At The Flash is a clever and funny show that condenses
LGBT history into the story of five characters – a closeted man in the
1960s, a black drag queen in the 1970s, a club kid in the 1980s, a
budding lesbian activist in the 1990s, and a family man/entrepreneur in
the 2000s.

Sean Chandler and David Leeper’s At The Flash, winner of PFP’s
Great Gay Play and Musical Contest in 2012, is currently having  its world premiere
at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. 3656 North Halsted Street 

David Leeper segues from one character to the next and you witness the various struggles that each person went through, in their own ways, dealing with homosexuality at different periods of our movement.  AT THE FLASH is JEFF RECOMMENDED. The Jeff Awards celebrate excellence in Chicago Theater.

At the Flash succeeds
most as an accurate and heartfelt piece of gay history. It’s one which
can be shared with audiences of all types, as it has little actual
sexual content or references that might be uncomfortable for those with
more conservative sensibilities.
At the Flash could
be a great primer on gay history for younger members of the community
or anyone else seeking a better understanding of America’s journey
toward providing space for LGBTs to live open lives with the same
opportunities for safety, security and happiness as anyone else in the
society.” – John Olson, Chicago Theater Beat

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances are $25, and Wednesday and
Thursday are $21. Portions of each ticket sold support programming at
Center on Halsted.

Beautiful Thing is a play written by Jonathan Harvey and first performed in 1993. A  wonderful screen adaptation of the play was released in 1996  with a revised screenplay also by Harvey.

In a  working class suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.

Jamie is the son of Sandra  a tough but warm-hearted barmaid who lives in a public housing block in a rough-and-tumble section of South London. Living a few doors away is Jamie’s classmate Ste (Scott Neal), an athletic type who often has to take a beating from his hard-drinking father and hard-headed brother.

One night, Jamie and Sandra discover that Ste has been kicked out of the apartment and has nowhere to spend the night; Jamie lets him stay at his place, and a casual closeness eventually stirs sexual feelings. While both were vaguely aware they might be gay, neither had ever acted on their impulses, and once Jamie and Ste decide that they’re attracted to each other, neither is sure just what to do.

It is a wonderful story of love and acceptance.
It will run Jan 17-Feb 17th, at Luna Central Theatre. 3914 N. Clark.
Tickets  $25 and $30.  HALF PRICE TICKETS available for Jan 17-18!

Pride Films and Plays

Pride Films and Plays is now offering Premium Play Passes and Play
Passes for its 2012-13 season. Premium Passes are $50 and include one
ticket for each of the three full productions, plus 6 free tickets to
the Gay Play Weekend, Gay Screenplay Weekend or Women’s Work Weekend.
The names of Premium Pass holders will be also be listed in the season’s
programs. This is a $120 value!

Play Passes are $40 and include one ticket for each of the three full
productions and three tickets to the Gay Play Weekend, Gay Screenplay
Weekend or Women’s Work Weekend. This is a $90 value.
Students and seniors over 60 can save $5 when purchasing either the
Premium Pass or Play Pass.