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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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Gorilla Tango Originals proudly presents a new take on an old story: “Jack and the Beanstalk: A Panto Adventure” by Jason Peck and directed by Drew Alexander Echales. “Jack and the Beanstalk: A Panto Adventure” is family friendly (best for ages 5 and up), and performs Saturdays at 1pm, March 4-April 22, 2017, at Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60647). Tickets are $15; lap children (i.e. ages 1 and under) free. Please visit www.gorillatango.com or call 773-598-4549 for tickets and more information.

Oh no! Princess Rose has been kidnapped by the Giant, Blunderbore. Oh my! Jack’s magical beans grew a gigantic beanstalk to the Giant’s castle in the sky. Can Jack climb the beanstalk and rescue the Princess? Or will she have to rescue him instead? Find out in this fun, interactive, gender-bending British Panto*, suitable for the whole family.

*ABOUT BRITISH PANTO (pantomime): British Panto refers to a traditional family-friendly genre that includes songs, gags, slapstick comedy, gender-bending actors, and plenty of topical humor for the adults. Anglophiles will be particularly big fans of this lesser-known theatrical genre making its reappearance and the rest of the audience will be delighted as well. Panto is loud, energetic fun and the perfect family activity.

Says Gorilla Tango Originals Executive Producer, Ellen Domonkos White: “I am very appreciative of the way this particular genre embraces the complexity of gender identity by making it approachable and acceptable. The British Pantomime Dame is fascinating because she is not a Drag Queen; this is a male-identifying actor playing a woman. The actor playing in our Pantomime is very well versed in this style of performance and thoroughly enjoys embracing his feminine side on stage. I am also a big fan of ‘Jack’ being played by a female-identifying actor – it’s refreshing to see the hero played by a woman. I think it’s important for children to see genders in a nontraditional way. And we don’t do it in a way that brings attention to it and turns the show into a political statement; rather, we treat gender in an accessible way.  Maybe it’ll spark a conversation or it might simply help a child embrace different gender-identities. Or maybe they won’t even notice it at all. Ha!”

Author Jason Peck, hailing from London, states: “I've been a fan of the pantomime genre for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until I became a teenager that I discovered more of the background to it through vaudeville, the U.K equivalent British Music Hall, and the Italian theatrical movement, Commedia dell 'arte. I've wanted to write a pantomime for quite a few years, but with all of the disparate elements that make up a pantomime, it wasn't something that was easy to do. Having been a comedy writer for a while now, I'm delighted to have the opportunity to go back to a genre that I've always wanted to write.”

As Sir Ian McKellen, who twice played Widow Twankey in a Panto version of “Aladdin”, once said: “Panto has everything theatrical–song, dance, verse, slapstick, soliloquy, audience participation, spectacle, cross-dressing and a good plot, strong on morality and romance – what more could you want from a family outing?”

“Jack and the Beanstalk: A Panto Adventure” runs one hour in length.

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

 

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Game of Thrones, breasts, and booty: if you're an admirer of any of these three -- scratch that, four -- things, then you are well-suited to play the Game of Thongs. A burlesque revue of the wildly popular HBO show and book series by George R. R. Martin, Game of Thongs is an hour-long adventure through the land of Breasteros and across an overwhelming Narrow Sea of pasties.

Things are awry in the kingdom of Breasteros when Ned of House Stark-Naked is appointed the new Hand Job of the King and must travel to the capitol, King's Landing Strip, to assist his old friend King Robert of House Bare-ass-eon. As the tale unwinds, we meet the other members of House Stark-Naked, the closer-than-appropriate Lannister sibling duo, a pack of dancing direwolves, the sensitive Jon Snow ("the only bastard hot enough to melt the Wall"), the hilariously petulant to-be-king Joffrey, and as many other GoT characters that could be crammed into sixty minutes as imaginably possible.

("Wait, who died?" "Jon Arryn." "Who's that, again?" "The old Hand Job of the King! His death started all these shenanigans!" "Oh, right, right." Even the characters can't keep the characters straight.)

We also meet Daenerys Tits-bare-yen and her brute of a fiancé Drogo. Their marital bliss is interrupted by the insufferable Viserys who, when receiving his final punishment, a vat of golden glitter dumped on his head, realizes he "will never be royal!" (You guessed it; queue the Lorde track.)

A tribute as well as a parody, Game of Thongs affectionately makes fun of the well-loved drama everyone can't seem to get enough of. As a burlesque, it's less erotic than it is cheeky -- after all, you will find more nudity in the TV show than you will in the burlesque -- but if you're a fan of Game of Thrones, exuberant camp, or can appreciate a well-placed set of glittering pasties, you will certainly survive the Game. For in the Game of Thongs, you strip or you die.

Game of Thongs is playing at the Gorilla Tango Theatre every Friday at 10:30PM until June 26th. Call (773) 598-4549 or visit gorillatango.com to purchase tickets. #TittiesAreComing

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