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  • Pauly Shore appears at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg on Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28.

    Weekend picks: Hey, buuuddy! Pauly Shore plays SchaumburgJun 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fans of 1990s films like “Encino Man,” “Bio-Dome” and “Son-in-Law” won't want to miss comedian and actor Pauly Shore performing this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Dan “Vapid” Schafer is a longtime fixture of the Chicago punk scene who has played with such notable bands as Screeching Weasel. He is now leading a new music project called Dan Vapid & the Cheats at Lombard's Brauer House Friday. See comics, tabletop gaming items, art, retro toys and more at the Lake Count-I-Con pop-culture expo at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center in Round Lake Beach.

     
  • Actor Jane Lynch performs for the press before her concert debut at 54 Below in New York on Wednesday.

    Jane Lynch hits the stage with cabaret appearanceJun 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jane Lynch has zipped off the tracksuit and left the Cheerios behind. The “Glee” star is going cabaret. The Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winner made her nightclub debut this week with a four-night stand in front of a three-piece band at 54 Below, a club in the cellar of what was a notorious, coke-fueled disco in the 1970s. The show got to show off another part of Lynch, who has been roaring to take a stage again since she made her Broadway debut last summer as Miss Hannigan in “Annie.”

     
  • James (Will Mobley) falls head-over-heels with the recently jilted Tessa (Emily Berman) in “Days Like Today,” a new musical by Alan Schmuckler and Laura Eason in its world premiere at Writers Theatre, which has extended the production through July 27.

    Theater events: Writers Theatre extends 'Days Like Today' and moreJun 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Writers Theatre in Glencoe has extended its world premiere of Alan Schmuckler and Laura Eason’s “Days Like Today,” a modern musical about love in all its permutations, through July 27. Plus, Profiles Theatre reschedules the opening for "Annapurna"; Spectralia Theatre brings Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" to Chicago parks; and LiveWire presents "Partners" this week in Chicago-area theater.

     
  • Katie Cundiff, left, Brittany Stock and Carol Rose play The Andrews Sister, the best-selling sibling trio from the 1930s and 1940s, in Fox Valley Repertory’s revival of the bio-musical “Sisters of Swing.”

    Gorgeous vocals sell Fox Valley Rep’s ‘Sisters of Swing’Jun 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The brief, a cappella snippet that opens “Sisters of Swing” makes clear where the strength of Fox Valley Repertory’s Andrews Sisters bio-musical resides: with the pristine vocals of leading ladies Kellie Cundiff, Carol Rose and Brittany Stock. Their sweet voices and endearing presence recall the titular siblings LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews, the best-selling trio from the 1930s and 1940s known for “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and more.

     
  • Wheaton native Brian Bohr plays Jesus in modern-day dress for Marriott Theatre’s production of “Godspell.”

    Spirituality helps Wheaton native embrace ‘Godspell’ roleJun 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    He played Joseph. Now, Jesus. So if Brian Bohr one day lands the lead in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” he said it will complete his biblical-musical trifecta. Bohr, a native of Wheaton, is currently starring as Jesus in Marriott Theatre’s production of “Godspell,” which features a series of songs and parables based on the Gospels.

     
  • Posthumus (Matthew Keffer) meets with his wife, Imogen (Kate McDermott), before he must flee in First Folio Theatre's “Shakespeare's Cymbeline: A Folk Tale with Music,” staged last summer at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.

    Shakespeare, outdoor theater a good fit for summerJun 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The centuries-old works of William Shakespeare still have actors and audiences thinking outside the box — and outside the theater. Shakespeare's plays have lent themselves to outdoor productions since they were first performed at the Globe Theatre in London more than 400 years ago, and many will be staged by local theaters this summer at a number of outdoor locations — from Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook to Chicago parks.

     
  • Theater events: BrightSide takes on ‘Cabaret’Jun 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    BrightSide Theatre revives "Cabaret" and Drury Lane Theatre goes back to school with "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" this week in suburban theater.

     
  • Alfred Uhry

    ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ playwright to speak at HarperJun 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Alfred Uhry, the only American playwright to have won an Oscar, a Tony (two of them) and a Pulitzer Prize, will share stories with Harper College students and the public on Thursday evening, June 26, at the Performing Arts Center on the college’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. He wrote "Driving Miss Daisy."

     
  • The band of “brothers” who make of Lifeline Theatre’s “Monstrous Regiment” includes: Katie McLean Hainsworth, front row left, and Sarah Price; Michaela Petro, middle row; and Melissa Engle, top row left; Mandy Walsh, top row center; and Kim Boler. Chris Hainsworth’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel runs through July 20.

    Lifeline’s comic fantasy a ‘Monstrous’ delightJun 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    A witty script by Glen Ellyn native Chris Hainsworth is one of the many delights of Lifeline Theatre's production of "Monstrous Regiment." The zealous, laugh-out-loud-funny world premiere is based on Terry Pratchett's 2003 novel, and may just spur audiences to take on the author's acclaimed Discworld series.

     
  • Linda Collins, board president of the Elgin Theatre Company, doesn’t let her multiple sclerosis slow her down.

    Wheelchair no obstacle for suburban theater womanJun 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Linda Collins really wants — and needs — a new wheelchair-accessible van with hand controls, so she can regain the independence stripped by her multiple sclerosis. Collins, of Elk Grove Village, is the board president for the Elgin Theatre Company. And yet, the 53-year-old says that her unsuccessful attempt to win a nationwide contest for a new van reaffirmed that, no matter her circumstances, there are people out there who need that so much more.

     
  • Kellie Cundiff, left, Brittany Stock and Carol Rose star in “Sisters of Swing,” a Fox Valley Repertory tribute to the Andrews Sisters.

    Andrews Sisters tributes boogie onto local stagesJun 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Break out your bugles: World War II may be long over, but sisters who brought Boogie Woogie to the troops are back. More than 45 years after the Andrews Sisters last performed onstage together, two local shows pay tribute to the famous trio. In St. Charles, Fox Valley Repertory's “Sisters of Swing” takes audiences through the family trials and familiar tunes of the Andrews Sisters' lives, while Theo Ubique's cabaret tribute in Chicago has the feel of a tour.

     
  • Eric Faler, left, and Sherri Warren appear in the Elgin Theatre Company production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” a comedy by Neil Simon.

    Neil Simon’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ comes to ElginJun 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Eric Faler is a 17-year-old high school graduate. He shaves his face. He is old enough to drive. He will be heading off to college in the fall. But starting Friday, June 13, Faler will revert to his 15-year-old self to play Eugene Jerome in the Elgin Theatre Company’s production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs.”

     
  • Soured on theater after parking ticketsJun 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Regarding the financial problems at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Judy Byrne writes it was the parking tickets, not the programming, that caused her to give up her season tickets to the theater.

     
  • “A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder” was named best musical Sunday night at the Tony Awards.

    Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston, NPH win TonysJun 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The murderous romp “A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder” has gotten a lot of love at the Tony Awards — it nabbed the best new musical trophy on a night that saw Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston and Neil Patrick Harris all took home big awards.

     
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  • Eddie Izzard, pictured here in the IFC comedy “Bullet In The Face,” appears at the Chicago Theatre for three shows.

    Sunday picks: British comedian Eddie Izzard plays ChicagoJun 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Acclaimed British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard holds court with his hilarious comic ramblings at the Chicago Theatre. Trekkies will be out in force for The Official Star Trek Convention, which prominently features appearances by actors William Shatner and Kate Mulgrew in Rosemont. Learn all about the singing siblings whose songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” will forever be tied to World War II in the musical “Sisters of Swing: The Andrews Sisters Story” starting Thursday at Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

     
  • Cher brings her Dress to Kill Tour (D2K) with opening act Cyndi Lauper to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.

    Weekend picks: Cher is always a sight to beholdJun 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Expect plenty of over-the-top stage spectacle when legendary pop diva Cher brings her Dressed to Kill Tour with opening act Cyndi Lauper to the Allstate Arena Saturday. Trekkies will be out in force for The Official Star Trek Convention, which prominently features appearances by actors William Shatner and Kate Mulgrew in Rosemont. Learn all about the singing siblings whose songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” will forever be tied to World War II in the musical “Sisters of Swing: The Andrews Sisters Story” starting Thursday at Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

     
  • Theater events: ‘Annapurna’ a cowboy tale of sortsJun 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    A woman tracks down the cowboy-poet husband she left 20 years earlier at his battered Colorado trailer where he’s working on his “magnum opus” in Sharr White’s “Annapurna”; Light Opera Works reviews 'Damn Yankees'; the world premiere of Sting's 'The Last Ship' sets sail at Broadway In Chicago. All this and more on the Chicago and suburban theater scene this week.

     
  • Jonathan (Alex Stage) takes a call from his former boss during an anniversary brunch with his girlfriend, Betty (Meghan Reardon), in Seth Bockley's world premiere drama “Ask Aunt Susan” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago now through Sunday, June 22.

    'Ask Aunt Susan' exposes online exploitationJun 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    In Seth Bockley's “Ask Aunt Susan,” a cocky twenty-something tech guy becomes an Internet sensation as a phony female advice columnist. The plot of the drama, in a world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, is milder than other online hoaxes perpetrated in real life. Yet Bockley brings a literary pedigree to “Ask Aunt Susan” as a modern-day response to Nathanael West's 1933 novel “Miss Lonelyhearts.”

     
  •  Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez at the 56th annual Drama Desk Awards in New York.

    ‘Frozen’ writers behind new show ‘Up Here’Jun 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez — the Oscar-winning husband-and-wife team behind the film “Frozen” — are preparing an original romantic comedy for the stage called “Up Here.”

     
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