**** Recommended **** Pride Films and Plays production of “The Nance” takes us into the naughty world of burlesque in ‘40s New York City. In “The Nance”, we not only see the skits and strips, we get to go backstage to see the company’s offstage camaraderie as well. Playwright Douglas Carter Beane’s script not only brings the Irving Park Theatre to life, but also shines a light on the perils which were inherent in the lifestyle of a gay man in the ‘40s. 3 ½ Spotlights
“The Nance” runs through July 30th in The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. Running time is 2 hours, 20 minutes, with an intermission. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 5:00 pm, with additional Wednesday performances on July 19th and 26th at 7:30 pm. Tickets at $40 for reserved seating, $30 for general admission. Street parking is hard to find in this neighborhood. The best option is a metered lot at Belle Plaine and Clarendon (about 2 ½ blocks from the Pride Center). FYI (800) 737-0984 or www.pridefilmsandplays.com.
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