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Daily Rehearsal: BackStage Theatre Company closes up shop

BackStage’s current production of A Scent of Flowers will be their last one.

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- “Editor’s note: As originally published, our review implied that an actor’s costume contained padding. As the actor has noted in the comments below, it does not. We deeply regret the error,” says this review of Sordid Lives at Ludicrous Theatre Company. The comment? From Suzanne Bracken, who plays LaVonda. She wrote, “I’m just fat, not wearing a fat suit. Some people are just shaped differently than others.” Another commenter responds, “Wow, Suzanne, you are more gracious than I would have been.” In other Sordid Lives reviews, Chicago Theater Beat says Bracken “nearly steals the show.”

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- BackStage Theatre Company is closing up shop; their current production of A Scent of Flowers will be their last one. Artistic Director Matthew Reeder called the production “the perfect story to celebrate these twelve enlivening years. The story of Zoe and her family is deeply in line with our mission, our core values and our aesthetic.” He also wrote, that “Twelve years is a happy life in the scope of any small arts organization.” No specific reason was given for the end. A Scent of Flowers closes August 25.

- Lifeline, Raven, the side project and Theo Ubique, all located in generally Rogers Park area, are again offering a subscription pass to their plays. It’s $50 for four productions and $45 if you head to the Rogers Park Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival.

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