Opening and Closing this week


show openings

The Adventures of Nervous Boy Gorilla Tango Theatre

Diva! Diva! Divas!Northwestern University Theater

Jinx Appetite Theatre

The Siren Song of Stephan Jay Gould Gorilla Tango Theatre

Juno and the Paycock The Artistic Home

Savage/Love The Viaduct Theater

A Walk in the Woods Redtwist Theatre



show closings

The 9/11 Report La Red Music Theatre

Battleprov ComedySportz 

The Bucktown Stand-Up Show Down Gorilla Tango Theatre

Dead Wrong The Factory Theater

Get Comfortable, a Night of Shorts Gorilla Tango Theatre

Girls vs. Boys American Music Theatre Project and The House Theatre of Chicago

The Great American Nudie Spectacular! Theatre Building Chicago

The Hollow Lands Steep Theatre

Never the Sinner Project 891 Theatre

Scientology! The Unauthorized Musical Annoyance Theatre

Sodomites!!! A Musical of Biblical Proportions Annoyance Theatre

Somewhere in Texas Dream Theatre

Steel Mags Chicago Center for the Performing Arts

Storybox Piven Theatre

Two Spoons Bailiwick Repertory

Walker and Dunn Gorilla Tango Theatre

White Rainbows Gorilla Tango Theatre

Extensions – “Million Dollar Quartet” “El Grito del Bronx” and “Black Crooners”


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  • Million Dollar Quartet (see our rave review here), currently playing at the Apollo Theatre, has been extended all the way through October 25th.  This surely means that the show will extend at least through New Years.  This new block of tickets goes on sale Friday, July 31st (10am).

blackcroonersBlack Ensemble Theater’s smash hit A Tribute to the Black Crooners, now playing at the Black Ensemble Theater (4520 N. Beacon – map), has been extended through August 30th.  For tickets call 773-769-4451.

  • home_El%20Grito2 El Grito del Bronx, a joint theatre-venture between Collaboraction and Teatro Vista, has been extended through August 9th at the Goodman Theatre’s Owen Theatre.  Migadlia Cruz’s adult-themed and, at times, violent play tells the story of a Puerto Rican family’s struggles while living in the Bronx during the 60’s and 70’s. 

Wednesday Wordplay: Writer’s Crap and Irving Berlin

Urban Dictionary

Writer’s Crap

Derived from ‘writer’s cramp’, writer’s crap refers to a stage when one is only capable of writing utter crap.

‘That story was horrible, i think she’s got a bad case of writer’s crap.



The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You’ve got to keep on working that talent. Someday I’ll reach for it and it won’t be there.
            — Irving Berlin, 1958

[Medicine is] a collection of uncertain prescriptions the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.
            — Napoleon Bonaparte

The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.
            — Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935

Theater Thursday: New Colony’s “Tupperware: An American Musical Fable”

Thursday, July 30

Tupperware: An American Musical Fable

The New Colony at LaCosta Theatre, 3931 N. Elston, Chicago

Tupperware-No-BG Come to La Costa before the show for delicious and still-fresh leftovers, lemonade, and Gertie Minor’s Famous Peach Dump. Stay for The New Colony‘s world-premiere season closer Tupperware: An American Musical Fable. Participate in a Q&A with the cast and director. Dolores, a young widow in 1950 longing for her independence, is disrupted from her plans to move from Florida when opportunity knocks at her front door. Literally. Suddenly, Dolores finds herself selling a few hours of independence to the women on her cul de sac in the form of Tupperware. As her success spirals out of control, it gives birth to heated neighborhood politics, the loss of her own freedom to the empire she is helping build, and a movement that changed the face of the American dinner table forever.
Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.
For reservations call 1.800.838.3006 or buy online at

Think Fast: Cleveland Playhouse, All State Arena, Harlem Summer Shakespeare, Lincoln Park Arts Festival


  • midsummer_harlem New York City’s critically acclaimed Pulse Ensemble Theatre, now celebrating its 20th season, will present its 5th season of Harlem Summer Shakespeare with free performances of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, beginning on August 6th. The company will perform in various venues all over Harlem during the month of August. More here.
  • cleveland-playhouse In a win-win arts management deal, the highly-regarded Cleveland Play House and the Cleveland Clinic have signed a purchase agreement, swapping the sale of the complex to the Clinic with a 2-year leaseback, allowing The Play House to continue to produce a full array of theatre and arts education programming at its current location until May 2011.  The Play House will then be joining Cleveland State University and PlayhouseSquare Foundation in reconfiguring the Allen Theatre as a multi-stage venue to serve as the primary home for The Play House and CSU’s Program of Dramatic Arts. The grand opening is scheduled for September 2011.  More here and here.

Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival

  • Chicago’s outdoor event season will heat up a few degrees this summer with the debut of the inaugural Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 8-9. Food, arts & crafts and an eclectic music lineup on two stages will be highlights of this Lincoln Park/DePaul neighborhood fest.
    Among the nearly 20 acts set to perform on the festival’s two music stages are: legendary pop rockers 10,000 Maniacs; critically acclaimed British rocker Graham Parker; singer/songwriter/guitarist John West (former lead singer for Danish prog-rockers Royal Hunt); lauded singer/songwriter Alexa Wilkinson; and the Paris Delane Trio (headed by Delane, a member of Chicago’s eclectic Sonia Dada). On Racine between Fullerton & Webster. (map)


Blago donates his over-sized hairbrush to Second City show



From Chicago Trubune writer Chris Jones’ excellent theater blog:

“Convinced that the legendary comedy theater’s representation of the infamous implement used to tame the indicted former Illinois Gov’s famous coif was inadequately sized, the showbiz-loving Blagojevich has sent along the actual brush for use as an historic artifact in the show, Rod Blagojevich Superstar, ongoing at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.”

The show is being produced by Second City.

Read more here.

picture courtesy of Chicago Tribune.

Viral Video: JK Wedding Entrance Dance

This video has already been viewed by over 6.5 million people.  From the notes:

Our wedding entrance dance to Forever…yeah, forever.  It took place at a Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota.