Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 6/16

June 16, 2011

1. Big news: One Thousand and One Nights has been posponed indefinitely due to Visa problems on behalf of the cast coming from the Middle East. It was to be the U.S. premiere at Chicago Shakes. Don't get this confused with Collaboraction's 1001 that went up at the Chopin Theater this past fall, which is being rebooted in July after a well-reviewed previous run. Both are based off of Arabian Nights though, so it would sort of make sense if you did get them confused.

2. The Reader's Lauri Apple interviewed comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, but it's not a lovefest for Chicago. "Chicago has never really embraced me as a stand-up comedian," said Goldthwait. "Even in the 1980s, I couldn't sell tickets in Chicago. The city's big on sarcasm, and maybe when you're just screaming at the top of your lungs, there's no irony there. But it has supported me as a guy who makes movies. I'll take that—it's fine."

3. Speaking of comedians, don't miss Eight-Forty-Eight's interview with Steve Mazan, whose new documentary Dying to do Letterman chronciles his quest after a diagnosis with cancer to...well, get on The David Letterman Show.

4. Laer's Last Prayer (at City Lit) has switched up its cast a little; the role of Jack will now be played by Nick Lake. The character was previously to be performed by Matthew Bivins, and no word has been given to why a switch has taken place. The show opens July 14, and is described as a "minimalist retelling of King Lear."

5. If you fancy a trip to Munster, Indiana, head to Theater at the Center starting July 7. They're putting on The Wiz, lead by Felicia Fields in the title role of Evillene. Fields has been nominated for a Tony for Best Featured Actress for her role in The Color Purple. 

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.