The Don't-Miss List: The return of 'Patsy Cline,' 'Amerville' and Kiss Kiss Cabaret
To close out Black History Month, Writers' Theatre brings its one-woman show, The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights, to First Church of the Brethren on the West Side. Dr. King preached from the church's pulpit during his stay in Chicago in the late 1960s, when he fought for open housing against violent opposition. This Saturday's matinee is only the second public performance of the show, which includes poetry, hip-hop and excerpts from interviews with Chicago leaders of the civil rights movement. And, it's FREE. Feb. 25, 2 p.m., at the church, 425 S. Central Park Avenue.
At the other end of the spectrum, Kiss Kiss Cabaret celebrates its second year of weekly burlesque this Friday with the KKC debut of Serenna Starr (who enters, swallowed by a fish, in her “Gone Fishin’” routine) and the return of comedian Tamale Sepp (whose clever tattooed corset saves time and money!). And then there’s Ammunition, whose specialty is attacking herself with a grinder in a strategic spot—thankfully, protected by a big brass plate—and sending geysers of sparks in all directions. Fridays at 11 p.m. at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
Can there be a third end of a spectrum? Anyway, slow week or not, a new piece by Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak is always a unique pleasure. In The Delicate Hour, Shanahan riffs on what she calls the “haunting hour of sunset” as she aims to capture “the magic of change and the promise of loss in a second-by-second dead heat.” I saw it. Beauty wins. Thursday through Saturday at the Dance Center of Columbia College.
A chance post-concert meeting between Patsy Cline and an ordinary, everyday fan turned into an enduring friendship that spanned several years until Cline’s untimely death in 1963. That real-life friendship is chronicled in Always . . . Patsy Cline, which also is a showcase for 27 of Cline’s most popular songs. The show was staged locally in 1995 by director Brian Russell at Northlight Theatre with a long run following at the Apollo Theatre, and Russell is in charge again for this new production by Theatre at the Center in Munster, IN (about 40 minutes from The Loop if traffic is moving). Heather Beck stars as Cline. Always . . . Patsy Cline runs through April 1. Remember, gas is a lot cheaper in Indiana, so fill up while you’re there.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Always...Patsy Cline runs through March 1. It runs through April 1.