The Don't-Miss List: Shows to see with your Valentine
But if you don't want to mark Valentine's Day with a comedy about wife-slaughter, consider going out Monday night instead, when E. Faye Butler appears at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park to sing "My Funny Valentine." This is part of the park's Cabaret With A View series, in which audience members get to sit on the enclosed pavilion stage for a single-night concert by one of Chicago's great performers. One would be hard-pressed to find a better performer than Butler, who played the title roles in Caroline or Change at Court and Ella [Fitzgerald] at Northlight and is currently on the Northlight stage in its musical Black Pearl. Tickets to the Millennium Park concert are $25 (if you want to sit at a table and have a couple of drinks) or $15 (if you're happy to perch in the choir loft). Hear it with someone you love.
Can’t dance, but want to feel as if you and your sweetie have been wowing the crowd on the dance floor? Live vicariously at Chicago Dance Crash’s “Duets for My Valentine” Saturday at the Athenaeum: 90 minutes of stars like CDC itself, hip-hoppy Culture Shock, traditional Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Chicago Tap Theatre, and James Morrow. An alternative: River North at the Harris Friday through Sunday in “Love Is…” They’ve got the smooth moves down.
The Dance Center presents Margaret Jenkins’s media-rich Light Moves, described in the San Francisco Chronicle as a “meditative, kaleidoscopic mix of human and digital” thanks to Naomie Kremer’s abstracted animations of her own paintings. A panel discussion, “Woman-Made Performance,” precedes the Saturday show.
There’s no question that various horrors make their way to local theater stages in the course of any given year, but Chicago has only one theater troupe specifically dedicated to horror as a dramatic genre, and that’s Wildclaw Theatre, now offering the world premiere of Kill Me by company member Scott T. Barsotti. It’s about a woman who wakes from a coma convinced she now is immortal . . . and she doesn’t want to be. Eternal life in the here-and-now ain’t her cup o’ tea. Wildclaw promises a lyrical horror story and a multi-dimensional tale in Kill Me, playing at the Athenaeum Theatre Studio One through March 18.