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Not cool enough to join “Tinder Select”? Gorilla Tango Originals has got you covered with its late-night offering that gets hot and heavy about the good, the bad, and the down-right dirty sides of dating apps: “Love Me Tinder: Swipe Right.”

“Love Me Tinder: Swipe Right,” by J. Joseph Cox and directed by Taylor Pasche, performs Wednesdays at 8:00pm in April and 9:30pm in May, April 5-May 24, 2017 at Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60647). Tickets are $20. Please visit www.gorillatango.com or call 773-598-4549 for tickets and more information. 

Scruff, Grindr, Tinder, OkCupid... one goal: find a connection, whether that be through a good f&*k or a sweet date.  “Love Me Tinder: Swipe Right” follows a group of well-seasoned dating app-ers educating a newbie on the finer points of app-based dating. Raunchy hook-ups? Fee-for-service sexual favors? Flirting on CB radio? Check, check, and check. Who needs “love at first sight?” Just be wary of kitten-of-the-month calendars. This series of salaciously hilarious vignettes, based on real life stories, explores the good, the bad, and the creepy in what has become dating life’s new normal. Definitely for mature audiences!

Playwright J. Joseph Cox has had work produced across the U.S. as well as in the U.K. and Canada. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and has been named a Finalist for both the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference as well as the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship. In speaking about the origin of the show, Cox says, “All of the stories are based on real life situations gathered from friends, acquaintances, and co-workers, as well as a few gems from Reddit subgroups. Truth is stranger than fiction, especially in the world of app-based dating. We’re all creeps - embrace it.”

Director Taylor Pasche continues, “The show is bawdy, candid, and up-close-and-personal about sex. You’ll laugh at the absurdity. You’ll laugh at the relatability. You'll leave contemplating what it means to have a relationship face-to-face versus screen-to-screen.”

Gorilla Tango Theatre (GTT) exists to provide entertainment people actually want to see. GTT believes that every theatre person is a business person; it seeks to educate, foster, and provide resources to theatre practitioners so that each theatre production is treated as an entrepreneurial venture. GTT is conveniently located at the intersection of Western and Milwaukee in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood and is easily accessible by public transportation (just steps away from the Western Blue Line stop and the #49 Western, #73 Armitage and #56 Milwaukee buses). Street parking is also readily available. GTT offers a variety of affordable beer and wine for purchase. Consult the website for show rating information, tickets, and details.

www.gorillatango.com | 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 | 773-598-4549

 

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Particularly known for their Burlesque Parodies fulfilling our inner nerd’s greatest desires to see Indiana Jones or even Star Trek, the 80 seat venue on Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown, is the quirky gem that is Gorilla Tango Theater.  An eclectic presenter of live entertainment from dance and theater to storytellers and magicians during Brain Surgeon Theater, their Saturday family Matinee shows the production now bring us a new addition to the collection.
 
Following “The Empire Brings Sexy Back” and “A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque,” Ewoks, Jedi’s and Bobbies, Oh My! Not for the faint of heart (Though there is a bar for that, grab a drink or a 6-pack as soon as you purchase your ticket or check in!) but for nerd lovers everywhere! “Boobs of Endor: A return of the Jedi Burlesque” re-introduced us to the story we all love told through the eyes of the “true hero’s of the war”, the Ewoks! The conclusion of the saga, the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire.  Tongue in cheek, with even tassels on some, the 60 minute show keeps you entertained throughout, with enough jokes to keep you laughing between the dancing and remembering all those thoughts you imagined come to life but with a dirty twist.  Keep in mind, a little love is always appreciated, as they are showing you theirs, but keep your comments to yourself, otherwise you’ve turned it into an in your face performance.  All the beloved Star Wars characters are featured: Chewie, Han, Luke, Darth Vader, Ewoks, an unlovable Boba Fett and for all those who wonder, yes, a Princess Leia.
 
It makes you want to watch the whole sequel again on Saturday night and see what else they do!  Come in for one show or stay a few extra minutes for a drink and wait for the next one to begin.
 
All shows times for the month are posted (new plays opening soon! For the Diva in You and My Dinner with Music), classes (Science to Humanity: The Autopsy) and further Burlesque show times and descriptions are available on the calendar at gorillatango.com
 
*photo - L-R: Madamne Marie, Sherri Blossom as Darth Vader, Bailey Irish as The Emperor, Emma Glitterbomb
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