Northshore Show Tunes, Bright Future for Neo-Futurists, Strawdog Goes Virtual — September 20, 2020

Below is a lightly edited transcript of Playtime’s Chicago Theater Report for September 20, 2020:

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[Main image credit: Photo by Sudan Ouyang on Unsplash]

Strawdog Theatre Company’s Virtual Season

Strawdog Theatre Company, under the leadership of Interim Artistic Director Kamille Dawkins, has announced its entirely-virtual 33rd season beginning this Friday, September 25th, with The Four, an original poem performed live by members of the ensemble. The show broadcasts live on Facebook Live and is free of charge, with a suggested donation of $15.

Other shows in the 2020-2021 season include Run the Beast Down, premiering in October, Herschel and The Hanukkah Goblins in December, and How do We Navigate Space in March 2020. For more information, visit

Photo by Gwen O on Unsplash

North Shore Outdoor Show Tunes

Show tunes fans are in luck as the North Shore will host several outdoor, socially distanced concerts featuring some of Broadway’s most beloved musical numbers over the next couple of weeks. The Oil Lamp Theater at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview will host ICONIC: A Broadway Hits Cabaret this Friday and Sunday, September 25th and 27th. Visit for tickets and show details.

On the evening of Tuesday, September 29th, Music Theater Works is offering an encore performance of “Richard Rogers’ Greatest Hits” at North Shore Center in Skokie. Visit for tickets and information.

Neo-Futurists Shine Bright in 2020-2021

The Neo-Futurists have recently received props for their ability to pivot during a global pandemic and to operate a viable business during a time when many companies are floundering. Neo-Futurists’ short-form production format may have something to do with this, but it is surely the loyalty of its patrons and the talent of its ensemble and management that has enabled the company to flourish.

The Neo-Futurists begins its 2020-2021 season with the 45 Plays for America’s First Ladies, running from Oct. 8 – Nov. 2, 2020. In addition, a digital version of its signature late-night show, The Infinite Wrench, continues 50 weeks per year, with new work every week. This is in addition to a range of new series and performances that will take place throughout the year. For more information on purchasing tickets to these virtual performances, visit

Wine Recommendation: Quinta do Romeu Rosé, Douro ’19

This week’s wine recommendation is Quinta do Romeu Rosé, Douro ’19, a Portuguese rose that is one of the most delicious pink wines I’ve had in a long, long time. Sold by Perman Wine Selections in Lincoln Park and imported by Chicago’s own Kestral Wine and Spirits, this lovely pale salmon-colored wine has a fuller body than many pinks, making it a great transitional option as we move into Fall. Sprightly strawberry notes at the beginning give way to a surprisingly savory quality at the finish. I paired this with a delectable Middle Eastern meal from Salam Restaurant in Albany Park: It went particularly well with Salam’s Arabic Fried Cheese.

This is definitely a wine to have with salty, savory foods. Quinta do Romeu Rose sells for $18 a bottle and it can be purchased from Perman at If you want to order some food to go with it, check out Salam at

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