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Under the Stars with Handbag: A Drive-In Festival

8/21-9/19: Fri-Sat 8:30 PM (parking lot opens 7:30 PM)
Red Box Workshop 4242 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago Other Northwest

Buy Tickets$40-$60; advance reservations required, no walk-ups


Hell in a Handbag brings back several of their past productions in a socially distanced drive-in video presentation. The schedule is: August 21-22, Poseidon: An Upside-Down Musical (musical parody of The Poseidon Adventure); August 28-29, The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4—LOCKDOWN!, a digital version of the company's long-running parody of The Golden Girls; September 4-5, Caged Dames, a musical send-up of women-behind-bars melodramas; September 11-12, Bewildered, a musical parody of Bewitched; September 18-19, Airport 1970SOMETHING, a new show in which one of the classic 1970s Airport films is projected, with dubbing by Chicago performers.

Tickets are available for both lawn chair seating and vehicles. Prices are $40 for two patrons with "socially distant outdoor space"; $60 for four patrons; and $60 for a car with four patrons. Ticket sales end three hours before each presentation, and restrooms will be available.

ALAS Recommended The Short List (Theater)

Through 9/24: available for streaming anytime with purchase

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Trap Door Theatre presents this streaming production, based on a fragment of the play Cabaret of Words by Matei Visniec, translated by Daniela Șilindean and directed by Michael Mejia. A group of citizens in a utopia realize that their "perfect world" requires sacrifice to be sustained, and must grapple with their own privilege and complicity. Visniec, whose work has frequently been seen at Trap Door, gives a surreal spin to questions of our own modern-day complacency. An international cast of 16 brings this virtual play to life, with choreography by Dane Strange and Ashleigh Abbot and sound design by Mejia. Tickets go on sale July 15, with the streaming production available beginning July 31 in an open run. It can be viewed anytime after purchase.

Howdy From Home

9/12-9/19: kick-off party Sat 9/12, 7 PM CDT; closing party Sat 9/19, 8 PM; silent auction available all week

Buy Tickets9/12 kickoff party is free; packages for 9/19 wrap party are $50-$150

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Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, dedicated to work by and about women, moves its annual fund-raiser, the Blue Jean Ball, online this year. It kicks off on Saturday, September 12, with a free lineup of entertainment and a preview of the silent auction (which will run all week). On Saturday, September 19, there is a ticketed wrap party, featuring optional dinner and drink packages for delivery (orders must be received by Wednesday, September 16).