“‘It takes a long time to be a diva. I mean, you gotta work at it,’” Trevor explains to his friend, channeling his beloved idol Diana Ross, in a scene from Writers Theatre world-premiere Trevor the Musical. The quote is indicative of the events to come as we watch Trevor, a 13 year old boy grappling with his emerging sexuality in an intolerant environment - one which hasn’t quite recognized homosexuality, let alone found language for it that Trevor can use to better understand his feelings. And while Trevor’s feel-good story is one packed full of laughs, tears, and engaging musical numbers, the show itself still needs to do some soul-searching before it reaches diva status.
“Everything is happening at The Station” is the happy slogan for Chicago Children’s Theatre’s first full season in its new home, The Station, in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop community. After 11 years of itinerancy, all of the company’s family-friendly performances, classes and camps will finally take place in one location, Chicago Children’s Theatre’s new permanent home, a repurposed former Chicago police station at 100 S. Racine Ave., starting this fall.
Pride Films and Plays today announced a new monthly series of shows spotlighting a cross-genre feast of queer and queer-ally local performers. Titled “PAC THE HOUSE” (using an acronym for Pride Arts Center), the series will debut on Sunday, September 17th at 8pm with a show hosted by out comedian and radio host Scott Duff and featuring hip hop/soul/RnB artist King Reza, female female impersonator Maureen SanDiego, storyteller James Anthony, drag performer Mikki Miraj and Lady Crush, an all-female improv group.
Other Theatre will continue its 4th season with the third revival of its holiday hit BARNEY THE ELF, a campy and irreverent musical comedy, written by Bryan Renaud with lyrics by Renaud and Emily Schmidt. After helming the 2016 production, Tommy Rivera-Vega returns to direct and choreograph.
I have always hated the musical Hair. When I saw a production for the first time several years ago, my high expectations were crushed by the long-winded, richly-scored but sloppily written musical; an Across the Universe-esque collection of beautiful songs haphazardly strewn together by a messy, almost non-existant plot. I have since seen the play numerous times, ending each with the feeling of exhaustion and boredom by the show’s final number.
One Night Only --August 21st!
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre continues its new monthly “Grab Bag” series with This Eclectic Life -- a storytelling event revolving around those moments that made a huge impact on our lives. The event will take place on Monday, August 21st at 8:00 PM at the Pendulum Space, 1803 W Byron #216.
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It’s 1984 and Josephine Rosen has a dead-end job, lives in a working-class suburb of Boston with her mother, and has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of being single at age 37. When a chance flirtation with an old classmate and a new friendship at work give her hope for the possibility of change, she takes tentative steps towards a new life. A humorous and heartfelt play about the difficulties and joys of figuring out who you are and letting go of who you were supposed to be.
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Woody Allen’s stage musical based on his Academy Award-winning film – a hilarious and high stepping homage to both the gangster films and movie musicals of the 1930’s - will be staged for the first time by a Chicago company when NightBlue Performing Arts opens its production of the musical on Monday, September 11, following previews from Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10. Press opening is Monday, September 11 at 7:30 pm. BULLETS OVER BROADWAY will run through Sunday, October 8 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago.
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Blue Man Group, continuing its open run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted), is celebrating 20 years in Chicago with an expanded fall performance schedule. The schedule includes a second autism-friendly performance Sunday, October 1 and a special 20th birthday performance Thursday, October 12.
This summer’s runaway hit is Steep Theatre’s Lela & Co. Called “a flawless piece of work” by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune, this powerful U.S. premiere will run through September 16. Steep is adding eight new chances to hear Lela’s passionately told story of resilience and hope in the face of overwhelming adversity, featuring Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel and Chris Chmelik, whose performances have been described as “stunning,” “fantastic,” and “extraordinary empathetic.”
This will be the final extension of Lela & Co., as Steep makes way for their production of Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand, which will open on October 5.
The Hawk was a common name for the cold, winter wind in Chicago, possibly even predating "the Windy City." Additionally, a hawk can see up to eight times more clearly than the human eye.