About Face Theatre is pleased to continue its 2014-15 season with the Chicago premiere of ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T by Bixby Elliot, directed by Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff, playing June 5 - July 5, 2015 at the Greenhouse Theater Center (Upstairs Studio), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.
By Leigh Austin
While most people find familiarity comforting, there’s a point at which the familiar becomes dull. For me, and I’m sure for many other die-hard Les Miserables fans, such a point came long ago. Yes, the show never fails to make me shed a tear or two, but I credit that more to the emotionally charged music by Claude-Michael Schonberg (lyrics by Alan Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel) than to the individual productions themselves. In fact, almost every production of Les Mis that I’ve seen since age five has been virtually the same. Enjolras always dies in the same picturesque pose, Thenardier mumbles the same “ad-libbed” jokes, and Javier leaps to his death with the help of the same series of poorly-rigged flies and swirling lights.
Celebrating its 13th year, Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce its 2015-16 season, kicking off this summer with the Midwest premiere of MIRACLE!, the wickedly funny parody of The Miracle Worker as reimagined by Dan Savage, one of the country's leading writers/speakers/podcasters on sex, sexuality and GLBTQ issues, directed by Derek Van Barham. Then, summer gets even steamier with BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS, a musical tribute to the Divine Miss M starring Caitlin Jackson and directed by Christopher Pazdernik. In the fall, Handbag welcomes Halloween with a show so horrifying, it's sure to turn your Eva Gabor wig white with fright: the world premiere of SCREAM, QUEEN, SCREAM!, David Cerda's campy nod to some of television's most popular horror series. Finally, everybody's favorite holiday bitch is back and she's meaner then ever in the return of CHRISTMAS DEAREST, Handbag's Joan Crawford-infused parody of A Christmas Carol.
The Hypocrites will present a return engagement of its critically acclaimed world premiere ALL OUR TRAGIC, an unparalleled twelve-hour theatrical adaptation that combines all 32 surviving Greek tragedies into a single epic narrative.