Spotlight: Mike Toomey and friends headline Metropolis' virtual comedy show

  • Mike Toomey, left, headlines Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's virtual show "A Night of Comedy with Mike Toomey and Friends" along with fellow comedians Hari Rao, top right, and Tim Benker, bottom right.

    Mike Toomey, left, headlines Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's virtual show "A Night of Comedy with Mike Toomey and Friends" along with fellow comedians Hari Rao, top right, and Tim Benker, bottom right.

 
 
Posted4/7/2021 6:00 AM

Virtual stand-up

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre hosts a virtual stand-up showcase "A Night of Comedy with Mike Toomey and Friends" featuring headliner Toomey, a veteran comedian and a regular on the "WGN Morning News." Joining Toomey, creator and star of "TV and Me," is Hari Rao, a Zanies regular, and Tim Benker.

 

Streaming at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, and available on demand from Sunday, April 11, through April 24. Tickets are $15 and are available at metropolisarts.com.

Coming-of-age tale

New American Folk Theatre inaugurates its audio season with "The Summer of Daisy Fay," a one-woman show based on Fannie Flagg's novel "Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man" about the dreams of a teenage girl growing up on Mississippi's Gulf Coast during the 1950s. Co-artistic director Anthony Whitaker directs ensemble member Charlie Irving who reprises the role she played in the theater's 2016 production.

Available for audio download through April. Tickets are $10. See newamericanfolktheatre.org.

In other news

• Trap Door Theatre hosts a pair of live virtual comedy shows starring Susan Mele. Mele plays fictional cabaret icon Roxie Starr in "Live From the Closet" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 9. At 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10, she plays several characters attending a weekend retreat in another show. Tickets are $10 for each production and they're available at trapdoortheatre.com.

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• Northwestern University's Imagine U Storytime series consisting of 15-minute videos of family-friendly stories performed by NU faculty, alumni and students continues Sunday, April 11, with "The Tale of Shimcheong," a Korean folk tale about a young girl's attempts to cure her father's blindness. That's followed on April 18 by "Let's Imagine Harold and the Purple Crayon" about a boy who creates his own world using a crayon. Next up is "The Berenstain Bears and the Tooth Fairy" on April 25. Free performances stream at 6 p.m. Sundays. Search the Wirtz Center on YouTube.com.

• Porchlight Music Theatre's virtual Movie Musical Monday series continues at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, with a discussion of the 1963 film "Bye Bye Birdie." Denise McGowan Tracy hosts director/choreographer Tammy Mader, who helmed Drury Lane Theatre's revival of the musical. Free. See porchlightmusictheatre.org.

• The Public Theater premieres the audio play "Shadow/land" on Tuesday, April 13. Erika Dickerson-Despenza's play is about family members contemplating selling their business in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. See publictheater.org.

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