Daily Rehearsal: 'Yo Joe!' brings a favorite figure to theater

September 9, 2011

1. Yo Joe! A Real American Hip Hop Musical opens tonight at Chemically Imbalanced Theater. Anyone who recognizes the call "Yo Joe!" will love this live stage parody of the long-running cartoon (and toy) franchise. It's a hilarious face-off between good and evil which includes an original, incredibly catchy, hip-hop musical score!," says the press release. I don't recognize that call, but that doesn't mean much, as I didn't play with GI Joe's. Book, lyrics and music written by Jay Gish, who has some background in cartoons via the theater. Hear from the creators of the show on this we-love-GI-joe fan website.

2. Tonight at 7:00, and Sunday at 5:30 are your last chances to check out Bedbugs from the Harlotry & Necromancy Appreciation Society at Chicago Fringe. Bedbugs is the first long-form piece from HNAS, who've thus far done mostly shorter pieces of clowning. Part-bedtime story, part-trip to the circus, this will probably be a feel-good time with a bit of edge. Oh forget me, just watch Aileen talk about it below.

3. Want to go old-school with the Second City? Check out this video from 1961 where some of what I assume were the company's best play wannabe football players at the University of Chicago. Pretty cute, even if the humor doesn't translate.

4. The Ephron sisters (that's Nora and Delia) are bringing their hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore to Chicago. The show has been expanded by the Ephron's from a book by Ilene Beckerman, and they flushed it out with stories from their friends and family. A conversation with the sisters seems to have inspired Hedy Weiss to chime in with her own thoughts on how what she's worn speaks about her life. Fun facts: She's never worn jeans, and has only a few pairs of rarely worn pants.

5. Comedian Brian Posehn is at The Cubby Bear Saturday night, which might seem like a strange venue. Last time, "I had a great experience," Posehn said. "I had a local Chicago guy and a friend of mine, Dan Telfer, open up for me, and we had a great time. I’ve had fans online go, 'Why are you going back to that place?' I’ve got the metal fans and the alternative comedy fans, and it’s not really a place they go to. But I had a great time judging it from the first time I played there." Posehn also explains to Metromix about the craziness involved in performing for Juggalos. Wrigleyville is bound to be a calmer scene, right?

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