Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 5/26

May 26, 2011

1. Nina Metz looks at Superman 2050, and proclaims it better than Spiderman: Turn off the Dark! Well, not exactly: "Though it hits all the usual Superman signposts — Smallville, The Daily Planet, Lex Luthor, Kryptonite, Lois Lane — there is not a single aerial stunt in Theater Un-Speak-Able's 'Superman: 2050.' Dull, you might think — and you would be wrong. So wrong! Embracing the ethos of physical theater — a genre of performance that relies on movement and body language as a key element of storytelling — the ensemble conveys a thrilling amount of action and plot," Metz said. "It is an instructive lesson to all those big-budget behemoths and their expensive effects; the silly power of this imaginative, bare-bones production can not be overstated. The show will not change your world, but it is entertaining, both tongue-in-cheek and utterly sincere."

2. Chick lit for the stage comes in the form of Eat Cake, which closes tonight at the Cornservatory. Written and directed by Kristi McKay, it follows six women over one night as they share stories, cake and wine. Perhaps like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, but with less Sandra Bullock?

3. David Yontz presents Add Some Evil To Your Day on Friday night only, in a show that's part concert, part stand-up comedy. Described as adressing " pressing themes in contemporary American culture", Yontz looks at "religion, education, feminism, masturbation and Satan," but all in an uplifting tone. It's at the Gorilla Tango at 9:30 pm.

4. Michael Pizza starts its run at iO tonight at 10:30 pm, where they'll be performing every Thursday through August. Go for the name alone, or whatever story they claim the name is from.

5. Costume Designer Linda Roethke did some beautiful sketches for Stage Kiss and you can see them on the Goodman Theater blog. She had the challenge of technically creating ensembles for three plays -- Stage Kiss, and the two plays presented within it. "I think the costumes will help clarify what is going on. It can be a little confusing when you read the script because multiple actors play multiple roles. When audiences experience it, I hope the costumes help keep things clear," Roethke said.

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.