1. Remy Bumppo is having its 10th annual benefit on Sunday, February 26 for four whole hours at the Union League Club. "Eat, Think and Be Merry!" will have a live auction hosted by CK Swett, who is quite a deal in the auctioneer world, I'm told, as well as a silent auction and lunch. Plus a preview performance of Chesapeake, Remy Bumppo's new show.
2. John Hodgman wrote on his blog that he'll be coming to Chicago to perform at UP on April 1 (April Fool's): "I will visit the brand new theater within the world famous SECOND CITY compound and speak to the fictional citizens of fictional Chicago ONCE MORE. If you missed my visit last November, now is a time to make amends. If you saw it, I guarantee some (BUT NOT ALL) new material, more and more Malort, and of course: CORBETT AND MURPHY." That's Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, the Brooklyn Vegan explains.
3. Another benefit, this one hosted by a theater to raise money for Japan. SHINSAI: Theatre for Japan is on March 11 at Victory Gardens; tickets are $10. It'll be the anniversary of the Japanese earthquake, with 10 minute plays and live readings of commissioned pieces.
4. Remember the saga that was Motherhood the Musical/Menopause the Musical/The Mommies-A Musical Blog? The former is finally coming to the Royal George Theatre, opening in previews on March 30. It will be cast locally.
5. The new show from the Neo-Futurists is called The Strange and Terrible True Story of Pinocchio (the Wooden Boy) as Told by Frankenstein's Monster (the Wretched Creature) The show opens Saturday, March 10: "Neo-Futurist Founding Director Greg Allen presents Carlo Collodi's original 1883 Italian masterpiece through the eyes of Mary Shelley's nameless hideous Monster, using a barrage of puppets, absurd costumes, mesmerizing stagecraft and his trademark dark humor and meta-theatrics." Not for kids, they say -- sorry Ada.
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