- Ralphie May is back and he's performing at Zanies in St. Charles. It was also brought to my attention that the St. Charles location is at the Pheasant Run Resort. If everyone else knew and appreciated this already, I apologize for being late to the party. Anyway, the show is one-night-only on August 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30.
- Raven Theatre's welcoming new ensemble members: Michael Boone, Cathy Bowren, Cody Estle, Jason Huysman, Teri McCaskill, Sophia Menendian, Jen Short, John Weagly, Antione Pierre Whitfield and Kristen Williams. Additionally, ensemble member and Director of Education & Outreach Kelli Strickland has won the DeVos Institute Fellowship. She'll be in D.C. for nine months at the Kennedy Center.
- Lookingglass and the Eastland Disaster Historical Society are observing the anniverary of the actual Eastland disaster on July 21. "The day will open with the annual wreath laying commemoration event on the Chicago River between Clark and LaSalle; the cast of Eastland: A New Musical will perform two musical numbers during the event and the U.S. Coast Guard will lay flowers on the site. Following the ceremony, Lookingglass will host a reception and program, featuring speaker Alberta Adamson from the Wheaton History Center, at Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave. Discussions will follow both the matinee and evening performances; descendants and relatives of those impacted by the disaster are expected to attend and participate." This sounds...intense.
- "You can afford your own Crowns," Hot Tix tells me in an email. Cool!
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