzpatrick. At: Firecat Projects at the Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Hasted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $25. Runs through: Oct. 19 "Tony has lived only in Chicago" Stan Klein tells us. The "Tony" of whom he speaks is Tony Fitzpatrick—artist, poet, and raconteur in the tradition of Ben Hecht, Nelson Algren, Mike Royko, Studs Terkel and Rick Kogan. After ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Isaac's Eye; Death Tax - Playwright: Lucas Hnath. At: Lookingglass Theatre, the Water Tower Water Works ( Death Tax ); Writers' Theatre, Books on Vernon, Glencoe ( Isaac's Eye ). Tickets, Death Tax: 312-337-0665; www.lookingglasstheatre.org; $40-$65. Tickets, Isaac's Eye: 847-242-6000; www.writerstheatre.org; $35-$75. Runs through: Oct. 12 ( Death Tax ), Dec. 7 ( Isaac's Eye ) Since 2011, Lucas Hnath ( pronounced "Nayth" ) has ...


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The show must go on: A season of musicals and operas is coming - FALL THEATER SPECIAL - This past Thursday, Sept. 11, theaters around the Chicago area dimmed their marquee lights at 7:30 p.m. in tribute to theater artists who passed away the previous week. Bernie Yvon, 50, was killed in an Indiana car accident on Sept. 6. Yvon, a veteran of numerous musicals at Chicago-area venues like the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and Drury Lane Theatre ...


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THEATER NEWS - FWD event to feature Tony winner Mueller Eight veteran actors, directors, writers, choreographers and producers have created FWD ( "Festival of Works in Development" ) Theatre Project, a grassroots initiative for the discovery, development and delivery of original musical theater to the Chicago community. Artistic Director Amber Makalong, along with collective artistic associates Justin Brill, Wade Elkins, Michael Gillis, Karen ...


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About Face Theatre presents Black and Tan Supper Club - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 10, 2014 ) — For one exclusive night, step back into the golden age of Chicago's Bohemian society as About Face Theatre presents The Black and Tan Supper Club on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 from 7 pm — 10 pm at the swanky InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave. on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This magical throwback inspired ...


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October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard on stage Oct. 9 - From a press release - Flint, MI — Non-profit theatre company, Trust Theatre Ensemble, will premiere their stage adaptation of October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard at Theatre Wit in Chicago this October. Written by Lesléa Newman, who was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in 1998, the year Matthew Shepard was killed, October Mourning is a poetic ...


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Illinois Humanities Council event focuses on drag - The Illinois Humanities Council's 2014 "Now What?" series has played host to spirited discussions in venues across the city with headliners and experts weighing in on array of topics that are shaping U.S. business, culture and politics from the rise and proliferation of social media to equality and the role of democracy in public education. On Sept. 3, the fourth ...


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Harris Theater, Lyric Opera partner for Beyond the Aria series - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 3, 2014 ) Michael Tiknis, President and Managing Director of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, today unveiled Beyond the Aria, a new performance series produced by Harris Theater in a unique first-time association with Lyric Unlimited, on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park. Four performances—October 21, November 10, January 14, and March 10 ( ...


About-Face-Theatre-presents-Black-and-Tan-Supper-Club

About Face Theatre presents Black and Tan Supper Club - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 10, 2014 ) — For one exclusive night, step back into the golden age of Chicago's Bohemian society as About Face Theatre presents THE BLACK AND TAN SUPPER CLUB on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 7 pm — 10 pm at the swanky InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave. on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This magical throwback inspired ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Coward - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Nick Jones. At: Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$30. Runs through: Oct. 5 In a tribal culture. family is everything. In a pre-literate culture, what is said about one's family is everything. In a warrior culture, the willingness to die in the defense of these values is everything. Long after English ...







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