Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 5/20

May 20, 2011

1. Claudia Lavista, the co-founder and director of the Delfos Danza Contemporanea, a Mexican Dance Theater Group, is at the University of Chicago this afternoon to discuss her work and "the post-human body." Head down to Hyde Park to figure out exactly what that means. It's at Goodspeed Hall on the 4th floor from 1:30 to 3 pm.

2. Nina Metz has a lovely interview with Rondi Reed, who you may have seen in Wicked, or Mike & Molly, or in her Tony-award winning performance in August: Osage County. She's in Chicago for the time being (she does consider this her home) for The Outgoing Tide at Northlight Theatre in Skokie.

3. Check out A Lesson Before Dying at the Lincoln Square Theatre tonight and twice tomorrow. It grapples with deep subject matter, and Gaper's Block contributor J.H. Palmer says he "left the theater feeling both a little heavier and a little lighter than when I'd entered."

4. The Dinner Detective, "America’s LARGEST murder mystery comedy dinner show," is in Chicago. You'll get dinner and be able to practice your Sherlock Holmes skills (or Watson, if you're the sidekick kind). Plus, you get a prize if you win! It runs every weekend until July 30, so if you haven't seen it yet, book your tickets. However, if you just like sitting back and not doing anything, this may not be the performance for you.

5. NorthSide Dance Theater in Rogers Park has 1..2..3..4 by the GI Alliance Studio tonight and tomorrow only at 8 pm. No sign as to whether the title is a reference to Sesame Street or Feist, but there will be 11 pieces total, and a reception to follow both performances.

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.