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43rd-Annual-Non-Equity-awards-held

43rd Annual Non-Equity awards held - "The Hairy Ape"- Eugene O'Neill's expressionist play presented in a stark, brutal and imaginative setting; "Byhalia, Mississippi"- a new work of southern love and forgiveness, and "Rent"- the musical update of "La Boheme" performed in a small storefront theatre, took home the most honors on Monday, June 6, at Park West during the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony recognizing ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Out-of-the-Blue

THEATER REVIEW: Out of the Blue - Playwright: Vladimir Zaytsey; Translation: Tatyana Khaikin and Robert Duffy At: Organic Theater Company at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or OrganicTheater.org; $20-$30 Runs through: July 10 ( in repertory with The Good Doctor ) You've got to admire the bravery of Russian playwright Vladimir Zaytsey for penning the 2015 gay drama Out of the Blue. In ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Soups-Stews-and-Casseroles-1976

THEATER REVIEW: Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 - Playwright: Rebecca Gilman At: The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Tickets: 312-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $10-$40 Runs through: June 19 Sometimes a play is missing just one speech or emotional beat, and that's the case with Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, set in Wisconsin 40 years ago. Playwright Rebecca Gilman quickly puts her protagonist between a rock and a hard place. Kim ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Constellations

THEATER REVIEW: Constellations - Playwright: Nick Payne At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650 or Steppenwolf.org; $20-$89 Runs through: July 3 It may only last 80 minutes, but British playwright Nick Payne sure does pack in plenty in his thoughtful and heartbreaking 2012 drama Constellations. Now making a strong Chicago debut in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre, Constellations wows because it rapidly fires on ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Caught

THEATER REVIEW: Caught - Playwright: Christopher Chen At: Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or Sideshowtheatre.org; $20-$30 Runs through: July 3 Playwright Christopher Chen is having a field day playing with notions of truth in a succession of theatrical contexts and arguments about cultural appropriation in Caught. And clearly the cast members of Sideshow Theatre ...


SPOTLIGHT-The-Art-of-Falling

SPOTLIGHT: The Art of Falling - If you previously missed the collaboration between the comics of The Second City and the modern dancers of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, then make sure to get your tickets now for The Art of Falling. See how the dance world intersects with those who specialize in improvisational and sketch comedy in this critically acclaimed show. The Art of Falling returns ...


Queer-boys-of-color-coming-of-age-in-new-play-Space-Age

Queer boys of color coming of age in new play Space Age - From a press release - Ricardo Gamboa bounces between his native Chicago and New York City, where he creates performance and media that gets him awards or in trouble and pursues his doctorate degree at NYU, respectively. Sean James William Parris moved to Chicago from Atlanta to attend DePaul University, received his MFA in Acting, and since then he appears on the city's venerated stages ...


About-Face-Theatre-to-host-AFT-20-A-Celebration-June-17-at-Center

About Face Theatre to host AFT 20: A Celebration June 17 at Center - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 1, 2016 ) — About Face Theatre kicks off Pride Weekend with AFT 20: A Celebration, an exciting evening of scenes, songs and rarely seen archival footage honoring AFT's incredible two decade long history as Chicago's premiere LGBTQIA theatre company. The one-night-only benefit will be held Friday, June 17 at 6 pm at the Center on Halsted, ...


Staceyann-Chin-brings-Motherstruck-to-Chicago

Staceyann Chin brings 'Motherstruck!' to Chicago - Poet Staceyann Chin's newest one-woman show, MotherStruck!, chronicles her journey to motherhood as a single, lesbian, immigrant woman of color, showing how pregnancy in modern society is at once unique and deeply personal as well as a universal and public experience. The production—which debuted at New York City's Culture Project at the end of last year and received critical acclaim—was ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-The-Divine-David-Cerda-now-plays-a-twisted-sister

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER The 'Divine' David Cerda now plays a twisted sister - The talented David Cerda is not only the artistic director but the co-founder of Hell in a Handbag Productions. He also has written many campy inspired tales over the years for the group, including Lady X, Touched by Jayne Mansfield and Caged Dames. Some theater troupes he's worked with include The New Colony, Corn Productions and Red Orchid Theatre. Topping ...


THEATER-REVIEW-One-Man-Two-Guvnors

THEATER REVIEW One Man, Two Guvnors - Playwright: Richard Bean. At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: 773-753-4472 or CourtTheatre.org; $45-$65. Runs through: June 12 It's been joked that the United States and the United Kingdom are "two nations divided by a common language." Unfortunately, that quip applies to Court Theatre's disappointing U.S. stab at Richard Bean's hit British comedy One Man, Two Guvnors in its ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Prowess

THEATER REVIEW Prowess - Playwright: Ike Holter. At: Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets: $15-$30; JackalopeTheatre.org. Runs through: June 25 What would happen if self-made comic-book heroes took on the endemic gang shootings on Chicago's South Side? That's the question Ike Holter brings up in his hilarious, yet ultimately tragic, world-premiere play Prowess, for Jackalope Theatre. Now die-hard fans of superhero ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Irish-Curse

THEATER REVIEW The Irish Curse - Playwright: Martin Casella. At: Level 11 Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 708-831-3787; Level11theatre.org; $32. Runs through; June 12 I always thought I had eight inches, like every normal white guy. Then I saw a 10-inch porno star, and if he was 10 inches then I was only five inches. Of course, I'm a grower, not a ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Boys-Upstairs

THEATER REVIEW The Boys Upstairs - Playwright: Jason Mitchell. At: Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-737-0984; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; $25-$30. Runs through: July 2 The Boys Upstairs script was first read back in 2008 and has now made its way to Chicago with a Pride Films & Plays production in 2016. There are some updates with new references, such as RuPaul's Drag Race, and newer transition ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Russian-horror-story

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Russian horror story - It can often take years for foreign plays and novels to receive an English translation. So it's impressive that it only took one year for Vladimir Zaytsey's gay Russian drama Out of the Blue to receive its U.S. English-language premiere in Chicago, courtesy of Organic Theater Company. Organic Theater artistic director Alexander Gelman said he considers himself lucky to have ...


Kinky-Boots-back-for-one-week-only-Aug-30-Sept-4

Kinky Boots back for one week only Aug. 30-Sept. 4 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 31, 2016 ) — Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that back by popular demand, Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein ( Book ) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper ( Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots ), returns to Chicago at the Oriental Theatre ( ...


White-House-honors-local-lesbian-actress

White House honors local lesbian actress - The White House recently honored local Pakistani actress Fawzia Mirza, an out lesbian, as a "Champion of Change." According to the Daily Pakistan, "the award is conferred to artists who are able to bring about a change in their respective communities through their work and bridge gaps while highlighting issues of shared interest for different societies." Mirza lives in Chicago ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-The-hills-are-alive-with-Christopher-Carl-

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER The hills are alive with Christopher Carl - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The classic musical The Sound of Music is returning to Chicago on tour this time directed by three time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien. The story of the von Trapp family continues to be a favorite thing for generation after generation. Set in Salzburg, Austria, right before World War II, Maria Rainer is sent to live with as a governess ...


SUMMER-THEATER-SPECIAL-Theater-in-the-great-outdoors

SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Theater in the great outdoors - When warm weather arrives we remind readers about theater in the Great Outdoors, and list a few of the many possibilities in the city, suburbs and beyond. We don't know if warm weather actually will arrive this year, but tradition says it must if we're just patient a little longer. On that assumption we offer our guide to Theater Under ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Legendary-designer-Bob-Mackie-talks-sequins-coming-out

NUNN ON ONE Legendary designer Bob Mackie talks sequins, coming out - The legendary designer Bob Mackie has created garments for a huge list of spectacular entertainers, including Judy Garland, Madonna, Bette Midler and Elton John. He was the costume designer for The Carol Burnett Show during the entire 11-year television run, and he then moved to the spinoff Mama's Family. Mackie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design in ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Whats-new-this-summer

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT What's new this summer - With the promise of warmer weather this summer, Chicagoans can't be blamed for spending as much time outdoors. But Chicago-area theaters promise plenty of great reasons to stay indoors for live entertainment. Below is a list of shows with LGBTQ content, plus a looks at world premieres and works new to the Windy City. All shows listed are chronological and ...


Theater-spotlight-Critics-Picks

Theater spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Sean Graney directs and adapts a modern take on Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus for The Hypocrites called Johanna Faustus. The hour-long piece deploys six actors who also serve as the design team in this morality play questioning how a woman trades away her soul for success and power. Johanna Faustus continues at the Den ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Body-of-an-American

THEATER REVIEW The Body of an American - Playwright: Dan O'Brien. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or TheaterWit.org; $20-30. Runs through: June 19 The Body of An American needs to be tackled by actors but absorbed by the audience, and Stage Left Theatre gives this deceptive yet engrossing work a riveting Midwest debut at Theater Wit. The play simultaneously manages to start without preamble but ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Gospel-According-to-Thomas-Jefferson

THEATER REVIEW The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson... - Playwright: Scott Carter. At Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300; Northlight.org; $25-$79. Runs through: June 12 Playwright Scott Carter spent years exploring his own Christian beliefs and, in the process, found that Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy all wrote their own highly personal versions of the New Testament gospels. In Discord, Carter throws the three ...


THEATER-REVIEW-DISENCHANTED

THEATER REVIEW DISENCHANTED! - Playwright: Dennis T. Giacino. At: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $35.75-$78.75. Runs through: June 5 An all-female cast brings the musical DISENCHANTED! to reality, with some mixed results. Princesses from the past are placed in a talent show, trying to impress the audience. Even the title tries a bit hard, with all ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Haymarket-The-Anarchists-Songbook

THEATER REVIEW Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook - Playwright: Alex Higgin-Houser ( book, lyrics ), David Kornfeld ( music ). At: Underscore Theatre Company at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: 312-646-0975; Underscoretheatre.org; $20-$25. Runs through: June 12 On May 4, 1886, a bomb went off during a labor rally near Randolph and Des Plaines streets in what is now the West Loop. The bomber never was ...


Theater-briefs-Jeff-nods-Chicago-Musical-Theatre-Festival-Writers-Theatre-does-Company

Theater briefs: Jeff nods, Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Writers Theatre does 'Company' - Writers Theatre running 'Company' Glencoe's Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., concludes its 2015/16 season with Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The show runs June 15—July 31 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre. Winner of seven Tony Awards, Company looks at contemporary relationships and features some of Sondheim's best-known songs, ...


Alice-Rapoport-Center-opens

Alice Rapoport Center opens - On May 18, the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement opened at Goodman Theatre above Petterino's restaurant at 170 N. Dearborn St. This is named for Alice B. Rapoport, a Goodman trustee until her death in 2014. Her husband, Michael A. Sachs, attended a ceremony to name the center in her honor. The expansion project exceeded a $15 million ...


Carol-Burnett-reflects-at-The-Chicago-Theatre-

Carol Burnett reflects at The Chicago Theatre - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Entertainer Carol Burnett packed up her movie projector with scenes from her historic Carol Burnett Show that kept her on TV for 11 seasons for three presentations of "An Evening of Laughter and Reflection" at the Chicago Theatre on May 17, 19 and 20. Having seen her standard Q&A show in the past, this was not a drastic change from ...


Hillbilly-music-British-style

Hillbilly music, British style - Skiffle blues in Court Theatre's One Man, Two Guvnors - In the United States—particularly in the Southern mountain regions—it's known as "gutbucket" music, based in Appalachian string-band harmonies ( guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica ), but frequently augmented by instruments improvised from implements indigenous to the immediate environment. These may encompass spoons, saw blade, cowbell, duck call, bottle-neck tuba, comb-and-tissue kazoo, washboard-and-thimble percussion, coffee-can drum or just about anything that ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Chimerica

THEATER REVIEW: Chimerica - Playwright: Lucy Kirkwood At: TimeLine Theatre, 615 Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463 or TimelineTheatre.com; $38-$51 Runs through: July 31 Damaging and deadly East-West misunderstandings color Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica, a very substantive 2013 Olivier Award-winning drama by British playwright Lucy Kirkwood that is now making an engrossing slow-burn Chicago debut courtesy of TimeLine Theatre. Kirkwood starts her drama with the iconic 1989 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Sign-in-Sidney-Brusteins-Window

THEATER REVIEW: The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window - Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 773-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $20-$75 Runs through: June 5 The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window is not the catchiest title and neither is this production of the last work of Chicago playwright Lorraine Hansberry. The drama is piled on high with a dash of humor. There are some meaty moments, though, ...


THEATER-Critics-Pics

THEATER: Critics' Pics - 180 Degree Rule, Babes With Blades at City Lit Theater, through May 21. The Babes keep the glamor-noir flowing in this romantic tale of lesbian love and murder in Weimar Berlin and Hays Code Hollywood. MSB Once in a Lifetime, Strawdog Theatre Company, through June 4. What could be more appropriate for a final farewell to this venerable loft theater ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Little-Shop-of-Horrors

THEATER REVIEW: Little Shop of Horrors - Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman; Music: Alan Menken At: American Blues Theater at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or AmericanBluesTheater.com; $19-$49 Runs through: June 26 Comedies with a high gay camp sensibility often don't break through to become mainstream successes. But that certainly wasn't the case with the musical phenomenon Little Shop of Horrors. The smash-hit ...


THEATER-Spotlight

THEATER: Spotlight - Not everyone has time to see a six-hour theater marathon. But if you do, be sure not to miss Chicago Shakespeare Theater's massive undertaking called Tug of War: Foreign Fire. The first part is director/adaptor Barbara Gaines' take on the plays Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1 staged this spring. Then in the fall, Tug of War ...


Staceyann-Chins-Motherstruck-in-June

Staceyann Chin's 'Motherstruck!' in June - "MotherStruck!"—written and performed by Staceyann Chin, co-produced in New York by Rosie O'Donnell, Robert Dragotta and Culture Project, and originally directed by Cynthia Nixon—begins Greenhouse Theater Center's "Solo Celebration" at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., on Saturday, June 11. The off-Broadway hit explores Chin's deeply personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Chicagos-Kim-Chi-makes-top-three-of-Drag-Race

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Chicago's Kim Chi makes top three of 'Drag Race' - Korean-American contestant Kim Chi has decimated the competition of RuPaul's Drag Race on the eighth season of the hit television show from the Logo Channel. Beginning her drag career in 2012, this queen has come a long way from Neverland parties in Chicago to now being globally recognized. As one of two Chicago players this season, Chi has proven to ...


Comedian-Tig-Notaro-at-BookCon-in-Chicago-May-14

Comedian Tig Notaro at BookCon in Chicago May 14 - Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro is taking the stage May 14 in Chicago at BookCon, the annual celebration of books, to discuss her upcoming memoir I'm Just a Person. During an "in conversation" panel, Notaro will take fans on a journey through the darkest year of her life—the year she was diagnosed with cancer. Notaro will discuss how she channeled her ...


Comedy-festival-applications-open

Comedy festival applications open - Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., announced that applications are open to participate in the 4th Annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, Aug. 11-14. To further foster this mission, NerdFest will host free monthly performances through August. To apply, now through June 1, or to participate in the free monthly events, visit http://stage773.com/CNCFShows. The 2016 Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival board includes ...


Entertainment-headlines

Entertainment headlines - 'Hamilton' receives record 16 Tony nods Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" leads the race for the 70th annual Tony Awards with a record 16 nominations, including Best Musical. The nominations were announced May 3. Shuffle Along received 10 nominations, while the musical She Loves Me followed with eight. In the Best Musical Category, Hamilton will compete against Bright Star, ...


THEATER-Getting-sketchy-with-Peter-Kim

THEATER Getting sketchy with Peter Kim - Hollywood filmmakers may still be roiling from accusations about the lack of diversity in light of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that hovered over the 2016 Academy Awards. But the comedy makers of The Second City can boast about its long-standing outreach initiatives to attract and promote diversity within its ranks, and it's reflected in The Second City e.t.c.'s critically acclaimed 40th ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Death-of-a-Streetcar-Named-Virginia-Woolf-A-Parody

THEATER REVIEW Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody - Created by: Tim Ryder and Tim Sniffen; Written by: Tim Sniffen. At: Writers Theatre Gillian Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000 or WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: July 31 Writers Theatre already inaugurated its new multimillion-dollar two-theater complex in Glencoe with Tom Stoppard's heady time-shifting drama Arcadia. Now comes the silly stuff to open the venue's more flexible Gillian Theatre ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Mike-Mother

THEATER REVIEW Mike Mother - Playwright: Jessica Anne. At: Neo-Futurists, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Tickets: 773-275-5255; Neofuturists.org; $20. Runs through: June 4 Mike Mother is the second two-person performance piece in a row I've seen at the Neo-Futurists, who seem to be devoting much of its mainstage season to autobiographical auteurist works. The value of your experience at such performances probably will depend on the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bloody-Haymarket

THEATER REVIEW Bloody Haymarket - Playwrights: Eric J. Coleman. At: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. Tickets: BrownPaperTickets.com; $20. Runs through: May 28 ( Saturdays only ) When intermission was declared, I saw that Act I had run about 70 minutes, a reasonable length for a play. But it had felt like forever, so ponderous was the production. Knowing that Act II was ...


OPERA-REVIEW-The-King-and-I-

OPERA REVIEW The King and I - Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II; Music: Richard Rodgers. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or LyricOpera.org; $29-$199. Runs through: May 22 If the Lyric Opera of Chicago's presentation of The King and I had bowed at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, it's likely that critics and audiences would fall over themselves to offer endless ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Adamczyk-takes-road-back-to-the-stage-in-Ashtons-Cinderella

DANCIN' FEATS Adamczyk takes road back to the stage in Ashton's 'Cinderella' - As the Joffrey Ballet brings its 60th anniversary season to a close, veteran dancer Matthew Adamczyk's season is just getting started. Adamczyk, who joined the Joffrey Ballet in 2003 under Gerald Arpino, returns to the stage after a year away to play the role of Father in Sir Frederick Ashton's "Cinderella," running May 11-22 at the Auditorium Theatre. Adamczyk, a ...


About-Face-The-Secretaries-now-playing-

About Face The Secretaries now playing - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 11, 2016 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to continue its 20th Anniversary Season with the Chicago premiere of the dark comedy THE SECRETARIES by The Five Lesbian Brothers aka Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Tony® Award winner Lisa Kron ( Fun Home ). Directed by Bonnie Metzgar, THE SECRETARIES will play ...


Chicago-connected-EXPOSURE-in-Concert-in-NYC-

Chicago-connected EXPOSURE in Concert in NYC - From a press release - New York, NY - Feinstein's/54 Below will host EXPOSURE in Concert, featuring an exciting ensemble of Broadway stars performing selections from the powerful new musical conceived and created by Cathy Nathan, with original music and lyrics by Erik Della Penna, musical direction by Doug Peck, and photography by Sandro. EXPOSURE in Concert will play Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 W 54th St., ...


Babes-With-Blades-2016-17-Season-Women-on-the-Front-Lines-

Babes With Blades 2016-17 Season, Women on the Front Lines - From a press release - CHICAGO — Babes With Blades Theatre Company ( BWBTC ) proudly announces its 19th Season, "Women on the Front Lines," featuring two productions that embrace the glories and heartbreaks of battle, and explore both the personal and the larger impact of war. Opening in July, the world premiere of The Promise of a Rose Garden, by Dustin Spence, is a ...


Theater-spotlight-on-Too-Much-Light-Critics-Picks

Theater spotlight on Too Much Light, Critics' Picks - Spotlight on Too Much Light The Neo-Futurists Andersonville home known as The Neo-Futurarium isn't exactly accessible to those with mobility issues. So as a way to make up for that, The Neo-Futurists offer its second-ever "Neo-Access" performance of its long-running flagship show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at the Biograph Theater operated by Victory Gardens Theater. The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Connected

THEATER REVIEW Connected - Playwright: Anthony Moseley. At: Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-226-9633 or www.collaboraction.org; $15-$30. Runs through: May 29 The sentiments expressed in Collaboraction's world premiere Connected are certainly noble. Created by artistic director/writer Anthony Moseley to celebrate Collaboraction's 20th anniversary, Connected makes no bones about being an expansively reflective work stressing the importance of storytelling ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Dry-Land

THEATER REVIEW Dry Land - Playwright: Ruby Rae Spiegel. At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-334-7728; www.RivendellTheatre.org; $32-$35. Runs through: May 28 Elsewhere this week I review Taste, in which two men perversely bond over a blood sport with psychosexual manifestations. Just blocks away from Taste, Rivendell Theatre's Dry Land concerns two adolescent women who bond over blood—a harrowing DIY abortion—although without ...


THEATER-REVIEW-180-Degree-Rule

THEATER REVIEW 180 Degree Rule - Playwrights: Barbara Lhota and M.E.H. Lewis. At: Babes With Blades at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-904-0391 or www.babeswithblades.org; $14-$22. Runs through: May 21 It's generally poor taste to speak ill of the dead. But in the case of Babes With Blades' world-premiere lesbian mystery drama 180 Degree Rule, I'm sorry to suggest that one major ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Lorraine-Hansberry-and-Five-Lesbian-Brothers-get-new-productions

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lorraine Hansberry and Five Lesbian Brothers get new productions - Two theater directors currently working in Chicago are on a mission. Their goal: To expose audiences to plays that they both feel are wrongfully neglected and to rethink playwrights who have been pigeonholed. Out director Bonnie Metzgar is doing her part to highlight the satiric and subversive feminist work of the collective known as The Five Lesbian Brothers by staging ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Taste

THEATER REVIEW Taste - Playwright: Benjamin Brand. At: Red Theatre Chicago & Aperture. Entertainment at Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: www.redtheater/org/tickets; FREE ( donations accepted ). Runs through: May 22 How many people would you trust with your life, seriously? One, two, none? Rarer still, how many people would you trust to take your life, assuming you wanted it taken? Those ...


Staceyann-Chin-coming-to-Chicago-with-MotherStruck-

Staceyann Chin coming to Chicago with 'MotherStruck!' - From a press release - CHICAGO—"MotherStruck!," written and performed by Staceyann Chin, co-produced in New York by Rosie O'Donnell, Robert Dragotta and Culture Project, and originally directed by Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Nixon begins Greenhouse Theater Center's "Solo Celebration" at the Greenhouse ( 2257 N Lincoln Ave ). This audaciously funny and powerful off-Broadway hit explores Chin's deeply personal journey to motherhood, as ...


Hamilton-receives-record-16-Tony-nods

'Hamilton' receives record 16 Tony nods - Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" leads the race for the 70th annual Tony Awards with a record 16 nominations, including Best Musical. Shuffle Along received 10 nominations, while the musical She Loves Me followed with eight. In the Best Musical Category, Hamilton will compete against Bright Star, School of Rock, Shuffle Along and Waitress. The previous record for most ...


Nominees-Announced-For-the-43rd-Non-Equity-Jeff-Awards-

Nominees Announced For the 43rd Non-Equity Jeff Awards - From a press release - The Jeff Awards Committee have announced 121 nominations in 24 categories for the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 148 productions offered by 67 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee ...


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Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2016: The Ava Plays - The fourth annual Indie Boots Theatre Festival celebrates new short plays with underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. From hilarious comedies to thoughtful dramas, from angsty realism to sci-fi adventures, the plays and their characters grapple with love, feminism, LGBTQ communities, friendship, history, intricacies of language, activism, and a missing vibrator. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Producers

THEATER REVIEW The Producers - Book: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; Music and Lyrics: Mel Brooks. At: Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-325-1700 or www.mercurytheaterchicago.com; $30-$65. Runs through: June 26 Once again, director L. Walter Stearns shows what a master he is at refitting big and brassy musicals into smaller intimate spaces. Banish now any doubts you may have had about Stearns ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sender-

THEATER REVIEW Sender - Playwright: Ike Holter. At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; www.aredorchidtheatre.org; $30-$35. Runs through: May 29 Jeez—what is it about these self-absorbed millennials? Don't they know it's about me? So, exactly one year ago Lynx ( Steve Haggard ) disappeared. His girlfriend Tess ( Mary Williamson ), her best bud Cassandra ( McKenzie Chinn ), Lynx's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-In-the-Time-of-the-Butterflies

THEATER REVIEW In the Time of the Butterflies - Playwright: Caridad Svich, from Julia Alvarez's novel. At: Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.teatrovista.org; $25-$30. Runs through: May 22 Caridad Svich has written remarkable plays—but I don't think this is one of them. It does, however, tell a story about remarkable people: the Mirabal sisters, martyred in 1960 in the bloody struggle against Rafael ...


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THEATER The end of adolescence: Ike Holter looks at aging hipsters in 'Sender' - Late in Ike Holter's play Sender, 20-going-on-30 Jordan, in a burst of pantheistic zeal, hurls his cigarettes off the third-floor back porch to the street below. Almost immediately, he regrets his action, lamenting, "I just threw my addiction off the roof!"—to which his companions reply, "The only addiction you need now is us." The awakening of aging adolescents caught up ...


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Theater spotlight on In the Heat of the Night, Critic's Picks - In the Heat of the Night Contemplate the current U.S. state of race relations and policing by looking back to the 1960s with Shattered Globe Theatre's production of In the Heat of the Night. This stage adaptation by Matt Pelfrey is drawn from the novel by the late author John Ball, and it explores what happens when an African-American ...


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THEATER REVIEW Even Longer and Farther Away - Playwright: Chelsea Marcantel. At: The New Colony at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thenewcolony.org; $20-$25. Runs through: May 15 There are a lot of well-worn character stereotypes and storytelling tropes in Even Longer and Farther Away, Chelsea Marcantel's world-premiere drama for The New Colony. Yet director Thrisa Hodits' displays a clever way of rethinking a Den Theatre space ...


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Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein in "Hairspray Live" to air Dec. 7 - From a press release - UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 25, 2016 — Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson and multiple Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein will headline the cast of NBC's "Hairspray Live!," the network's next live Broadway musical holiday event following the phenomenal success of "The Wiz Live!" Also joining the creative team will be acclaimed television director Alex Rudzinski, who ...


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Theater spotlight on Cabaret, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight on Cabaret If you missed the recent acclaimed touring revival of Roundabout Theatre Company's landmark 1998 revival of Cabaret, you can at least see Kander and Ebb's show itself in a suburban community theater production courtesy of Big Noise Theatre. Cabaret plays through Sunday, May 8, at the Prairie Lake Theater, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines. Performances ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mitera - Playwright: Maria Burnham. At: Strangeloop Theatre, Berger Park North Mansion, 6219 N. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2502445; $18. Runs through: May 14 Playwrights have been fascinated with unmarried sisters for 2,500 years. Consider: The Suppliants ( Aeschylus ), Three Sisters ( Chekhov ), The House of Bernarda Alba ( Garcia Lorca ) and Nunsense ( just kidding ). Maria Burnham follows ...


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From Berlin to Tinseltown - Barbara Lhota and M.E.H. Lewis deliver a thriller of Nazis, Hollywood and forbidden love in '180 Degree Rule' "Three-named people are like three-legged dogs—stubborn and scrappy!" an Englishman declares upon meeting Ruth Alice Bennett. His assessment is correct. After the young photographer's proper Yankee family and fiance disapprove of her nude self-portraits—this is 1930, by the way—her quest for a ...


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Skin is in at the 'Naked Magic Show' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new show hitting Chicago from Down Under that goes down under—literally. The Naked Magic Show is literally losing its pants on tour with magicians Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler. Flying in all the way from Australia, these two are making their way to the Windy City. Wayne began as magician for a kids TV program before having his ...


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Upcoming: Black Playwrights Fest, PFP film fest - Black Playwrights Festival April 24-27 Black Ensemble Theater has announced its 11th annual Black Playwrights Festival, to be held April 24-27 as part of the company's Black Playwrights Initiative ( BPI ). The festival will take place at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St. The 2016 BPI Black Playwrights Festival opens on Sunday, April 24, at ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Dreamgirls. Trash - Dreamgirls Book and Lyrics: Tom Eyen; Score: Henry Krieger. At: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or PorchlightMusicTheatre.org; $35-$51. Runs through: May 22 Trash Playwright: Johnny Drago. At: New American Folks Theatre at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: NewAmericanFolktheatre.org; $20 Runs through: May 15 The pursuit of fame and celebrity can ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mary Page Marlowe - Playwright: Tracy Letts. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$89. Runs through: May 29 Tracy Letts' world-premiere drama Mary Page Marlowe for Steppenwolf Theatre Company will likely divide audiences. Those expecting a sprawling three-hour epic in the vein of Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama August: Osage County might be disappointed by this compact one-act focusing ...


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THEATER REVIEW Carlyle - Playwright: Thomas Bradshaw. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 773-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Carlyle; $10-$40. Runs through: May 1 Main character Carlyle Meyers goes from Democratic to Republican beliefs and we, as an audience, are along for the bumpy ride in the world premiere of Carlyle. From bullying to gun control, nothing is off limits in a story where being a ...


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Pride Films and Plays kicks off Pride 2016 with The Boys Upstairs - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to present the US professional premiere of Jason Mitchell's zesty comedy The Boys Upstairs which The Village Voice called 'Sex in the City meets Boys in the Band.' PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez leads a cast including Gary Henderson as Seth, Tristien Winfree as Eric, Shaun Baer as Ashley, and PFP ...







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