Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 4/22

April 22, 2011

Looking ahead: On Monday, the 14th Chicago Improv Festival begins. Nina Metz at the Tribune has the highlights (which include some bodypainting experiments) but the full schedule is also worth perusing so you don't miss a thing. Additionally, Bassprov members Joe Bill and Mark Sutton, former artistic director of the festival, spoke to Vocalo's Molly Adams in the Morning AMp today (and can be seen performing below).

2. The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg presents Don Quixote, or Fantasies of a Madman. The production was at Roosevelt University last night, but there will be a matinee performance on Saturday. Choreographed by the aforementioned Boris Eifman, with music by Ludwig Minkus, the ballet sounds a little bit like Don Juan Demarco with Johnny Deppa man locked in an asylum believes he is Don Quixote, and inspires those around him with his fantasies.

3. Sonnets For An Old Century is wrapping up its run this weekend at Steppenwolf's Garage Rep. The A.V. Club called Sonnets"a captivating examination of life and death from a promising young company." From UrbanTheater Company, the play takes place in the waiting room of the afterlife, which I can't imagine is particularly lighthearted, but is probably enlightening.

4. Opening this weekend is The Drowsy Chaperone by The Big Noise Theatre Company, which if past productions count for anything, promises to be particularly feel-good. The show had a successful revival on Broadway in 2006; as musicals go, it's funny and relatively harmless.

5. It was announced just yesterday that Michael Weber is the new artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre. As you'll recall, The King and I just opened there. Weber will begin his work June 1, and takes the place of L. Walter Stearns, who has moved to the Mercury Theatre.

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.