1. The Old Town School of Folk Music is producing their first theatrical event, to go up in November. Called Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville, the show is the combined effort of string-band Carolina Chocolate Drops, jazz pianist Reginald R. Robinson, and tap dancer Reggio "The Hoofer" Laughlin. It opens in November but contains adult language and themes! You may remember Old Town as the group that WBEZ beat in this year's battle to the death during Bike to Work Week.
2. Clybourne Park started rehearsals last week. The show is Steppenwolf's season opener in September.
3. Comedian Tig Notaro was at the Viaduct last night, and she tells the Reader about her potential new show Tig Has Friends, a televised version of the variety show she hosts in LA. "Last I heard, we'll know something before the new year," Notaro said. "That's pretty much all I know. I certainly hope it airs. I'm really happy with what we did, and having the cast of Mad Men as my guests was pretty magically fun."
5. The Neo-Futurists Chalk and Saltwater: The Ladder Project opens September 15. It explores the idea of failure, and you can be a part of it, by participating in an "online journal" starting over Labor Day weekend. The show will also have special "pot luck Thursdays" with free admission if you bring a dish; email email@example.com if interested. It's an homage to the original production of The Ladder, during which Edgar Davis ran a free admission special for six months of the show and lost an absurd amount of money. Co-creator and performer John Pierson says of the revamp, "Once you understand the art, is it more difficult to mock? Our plan is to have a job that is never done - to constantly reevaluate the piece after each performance."
Also I'll be out learning about theater in other lands/really just lying on the beach, so look for Daily Rehearsal back on August 25. Don't miss us too much!
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