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THEATER-REVIEW-Sylvester-or-The-Wicked-Uncle

THEATER REVIEW Sylvester, or The Wicked Uncle - Playwright: adapted by Christina Calvit from the novel by Georgette Heyer At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: $40. Runs through: Oct. 29 Regency Romances, preferably adapted for the stage by Christina Calvit, never fail to delight Lifeline audiences, who could happily revel in ladies wearing long dresses and gentlemen clad in tight breeches for as many seasons as ...


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THEATER REVIEW A View from the Bridge - Playwright: Arthur Miller At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $25-$95. Runs through: Oct. 15 Arthur Miller made no secret of his desire to write plays exhibiting the gravity and grandeur of classical tragedy, nor his disappointment at having to convey—and in his eyes, diminish—those qualities in contexts easily comprehended by mid-20th-century North American patrons. Neither has Ivo ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Rembrandt - Playwright: Jessica Dickey At: Steppenwolf Theatre Upstairs, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; Steppenwolf.org; $20-$104. Runs through: Nov. 5 Simon, a dying old poet, comforts his younger lover of 35 years, as Henry whispers calmly but urgently, "Don't die! Don't Die! Don't Die!" and sobs in Simon's arms. This final scene of The Rembrandt is profound, moving, tender and true. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-New-Brain

THEATER REVIEW A New Brain - Music by: William Finn Book by: William Finn and James Lapine At: No Exit Café, 6970 N Glenwood Ave. Tickets: Theo-u.com; $29-59 Runs through: Oct. 29 BY JAMES R. WILKE Before seeing this production, I was admittedly concerned about the risks inherent for a small Chicago theater company tackling William Finn's semi-autobiographical off-Broadway musical comedy about a young composer suddenly ...


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Chicago's theater community comes together to fight racism, other bias - The Chicago theater community came together to fight racism in a special event co-produced by Black Ensemble Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre Company Sept. 25. This special one-night event, Chicago's Theater Community Coming Together to Fight the Ism's "Highlighting Racism," was hosted at Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street. The event confronted racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other ...


The-Importance-of-Being-Earnest-on-stage-at-Writers-Theatre-Nov-8--Dec-23

The Importance of Being Earnest on stage at Writers Theatre Nov. 8 - Dec. 23 - From a press release - Glencoe, IL— Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents The Importance of Being Earnest, written by Oscar Wilde and directed by Halberstam. The Importance of Being Earnest runs November 8 — December 23, 2017 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press ...


Theater-Critics-Picks

Theater Critics' Picks - Barbecue, Strawdog Theatre at Steppenwolf 1700, through Sept. 30. What people believe always trumps the truth. Satirical playwright Robert O'Hara ( Bootycandy ) explores this conundrum, and also issues of cultural appropriation that blur Black/white race lines. JA Bonnie and Clyde, Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, through Oct. 15. The saga of the Depression-era lovers who chose outlaw thrills over ...


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TRUST, CAIR hosting storytelling event - TRUST Collective-Chicago and CAIR-Chicago will host a storytelling event Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at CAIR-chicago, 17 N. State St., 15th floor. CAIR-Chicago—the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group—protects civil liberties, promotes mutual understanding, and mobilizes Muslim communities to fully contribute to our democracy. Founded in July 2016 "post-Orlando," TRUST Collective-Chicago consists of Latinx, LGBTQ and Muslim ...


Story-Time-with-Drag-Queens-continues

Story Time with Drag Queens continues - "Muffy Fishbasket Presents Story Time with Drag Queens" will continue with events throughout September and October. Muffy Fishbasket and her Good Time Gals read some of their favorite stories to a room full of children. Each child requires a ticket, and all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Upcoming events are: —Sept. 22 during the evening ...


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Hubbard Street's 'Space' Sept. 21-24 - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ( HSDC ) will present its fall program, "Space, in Perspective" ( working title ), for seven performances at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., on Sept. 21-24. Featuring the 16 company members as well as 16 dancers in the Hubbard Street Professional Program ( HS Pro ), the work will be choreographed by guest ...


-Use-It-or-Lose-It-Sept-23-at-Greenhouse

'Use It or Lose It' Sept. 23 at Greenhouse - Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., is hosting "Use It or Lose It: An Evening of Short Plays About Your Rights" on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. The event spotlights original works inspired by contemporary and historic legal battles the ACLU has fought on behalf of U.S. residents' rights and freedoms. "Use It" features short plays by Thomas ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Spotlight on Women in Artemesia Fall Festival 2017 - It's not every day that audiences can have a direct say in what plays are produced by a theater company. But that's exactly what the women-focused Artemisia is doing with its Fall Festival 2017. "We do new work, so I really wanted a situation where the audience participated in experiencing the new work directly—to focus on the text," said Artemisia ...


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Chicago Fringe Opera leads with transgender coming of age story at Center - Chicago — Now in its fourth year, Chicago's "alt-opera company" ( John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune ) Chicago Fringe Opera ( CFO ) announced its 2017-2018 season today. The company's mission is to produce works composed in English, often from the twenty-first century, and brought to life in immersive, site-specific and experiential settings. CFO produces two fully-staged productions each season ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Heavens-Are-Hung-in-Black

THEATER REVIEW The Heavens Are Hung in Black - Playwright: James Still. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $35. Runs through: Oct. 21 The year is 1862. The secessionist rebellion that was to have been resolved in a few months continues to escalate in volume until refugees crowd our nation's capital, and president Abraham Lincoln, beset by dissenting factions in both parties, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Priscilla-Queen-of-the-Desert-The-Musical

THEATER REVIEW Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical - Playwrights: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott At: Morton College Campus ( Building A ), 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. Tickets: 708-656-1800 or JPACTheatre.com; $20. Runs through: Sep. 30 Peek under the hood of Priscilla—Queen of the Desert: The Musical, and you'll find a parred down story with familiar juke-box hits, all designed not to pull focus away from Priscilla's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Invisible-Scarlet-ONeil

THEATER REVIEW The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil - Playwright: Barbara Lhota, based on the comic strip by Russell Stamm At: Babes With Blades Theatre, Company at the Factory, 1623 W. Howard St. Tickets: $25. Runs through: Oct. 14 Sorry, Wonder Woman, but your long-lost older sister is back to resume her place in superherstory. Russell Stamm's comic strip focusing on the adventures of a scientist's daughter turned crime-fighter ...


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The Annoyance Theatre to premiere LGBTQ baseball musical comedy "Striking Out" - From a press release - September 14th, Chicago, IL - The Annoyance is proud to premiere a new LGBTQ musical comedy "Striking Out", at 7:30pm on Sunday September 24th at The Annoyance Theatre and Bar in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. "Striking Out" is a two act musical about the first straight baseball player in a world where all professional athletes are gay. The Chicago Otters ( ...


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FALL THEATER PREVIEW Fall classics and revivals reflect diversity - Theatergoing audiences weary of the same young white het males lamenting their first-world problems will find a variety of demographics represented in this fall's roster of classic and revival plays, ranging from interethnic lovers rebelling against injust laws and angels rebelling against unjust deities to all-female ensembles of—um, advanced age. Already running Machinal, Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln ...


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Auditorium to mark 50th anniv. with dance companies - On Sunday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its grand reopening with a one-night-only mixed repertory program featuring dancers from some of the world's premier dance companies. Said companies include the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Dutch National Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey ...


Martha-Lavey-memorial-Oct-9

Martha Lavey memorial Oct. 9 - Steppenwolf Theatre Company will host a memorial to celebrate the life and legacy of Martha Lavey—who served as artistic director during 1995-2015—Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. The memorial event is open to the public and tickets are free; however, reservations are required. RSVPs from the public will be accepted starting Wed., Sept. ...


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FALL THEATER PREVIEW And now for something you've never seen! - Since the early days of off-Loop Theater, Chicago audiences have preferred the new over the same-old same-old. Today, Chicago theaters present in excess of 800 productions every year, according to the League of Chicago Theatres, and nearly half of them are world premieres while many more are American or local premieres. Of course, it's impossible to predict whether the new ...


FALL-THEATER-PREVIEW-Queer-theater-for-the-fall

FALL THEATER PREVIEW Queer theater for the fall - There's plenty of variety this fall when it comes to plays, musicals and concerts featuring LGBTQ characters and themes. Choose from campy and drag-filled spoofs to serious contemporary dramas. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. World premieres Trevor: The Musical, Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. A showbiz-minded boy struggles with his sexuality, bullying and contemplating suicide in ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Tobly-McSmith-creates-a-parade-of-parodies

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Tobly McSmith creates a parade of parodies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bob and Tobly McSmith are the creators and writers of a long string of parodies based on TV shows. Exclamation points are a popular occurrence in titles, with Bayside! The Musical!, Full! House! The Musical and Showgirls! The Musical! They are currently working on Philadelphia: On Ice and Anne Frank 2: Hungry for Vengeance ( and Bread ). Until then ...


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Second City cooks up comedy for George Wendt's roast - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 9, Second City alumni and friends of George Wendt walked a red carpet before a planned comedic roasting of the actor at 230 W. North Ave. Titled I Can't Believe They Wendt There the evening's proceeds benefited Gilda's Club of Chicago and The Second City Alumni Fund. Several of the stars stopped to chat with Windy City Times ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic..., Route 66 Theater Company at Den Theatre, through Sept. 23. Halley Feiffer's irreverent comedy of adult children and ailing moms displays enough warmth to earn its showy title. MSB Barbecue, Strawdog Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre, through Sept. 30. What people believe always trumps the truth. Satirical playwright Robert O'Hara (BootyCandy) ...


Theater-Spotlight

Theater Spotlight - Chicago Shakespeare Theater inaugurates its new third theater—a multipurpose space called The Yard—with The Toad Knew. This imported production from France's La Compagnie du Hanneton is devised by physical theater master James Thierrée and delves into dreams and nightmares as recreated by a troupe of dancers, high-wire artists and musicians. The Toad Knew plays five performances only between Tuesday, Sept. ...


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'Fun Home' part of Victory's season - Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, announced the lineup for its 2017-2018 season. Among the productions is Fun Home ( Sept. 19-Nov. 12 ). Hailed as one of Broadway's most original musicals and winner of five Tony Awards, Fun Home is inspired by Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. Other upcoming ...


Cast-named-for-Significant-Other

Cast named for 'Significant Other' - About Face Theatre and Theater Wit have announced the full casting for the Midwest premiere of the romantic comedy Significant Other, by Joshua Harmon, playwright of the hit comedy Bad Jews. AFT Artistic Associate Keira Fromm is directing. Significant Other will feature AFT Artistic Associates Benjamin Sprunger and Alex Weisman with Ninos Baba, Amanda Drinkall, Tiffany Oglesby, Cassidy Slaughter-Mason and ...


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Sarah Siddons Society to honor Baldwin, Shindle - The Sarah Siddons Society of Chicago has announced the 2017 winners of its Actor of the Year Award. This year there will be two recpients—Kate Baldwin, this year's Tony nominee for Best Supporting Actress; and Kate Shindle, the 1998 Miss America who is the current star of the national tour of Fun Home. They will receive their award at an ...


Megan-Carney-is-new-artistic-director-of-About-Face-Theatre

Megan Carney is new artistic director of About Face Theatre - From a press release - The Board of Directors of About Face Theatre Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Megan Carney as AFT's new Artistic Director. Carney, who currently serves as the Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will join the company this fall. She succeeds Andrew Volkoff, who stepped down earlier this summer. "After ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Night-in-Alachua-County

THEATER REVIEW A Night in Alachua County - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Jennifer Rumberger. At: WildClaw Theatre Company at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $30. Runs through: Oct. 7 All fiction begins with the question "What if," but what separates the basement/dorm-room scribblers from the inspired storytellers is that the former abandon their inquiry as the initial excitement wanes, while the latter forge ahead until all possibilities have been ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bonnie-and-Clyde

THEATER REVIEW Bonnie and Clyde - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Book by Ivan Menchel, music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black. At: Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $33-$38. Runs through: Oct. 15 "Dying ain't so bad/not if you both go together/a short and loving life/that ain't so bad " croons our heroine. "I won't get to heaven/so why not raise some hell?" declares ...


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THEATER REVIEW The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Book: Jay Paul Deratany; Music: Joe Stevens & Keaton Wooden; Lyrics: Stevens, Wooden & Deratany. At: Permoveo Productions and Pride Films and Plays at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or AlbertCashierTheMusical.com; $40. Runs through: Oct. 15

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Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher in Back to Back Tour here Oct. 14 - Chicago native Cameron Esposito returns to her hometown with her wife and fellow comedian Rhea Butcher for a show at the Vic Theater on Saturday, Oct. 14 on their multi-city "Back To Back" stand-up tour. Cameron and Rhea are the stars and creators of the hit TV comedy series "Take My Wife" which ran for two seasons and was critically ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Cicada-Summer-

THEATER REVIEW Cicada Summer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Claire Saxe. At: Rough House Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Ave. Tickets: RoughHousetheater.com; $20. Runs through: Sept. 30 Most dramatized tales of mankind vs. insect generally conclude with the bug blown up, squashed or incinerated: consider The Fly, Them ( giant ants ), The Beginning of the End ( giant grasshoppers in Chicago ) and Mothra. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Embodying butch/femme - Local actors Nate Santana and Danni Smith are used to being judged by their onstage performances. But now the two will be facing judgements on their abilities to properly embody characters who must respectably be feminine or butch in the regional premieres of two acclaimed shows. Santana stars in The Legend of Georgia McBride at Skokie's Norhtlight Theatre. Matthew Lopez's ...


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THEATER REVIEW Honeymoon in Vegas - Book: Andrew Bergman; Score: Jason Robert Brown. At: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Tickets: 847-634-0200 or MarriottTheatre.com; $50-$60. Runs through: Oct. 15 Honeymoon in Vegas flopped on Broadway back in 2015, despite a slew of good critical reviews. The musical even received a ringing endorsement by esteemed composer Stephen Sondheim in an interview for The New York Times. Now ...


Chritics-Picks

Chritics' Picks - Aladdin, Cadillac Palace Theatre, through Sept. 10. This national tour is a corporate Disney product, no doubt. But most audiences nostalgic for the blockbuster 1992 animated feature probably won't care since Aladdin delivers as a wowing, big-budget stage spectacle. SCM The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Red Theater at Strawdog Theatre, through Sept. 16. There's still plenty of bash-crash-and-thrash, but ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Funny-Thing-Happened-on-the-Way

THEATER REVIEW A Funny Thing Happened on the Way... - Playwright: Halley Feiffer. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $35. Runs through: Sept. 23 Halley Feiffer's play A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City may not hold the record for the longest play title of the last half-century—that ...


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THEATER REVIEW Barbecue - Playwright: Robert O'Hara At: Strawdog Theatre Company at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St.. Tickets: 312-335-1650; Steppenwolf.org/tickets; $45. Runs through: Sept. 30 Five adult siblings with substance-abuse issues gather for a barbecue, which is cover for a family intervention for Barbara, the out-of-control crackhead sister nicknamed "Zippety-Boom" for her violent moods. In fact, there are two sets of siblings ...


THEATER-REVIEW-One-Thousand-Words

THEATER REVIEW One Thousand Words - Playwright: Book and lyrics by Michael Braud, music by Curran Latas At: Theater Faction at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $17.50-$27.50. Runs through: Sept. 17 Michael Braud and Curran Latas have written a musical containing everything a romantic story could want. To start, it's a memory play, with all the hindsight guilt and regret engendered thereby. Its framing ...


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Dragapalooza supports Equality Illinois - Make way for Dragapalooza, bringing together the biggest names in Chicago drag for a one-night-only affair, Thursday, August 31, at Sidetrack. The big night was hosted by Dixie Lynn Cartwright and featured performances from drag families such as Strange Doll Haus, Geek Squad and Squad Goals. Dragapalooza is a fundraiser for Equality Illinois. Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


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NUNN ON ONE Betty Thomas: Actress/director returns to Chicago - Second City is bringing the celebs to town to raise money for a good cause. "I Can't Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt" has roastmaster Jason Sudeikis presenting friends such as Bob Odenkirk, Betty Thomas and David Koechner, among others, to poke fun of a comedy legend. The funds raised will benefit Gilda's Club Chicago and The ...


Queens-on-Wheels-Sept-8-10

'Queens on Wheels' Sept. 8-10 - Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave., and Do312 bring back their skate night series with a weekend of "Queens on Wheels" on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 8-10. —Peach on Wheels ( Friday, Sept. 8: 7-9 p.m. ): Peach is a pop-up party series dedicated to empowering LGBTQ+ women and femmes. —Femme's Room ( Friday, Sept. 8: 10-12 a.m. ): Voted ...


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Artemisia Fall Festival Sept., Oct. - The Artemisia Fall Festival—featuring six new plays with female characters seeking full production—will take place Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 2-4 at 7 p.m. From the line-up, audiences will choose Artemisia's next world premiere. Productions include The Rug Dealer, by Riti Sachdeva ( Sept. 25 ); Jarred, by Eileen Campbell ( Sept. 26 ); Rush, by Callie Kimball ( Sept. 27 ...


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Theater spotlight on Confessions of a Mormon Boy - Utah native Steven Fales is back in town bear his soul with Confessions of a Mormon Boy, which was previously seen in 2005 at the former Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. In this autobiographical one-man show, Fales shares how he turned to drugs and worked as a gay escort in New York after years in Utah of damaging reparative therapy and a ...


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Greenhouse Theater to present Use it or Lose It, Short Plays About Your Rights - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 5, 2017 ) — Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to present Use it or Lose It: An Evening of Short Plays About Your Rights, original works inspired by contemporary and historic legal battles the ACLU has fought on behalf of Americans' rights and freedoms. Written by members of the Greenhouse's newly-created MC-10 Playwrights Ensemble and directed by ...


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October 13-29 Zombie Bathhouse at Hoover-Leppen Theatre - Campsongs Productions is presenting the world premiere of the rock musical Zombie Bathhouse at the Center On Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theatre as a Halloween theatrical spectacular. Zombie Bathhouse is directed by Dan Foss, with book by Brian Kirst, and music and lyrics by Scott Free. A zombie outbreak threatens to turn the local bathhouse patrons into flesh-eating ghouls. But within the ...


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Victory Gardens Theater to present an evening with composer Jeanine Tesori - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, announces the one-night-only special event, An Evening with Tony Award-Winning Composer Jeanine Tesori. The event will be held on Monday, September 25 at 7:30 pm at the Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets, priced at $100, may be ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Elaborate-Entrance-of-Chad-Deity-

THEATER REVIEW The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Playwright: Kristoffer Diaz. At: Red Theater Chicago at Strawdog, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Tickets: 773-733-0540; RedTheater.org; $0-$40. Runs through: Sept. 16 My favorite wrestlers are long-ago champs Sweet Daddy Siki and Haystacks Calhoun. Time Past they may be, yet their wrestling personae, their role stereotypes, would be readily familiar today. You'll find similar characters in this athletic yet thoughtful play, ...


Theater-Spotlight-on-United-Flight-232

Theater Spotlight on United Flight 232 - If you couldn't get tickets to The House Theatre of Chicago's United Flight 232, the Jeff Award-winning docudrama is being revived for a limited time. Prepare to be unsettled and moved by Vanessa Stalling's theatrical adaptation of Laurence Gonzales' book detailing the harrowing 1989 crash of a commercial flight bound for O'Hare International Airport. United Flight 232 returns from Thursday, ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - The Fly Honey Show, The Inconvenience at Den Theatre, through Sept. 2. If Hair was the "love-rock musical" of the 1960s, this gleefully R-rated gender-inclusive revel, garbed in spandex instead of flowers, is its 2017 offspring. MSB Machinal, Greenhouse Theater Center, through Sept. 24. Heather Chrisler delivers an unforgettable performance in Sophie Treadwell's groundbreaking classic of a woman driven to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Audience

THEATER REVIEW The Audience - Playwright: Peter Morgan. At: Timeline Theatre Company at Baird Hall, 612 W. Wellington Ave.. Tickets: $40-$54. Runs through: Nov. 12 Elizabeth Windsor was not the first English queen to embark on her reign like a new principal charged with bringing order to a schoolful of unruly children. From Henry Tudor's multiple marriages to the adulterous roistering of Victoria's sire and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Veil

THEATER REVIEW The Veil - Playwright: Conor McPherson. At: Idle Muse Theatre Company at the Edge, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20. Runs through: Sept. 17 Conor McPherson's earlier plays proposed a news journalist hobnobbing with vampires and a poker game with Satan, so when he proclaims that this one "rests on a fault line between what's real and what isn't," we can't say we weren't ...


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'24-Hour Fest' on Sept. 2 - Chicago non-profit theater company Nothing Without a Company has announced 24-Hour Fest Volume V, a festival of six new 10-minute plays developed within 24 hours. The festival is Saturday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m., at Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. On the evening of Friday, Sept. 1, six playwrights, six directors and 18 actors will be randomly ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Tragedy-of-He-Manlet

THEATER REVIEW The Tragedy of He-Manlet - Playwright: Adam "Roz" Rosowicz. At: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: Stage773.com; $20. Runs through: Sept. 10 He-Manlet might be an unwieldy portmanteau, but the Tragedy of He-Manlet: Prince of Eternia, is a shockingly excellent weaving of two oddly similar narratives. This is relative genius on the part of New Millennium Theatre, known for its pop-culture-inspired productions. In ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Gay-Fringe-tales

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Gay Fringe tales - Brooklyn-based gay storyteller and "drag clown" Dandy Darkly was pleased to see that he wasn't the only one delighted when his latest show, Myth Mouth!, was drawn via lottery to win a spot in the 8th Annual Chicago Fringe Festival. "When the lovely lady who drew my name read it, she let out a cackle," said Darkly, who asked to ...


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Comic Con has another banner year - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Thousands of pop-culture aficionados poured into Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Convention Center for Wizard World Comic Con on Aug. 24-27. It was the 20th year the venue hosted the event. Among the many celebrity guests were out actor John Barrowman ( Arrow; Torchwood ), Paul Bettany ( Vision in the Avengers movies ), Summer Glau ( Firefly; Arrow ), ...


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NUNN ON ONE: PERFORMANCE Under the big top with Emmanuel Cyr of 'Luzia' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The latest Cirque du Soleil endeavor, Luzia, has arrived to take Chicago audiences by storm. The title itself combines two Spanish words—"luz" ( meaning "light" ) and "lluvia" ( meaning "rain" )—describing the show perfectly, as it features several tricks involving water. Luzia is inspired by Mexican culture and is jam packed with tons of stunts for spectators to enjoy. ...


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THEATER Bisexual actor Micah Figueroa sails on in 'Moby Dick' - Herman Melville's Moby Dick is brought to life by the Lookingglass Theatre ensemble, and it is directed and adapted by David Catlin. It tells the story of the crew aboard the ship Pequod searching for the legendary white whale. This four time Jeff Award-winning play has become a favorite among critics and audiences of all ages. Micah Figueroa was in ...


Martha-Lavey-memorial-Oct-9

Martha Lavey memorial Oct. 9 - Steppenwolf Theatre Company will host a memorial to celebrate the life and legacy of Martha Lavey—who served as artistic director during 1995-2015—Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. The memorial event is open to the public and tickets are free; however, reservations are required. RSVPs from the public will be accepted starting Wed., Sept. ...


Writers-Theatre-extends-the-run-of-Trevor-the-Musical

Writers Theatre extends the run of Trevor the Musical - Glencoe, IL— Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, adds ten performances to the run of TREVOR the musical. The production is directed by Marc Bruni ( Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway ), with book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis, music direction by Matt ...


Civil-Liberties-writing-performance-workshop-to-planned-by-Goodman-Alphawood

Civil Liberties writing, performance workshop to planned by Goodman, Alphawood - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL ) Goodman Theatre is proud to continue its collaboration with Chicago's Alphawood Gallery with the new writing workshop series, "I am the Darker Brother: Demonization and the Demise of Civil Liberties," this fall. Led by Chicago-based teaching artist Deb Lewis, participants use Langston Hughes' poem, "I, Too" as inspiration to explore what being an "American" means, and ...


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New block of Hamilton tickets on sale Aug. 29 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( Aug. 23, 2017 ) — Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway In Chicago announced today that a new 16 week block of tickets for HAMILTON at The PrivateBank Theatre ( 18 W. Monroe ) will go on-sale Tuesday, August 29. Tickets will be available for performances through April 29, 2018. Tickets for the new block will go on sale ...


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"Upstairs: The Musical" remembers gay bar tragedy - From a press release - Chicago preview of "Upstairs: The Musical," based on "The UpStairs Lounge Arson," the award-winning history by Clayton Delery, is set to run Oct. 27 to Nov. 12. The play is by Wayne Self and is co-produced and co-directed by Gary Trick and Eric Coleman. UpStairs is a work of fiction, but the events that inspired it are all too real. ...


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Broadway in Chicago holds annual summer show in new venue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Broadway in Chicago has offered its annual free summer concert for years. Once showcased at Taste of Chicago, it is now a full-fledged solo event at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion with a massive following. Eager musical fans camped out in the grass and filled Millennium Park to see or hear a preview of the upcoming season of shows. This year ...


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THEATER REVIEW Trevor the Musical - Playwright: Dan Collins ( book/lyrics ), Julianne Wick Davis ( music ). At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: Sept. 17 I'm split between enthusiasm for this unquestionably exciting world-premiere production and reservations about the value of the work itself, from my perspective as a mature cisgender gay man. Trevor the Musical's New York ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Shock-Headed Peter, Black Button Eyes Productions at The Athenaeum, through Sept. 16. Heinrich Hoffmann's cruel, deadly 1845 moral lessons for children are visually and musically stunning in this 65-minute production using masks, stilts, puppets, Grand Guignol and The Tiger Lillies' lilting, sarcastic songs. Kevin Webb scores as the crafty MC. It's not for kids. JA Aladdin, Cadillac Palace Theatre, through ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Fly-Honey-Show

THEATER REVIEW The Fly Honey Show - Playwright: created by Erin Kilmurray, scripted by Mary Williamson and Shannon Matesky. At: The Inconvenience at The Den Theater, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $20-$80. Runs through: Sept. 2 The souvenir table in the lobby displays earplugs, T-shirts and dainty leather harnesses. A squad of genderfluid greeters dressed in bits of glittery black material and lots of bare tattooed flesh ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT LGBTQ military musicals - It's purely coincidental that two timely new musicals about trans and gay service members in the U.S. military throughout history are about to play next door to each other. The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier explores the life of its title Civil War hero, who could arguably be described as a trans person today ( performances begin Aug. 31 at Stage ...


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Jeff Awards Equity nominations honor outstanding 2016-2017 productions - From a press release - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - Chicago, IL — Seven world premiere plays seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by The Jeff Awards. 158 nominations in 33 categories honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017. Drury Lane Productions led all theatres with nineteen nominations, all for musicals in the ...


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Theater Spotlight on comedy shows - If you want your humor fast and twisted, check out these two comedy shows: Cards Against Humanity Live takes its name from the irreverent card game, and returns for a one-night-only show hosted by "You Are Beautiful" artist Matthew Hoffman. Cards Against Humanity Live plays 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Machinal

THEATER REVIEW Machinal - Playwright: Sophie Treadwell. At: Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $35. Runs through: Sept. 24 Spousal murder has all the elements for successful drama: sex, violence, deception and conspiracy—all simmering beneath the placid surface of our culture's most intimate contract. Is it any wonder that so many writers have found inspiration in real-life accounts of wives killing husbands? ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sister-Africa

THEATER REVIEW Sister Africa - By James R. Wilke - Playwright: Stephanie Liss. At: Athenaeum Theatre, Studio One, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: AthenaeumTheatre.org; $32. Runs through: Sept. 10 When sitting down for this world-premiere drama about the victims of the Congo's ongoing civil war, one might be disappointed if one comes looking for a play consisting primarily of dialogue and interactions between actors. Sister Africa can more aptly be ...


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Cinema/Chicago, Chicago International Film Festival roll out roster of films - From a press release - CHICAGO - Mimi Plauche, recently named Artistic Director of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, today announced the first selection of films to be shown at the 53rd annual Festival, running Oct. 12 — 26, 2017. The roster of films is replete with an array of electrifying, challenging and entertaining feature and documentary films, including likely awards-season contenders, the ...







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