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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

10 Groovy Things to Do in September

Since there are so many groovy plays, musicals, concerts and events, this is my monthly list to help promote a few of them (click on a title for more information or to purchase tickets):

1) Tennessee Williams' Baby Doll
September 11 - October 11 at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ
Dylan McDermott stars in the American premiere of a new stage adaptation of the 1956 Tennessee Williams' film, Baby Doll. He plays a cotton gin owner whose relationship with the young title character (played by Susannah Hoffman) "ignites an explosive game of cat-and-mouse" in a small Mississippi Delta town.

2) Reeling 2015: The 33rd Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival
September 17 - 24
Reeling, the second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world, returns for its 33rd edition, presenting nearly 40 features and more than 60 short films. This year's festival selections include Opening Night comedy, Fourth Man Out (stars Evan Todd and The Office's Kate Flannery will be in attendance), the World Premiere of Kiss Me, Kill Me (director Casper Andreas, screenwriter David Michael Barrett, and stars Van Hansis, Shangela, Jai Rodriguez and Craig Robert Young will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A), the period drama, Stonewall (stars Jonny Beauchamp and Jeremy Irvine will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A), and the Chicago premiere of She's the Best Thing in It about legendary stage actress Mary Louise Wilson (she will join director Ron Nyswaner for a post-screening Q&A).

3) East of Eden
September 17 - November 15 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre
Steppenwolf Theatre Company launches its 40th season with Frank Galati's world premiere adaptation of John Steinbeck’s masterpiece, East of Eden. Directed by Terry Kinney, this epic production features a 10-person cast including ensemble members Kate Arrington, Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper and Alan Wilder.

4) Clever Little Lies
Off-Broadway previews begin September 18. Opens October 14 at the Westside Theatre.
Marlo Thomas returns to the New York stage in Joe DiPietro's outrageous new comedy of sex, love and secrets, which also stars Greg Mullavey, George Merrick and Kate Wetherhead (Thomas, Mullavey and Wetherhead performed the play at the George Street Playhouse in 2013).

5) The Gin Game
Broadway previews begin September 23. Opens October 14 at the Golden Theatre.
Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson share a Broadway stage for the first time in almost 50 years in a new production of D.L. Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

6) Scream, Queen, Scream!
September 24 - October 31 at Mary's Attic in Chicago
Hell in a Handbag Productions presents the world premiere of David Cerda's horror trilogy about possessed office temps, ravenous monsters and deadly identical twins. The cast includes Mr. Cerda, Rachel Hadlock, Kristopher Bottrall, Chad Ingold, Chazie Bly and the always entertaining Ed Jones as identical twin sisters (think Bette Davis in Dead Ringer).

7) Dames at Sea
Broadway previews begin September 24. Opens October 22 at the Helen Hayes Theatre.
Directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner, this glittering musical extravaganza features rollicking tap dancing, love at first sight, joyful music and a boatload of laughs - everything you need for an unforgettable night at the theatre. The cast includes John Bolton, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Eloise Kropp, Lesli Margherita and Cary Tedder.

8) 29th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction
September 27 in NYC's Times Square, Shubert Alley and West 44th Street
Join Broadway Cares and thousands of other theatre fans as they find one-of-a-kind showbiz treasures, meet their favorite cast members and bid on exclusive backstage experiences. One of the most anticipated days of the year on Broadway, this annual event is free and open to the public.

9) Ride the Cyclone
September 29 - November 8 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
"Glee meets Survivor" in the American premiere of this dark musical comedy by Canadian playwright Jacob Richmond and composer Brooke Maxwell. It tells the story of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir whose lives are cut short in a freak roller-coaster accident.

10) Ripcord
Off-Broadway previews begin September 29. Opens October 20 at the Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center.
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People) returns to MTC with this high-stakes comedy about two women locked in a no-holds-barred battle to the death. Directed by David Hyde Pierce, Ripcord stars Marylouise Burke, Holland Taylor and Rachel Dratch.

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