Windy City Times Weekly news from the GLBT world 2019-05-27T15:02:25-00:00 Windy City Times Front Cover text/html 2019-05-27T03:21:50-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times SHOWBIZ Rufus Wainwright, LGBTQ films, Billy Porter, Janelle Monae Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright unveiled the latest single from his eagerly anticipated new pop album, Unfollow the Rules, a press release noted. "Alone Time" is available now at all DSPs and streaming services; an official companion video is on YouTube. Unfollow the Rules is slated to arrive via BMG on Friday, July 10. Wainwright also has his ongoing #Quarantunes series of #MusicalEverydays and #RobeRecitals, presented each day via his official Instagram and Facebook. text/html 2019-05-27T01:59:48-00:00 Mary Shen Barnidge THEATER Pride in Place Festival brings LGBTQ theater to stay-at-home audiences The upheaval of the Stonewall riots had barely settled before the weekend preceding Independence Day was set aside to honor the right of every citizen to love without outdated restrictions. text/html 2019-05-27T02:22:23-00:00 BAMtheatre starting virtual classes In response to the stay-at-home and social distancing orders implemented by the COVID-19 pandemic, BAMtheatre has reimagined its musical theatre-focused programming through a host of virtual master classes, workshops, choirs and other activities to keep students connected. text/html 2019-05-22T22:30:19-00:00 Steppenwolf names first woman Executive Director Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced that Brooke Flanagan—who previously worked at Steppenwolf for seven years—will return to the organization in the role of executive director, and will become the first woman to hold the title in Steppenwolf's 45-year history. text/html 2019-05-22T17:31:06-00:00 Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times STREAMING THEATER REVIEW To Master the Art Playwright: William Brown and Doug Frew. At: TimeLine Theatre, streaming. Tickets:; $15-$25. Runs through: June 7 text/html 2019-05-22T17:28:42-00:00 Mary Shen Barnidge STREAMING THEATER REVIEW School Girls; Or The African Mean Girls Play Playwright: Jocelyn Bioh text/html 2019-05-21T21:12:23-00:00 Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times STREAMING THEATER REVIEW The Happiest Place on Earth Playwright: Philip Dawkins text/html 2019-05-21T20:46:26-00:00 Broadway In Chicago reschedules 'Frozen' In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Broadway In Chicago announced that the upcoming engagement of Disney's Frozen—originally scheduled to run Oct. 21,-Jan. 3, 2021 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre—will now run Nov. 18, 2021-Jan. 23, 2022. text/html 2019-05-21T13:44:14-00:00 'SapphFest' to take place virtually May 28-29 On May 28-29 at 7:30 p.m., Violet Surprise Theatre will present SapphFest—a digital variety show celebrating queer women and non-binary artists from all over the country and internationally, through storytelling, comedy, music, poetry, performance art and more. text/html 2019-05-19T20:53:57-00:00 First Folio to stream 'Cymbeline' in June As a way to help address the absence of live theater performances, First Folio Theatre will offer a streaming video recording of the award-winning Cymbeline: A Folk Tale with Music, directed by Michael Goldberg. text/html 2019-05-19T13:03:52-00:00 Hell in a Handbag updates season with 'Girls,' 'Tiger Queen' Hell in a Handbag Productions announced several updates to its 2020 season, including a streaming production slated for this summer and a world-premiere musical parody set to debut this fall. text/html 2019-05-18T19:50:40-00:00 Victory Gardens announces IGNITION Festival of New Plays Victory Gardens Theater outgoing Artistic Director Chay Yew and Executive Artistic Erica Daniels announced the lineup for the 2020 IGNITION Festival of New Plays. text/html 2019-05-15T18:24:46-00:00 Broadway in Chicago updates show schedule Chicago — Friday, May 15 The safety and health of our patrons, staff and theatrical companies is our top priority. In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 coronavirus , here is an update of the shows that are newly cancelled or rescheduled: text/html 2019-05-15T01:18:22-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times Brick by brick, Mark Larson talks about a life of LEGOs Mark Larson has done a lot of things in his life, from being a theater actor to a bouncer at the now-defunct Boystown nightclub Spin. text/html 2019-05-14T22:09:08-00:00 'Six' postponed until November In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Broadway In Chicago announced today that the upcoming engagement of Six—originally scheduled to begin Wed., July 8, at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place— will now run Nov. 24, 2020-March 21, 2021 at the same venue. text/html 2019-05-14T22:04:06-00:00 Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times STREAMING THEATER REVIEW To Master the Art Playwright: William Brown and Doug Frew text/html 2019-05-14T14:56:51-00:00 'Dear Evan Hansen' cancelled With a ban on mass gatherings still in effect for the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago, Broadway In Chicago announced that the upcoming engagement of Dear Evan Hansen, originally scheduled for July 7-Sept. 27 at the CIBC Theatre, has been cancelled. text/html 2019-05-12T23:51:06-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times FILM Eric Rosen, from About Face to the movie 'Netuser' Eric Rosen is entering the world of movies with his short-film thriller, Netuser. text/html 2019-05-12T23:31:36-00:00 Matt Simonette Arts funding faces challenges in new landscape Equality Illinois invited local advocates to address the implications of the coronavirus pandemic for the state's arts community for a May 5 online discussion. text/html 2019-05-12T23:27:52-00:00 'Teenage Dick' to now run through May 17 Chicago's Theater Wit announced another two-week extension of its current, critically acclaimed virtual production of Teenage Dick. text/html 2019-05-12T23:27:16-00:00 Brown Paper Box announces final season After 10 years, 16 venues and six Jeff Award recommendations, Brown Paper Box Co. BPBCo. announced that the upcoming 10th season will be its last. text/html 2019-05-12T18:05:27-00:00 'Seize the Stage' benefit May 21 "Seize the Stage: A Musical Revue Benefit for Epilepsy" is back for its ninth year, but in a different form—online, via Zoom—and the event's fundraising focus will be the theatrical community. text/html 2019-05-08T18:31:23-00:00 Mercury Theater Chicago remote video content to include "On the Road to Priscilla" Chicago, IL — L. Walter Stearns, Executive Director of Mercury Theater Chicago, announced today an ongoing lineup of three video series featuring past and present Mercury talent, to include actors, musicians and members of several creative teams. The three series of videos will be entitled "Backstage Stories," "On the Air with Mercury Theater Chicago," and "On the Road to Priscilla," and will be posted on an ongoing basis on the theater's social media pages. The theater will also be coordinating a city-wide initiative video entitled "Stay Home Chicago" in response to the stay-at-home orders following the COVID-19 crisis, featuring performers from previous Mercury Theater Chicago productions. text/html 2019-05-06T00:29:56-00:00 Victory Gardens has new management model, names new ED The Victory Gardens Theater board of directors announced a new management design for the 46 year-old institution. text/html 2019-05-04T19:07:29-00:00 Actors Gym to stream original production Isolated Actors Gym to stream text/html 2019-05-04T16:09:37-00:00 Mary Shen Barnidge STREAMING THEATER REVIEW All-One! The Dr. Bronner's Plays Playwright: Beth Hyland text/html 2019-04-30T13:26:18-00:00 Second City streaming free improv shows The Second City has now adapted its improvisation-based shows to create real-time, interactive and socially "together" virtual experiences available to audiences worldwide. text/html 2019-04-29T16:57:32-00:00 'Teenage Dick' virtual run extended through May 17 Chicago's Theater Wit announced another two-week extension of its current, critically acclaimed virtual production of Teenage Dick. text/html 2019-04-28T15:00:49-00:00 Nominations announced for 47th annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards April 28, 2020 — Chicago — With the conclusion of the 2019-2020 Chicago non-Equity theater season, the Jeff Awards announces the nominees for the 47th annual awards for theater excellence that include 120 theater artists across 21 categories. During this past seasxon, which ended a few weeks early in mid-March due to government guidelines on public gatherings related to the COVID19 virus, Jeff Awards members attended the openings of 126 productions. From these, 52 productions became "Jeff Recommended" and therefore eligible for award nominations.This year, the work of 31 non-Equity theater companies is showcased with 44 productions receiving one or more nominations. Four productions tied for most nominations including "All Quiet on the Western Front," "The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe," "Big Fish," and "P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle," which each received seven nominations. Among theater companies, Griffin Theatre garnered the most nominations with 10, followed by Jackalope Theatre Company 9 , Lifeline Theatre 8 and BoHoTheatre, Pride Films and Plays, Red Tape Theatre and Underscore Theatre all with 7 . text/html 2019-04-26T18:05:22-00:00 League fights to help save Chicago venues As the effects of COVID-19 continue to devastate businesses and communities around the world, the Chicago Independent Venue League CIVL has continued to fight for the survival of Chicago's independent music venues, and is expanding its coalition as founding members of the newly formed National Independent Venue Association NIVA , which now includes more than 1,000 members representing all 50 states. text/html 2019-04-25T19:20:41-00:00 NU professor among academy's new members Performer, author and Northwestern University professor E. Patrick Johnson is among an esteemed group of individuals named as the newest class of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. text/html 2019-04-24T23:20:35-00:00 Ravinia's production of Bernstein's 'Mass' on PBS on May 15 Ravinia's 2019 presentation of iconic conductor Leonard Bernstein's little-seen music theater masterwork Mass will be shown as an installment of the PBS series Great Performances on Friday, May 15, at 9 p.m. on PBS including on Chicago's WTTW, Channel 11 , and the PBS Video app. text/html 2019-04-22T18:11:23-00:00 Victory Gardens unveils 2020-21 season, streaming 'Fun Home' Victory Gardens unveils text/html 2019-04-21T18:52:14-00:00 Brown Paper Box announces final season After 10 years, 16 venues and six Jeff Award recommendations, Brown Paper Box Co. BPBCo. announced that the upcoming 10th season will be its last. text/html 2019-04-20T20:33:16-00:00 MOVIES About Face co-founder writes, directs 'Netuser' Eric Rosen—a co-founder of Chicago's About Face Theatre who was also its first artistic director—wrote and directed the LGBTQ short film Netuser, which will be released online Friday, April 24. text/html 2019-04-19T17:29:33-00:00 Hamilton's Cervantes new addition to April 19 concert Miguel Cervantes Hamilton will perform live during the April 19 Chicago Offstage! Live from Home virtual concert benefiting Season of Concern, the emergency fund for Chicago's theater artists. text/html 2019-04-16T16:41:48-00:00 Jeff Awards going virtual June 8 The Jeff Awards—the Chicago theater community's annual awards recognizing non-Equity theater productions—will be presented in a virtual format on Monday, June 8. text/html 2019-04-15T11:36:31-00:00 Victory Gardens cancels 'Forgotten,'will stream 'Fun Home' Victory Gardens Theater is cancelling Right To Be Forgotten, which is written by Sharyn Rothstein and slated to be directed by Devon de Mayo. text/html 2019-04-15T10:37:17-00:00 Virtual reading of Terrence McNally work on April 16 In honor of Terrence McNally, who recently passed away at age 81 of complications from COVID-19, four actors—each participating from a remote location—will perform a live online reading of Mothers and Sons on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. text/html 2019-04-15T11:10:01-00:00 Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times NUNN ON ONE THEATER Jordan Dell Harris strikes up the 'Band' The production The Boys in the Band is a lesson in gay history. Set in 1968, a party is held for a group of friends where one of them is having a birthday. A game of truth or dare, at the party, goes off the rails and issues hit the fan that will leave the group forever changed. text/html 2019-04-08T15:31:46-00:00 COVID-19 Broadway closed through June 7 Broadway will remain closed through June 7—an extension of the current coronavirus shutdown that would seem to retroactively end the 2019-20 season. text/html 2019-04-06T13:02:04-00:00 Mary Shen Barnidge STREAMING THEATER REVIEW Masque of the Red Coronavirus Playwright: Ed Rutherford text/html 2019-04-03T14:00:32-00:00 Virtual reading of Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons April 16 In honor of Terrence McNally, who recently passed away at age 81 of complications from COVID-19. Four actors, each participating from a remote location, will perform a live online reading of Mothers and Sons on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. This is an encore reading of the play the company presented in fall 2018 during the run of their production of McNally's It's Only a Play. text/html 2019-04-02T15:16:47-00:00 Arts for Illinois launches with grants for artists, groups Arts Alliance Illinois joined Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in launching Arts for Illinois—a collaboration between the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago and members of the philanthropic community to support the statewide creative sector during the COVID-19 crisis. text/html 2019-04-01T11:24:58-00:00 Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times STREAMING THEATER REVIEW Methtacular! Playwright: Steven Strafford text/html 2019-03-31T15:09:23-00:00 Court Theatre reschedules The Gospel at Colonus to the 2020-2021 season Chicago, IL - Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Angel Ysaguirre, Executive Director, announces new dates for its production of The Gospel at Colonus, featuring book and lyrics by Lee Breuer, and music by Bob Telson. Originally slated to close the 2019-2020 season, The Gospel at Colonus will now run November 5 — December 6, 2020 in place of the previously-announced Violet. This production is directed by Charles Newell, associate directed by TaRon Patton, with music direction and orchestrations/arrangements by Mark J.P. Hood. text/html 2019-03-30T11:53:42-00:00 Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times THEATER Mourning Terrence McNally The prolific Emmy and Tony Award-winning writer Terrence McNally passed away at the age of 81 in Florida at a Sarasota hospital on Tuesday, March 24. The cause of death was due to complications of the coronavirus COVID-19 . text/html 2019-03-27T20:00:35-00:00 Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times STREAMING THEATER REVIEW Teenage Dick Playwright: Mike Lew text/html 2019-03-26T15:46:41-00:00 Raven Theatre postpones world premiere of Eden Prairie, 1971 due to COVID-19 CHICAGO March 25, 2020 — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Raven Theatre today announced it will postpone its upcoming world premiere of Mat Smart's Eden Prairie, 1971, directed by Henry Wishcamper, originally scheduled for May 7 — June 21, 2020 on Raven's 85-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago. New dates will be announced shortly. text/html 2019-03-25T23:02:49-00:00 Tony Awards to be postponed; no new date set 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 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.