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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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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bethany

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 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-At-Home-at-the-Zoo

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 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Jane-Eyre

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 ...


MUSICAL-REVIEW-A-Kurt-Weill-Cabaret

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 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Rest

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 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Season-on-the-Line

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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