Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-06-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

THEATER Out All Year
Bailiwick's Pride Knows No Season
by Rick Reed
2003-06-25

This article shared 2310 times since Wed Jun 25, 2003
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


It wasn't all that long ago that Bailiwick Repertory became GLBT theater central every summer, kicking off many new works that spoke to our diverse group of communities to coincide with June Pride festivities. Not anymore!

Now, the Bailiwick, under the innovative, unflagging leadership of artistic director David Zak, is OUT ALL YEAR. But June is still the perfect time to celebrate, and take a look at, the GLBT offerings on the boards at the Bailiwick's Belmont Avenue home.

But before that, let's chat with Zak, who was gracious enough to take a few minutes away from demanding actors, gung ho directors, and capering creative artists to answer a few questions for Windy City Times.

Reed: First off, I wondered what prompted you to move from a summer Pride Series to one that was all year long.

Zak: The morph to Out All Year was caused by a couple of factors. First, I think the summer is so busy for so many members of the community. People could not attend all of the Pride shows even if they wanted to. It seemed like we could do the same number of shows each year and spread them throughout the season and make the schedules a bit easier on our audiences. Secondly, the success the series has had over the years has resulted in a great backlog of new material that is ready for production. Using the studio and loft spaces throughout the year means we can keep the artistic process for actors, writers, and directors going continuously, instead of taking the big breaks we used to have.

Reed: We all know that anyone who would fall into any GLBT groups should see every work that's on the Bailiwick stage (not to mention those folks that have a connection with a GLBT person, or who just appreciate a thought-provoking, entertaining evening of theater), but I wondered if someone was forced to be more selective, what would your recommendations be for:

Best show for eye-popping sexual and nudity content: It's a tie between UNDERGROUND LOVE and SLAP AND TICKLE.

Best show when you need to laugh: EXPLICIT LYRICS.

Best show that will have you leave the theater humming: Another tie: BEST OF TIMES and PINAFORE.

The show that will make you think the most: UNDERGROUND LOVE.

Best show to bring your gay son/daughter/sister/brother/mother/father to: BEST OF TIMES or IN ONE ROOM.

Best show to for a lesbian couple to see on a first date: IN ONE ROOM.

With Zak's recommendations in mind, here is a brief rundown of what's hot and coming to the Bailiwick stage soon:

Naked Boys Singing!—Probably the Bailiwick's biggest hit ever, this music and comedy filled evening (not to mention buff, nude male bodies) continues to play to full houses, after being extended again and again.

Pinafore—The Pinafore, flagship of the New Gay Navy, is docked in Palm Springs during the White Party. What follows is pure Gilbert and Sullivan: a secret elopement, lovers discovered, and of course, a last-minute confession! Opens June 23 at 7:30. Regular performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30 through July 27. Regular performances are $20 Thursday, $25 Friday and Sunday, and $30 Saturday.

Underground Love: The Poetry of Harold Norse, Erotic and Not—He was personal secretary to W.H. Auden, and roommate of young Tennessee Williams. He traveled with Kerouac and Ginsberg, and is still writing poetry in San Francisco. His name is Harold Norse, and for the last several months, Bailiwick's Artistic Director David Zak has developed a play for five actors, tracing his life. Regular run: Wednesdays at 8, Saturdays at 6 and Sunday at 5 through July 20. Tickets are $20 Wednesday, $25 on Saturday and Sunday.

Explicit Lyrics—From the mind of Chicago cabaret impresario Daryl Nitz, comes the most outrageous banned evening of cabaret this town has ever seen. Re-tooled from its sold-out run in January at the Artistic Home, the Bailiwick and Daryl Nitz have created an even more outrageous show. So dive in for a diverse and delightful collection of show tunes, pop tunes, novelty songs and pillow talk. Friday nights at 10 p.m. from June 20 to July 25. All tickets $18.

Slap and Tickle—This world premiere by David Parris is a comedy inspired by a series of casual interviews about sexual experiences with gay men, ranging in age from 19 to 52. From first kisses underwater to a men's room assault, from high school gyms to public parks, the stories veer beyond sex to explore interrelated issues of promiscuity, intimacy and homophobia. Ostensibly set in a contemporary New York City bathhouse, the play features a towel-clad cast of 4 'Robs' who assume an array of roles. Previews Saturday July 5 at 10 p.m. Opening Sunday, July 6 at 6 p.m. The regular run is Friday and Saturday at 10, and Sunday at 6 through August 10. Tickets are $25.

The Best of Times—Several of Chicago's top theater artists will perform a cabaret show celebrating the upcoming 70th birthday of Jerry Herman, one of the most popular and accomplished songwriters of any generation. Herman is best known for works such as Hello Dolly!, Mame, La Cage Aux Folles, and other top Broadway shows. One performance only: Sunday, July 20, 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

In One Room—A world premiere by Jimmy Maize, IN ONE ROOM is based on interviews conducted with gay, lesbian and bisexual youth under 25 from all over the country. A series of monologues, the production is a kinetic vision of what these diverse queer youth might say to one another if they were given the chance to meet. Previews Monday July 21 at 8. Opening night is Tuesday, July 22, at 8 p.m. Performances Wednesday at 8, and Saturdays at 6 and Sundays at 5 through Aug. 10. All tickets $20. All shows are at the Bailiwick Repertory, 1229 W. Belmont in Chicago. Visit www.bailiwick.org for more details. For tickets, call (773) 883-1090.


This article shared 2310 times since Wed Jun 25, 2003
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

THEATER Noel Coward's 'Hay Fever' to open Sept. 4 at City Lit 2022-08-18
- Producer and Artistic Director Terry McCabe will direct Noel Coward's 1924 comedy Hay Fever as the final production of City Lit Theater's 41st season. (It replaces the previously announced Aztec Human Sacrifice, which has been moved ...


Gay News

THEATER Red Summer, connecting the 1919 Chicago race riots to present-day Chicago, is Sept. 16-25 2022-08-14
-- From a press release - University Park, IL—Governors State University's Center for Performing Arts announces the world premiere of Red Summer written by Lookingglass Theatre's Andrew White and MPAACT's Shepsu Aakhu, composed by Shawn Wallace ...


Gay News

THEATER Kokandy's 'Sweeney Todd' running Sept. 8-Nov. 6 2022-08-12
- Kokandy Productions will continue its 10th-anniversary season with a revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street that will run Sept. 8-Nov. 6. The production will feature music and lyrics by Sondheim, ...


Gay News

COMEDY Talking with 'World' traveler Annick Adelle 2022-08-11
- Bay Area attorney Annick Adelle has decided to face one of her biggest fears: stand-up comedy. After starting in 2016, she is releasing her own album and touring throughout the United States. ...


Gay News

Congo Square Theatre's 'What to Send Up When It Goes Down' at Lookingglass on Sept. 24-Oct. 16 2022-08-10
-- From a press release - CHICAGO (Aug. 10, 2022)—Congo Square Theatre Company, one of the nation's premier African American ensemble theater companies, and Lookingglass Theatre Company announce that single tickets are now on sale for ...


Gay News

Billy Masters 2022-08-08
- "I wasn't trying to have his career because he sings, he dances. I'm barely a single threat. I'm just an actor."—Tuc Watkins, explaining how he emulated the career trajectory of Kevin Kline— to the best of ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Jane Lynch, Dwayne Johnson, 'Star Trek,' Beyonce, Shea Coulee 2022-08-07
- NBC has renewed the Jane Lynch-hosted game show Weakest Link for a third season, Variety noted. Season three will run for 20 episodes. The series is based on a British format distributed by BBC Studios that ...


Gay News

Casting announced for queer-centered play 'St. Sebastian' 2022-08-05
- Refracted Theatre Company announced casting for its world premiere of Andrew Kramer's dark comedy St. Sebastian, directed by Artistic Director Graham Miller. The play features Nolan Robinson, Mack Spotts and ...


Gay News

Angelica Ross to be first trans lead in Broadway's 'Chicago' 2022-08-04
- Trans actors have made all sorts of impressions on Broadway, but former Chicagoan Angelica Ross has set a precedent. Next month, the leading role of fame-hungry murderess Roxie Hart will be played by Angelica Ross. Ross ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Chicago Latino Theater Alliance Executive Director Myrna Salazar dies at 75 2022-08-04
- The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) announced that co-founder and Executive Director Myrna Salazar passed away Aug. 3—two weeks after celebrating her 75th birthday. According to a press release, "Salazar ...


Gay News

THEATER 'Cabaret' coming to Metropolis Arts on Sept. 15 2022-08-02
- Musical Broadway classic and hit film Cabaret re-creates the decadent and complicated world of 1929 Berlin at the Arlington Heights venue Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on Sept. 15-Oct. 22. Cabaret is Kander and Ebb's legendary musical ...


Gay News

Oak Park Festival Theatre's 'The Winter's Tale' running thru Aug. 20 2022-08-02
- Oak Park Festival Theatre's The Winter's Tale will run at Austin Gardens (167 Forest Ave., Oak Park) through Sunday, Aug. 20. The Winter's Tale marks Oak Park Festival Theatre's return to the stage after a devastating ...


Gay News

Story Jam and Cerqua Rivera collaboration on July 27 at Artifact Events 2022-07-25
- Story Jam's next storytelling show—in a series of monthly shows at Artifact Events —will take place Wed., July 27, at 7:30 p.m. at 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. "Living Truth: True Stories" is a storytelling collaboration with ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Broadway, 'Game of Thrones' prequel, Dexter Mayfield, Shania Twain 2022-07-24
- The Broadway League announced that theaters will continue their recently adopted mask-optional policy for audiences at least through August, Deadline reported. The mask-optional policy—in which audiences are encouraged but not ...


Gay News

THEATER 'The Mamalogues' in Evanston on July 23-Aug. 7 2022-07-19
- The Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will present Lisa B. Thompson's The Mamalogues—an evening of monologues about the experience of parenting while Black, unmarried and middle-class in the age of anxiety—from July 23 to Aug. 7 at the Noyes ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.