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Estrogen Fest 2003: Female Identity--It's Not Just About the Hair

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Previously produced by the Aardvark theater company, this third annual festival of women's theater has been taken over by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with Prop Thtr. Running through May 10, the festival features artists in the fields of theater, performance, poetry, dance, and music; scheduled participants include Karen Finley, Stephanie Shaw, Margi Cole, Laura McKenzie, Jessica Thebus, Susan Nussbaum, Tekki Lomnicki, Nana Shineflug, Teatro Luna, and Babes With Blades. Three different programs run at the Storefront Theater in the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph; tickets cost $12 for each program or $30 for all three. Additional specially priced events take place at other venues as shown below. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 312-742-8497 or on-line at; more information is available at

Following is the schedule through April 17; a complete schedule is available on-line at


Female Identity 1: Extra Body

The band Apartment opens and closes the show and backs up all the evening's performers in the group musical number "She's the One." The program also features monologuist Stephanie Shaw in her "meta-theatrical" piece Estrus Estranged; M.K. Victorson and Lotti Phariss competing for the title of "Miss Lake Luther"; Kat' Taylor singing "Song of the Self-help Junkie" and "Making Love Alone"; Marilyn Campbell and Laurie Larson reciting poetry by Susan Hahn and Anne Sexton; the stage-combat ensemble Babes With Blades; We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, a short play written by Sean Graney and directed by Ann Filmer; and Teatro Luna in Piece of Ass, a play about Jennifer Lopez. Storefront Theater,

7:30 PM.


Female Identity 1: Extra Body

See listing for Thursday, April 10. Storefront Theater, 7:30 PM.

Shut Up and Love Me!

Evanston-bred performance artist Karen Finley presents her new solo show. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100. 10:30 PM; $29.50.


Female Identity 1: Extra Body

See listing for Thursday, April 10. Storefront Theater, 7:30 PM.

Shut Up and Love Me!

See listing for Friday, April 11. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100. 11:30 PM; $29.50.


Female Identity 2: Flexible Hold

Milkbaby Primitive, an "experiment in sound" performed by Barry Bennett, opens and closes this program, which also features Laura McKenzie's solo piece, Laura McKenzie Feels Like Making Love. "Hip and electric, [McKenzie] zips with wicked precision through a host of unnamed characters. [She] has the rare gift of inhabiting a character with her entire body, and as a result can hold an audience's attention even when her writing begins to drift," said Reader critic Kim Wilson when she reviewed this show in an earlier run. Also on the bill: "Express Yourself," a musical number featuring Karol Kent and the evening's entire cast; Yolanda Androzzo performing two poems; Jill Elaine Hughes's comic monologue Buying Buddhahood; choreographer Cindy Brandle's Searching for Super Girl, Installment 1; Showgirls, a showcase of "raunchy fighting" by Babes With Blades; June Bride, Brett Neveu's short play (directed by Joanie Schultz) about two women of different generations discussing marriage and divorce; Nana Shineflug's solo dance Truth; and The Yellow Wallpaper, adapted by Laurie Larson from a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and featuring Jessica Thebus directing "100 women in yellow." Storefront Theater, 7:30 PM.

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