Nothing devious about 'Devious Maids' writer Tanya Saracho

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Tanya Saracho

Chicago playwright Tanya Saracho. (June 20, 2013)

Q: You're an actor, too. Are you pursuing that at all in L.A.?

A: That's a real question for me. I don't know. I still have my agent. Yesterday I recorded a Special K commercial, but it's not the same. I am dying to act. There were a couple of theater opportunities in Chicago I had to turn down, and it killed me. I don't know how (recent Tony winner) Tracy Letts does it. How does he write amazing plays and then has time to act, too? I want to get a little bit of that model going for myself.

Q: If you get to create a show one day, do think you'll want to set it in Chicago?

A: When I talk to (Laura) Jacqmin, when I talk to Marisa (Wegrzyn), that's all we talk about. Stories set in Chicago. That's the instinct. And then we're going to go through the Hollywood machine, right? So we'll see how that turns out. But my goal is to have a show in Chicago. Imagine that! Maybe we'll talk five years from now and that will be a reality.

"Devious Maids" debuts 9 p.m. Sunday on Lifetime.

Ponies vs. bronies

"My Little Pony: Equestria Girls" is the latest entry in the "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" brand, expanding the animated TV series into a feature-length film that reimagines the main characters as high school-aged humans, rather than ponies. It screens 11:30 a.m. Saturday and again on July 14 at the Music Box, times that suggest the targeted audience is clearly under the age of 10. But Bronies (adults, usually male, who also follow the show) are a fanbase as well and the movie's concept has raised a few eyebrows. "Bronies have expressed a strong interest in seeing the Ponies in sexy, humanized forms," a piece in Slate noted last week, "and it seems Hasbro has given them exactly what they want...A few mad moms is an easy price to pay when you consider the huge profits Hasbro will rake in with this move." Go to musicboxtheatre.com.

Gary Coleman retrospective

Next week the Museum of Broadcast Communications launches an exhibit devoted to "Diff'rent Strokes" star Gary Coleman, featuring old episodes and artifacts donated by his parents. A native of Zion, IL, Coleman died in 2010 after several years of health problems and financial struggles. (He sued his parents in 1989 over money issues.) The exhibit includes video recollections from TV producer Norman Lear and former NBC president Fred Silverman. Go to museum.tv.

Movies in the park

Millenium Park's free weekly movie series features a Tuesday screening of 1957's "Funny Face" starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, followed by 1942's "Yankee Doodle Dandy" starring James Cagney (July 2) and 1984's "Amadeus" starring F. Murray Abraham (July 9). Go to millenniumpark.org.

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