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Pop culture pops on stage with live productions in Chicago

Darrian Ford stars as Chicago legend Sam Cooke in The Cooke Book—The Music of Sam Cooke featuring John Cicora on guitar, Ben Joseph on piano, Tim Ipsen on bass, and Alfonzo Jones on drums at Lincoln Hall on 2424 N. Lincoln Avenue at 8 p.m. (August 29-30). For tickets and more information, visit

Hawkeye Plainview Productions reunites with B*Sides of Oracle Productions to combine War of the Worlds with Superman in Super-Wellesian directed by Christopher Marcum, who stars as Orson Welles. The play, which runs for only three performances (September 4, 6, 7) also features David Coupe, Natalie DiCristofano, Linsey Falls, and Kevin Crispin at the Chicago Fringe Festival at the Early and Often Stage on 4751 N. Milwaukee. Tickets ($10) are available at

Gorilla Tango Burlesque’s (GTB) Star Wars parody trilogy continues with a Jedi Burlesque written by Andrew Daar. “We took what we love about Return of the Jedi and mashed it up with what we love about burlesque,” explains the show’s director Nicole Keating. “That means fast-paced action, self-important Ewoks, and good versus evil—all delivered with a wink and a smile and a burst of glitter!”

“It’s been a blast choreographing—we’ve got a ribbon-saber dance/fight, a 1920s style Twi’lek solo, and, of course, lots of Ewok shimmies,” adds choreographer Kaitlin Fleharty. “This show will definitely entice you to the burlesque side of the Force.”

Starting on September 20, GTB performances take place at 10:30 p.m. on 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. For tickets ($22-28) to the 18+ show, visit or call 773-598-4549.

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