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 2018-01-17
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



SPRING THEATER PREVIEW Classics, revivals offer breath of fresh air
by Mary Shen Barnidge

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

It might not all be jam and sunshine yet, but after the ominous rumblings of 2016, anything not heralding apocalypse is enough to lift the spirit. Classic plays serve to remind us of hard times that we survived, so restore your morale at some of these:

Born Yesterday, Remy Bumppo Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. A corrupt business mogul is undone when his floozy mistress chooses brain—her own, that is—over brawn in Garson Kanin's classic comedy. ( March 27-April 30; )

The Woman in Black, WildClaw Theatre Company at the Den, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. This neogothic thriller, based on Susan Hill's 1983 novel, is the next-longest-running play in London history ( March 21-April 23; )

Harvey, Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. The gibes at psychoanalysis may be dated, but the charms of a tall-white-and-furry companion are ageless. ( May 11-June 11; )

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland Ave. Bertolt Brecht's analogy of criminal-class roaring-twenties Chicago and Weimar Republic Berlin is directed by European Clown instructor Victor Quezada-Perez. ( March 16-April 22; ).

The Night Season, Strawdog Theatre at the Factory, 1623 W. Howard St. The Irish seaside village of Sligo is invaded by a film crew for a biopic about William Butler Yeats, disrupting the lives of the townies. ( May 11-June 24; )

Seminar, Spartan Theatre Company at the Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave. Theresa Rebeck takes a look at Lit Biz power-games, New York City-style. ( May 12-June 9; )

Circle Mirror Transformation, Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. A community center acting class decides to try some improvisational exercises—what could go wrong? ( April 14-May 28; )


The Most Happy Fella, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at the No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. A May-December match in the Napa Valley vineyards engenders deception ( think Cyrano de Bergerac ), but somehow it all ends happily. ( through May 7; )

The Wiz, Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. The yellow brick road may still lead out of Kansas, but the music is rooted in African-American pop. ( through April 16; )

Marry Me A Little, Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Only a few composers can boast a juke box musical assembled entirely from their own songs, and Stephen Sondheim is one of them. ( April 14-May 21; )

Ragtime, Griffin Theatre Company at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. E.L. Doctorow's microcosmic historical novel is a natural for this romantic musical adaptation by Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. ( May 27-July 16; )

Parade, Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court in Glencoe. Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown document another dark chapter—this one centering on a Jewish lynching—in our nation's history. ( May 24-June 9; )

Rent, Broadway in Chicago at the Ford Oriental, 24 W. Randolph St. It's the 20th anniversary of the cult musical that made squalor, drugs and dying young as romantic as a Puccini opera. ( May 16-21; )

Chicago, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oak Brook. Murder and corruption in Chicago during the roaring twenties makes for cozy entertainment in 2017. ( March 30-June 11; )

Jesus Christ Superstar, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora. Andrew Lloyd Webber's irreverent rock-infused account of the gospels premiered in 1970 and spawned its own evangelical movement. ( April 19-May 28; )

Little Miss Sunshine, Chicago Theatre Workshop at the Edge, 5154 N. Broadway, The title says it all, and it's by James Lapine and William Finn. ( May 11-June 4; )


The Kid Thing, Nothing Without A Company at Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. Two lesbian couples and an eager sperm donor contemplate imminent parenthood in Sarah Gubbin's symposial play. ( through April 15; )

Picnic, American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Author William Inge was a closeted gay writing of small towns populated by small minds, and ATC's gender-neutral casting ensures that we never lose sight of it. ( March 17-April 23; )

Not About Nightingales, Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. This early Tennessee Williams drama recounting the heroism of prisoners striking against a sadistic warden ( is there any other kind? ) includes all the elements we expect from the genre. ( April 19-June 17; )

March 21 marks the spring equinox, when the days get ever longer and everything gets brighter—or so we've been told, and only in our own hemisphere, when the ozone layer permits—but multiculturalism doesn't preclude seizing our own day. Why not seize it at a play?

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.


Gay News

Dress Code exhibit includes Black lesbians in South Africa, dressing as a statement 2018-01-17 - The exhibit Dress Code at the Art Institute of Chicago shows in photos Black lesbians in their everyday attire. Runs through April 22, ...

Gay News

'Insurrection' echoes Nat Turner's life through present day 2018-01-17 - Try to define playwright Robert O'Hara's Insurrection: Holding History would likely result in confusion. "I've been describing it, like, the playwright ...

Gay News

Center on Halsted to host Black History Month Series, At the Intersections 2018-01-17 - CHICAGO ( January 11, 2018 ) — Center on Halsted is proud to announce the Center will be hosting a series of Black ...

Gay News

Kelly McGillis flag-football event Jan. 22-29 2018-01-17 - Teams of women and girls from around the world are to meet for adrenaline-packed sporting events and activities Jan. 22-29 during the 27th ...

Gay News

Julia Sweeney show through March 18 2018-01-17 - Saturday Night Live veteran, author, actor and TED- talk veteran Julia Sweeney will make her stand-up debut this January in a new workshop ...

Gay News

Charles Busch at Pride Arts Jan. 21-22 2018-01-17 - Tony Award nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner, Charles Busch, who performed two sold-out shows at Pride Arts ...

Gay News

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL World-premiere plays start bright and early 2018-01-17 - It might have been the mild snows in the last few years that finally persuaded theater companies to acknowledge winter as a time ...

Gay News

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Winter classics "true and reimagined 2018-01-17 - The classics—usually meaning plays by dead playwrights which have withstood the test of time—sometimes can be "reimagined" ( to use an au courant ...

Gay News

THEATER SPOTLIGHT My Kinda '60s 2018-01-17 - Playwright, performer and drag legend Charles Busch ( Psycho Beach Party, Die Mommy Die ) returns to Chicago to perform My Kinda '60s. ...

Gay News

Critics' Picks 2018-01-17 - BLKS, Steppenwolf Theatre, through Jan. 28. Life is never easy for young, bright, urban hipsters confronting their future in all its high-velocity kaleidoscopic ...


Copyright © 2018 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.









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.