Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 4/27

April 27, 2011

1. Steppenwolf's Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is moving to Broadway, a relatively surprising move, considering the show was revived on Broadway seven years ago. But it is timely; the show will open on the 50th anniversary of its original opening night. It's adding producers as well, in the form of the dream team Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, who also helmed August: Orange County and Superior DonutsVirginia Woolf's move to New York is not a throughly surprising move however; the show has been one of the best reviewed in recent Chicago history.

2. The New Leaf's Treehouse Reading series will be performing How We Got On at 7 pm tonight. The play is written by Idris Goodwin, and narrated by a DJ, who "samples and loops us through the lvies of three Midwestern teen rappers." Admission is free, and there should be an interesting discussion afterwards. Goodwin is currently a member ofmember of the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa. 

3. The Chicago Improv Festival will be long over, but TBS's Just for Laughs Chicago will create its own, less off-the-beaten track lineup from June 14 to 19. Highlights include Demetri Martin & Special Guests Who Are Also Comedians And Are Friends Of His (one of whom is apparently Kristen Schaal), Joel McHale & Friends and Acquantices, Louis CK & Three Very Special Guests (I'm sensing a theme here...), Seth Meyers, Steve Martin and Martin Short in a Very Stupid Conversation and, if it's your thing, George Lopez. So TBS is...very funny? (Clip below is from Ellen DeGeneres at Just for Laughs a few years back, and she is indeed, very funny.)

4. Working is still running at the Broadway Playhouse, but will be wrapping up in June which means that if April ever ends, your opportunity to see it is slipping away. The musical is based on Studs Terkel's book Working: People Talk About What They Do all Day and How They Feel About What They Do.

5. Tomorrow is the last Thursday of the month, so The Town Hall Pub will host The Connie Howe Showe & Open Mic at 10 pm. Or, if you can't make the event, just subscribe to comedian Lauren Maul's twitter, because it's funnnnnny.