Blue Man Group and Autism Speaks are joining forces to present a special performance for autistic audiences on October 26 at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre on 3133 N. Halsted Street. The 4 p.m. show will have softer sound and dim lights and quiet rest areas in the lobby for those seeking a sensory break. As Mary Rios, Manager of Field Development, Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks, explains, “Those with autism often experience hypersensitivity, anxiety and difficulty communicating, making it challenging to attend events in large public settings. We are so excited that Blue Man Group has made an autism-friendly performance available for the autism community, allowing them to experience something that others may take for granted. We are thankful to have amazing partners in the Blue Man Group, who will also be donating a portion of ticket sales back to Autism Speaks.” Tickets ($49 including a $5 donation to Autism Speaks) are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/4inhh5.
Theater patrons can step back in time to the 1930s with About Face Theatre’s Black and Tan Supper Club benefit on October 10 at the InterContinental Chicago on 505 N. Michigan Avenue. The evening includes cocktails, dining, a live jazz set by vocalist Meghan Murphy, and other surprises. For tickets, visit www.aboutfacetheatre.org or phone 773-784-8565.
Megan Delay, Christine Renee Jones, Noah Sullivan, Shane Michael Murphy, Paul Dederick, and Travis Barnhart appear in Dead Writers Theatre Collective’s benefit performances (October 14-15) of Pierre Carlet De Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chance in a cabaret setting with period costumes and props, plus furniture at the Stage 773 on 1225 W. Belmont Avenue. For details, visit www.deadwriters.net.
The world premiere of Leigh Johnson’s Lotto Fever in the Sucker State directed by Jonathan Hagloch opens on October 30 at St. Bonaventure on 1625 W. Diversey in Chicago. Presented by the Saint Sebastian Players, all performances will collect contributions for the Family Farm Disaster Fund. For more information and tickets ($5-$40), visit saintsebastianplayers.org.