If the Slipper Fits
Redmoon can take almost any idea and make it avant-garde. The troupe strikes again with The Princess Club, a modern examination of female-fronted fairy tales (Rapunzel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty) that combines physical comedy, spectacular costuming, puppetry, and a hip-hop runway. One word of caution (or titillation): Although it was inspired by childhood stories, this show is for adults only. The Princess Club runs Thursdays through Sundays through October 7th at Redmoon Central (1463 W. Hubbard St.; 312-850-8440). Tickets are $15 to $30.
Best Bets for Things to Do This Week
• It might sound long, but the three-and-a-half-hour running time of Passion Play is nothing compared to the 500-year time span the play covers. The new work by Pulitzer-winner and Wilmette native Sarah Ruhl reenacts Christ’s final days in three different eras: Elizabethan England, pre-World War II Germany, and Reagan-era South Dakota. The play opens Saturday the 15th and continues Tuesdays through Sundays through October 21st at the Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn St.; 312-443-3800). Tickets run $20 to $70.
• The city is flush with Pulitzer-caliber works this week. ’Night, Mother, a prize-winning drama about a failed mother-daughter relationship, boasts the all-star cast of local favorite Elaine Rivkin, and stage and film actress Dorothy Tristan, with Tristan’s husband, John Hancock, directing. The show opens Friday the 14th at Theatre Building Chicago (1225 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-327-5252) and runs through November 18th. Tickets are $10 to $30.
• Most of us have wondered what it’s like. Satisfy your curiosity with In the Shadow of the Moon, a documentary in which astronauts share first-person accounts of strolling on the lunar surface. The film, which snagged Sundance’s World Cinema Audience Award, screens Friday the 14th at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.; 773-871-6604). Tickets are $9.25.
• And for another rarely seen perspective: The Family Guy—the animated show voiced by the likes of Seth Green, Mila Kunis, and Seth MacFarlane—brings its cast to the Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St.; 312-559-1212) for two live performances, followed by a discussion with cast and crew, Saturday the 15th at 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets run $39.50 to $69.50.
• The Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble team up to pit classical and jazz head-to-head in Salute to Sir Duke. Pairings include a performance of the Peer Gynt Suite followed by Duke Ellington’s 1960 adaptation of the same piece. Hear the program 2:30 p.m. Sunday the 16th at Dominican University’s Lund Auditorium (7900 W. Division St., River Forest) or 7:30 p.m. Monday the 17th at Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan Ave.). Call 312-236-3681 for tickets, $26 to $90.
• Naughty or nice, it’s where the city’s young, rich, and restless come out to play. The Green Tie Ball XVI: The Garden of Good or Evil benefits Chicago Gateway Green, and features eats from area restaurants, lots of drinks, live and silent auctions, and casino games. The annual black-tie affair takes place Saturday the 15th at Charter One Pavilion (Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Dr.; 312-555-1212). The VIP reception begins at 6:30 p.m., general admission at 8:30 p.m. Tickets run $120 to $250.
• Be among the first to congratulate photographer Richard Misrach on his new exhibition, On the Beach—large-scale aerial photos that deviate from his usual subject matter, the desert—at Snap, a sneak-peek event with partial proceeds benefiting the Photography Gala Endowment. A VIP dinner is sold out, but you can still snag tickets to the cocktail party with special guest Misrach, 8 p.m. Friday the 14th at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-443-7250). Tickets are $125.
• Sample the best of River North at Rendezvous, a 12-stop gallery and showroom walk featuring area cuisine at each spot. Stroll and snack from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday the 20th; then join the afterparty on the roof of Lightology (215 W. Chicago Ave.), where the view should rival even the best of the art. Tickets are $50 in advance, $75 day of. Call 312-645-1047.
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