Pride Films and Plays Presents SHE FEST Review- A Queer Variety Show

Pride Films and Plays Presents A Night of Celebration

People are milling around a crowded theater on a hot Chicago summer night eagerly awaiting the start of She Fest. The variety show (formerly Lez Fest) showcases queer talent as part of celebrating Pride Month. The sold out show celebrated queer, female-identifying artists and was hosted by Shannon Noll.

The relaxed atmosphere and lively audience made it a fun night with lots of laughs. With Shannon Noll as host the night started off on a high note and only got better. Shannon’s comedic timing brought a lightheartedness to the show between some of the heavy topics and performances and always made sure to engage us.

Khloe Janel
Michelle Zacarias
Shannon Noll

Coming Out Stories

Coming out was the theme of the night. Coming out stories were shared with comedy, poetry, stories, and dance. We empathized-- snapping and applauding at memorable lines. One performer spoke of the first moment she knew she was gay. Her story of explaining this to her family though drawings garnered particularly loud laughter and applause from the audience.

Not only were there coming out stories, but also performances about love, family, and friendship. All told through a variety of mediums. The stories all revolved around each of the performer’s experiences, both funny and heartfelt, as LGBTQ+. Many of the performers included advice, hoping their experiences would help any of listening who needed an encouraging word perhaps.

Terri Lynne Hudson

Be Queer. Be Yourself.

The message of the show is simple: Be Queer. Be Yourself.

Every performer could bring a unique experience to the stage to share with everyone. Whether this was though comedy, dance, poetry, or anything else. We resonated with their celebration of diversity, women, and queerness. All of which seemed to resonate heavily with the audience.

Not every act may be for everyone, but with the variety of acts there was something for everyone to enjoy.


She Fest will return next year.  The celebration continues with many more events to mark Pride Month.  

About Pride Films and Plays:

Pride Films and Plays is committed to creating diversity in theater with LGBTQ+ characters and themes, creating fully staged productions, staged readings, film screenings, and special events. Their performances can be seen at the Pride Arts Center. For more information visit the Pride Films and Plays Website.

For more information about all the Pride Month events being hosted by Pride Films and Plays click here and then click a READ MORE button in that story. 

Photos courtesy of Pride Films and Plays.

Tamale Sepp
Anna Wolfe
Shannon Webber
Jessi Jade Paul
Niki Gee


Molly Brennan
Alex Seligsohn
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