Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater news 5/12

May 12, 2011

1. The Geek Girl Burlesque, the folks that brought you BOOBS AND GOOMBAS: A Super Mario Burlesque at the Gorilla Tango Theatre (still running, by the way) have done it again with FELLOWSHIP OF THE BOOBS: A LOTR, WoW, D&D RPG BURLESQUE. This won't be a passive experience however; prepare to go on a quest with the performers, something that boyfriend you met at the Star Trek convention will love.

The show draws influences from all the best fantasy sources, including Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft, and Dungeons and Dragons, in case you can't tell from the title what those abbreviations mean because you're not of that kind. It starts June 2 which is very soon! How did that happen?

2. Desmin Borges is back in Chicago for the 20th anniversary of Freedom NY by Teatro Vista.  He's currently in New York for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Nab him while you can; the press opening is tonight, and its at Theater Wit.

3. Sarah Ruhl, whose Stage Kiss is at the Goodman right now, is certainly having her moment or two. Here's a brief picture of why.

4. Yesterday at 3pm, there was theater online. White Noise streamed a live performance of six songs from the musical, and included some cast commentary. Did anyone watch? It probably was not the most work appropriate....

5. Rahm Emanuel released his transition report this week, announcing that he plans to "Conduct a review of City-organized festivals and cultural programming." The new administration also plans to "Develop a strategy for creating and supporting cultural hubs." So far, no real details as to how either of these will be executed, or what they actually entail.

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