Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater news 4/13

April 13, 2011

1. WBEZ's very own Peter Sagal, the host of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Mewill step behind the mic for a very different kind of radio show: "The Sound of Young America" is back at Second City. The show, hosted by Jesse Thorn, is this Wednesday, April 13th at 8 pm, and this is only the second time it's come to Chicago, so who knows when it will blow through town again. If you can't make it, that's the joy of radio these days: it's all on the internet.

2. ALSO at Second City is their new show "South Side of Heaven", which is getting rave reviews, and I mean rave. Except from, interestingly enough, the Chicago Sun-Times' Hedy Weiss, who seemed to find its outlook a little bleak, listing "Strange, strained, unhealthy, doomed" as words that came to her after watching the production.

3. Reviewers seem to be emotional this week: Chris Jones got close to crying while watching "42nd Street", saying it "brought a lump to my throat on at least three occasions (which is three more than the last time I saw this show)."

4. This week Chicago is abuzz with all things Neil Gaiman! Monday, the full cast from Lifetime Theater performed a reading of the show. Tuesday, he spoke with Audrey Niffenegger about imagination. And tonight, he'll be at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. All events are presented by Chicago Public Library, in honor of his fantasy novel Neverwhere, which has been chosen as One Book, One Chicago's 20th selection. Presigned books from Hyde Park bookstore the Seminary Co-op Bookstore will be for sale for you to tenderly caress at a later date; the event starts at 6 pm.

5. "Dixie's Tupperware Party" has finally made it to Chicago, and will be at the Royal George Theater for another month. More importantly, check out Dixie's blog; it may be sparse, but it never, ever strays from character.