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Lakewood woman's theater company to host Laughter in the The Loft in Barrington

Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 4:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 11:31 p.m. CDT
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Comedian Jimmy McHugh will headline Laughter in the Loft at 8 p.m. June 18 at McGonigal's Pub in Barrington.
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Comedian Reena Calm will perform as part of Laughter in the Loft June 18 at McGonigal's Pub in Barrington.
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Alicia Regan

Through her theater company, a Lakewood actress is behind a new Laughter in The Loft night of comedy at McGonigal’s Pub in Barrington.

Alicia Regan, who co-founded Epic-Repertory Theatre Company with her husband, Richard Kuranda, the director of the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake, in 2001 also plans to produce and star in the film, “Alderson,” about the first female warden, filming mainly in McHenry County.

The projects are just two of the many endeavors of Regan, an actress credited as “Metropolis Citizen #10” in the recent “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” blockbuster.

(Although her Chicago-filmed scene – “It’s when all hell breaks loose” – alongside Henry Cavill, who played Superman in the movie, didn’t make the final cut, it’s expected to be in the director’s R-rated version coming out on Digital HD June 28 and DVD july 18.)

“It’s my passion,” Regan said of her involvement in the arts.

“If I wasn’t doing it I wouldn’t be fulfilled as a person, as an artist. It’s an ever-changing climate, so I think you always have to be involved in multiple projects. Because of the nature of it, you can’t rely on others to give you those projects. You have to create them yourself.”

Hence Laughter in the Loft, a monthly comedy series beginning 8 p.m. June 18 in the upstairs area of McGonigal’s Pub, 105 S. Cook St., Barrington.

The event will feature host Mike Preston and comedians Reena Calm and Jimmy McHugh. Tickets cost $20 in advance at www.eventbrite.com or www.epic-rep.com or $25 at the door.

Preston has made several TV appearances, including stints on Showtime’s “Comedy Club” and NBC’s “Friday Night,” while Calm is a regular at clubs such as the Laugh Factory, The Improv and Zanies and has been featured in numerous comedy festivals. She is a founding producer and cast member of Hoo Ha Comedy, voted Best Comedy Show by TimeOut Chicago.

The headliner, McHugh appears at national comedy clubs and has been seen on Comedy Central, HBO, MTV, ESPN2 and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Performing for more than 25 years, McHugh blends a mixture of classic observational humor emphasized with unique vocal and facial expressions.

Future Laughter in the Loft events are planned for July 9 with headliner Mike Toomey and Aug. 27 with headliner John DaCosse.

“Please come out and see what we’re all about,” she said. “It should be a great time.”

Through Epic-Rep, Regan also has plans for cabaret shows and has hosted a staged reading series at McGonigal’s.

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