1. This super late, but if you missed the Sex issue of TimeOut, (a clear yearly highlight in Chicago media) there’s a article full of fun stories where performers talk about the most awkward time they had to simulate sex onstage. Eric Roach, a Factory Theater ensemble member, said his was a time when he “had to make out with and grope my director’s wife every night for a few months [in Dead Wrong, 2009]. Oh, and my wife was the assistant director. We called it the ‘Summer of Divorce.‘” Reviewer Kerry Reid talks about being asked about when she lost her virginity during a Neo-Futurist performance, when performer Greg Allen didn’t realize until it was too late that she was a reviewer. Also if I wrote about this issue, call me out on it, because it feels super familiar, but search indicates that I’m good.
2. Speaking of naked/exciting times, does Joan Curto not look naked in this photo? More importantly than objectifying her, she blew some people out of the water during her cabaret show over the weekend.3. Get a jump on what you’re supposed to take the in-laws to this holiday season with this roundup of the best shows. And here’s a fuller list of every holiday show, for those who don’t like their decisions made for them. There are A LOT of them.
4. And more on holiday-related affairs, You, Me, Them, Everybody will host a free holiday show on November 21 at the Hungry Brain. There will be many holiday songs, and comedy.
5. Kelly Kleiman told me she and Don Hall got into a heated discussion about Clybourne Park last week. Here are his thoughts: Hall says when watching it, he was reminded of a Second City sketch he saw a few years back that touched accurately on race relations in Chicago. Hall had hoped Clybourne Park would have “the same hot sauce in it to offend me, make me laugh, teach me something, make me argue, make me think for another twenty years. But it didn’t.”
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