Daily Rehearsal: Theatrical hubbub about Mike Daisey

March 19, 2012

1. This Changing Gears story reminds us that the Tympanic Theater Company is opening a Bruce Springstreen play called Deliver Us From Nowhere: Tales From Nebraska. Micki Maynard reports that "It’s an evening of 10 short plays from 11 different playwrights and 10 different directors, each inspired by a song from the album. The show runs April 26 to May 20." Musicians will perform original work based on these plays, so will there actually be Springsteen music in it? It sounds like no.

2. The hubbub over the revealed factual inaccuracies in the This American Life episode based on Mike Daisey's show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs has not died down. Worthwhile highlights: the Chicago Theatre discussion with Daisey and Ira Glass has been cancelled. David Carr discusses the controversey in his piece entitled "Theater, Disguised as Real Journalism." And the Facebook pages of theatrically minded individuals across the US have seemingly blown up in the debate over what's performance and what is fact. (Finally, an obvious disclaimer: TAL is a product of WBEZ.)

3. The Chicago Tribune's Brian Boyer draws a connection between the Illinois primary and Book of Mormon tickets. Get it?

4. The pictures of Hair at the Paramount look pretty...Hair-y.

5. Corn Productions' Tammy: A Coming of Age Story About a Girl Who is Part T-Rex has been extended through April 7.

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.