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INTERNATIONALLY recognized comedian, artist and actor Jim Carrey––known for his time on TV’s “In Living Color” and such movies as Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Liar, Liar––comes to the historic Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove to promote his real-life-inspired novel, Memoirs and Misinformation, on May 12. Carrey will be joined by co-writer Dana Vachon to talk about the book that focuses on Hollywood and all that’s associated with celebrity life. The Anderson’s Bookshop-presented event will also include a Q & A and moderated conversation. A Jim Carrey movie (to be determined) will be shown following the presentation. Ticket holders will receive copies of Carrey and Vachon’s latest book. (There will be no booksigning opportunity at this event and books will not be signed by either author.) Tickets are now available for the event at JimCarreyAndersons.brownpapertickets.com.
'The Second City Black History Show'
Actor Jim Carrey's Book Tour
THE Second City’s Black History Month Show highlights some of the most noted sketches created by the internationally acclaimed venue’s African American alumni during the month-long celebration at UP Comedy Club. Running through March 11, the show, created from years of archival and classic routines, was conceived and written by notable artists such as Sam Richardson, Keegan-Michael Key, Amber Ruffin, Tim Meadows, Edgar Blackmon and many others. The re-imagined presentations are performed by a new generation of talented comedians who put a contemporary spin on some classic and hilarious material that’s associated with some comedy’s funniest players. For more information and tickets, go to www.secondcity.com.
Goodman Theatre's 'graveyard shift'
IN playwright korde arrington tuttle’s graveyard shift (not capitalized), the unwavering pursuit of a dream job in Texas leads to a life-changing experience that parallels a real-life tragedy that has a Chicago-area connection. Influenced by––but not the story of–-Naperville’s Sandra Bland, the Goodman Theatre production (through March 8) is a compelling blend of a love story and an eventual run-in with the law that led to the death of a vibrant, promising, African-American woman.
Actress Aneisa J. Hicks plays Janelle with complete confidence and control, portraying a strong and independent woman who wants to be in love––but on her own terms. Although she plans to move to Texas for the job and to be with her long-distance boyfriend, played touchingly by Debo Balogun, she’s quick to remind him: “When did I ask you to be responsible for my happiness? I want you, but I don’t need you.”
While weaving through the nuances of their love story, director Dayna Taymor has the challenge of highlighting another one that already is brewing, somewhat secretly, between law enforcement officers, Brian (Keith D. Gallagher) and Elise (Rae Gray) in Prairie View, Texas, the town that Janelle will call her new home. Brian is a self-described screw-up who has other issues that shape both his personal and professional lives. He gets lots of push-back from co-worker Trish (Lia D. Mortensen). As a Texas State Trooper, Brian's authority explosively intersects with Janelle’s life, revealing what can happen when a simple traffic stop escalates to a full-blown, disastrous confrontation where racism is apparently at the heart of the moment.
In graveyard shift, tuttle uses Janelle’s story to continue to focus on a harrowing, ongoing situation that has reached crisis proportions among people of color. The hope is that such artistic efforts can initiate productive conversations that will lead to common ground between the likes of Janelle and Brian. For more information and tickets, go to www.goodmantheatre.org.