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 2020-03-17
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



SUMMER THEATER FEATURE Turn up the heat: Summertime LGBTQ theater
by Stagedoor Jonny

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

We all know that a high percentage of LGBTQ folks are theatergoers, and not just the opera-and-musical-theater queens. ( May they live long and prosper. )

There are opera-and-musical-theater kings as well. Whatever/whomever you are, we suspect there's something for every he/she/they among you in the following selection of theater productions over the summer months. They embrace not only who we are, but also the diversity of our many communities.

—Steamworks: the Musical, Annoyance Theater, through Aug. 9 ( Fridays only )—This Annoyance hit, set in the well-known Boystown bathhouse, has been revamped with new songs and characters as it tells the story of new-in-town Sweet Young Thang who thinks he'll find true love at the tubs. Well, he finds LOTS of things there! Tickets: $24;

—Falsettos, Nederlander Theatre, May 28-June 9—The 2016 revival of this iconic gay musical makes a brief stop. James Lapine ( book ) helped composer William Finn shape three earlier one-act plays into this 1992 Tony Award winner about neurotic Marvin and his ex-wife Trina, his son Jason, his lover Whizzer, his psychoanalyst Mendel and his two lesbian neighbors. What, no dog? Mostly comedy, but with moments of introspection. Tickets:

—Ms. Blakk for President, Steppenwolf Theatre, through July 12—This world premiere about our very own Ms. Joan Jett Blakk ( Terence Smith ) and her 1992 Presidential campaign is co-authored by award-winning writer Terrell Alvin McCraney, who also plays Ms. Blakk/Smith. Tina Landau is co-author and director in what may be the very gayest, most out and out-there work Steppenwolf ever has staged. About time, too! Tickets: $30-$99;

—Desire in a Tinier House, Pride Films & Plays, May 30-June 29—This world premiere by Ryan Oliveira concerns lovers Trevin and Carlos and what it takes to maintain their life together now and as time passes, bridging large social and cultural differences. It's love at first sight, but that doesn't make anything easier. Topher Leon directs. Tickets: $15-$40;

—The Second City's Salute to Pride, The Second City, June 4-26 ( Tuesday and Wednesdays only )—For Pride Month, the world HQ of improvised comedy theater offers an all-new, all-queer variety show, with Lucy Stoole hosting and all-LGBTQIA+ cast directed by Mick ( "Mr. Annoyance" ) Napier. In the UP Comedy Club ( entrance at 230 W. North Ave. ). Tickets: $26 & $36;

—Sweet Texas Reckoning, Artemisia Theatre at The Den, June 7-30—Chicago premiere of Traci Godfrey's award-winning comedy about a Lone Star State mother, the daughter she thinks should marry her childhood sweetheart and the daughter's wife Mom doesn't know about. Artemisia artistic director Julie Proudfoot directs. Tickets: $25;

—Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre ( now in Evanston ), June 14-July 28—An intimate cabaret take ( much like the original Off-Broadway production ) on this familiar rock tale by Stephen Trask ( music & lyrics ) and John Cameron Mitchell ( text, and the first Hedwig ), with Will Lidke as Hedwig. One wonders when a trans artist will play the role. Tickets: $39-$69 ( show only or dinner & show ), $5 discount through June 9;

—The Drag Seed, Hell in a Hand Basket at Mary's Attic, July 5-Aug. 25—This musical world premiere from David Cerda and Scott Lamberty is their definitely-unauthorized parody of The Bad Seed, the 1950s melodrama ( play and film ) about a perfect little girl with a murderous secret. Of course, the girl now is a boy who wants to be the perfect little drag girl. Tickets: $27 ( previews are less );

—20/20, About Face Youth Ensemble at Leppen Theatre, Center on Halsted, July 12-15—The annual show by the About Face Youth Ensemble always is a scintillating and heartfelt venture. Turning the Leppen Theatre into a club atmosphere, the Youth Ensemble uses 20/20 vision to explore the last 20 years of LGBTQIA+ history. Tickets: $20;

—All That He Was, Pride Films & Plays, Aug. 10-Sept. 9—Writers Cindy O'Connor and Larry Todd Cousineau have updated their award-winning 1993 AIDS-era musical, and Chicago will see it first, directed by Cousineau himself. In this unusual piece, the hero/narrator already has died of AIDS, and his circle of friends and family cannot see or hear him. People still are dying of AIDS in the United States, so All That He Was shouldn't be just a history lesson. Tickets: $30-$40;

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

STREAMING THEATER REVIEW Teenage Dick 2020-03-27 - Playwright: Mike Lew At: Theater Wit ( on line streaming only ) Tickets:; $28. Runs through: April 19 In a ...

Gay News

Raven Theatre postpones world premiere of Eden Prairie, 1971 due to COVID-19 2020-03-26 - CHICAGO ( March 25, 2020 ) — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Raven Theatre today announced it will postpone its upcoming world ...

Gay News

Tony Awards to be postponed; no new date set 2020-03-25 - The 74th Annual Tony Awards—scheduled to air live on CBS on Sunday, June 7 from New York's Radio City Music Hall—has been postponed ...

Gay News

'Around Broadway' to honor high-school musical-theater students 2020-03-25 - Broadway In Chicago has announced its new social-media program, "Around Broadway in 80 Days." In the wake of the cancellation of The Jimmy ...

Gay News

PASSAGES Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus complications at 81 2020-03-24 - Terrence McNally—a four-time Tony winner who wrote musicals and plays such as Ragtime, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Full Monty and Kiss of the ...

Gay News

Hell in a Handbag Productions Announces 2020 Season 2020-03-24 - CHICAGO, IL ( March 23, 2020 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce its 2020 Season, plus a move ...

Gay News

Broadway in Chicago updates changes in show schedules 2020-03-24 - (Chicago, March 24, 2020) The safety and health of our patrons, staff and theatrical companies is our top priority. In response to the ...

Gay News

World premiere of Notes & Letters postponed due to Coronavirus 2020-03-23 - CHICAGO ( March 23, 2020 ) — In response to the coronavirus ( COVID-19 ) pandemic, Underscore Theatre Company today announced it will ...

Gay News

Poisoned: A Snow White Rock Musical postponed 2020-03-23 - Statement from Michael Galloway of Pan's Flute Productions: In an effort to do our part in mitigating the spread of Covid-19, we ...

Gay News

Streamed theater review, Methtacular! 2020-03-22 - By: Steven Strafford Via: 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Tickets: 708-795-6704 or; $12 per person/on your honor. Available through: April ...


Copyright © 2020 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  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar 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 publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.