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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Countess Dracula gives a Black warrior woman spin on Bram Stoker by Kt Hawbaker

A little more defiance of the genre would give this Otherworld Theatre show more bite. I low-key love how Otherworld Theatre fully explores the concept of "theat…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Cross-dressers and gay men meet at Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina by Kt Hawbaker

A gender-bending Catskills resort in 1962 takes center stage at Pride Films & Plays My favorite question as an arts journalist is "Why now?" When Harvey Fier…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Out of Love traces the rocky path of the lifespan of a friendship by Kt Hawbaker

Elinor Cook's drama gets a gritty and tender U.S. premiere from Interrobang Theatre Project. Gender isn't binary. It's an idea that should also apply to depictio…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The video game’s the thing in Super Richard World III by Kt Hawbaker

Otherworld Theatre’s Stupid Shakespeare Company makes a low-budget, high-laugh debut. Do you remember laughter? Most days—especially the days when I log on t…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

"About Face," Wrightwood 659's exhibition on post-Stonewall LGBTQ art, embraces the uncertainty of queer identity by Kt Hawbaker

The show’s real power lies in how it acknowledges the complicated intergenerational conversations between queer artists of color. Thirty minutes after I left "…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Leftovers takes on Bill Cosby and his legacy by Kt Hawbaker

Unfortunately, this Something Marvelous production takes on more than it can handle. On paper, Josh Wilder’s Leftovers sounds like a radical magical realism ro…

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Desire in a Tinier House is a poetic queer love story—despite the shirtless-boy marketing by Kt Hawbaker

It envisions a queer domestic space we don't normally see onstage. I was hesitant as I walked into Pride Films and Plays on Friday night. Though the theater's sh…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Essential reading for Pride Month by Kt Hawbaker

Five memoirs that made me the pansexual freak I am today During every week this Pride Month, we'll ask one of our contrubutors to compile a list of essential que…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Storefront Theater Musical is a bad-faith disaster by Kt Hawbaker

It commits the great satirical sin of punching down. Remember High School Musical? Cool, cool, here's what would happen if someone fused the squickiest parts of …

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Mushroom Cure chronicles one man's quest for relief from OCD by Kt Hawbaker

If you've ever been to a 12 Step meeting, this will feel familiar. After undergrad, I spent a dreary year in social work. I was terrible at it for a number of re…

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The Secret of the Biological Clock follows a scattershot conceptual recipe by Kt Hawbaker

While it's clearly a labor of love, the proliferation of hooks and lack of commitment make for a underbaked confection. If I’ve learned anything from The Great…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

We can all learn a lot about water politics from the young artists who created Parched by Kt Hawbaker

Plus there's an excellent joke about thirst traps. According to the Pew Research Center, Gen Z—young people currently aged 14-22—are even more liberal and po…

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Goat Island: the lifespan of an act by Kt Hawbaker

Curators have recreated the defunct company’s rehearsal space at the Chicago Cultural Center to explore 23 years of groundbreaking visual art and theater. Chic…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

RuPaul's Drag Race winner Raja and Tiffany Pollard will headline Chicago’s first drag fest by Kt Hawbaker

Chicago Is A Drag will include performers from across generations, neighborhoods, and performance styles. To my fellow queer folks who live in the overlap of re…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A new Hamlet puts the prince of Denmark in a context all too familiar to many Chicagoans by Kt Hawbaker

Chicago Shakespeare's staging draws upon the concept of a legacy interrupted and destroyed by racial violence. Though the Bard wrote Hamlet sometime on the cusp …

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

In declining the Whitney Biennial, Chicago artist Michael Rakowitz offers the ultimate form of art criticism by Kt Hawbaker

How do we hold corporatized institutions accountable for the decisions they make? On one level, it's thrilling to see that several Chicago folks made it into th…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Olivia Lilley leads Prop Thtr’s gang of misfits, weirdos, and visionaries into the spotlight by Kt Hawbaker

Under its new director, the Avondale theater's experiments will continue. It all began in 2015, when Olivia Lilley made a deal with the devil.…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Herland follows three women as they age into their glory days by Kt Hawbaker

Against a background of Springsteen songs, they realize that baby, they were born to run. It's time to induct Bruce Springsteen into the Queer Icon Hall of Fame.…

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Black Button Eyes sets 2019-20 season by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Black Button Eyes Productions announced its 2019-20 Season, featuring two Chicago premiere musicals. The season kicks off this summer with “Ghost Quartet” by Broadway composer…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Booked It! Chicago casting announcements for Feb. 21 by Kt Hawbaker

Mercury Theater announced the cast and creative team of “Little Shop of Horrors,” running on the main stage from March 1 through April 28. Under the direction of Walter Stearns, musical …

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John Cameron Mitchell on the shamanic powers of 'Hedwig,' contemporary queerness and his favorite nun by Kt Hawbaker

I remember the miracle of watching “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” for the first time. I was sitting on a couch in St. Louis with the person I thought I loved most in the world. He’d just …

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Court Theatre announces 2019-20 season, complete with an 'Oedipus' complex by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, the Court Theatre announced its production lineup for 2019-20, marking its 65th season. Things kick off with a staging of August Wilson’s “King Hedley,” directed by Ron O…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Steppenwolf adds longtime stage manager Malcolm Ewen to ensemble by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Steppenwolf announced the addition of longtime stage manager Malcolm Ewen into its ensemble. He is the first stage manager in Steppenwolf’s history to do so. Ewen has worked at …

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Rick Bayless' Family Foundation awards 2019 'Stepping Stone' grants to three Chicago theaters by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, the Bayless Family foundation announced the winners of its 2019 “Stepping Stone” grants, along with the funding of theater programming in Millennium Park. The grants — $1…

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'Hamilton: the Exhibition' delays opening to April 27 on Northerly Island by Kt Hawbaker

The world premiere of "Hamilton: the Exhibition," scheduled to debut in Chicago on Northerly Island this spring, has announced a new opening, with its first public admissions now set for Apr…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Booked it! Chicago casting announcements for Feb. 7 by Kt Hawbaker

Perhaps the biggest casting news of the week lies in the images of the Oriental being physically recast as the Nederlander — a perfect metaphor for the state and direction of Chicago theat…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Milwaukee Rep announces 2019-20 season, including 'West Side Story' and 'Hedwig' by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater announced its 2019-20 season, marking Mark Clements’ 10th anniversary as artistic director. Kicking things off in the Stackner Cabaret will be …

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Paramount announces 2019-20 Broadway season by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Paramount Theatre in Aurora announced the four musicals lined up for its 2019-20 Broadway season. Things take off with “Newsies,” the Disney musical pulled from the headlines …

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Raven announces 2019-20 season, including 'Hoodoo Love' directed by Wardell Julius Clark by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Raven Theatre announced the lineup of its 2019-20 season, including two Chicago premieres. The season will kick off this fall with the Chicago premiere of Rachel Bonds’ drama …

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Joshua Harmon's 'Admissions' to hit Chicago's Theater Wit this spring by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Theater Wit announced the Midwest premiere of Joshua Harmon’s “Admissions,” to be directed by Jeremy Wechsler. In the bleak satire, Bill and Sherri Mason, the very liberal l…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Hell in a Handbag announces 2019 season, with the 'Golden Girl'-realness we need in these dark times by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Hell in a Handbag Productions announced its 2019 Season, launching this winter with a revival of “POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical,” an unauthorized musical parody of 1972…

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