Thursday, July 03, 2003

Three new venues in town:
  1. 'Lookingglass Theatre Company... within the historic Water Tower Pumping Station, on prime downtown real estate at Michigan and Chicago avenues...
  2. Off-Off-Loop Steep Theatre Company unveiled a new storefront space at 3902 North Sheridan Rd., in the heart of the North Side theatre district, and just a few blocks from Wrigley Field...
  3. a summer stock operation, has opened in the beach resort community of Saugatuck, Mich., about two hours' drive from Chicago around the tip of Lake Michigan'
Also '[t]wenty Chicago-area comedy theatres have formed the Chicago Comedy Association, to operate under the umbrella of the League of Chicago Theatres. The members range from the globally known Second City and ImprovOlympic theatres to individual sketch comedy troupes such as Stir-Friday Night (Asian-American) and GayCo. Being that their gig is comedy, the names of the founders are more than usually colorful, even for Chicago, with Barrel of Monkeys, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, Hell in a Handbag Productions, and Salsation Theater Company among them. The work of the participants cuts across the board, from improv and stand-up to scripted comedy classics to original musical comedies. The subgroup within the league has been formed to foster awareness of Chicago's legendary comedy scene, and to promote that scene both locally and nationally' (from Backstage, emphasis and links added by me).

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