Daily Rehearsal: Chicago theaters play switcheroo with their homes

August 26, 2011

1. Hedy Weiss of the Sun-Times and the Chicago Theater Addict (by way of Chicago Like A Local) are pushing some new "smaller" theater productions for the fall (also known as "storefront"). The one they agree on is Corazón de Manzana by Mortar Theatre Company at DCA Theater. The play explores the "femicide" of women in Juarez, Mexico.

2. There have been lots of switch-ups for theater's looking for a home. Artistic Home goes to Stage 773, and the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts is probably going to become a church. This means Baliwick's new production of Violet will be moving to the Mercury Theatre.

3. Timeline's A Walk in the Woods opened this past weekend at Theater Wit. The play takes place during the Cold War, and uses a real-life ocurrance about arms negotiations that happened to take place during a walk in the woods (get it?!). The Reader's Tony Adler says that lead actress and company member Janet Ulrich Brooks "is just plain brilliant." Check out a snippet of her performance here if you please.

4. Laura Molzahn recommends Iced Coffee this weekend -- not the drink, but Lauren Warnecke and Enid Smith's new piece at Links Hall. Both performances in Iced Coffee sound interesting; "Pier" is described as having "an unnerving score" and "Grind" "is a layered treatment of artistic success that incorporates reality and fantasy. Dancing to pop music of various eras, four women in heels and housedresses caricature the ideal 50s housewife." Heels...oh my.

5. The man playing Mark Rothko in the Goodman's production of Red, Ed Gero, is blogging about it. Most recently, he's gotten to see a lot of cool art and is clearly doing his research. Keep following his updates as the show nears.

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.