Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-07-27
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Simply the fests
by Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times
2013-01-02

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


The New Year may have just begun, but three Chicago theater festivals are already set to launch again this January.

Both the 16th annual Fillet of Solo Festival (produced by Lifeline Theatre taking up the reins from Live Bait Theater) and the 12th annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival (a.k.a. Chicago Sketchfest) commence Thursday, Jan. 3. Then on Saturday, Jan. 12, Curious Theater Branch's 24th annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival (a.k.a. Rhinofest) kicks off a month's worth of fringe theater productions.

All three festivals offer diverse lineups, which also include troupes and performers delving into LGBT issues. Based upon surmised perusing on each of the festivals' websites, here are a few shows that might be of interest to LGBT audiences:

Fillet of Solo Festival

The inclusion of Chicago's LGBT comedy troupe GayCo is what immediately stands out for out audiences in the Fillet of Solo Festival, which features 11 performance troupes and solo shows by Amanda Rountree, Kim Morris and Eric Warner.

While other Fillet of Solo performers may touch upon LGBT themes or issues in their storytelling and live literature pieces, none are quite as out as GayCo is in its festival description. GayCo performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 3 and 10, and Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. (Another Fillet of Solo Festival venue is the Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave.) Tickets are $10 per show for this festival, which runs Thursdays through Sundays until Jan. 20. Visit www.lifelinetheatre.com for more information and a full performance schedule.

Chicago Sketchfest

Of the 169 shows jam-packed onto four stages and into eight days for the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage 773, quite a few cater to LGBT crowds while others tackle issues tied to gender norms.

Troupes overtly dealing with LGBT issues include (who else?) GayCo with a 10 p.m. show on Friday, Jan. 11. But GayCo isn't the only queer Chicago kid on the block.

Comedy team Quixotic is represented with a 3 p.m. show on Sunday, Jan. 6, while Philip Markle revives his Annoyance Theatre show Sparkle Hour! at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, for another musical journey into queer fabulousness. Also flying the queer Chicago flag is Wig Bullies (The Girl With the Drag Queen Tattoo, It Takes a Village, People!) with an 8 p.m. show on Sunday, Jan. 6. The Alliance Sketch Group also represents queer Windy City with its musical Threat Level Rainbow at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

Although not specifically LGBT, at least two other troupes promise gay themes in their shows. The Toronto troupe British Teeth promises lesbian mothers somewhere within its 8 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12, while Chicago's Cell Camp appears to be luring lurid audiences in for its 8 p.m. show on Thursday, Jan. 10, with a description featuring "raunchy language, nudity, gay sex, regular sex, cartoon violence, awkward situations, dated humor and less!"

Quite a few troupes also feature women challenging and questioning gender roles.

Ever Mainard and Alicia Queen will perform all of Shakespeare's women through a modern lens in a revival of their sketch comedy-influenced show Shakespeare's Female Women at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5.

Parody burlesque is back with the troupe Off Off Broadzway, performing 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, while "Mr. Liz McArthur and Mr. Jill Valentine" serve up Feminine Gentlemen at 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.

And just for a chuckle (or a cringe), let's not forget the all-female Chicago sketch troupe known as Heavy Flo, which offers a visit this month at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6.

All Chicago Sketchfest shows run from Thursday, Jan. 3, through Sunday, Jan. 13, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. An all-festival pass is $150, while prices for individual shows vary (largely under $20). For more information and a full schedule, visit www.chicagosketchfest.com .

Rhinofest

Be on the look out for LGBT characters or themes in these fringe shows:

Playwright/director Karen Yates and Sky Area Ten update a classic Greek tragedy with American Bacchae, which focuses on a young suburban mayor (and webcam porn addict) who attempts to combat a new religion and its traveling global followers. Workshop performances are at 9 p.m. Sundays and Mondays, Feb. 3, 4, 10 and 11.

Playwright Barry Cole offers up a work-in-progress reading called Clumsy Sublime, which focuses on the unconventional friendship between a 15-year-old girl and a newly unemployed gay man approaching his 50th birthday. Performances are at 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 10 and 17.

A drag queen who helps revive American passenger pigeons through music is just one of the characters featured in Derek Lee Barton's piece The Extinction Project for The Side Project, running 9 p.m. Fridays from Jan. 18 to Feb. 15.

Souls experiencing true fluidity and freedom are explored in Ned O'Reilly's piece Identity Cruxes, which is presented by Yavamaya Wurms & Broom Street Theatre at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3.

Sweetback Productions serves up a double bill: R.J. Tsarov's Mantuary and Cornell Woorich's Hot Water. The former is about a woman taking a dark, surreal look at relationships and gender differences, while the latter play is a 1940s film noir romp. Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays from Jan. 18 to Feb. 15.

Ron Simonian's The Soul Collector is billed as "an offensively comic evangelical rock musical" where a money grubbing evangelist hawks items ranging from Rapture Rations to a Homo-Stun-Gun. Performances are at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and at 7 p.m. Sunday Feb. 17.

Gay poet W.H. Auden is just one of the artists featured in Dmitri Peskov's one-man show Tales Told by an Idiot. It consists of short stories focusing on a political prisoner, an old man in a box and two men exploring a very unique relationship, among others. Performances are at 2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 9 and 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.

All Rhinofest shows play between the Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. Tickets are $15 or pay what you can at the door, or $12 in advance online. Call 773-492-1287 or visit www.rhinofest.com for more information.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour Comes to the Chicago Theater 2016-07-28
THEATER REVIEW AD HOC [HOME] 2016-07-27
THEATER REVIEW Chops 2016-07-27
THEATER REVIEW War Paint 2016-07-27
Theater spotlight on Between Riverside and Crazy, Critics' Picks 2016-07-27
About Face director faces apartment fire's aftermath 2016-07-27
THEATER FEATURE 'Douglass' provides alternative view of African-American hero 2016-07-27
Upcoming: WCT Theatre Series, Market Days 2016-07-27
THEATER REVIEW The Portrait 2016-07-26
NUNN ON ONE: PERFORMANCE Stacey Magiera talks about her Cirque performance 2016-07-26
Links Hall Presents Joshua Kent and Mark McCloughan and more in August 2016-07-26
Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins XXVIII coming in August 2016-07-25
Writers Theatre announces casting for 25th Anniversary Season 2016-07-21
Shattered Globe Theatre announces 2016-17 season 2016-07-21
Duriel E. Harris' Thingification on stage at MPAACT Summer Jams 2016-07-21
NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Talking with 'Queen of Mean' Lisa Lampanelli 2016-07-20
DOUBLE REVIEW A Midsummer Night's Dream 2016-07-20
THEATER REVIEW Space Age 2016-07-20
PERFORMANCE Hot-button issue at center of Privilege to Pee 2016-07-20
THEATER REVIEW Between Riverside and Crazy 2016-07-20
Theater spotlight on Byhalia, Critics' Picks 2016-07-20
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Finding [HOME] 2016-07-20
NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Katja Bavendam on her 'Giant Life' 2016-07-19
THEATER REVIEW Kin Folk 2016-07-19
THEATER REVIEW Schoolhouse Rock Live! 2016-07-14
THEATER REVIEW Wastwater 2016-07-13
OPERETTA REVIEW The Cousin from Nowhere 2016-07-13
Theater spotlight on WOZ: A Rock Cabaret, Critics' Picks 2016-07-13
Karen Olivo, Miguel Cervantes and Alexander Gemignani join Chicago Hamilton cast 2016-07-13
THEATER 'Space Age' focuses on queer kids of color 2016-07-13
THEATER REVIEW Dating & Dragons 2016-07-12
Hell in a Handbag brings back Bette, Live at the Continental Baths 2016-07-12
Billings, McKechnie join PFP board 2016-07-12
PFP establishing Pride Arts Center 2016-07-11
Comedians perform for a cause 2016-07-11
Rivendell presents Midwest premiere of Grizzly Mama 2016-07-07
Stage Left Theatre announces Season 35 2016-07-06
THEATER REVIEW The Seedbed 2016-07-06
THEATER SPOTLIGHT, CRITICS' PICKS 2016-07-06
THEATER REVIEW The Woman Who Amuses Herself 2016-07-06
 



Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.

www.windycitymediagroup.com
[email protected]  •  [email protected]  •  [email protected]

Website Powered by LoveYourWebsite.com