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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 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. Two programs remain, both at the Storefront Theater in the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph. Tickets cost $12 per program and can be purchased by phone at 312-742-8497 or on-line at www.ticketweb.com; more information is available at www.estrogenfest-chicago.com.

Following is the schedule through May 1; a complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24

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; 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 story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and directed by Jessica Thebus. Storefront Theater, 7:30 PM.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25

Female Identity 2: Flexible Hold See listing for Thursday, April 24. Storefront Theater, 7:30 PM.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26

Female Identity 2: Flexible Hold See listing for Thursday, April 24. Storefront Theater, 7:30 PM.

THURSDAY, MAY 1

Female Identity 3: Sheer Strength Joanie Schultz performs Turned On, a comic solo piece about a woman "obsessed with the kitchen and turning into her mother." Also on the bill: Stephanie Wells sings and plays the piano; a group musical number, "Les Women Hot"; Elizabeth Lentz and Rachel Bunting dance to the eccentric pop stylings of 60s novelty singer Mrs. Miller in Two Girls and a German Frau; Her Kind, Susan McLaughlin Karp's analysis of Anne Sexton and Laura Petrie; Babes With Blades in a parody of Charlie's Angels; Katrina Kelley's comic monologue The Flower Also Rises; Mindy Meyers of the Chicago Moving Company in the solo piece Silver I's; Tekki Lomnicki and Susan Nussbaum in Nussbaum's dark comedy Parade; Amanda Delheimer's "meditation on rhythm," Birth of Rhythm; and Mother/Daughter, Daughter/Mother, performed by members of the Camenae Ensemble Theatre Company. Storefront Theater, 7:30 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Chris Pearson.

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