Here’s a look at the latest news on local authors, actors, artists, musicians and more:
Golden opportunity: The world of prize fighting is the setting of Laura Lapidus’ latest role. The Winnetka native plays Anna in Griffin Theatre Company’s production of “Golden Boy,” through April 6 at Theater Wit. When she’s not hanging around boxing rings, Lapidus teaches at Piven Theatre Workshop. For tickets to Clifford Odets’ Tony Award-nominated drama, call (773) 975-8150.
Taking a gamble: The story of a little known casino in Searchlight, Nevada and it’s outrageous owner is the topic of, “The King of Casinos: Willie Martello and the El Rey Club,” the first book by former longtime Park Ridge resident Andy Martello. Martello moved to Las Vegas in 2007. The author’s father, Don Martello, was the speech and drama teacher at Maine South High School for 25 years. The book is available at amazon.com.
Found a Haven: Niles resident Atra Asdou plays an aspiring writer who signs up for a writing class with an unorthodox literary figure in “Seminar.” The comedy by Theresa Rebeck is being staged by Haven Theatre Company at Theater Wit, through April 13. It’s directed by Libertyville native Marti Lyons. For tickets, call (773) 975-8150.
Watch the birdie: You can do that at healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov. That’s where you’ll find a prize-winning photo by Tony Castro of Oak Park. The retired neuroscientist won the top prize in the USDA-sponsored Cutest Bird Photo Contest for January for his photo of a colorful tropical warbler that he shot in Costa Rica. Castro and his wife Jetta are bird-watching hobbyists.
A rose by another name: It’s “Dessa Rose,” the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical drama and Clarendon Hills native Pavi Proczko plays the role of Mr. Steele in it. It’s his Bailiwick Chicago debut but Proczko has credits at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Theo Ubique, Porchlight Music Theatre and Paramount Theatre, among others. The show runs through April 5 at Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theater. For tickets, call (773) 871-3000.
Another step up: Barrington native Todd Michael Kiech is appearing in his second show with Step Up Productions. Last season, he played Gary in “Sweetest Swing in Baseball.” This time around he is Smith in the world premiere of Joshua Rollins’ dark comedy, “Darlin” The show runs through April 13 at the Athenaeum Theatre. For tickets, call (773) 935-6875.
Lincoln lore: It’s difficult to believe but thieves actually tried to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body from his tomb. That true story forms the basis for the Den Theatre’s world premiere of “The Roper,” directed by Wilmette resident Ron Wells. The show runs through April 13. For tickets, visit www.thedentheatre.com.
All that jazz: The Jazz Showcase in Chicago will be filled with the sounds of the Glenbrook South Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Singers and Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday evening, March 11, as part of the 5th annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, which supports hunger relief in Chicago. For details, see www.chitownjazzfestival.org.