GETTING THEIR IRE UP Abbey Theatre of Ireland’s hyperviolent Terminus hits the
MCA stage this week.
More dramatic—and certainly more entertaining—than the Oscars: Our top five theatre picks for Wed 03.02.11 through Tue 03.08.11:
ALSO THIS WEEK: Speaking of Broadway, As You Like It, directed by the Great White Way bigwig Gary Griffin (The Color Purple), wraps 3/6 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, while The Big Meal, by the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award winner Dan LeFranc, has been extended through 3/27 at American Theater Company.
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Colin Hurd, sans makeup
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): Colin Hurd, a ten-years-and-counting Blue Man veteran whom you can catch this week when the group debuts its newly retooled production.
“My weekends are usually Mondays and Tuesdays, my days off, but I have a friend coming into town from New York, so I have actually have things to do this weekend. We’re going to the Publican for brunch, and my friend wants to see some music, so I’m going to take her to the late-night set Sunday at the Green Mill. It’s the Kimberly Gordon Organ Trio, at 11 p.m. I also like Andy’s downtown, but my last show starts at 7 on Sunday, so I won’t be done until around 9:30. After the show, we go over notes, and it takes 15 minutes to get all the makeup off.”
GO: Blue Man Group runs Tue–Sun; this week Hurd performs 3/2, 4–6, and 8. See website for showtimes. $49–$69. Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N Halsted. blueman.com
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
concerts Music Friendly Dancing with Menomena
Some folks while away Monday bemoaning the week ahead; others waste hours watching The Bachelor. But you? You’ll be grooving to the experimental-rock sounds of the Portland band Menomena at this first in a series of free monthly gigs—or at least you’ll have a shot if you RSVP now: Registration is required, but admission is first come, first served.
GO: 3/7 at 7. Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western. emptybottle.com