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Spotlight and Critics' Picks
2015-06-24

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Ever wondered what a lesbian take off of Sweeney Todd might be like? Ponder no further since Sabrina Harper and Margaret Hicks have transformed Stephen Sondheim's "Demon Barber of Fleet Street" into Sweetie Maude, Chicago's "Satanic Stylist of State Street" in this new gender-switching musical spoof. Let's see if there are enough lesbian fans of a musical theater masterpiece like Sweeney Todd to keep it afloat. Sweetie Maude continues at 8 p.m. Fridays until July 31 at the Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets are $20; call 773-697-9693 or visit www.theannoyance.com .

Photo of Tamale Sepp from Christopher Kauffman

Critics' Picks

Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t, About Face Theatre at Greenhouse Theater Center, through July5. Bixby Elliot's funny and busy comic drama explores the drive of one queer youth in 2008 to find a historical role model in the 16th president of the United States. SCM

The Diary of Anne Frank, Writers Theatre, through Aug. 16. The revised script of this familiar drama incorporates long-expurgated diary passages which make Anne more human and less saintly. This production also looks afresh at the characters—Anne's parents, Mr. Dussel, etc.—to make them less archetypal and more nuanced. JA

Love and Human Remains, Cor Theater at Rivendell Theatre, through July 11. The sex and violence in Brad Fraser's play may be less shocking nowadays, but the wisdom lying beneath the graphic spectacle is no less relevant in 2015. MSB

Thunderballs: A James Bond BOYlesque, Gorilla Tango Theatre, open run. The cabaret theater renowned for its playful retro-style theme-burlesque revues features male strippers in this spoof of spy extravaganzas. MS

—By Abarbanel, Barnidge and Morgan


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