Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 5/24

May 24, 2011

1. Looking ahead: Northwestern's SummerStage season starts June 24 with The Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project: Applause! Applause! A Celebration of Charles Strouse, with performances by Strouse himself and Christine Ebersole. Catch a preview of the other fun ahead tonight at 6:30 hosted by TIC Artistic Director Henry Godinez, and American Music Theatre Project Executive Director Dominic Missimi and Producing Director Heather Schmucker. And it's free!

2. Nun humor is apparently in full-force these days, but Nunset Boulevard is wrapping up its Chicago area run this week. The Little Sisters of Hoboken think they're singing at the Hollywood Bowl, only to find that they're really performing at the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama. Of course, hijincks insue and they all get a bit of a shot of fame anyway. 

3. The Original Grease has been extended through August 21. This comes on the heels of a shortening and tightening of the show discussed and implemented last week.

4. Also turning up all over right now are the Greek tragedies. No exception is Lights Out Theatre Company's Iphigeneia at Aulis, originally by Euripides, adapted and directed by Josh Altman, at Collaboraction. Expect this to be a casual affair, as you'll be offered a drink and a pillow to cushion your seat on the floor.

5. Redtwist Theatre's Bug opens this weekend. The play seems to ponder when fantasy becomes psychosis by following an AWOL Gulf War veteran.  A good guarantee this will be a solid production: it is under the direction of Kimberly Senior, who helmed the 2009-10 Redtwist show The Pillowman.

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.