Spotlight: Improv Playhouse hosts 'Live the Laugh' bilingual comedy event

  • Jayson Acevedo hosts "Viva la Risa" Friday at Improv Playhouse in Libertyville.

    Jayson Acevedo hosts "Viva la Risa" Friday at Improv Playhouse in Libertyville. Courtesy of Improv Playhouse

 
 
Posted10/8/2019 6:00 AM

Women of Steel series

Steel Beam Theatre's season-long salute to women continues with "The Odd Couple (Female Version)," Neil Simon's 1986 revision of his 1965 comedy about two divorced friends sharing a New York City apartment. In this version, Florence Unger, a compulsive cleaner who's husband has just left her, moves in with her friend, perpetual slob Olive Madison. JoAnn Smith, of Roselle, directs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, and through Nov. 3 at 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. $23-$28. (630) 587-8521 or steelbeamtheatre.com.

'Live the Laugh'

Improv Playhouse hosts "Viva la Risa (Live the Laugh): A Stand Up Comedy Show for Amigos, Gringos and Latinos!" this weekend. IP's Jayson Acevedo hosts the bilingual event, which features Jaime De Leon and Oscar Carvajal and others joking about their families, society and Latino-American culture according to producer David Stuart.

9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. $12.50 in advance, $20 at the door. (847) 968-4529 or improvplayhouse.com.

Pooh & friends

Citadel Theatre's young audiences series returns with the musical "Disney's Winnie the Pooh for Kids." Based on the 2011 animated film and A.A. Milne's characters, the musical centers on Winnie and his friends' efforts to rescue Christopher Robin from Backson, a mysterious creature who's responsible for missing socks and people catching colds.

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11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13 and 26-27, at The Gorton Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. $12.50. (847) 735-8554 or citadeltheatre.org.

Emjoy Gavino, left, and Hannah Toriumi play sisters in The Gift Theatre's Chicago-area premiere of "Kentucky."
Emjoy Gavino, left, and Hannah Toriumi play sisters in The Gift Theatre's Chicago-area premiere of "Kentucky." - Courtesy of Claire Demos
Homecoming tale

A single New Yorker estranged from her Kentucky family returns home to stop the wedding of her younger, born-again Christian sister in The Gift Theatre's Chicago-area premiere of "Kentucky." Leah Nanako Winkler's examination of family, identity, religion and love features ensemble members Paul D'Addario, Emjoy Gavino, Martel Manning and Hannah Toriumi and is directed by Chika Ike.

Previews at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17-19, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The show opens Oct. 20. $32-$42. (773) 975-8150 or theaterwit.org or thegifttheatre.org.

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