Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 4/29

April 29, 2011

1. The Chicago Humanities Festival isn't all lectures and talks. The theater showcase begins next week, so keep a weather eye open.

2. A few weeks back, Night and Her Stars at the Gift Theatre was extended, but it is wrapping up this weekend.The play is a look behind-the-scenes of the 1952 gameshow 21 (not real), where a privileged contestant is given help in order to beat out his working-class Jewish competitor. During this Sunday's closing matinee performance, you can "Come Closer" to the production and compete in the game show, plus attend in a reception afterwards with the cast and crew. The whole thing is in keeping with the 1950s theme too, so perhaps it'll keep you tied over until Mad Men comes back...oh wait...that's the 60s...nevermind.

3. Late Night Catechism is, as usual, Thursdays and Saturdays at the Royal George Theatre. Pretend you're in Catholic school all over again, or replace those painful memories with something a little more uplifting. 

4. On Sunday, 2nd Story teams up with Next Theater at SPACE in Evanston to discuss and perform based off of Adam Rapp's The Metal Children (which is in the middle of its run at Next). Don't expect lighthearted fare though; the play explores what responsibility artists have for their art, as a writer deals with the censorship of his book in small town America. Do expect to jump right in -- 2nd Story is one part storytelling session, one part performance.

5. It's not exactly theater, but it is a spectacle; early in the wee morning hours, Chicagoans watched the Royal Wedding all over town, and WBEZ's Tony Arnold went to the Globe Pub and got their thoughts. Additionally, TimeOut interviewed the ultimate Royal Family fanatic, and it's Chicagoan Allison Lackey, a 24 year old who lives in Lakeview and whose apartment is plastered with memorabilia and overdue library books. The funnest fact: in college, she set up Google alerts for members of the Royal Family. Lackey was recently seen on the BBC show Royally Mad celebrating her obsession.

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.