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Princess Di—Gone But Still Kicking! paints a divisive portrait of the late royal

An icon and legend, the late Princess Diana, first wife to King Charles III, lends herself to many different interpretations.  Jillann Gabrielle has established herself as a creator and performer of one-woman musicals about such iconic women as Greta Garbo, Hedda Hopper, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Now Gabrielle presents her interpretation […]

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Doff we now our gay apparel

There are two Christmas pantomimes based upon 19th-century fables currently playing on Chicago stages, and unless Mary Zimmerman has been up to some dramatic retooling, it’s safe to assume this is the only one that features crotch sparks. Producer Jaq Seifert’s cheeky, irreverent holiday-themed burlesque revue returns for its sixth edition and first back from […]

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World AIDS Day screenings, the Buttcracker, and more

Last week, the annual winter flower shows opened at the city’s conservatories in Garfield Park and Lincoln Park. This year, the theme at Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park) is “Snow Day,” which they’re channeling with a 12 feet tall “tree” created with white poinsettias, as well as oversized snowmen hidden throughout the conservatory’s […]

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Sex education

The Chicago production of off-Broadway’s longest running comedy is a fun, interactive night out with some surprisingly touching, and even useful, takeaways. The 75-minute show is based on a 1997 book of the same title (by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman), which the program reminds us was ahead of its time—before Will & Grace, Sex […]