Daily Rehearsal: Ask Carol Burnett anything in Joliet

April 18, 2012

1. Nina Metz seemed pleased with The Butcher of Baraboo at A Red Orchid. Even though "the plot never quite comes together in the second act", she writes, "I found I was willing to overlook them all, thanks to [playwright Marisa] Wegrzyn's 'bring it' sensibility."

2. Show Theodora from Oh Theodora is the A.V. Club's latest pick for their series The New Pollution, about events that you should go to but are less-than-famous. Describing the improv group as a "relatively young team [that] has quickly become one of the preeminent independent sketch groups in Chicago", the group has an open run at the Pub Theater every third Wednesday of the month. They're different, argues Matt Byrne, because they have a "no stand-up, no improv" rule, and invite performances from all other types of comedians.

3. You might think that actors can subdivide their characters lives from their personal ones, but just like you get wrapped up in work drama, they do too. So argues this New York Times article on the Broadway edition of Clybourne Park (which seems to have gone on despite all the fuss). However, the attached slideshow says Clybourne Park will be opening at Steppenwolf in September, when most of us already saw it last fall. Whoops. Anyway, “If somebody hurts your feelings, you remember that feeling — it lives in you,” actress Crystal A. Dickinson told the Times about dealing with racial epithets thrown around in the play. 

4. When nab someone like Tony Kushner for an interview, you want to include it all. In TimeOut's outtakes, we learn that he loves RuPaul's Drag Race and considers the fact that the show is on a sign that things really have changed, for the better.

5. Carol Burnett will be at the Rialto in Joliet May 8th and 9th for Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett: A Conversation with Carol Where the Audience Asks the Questions.

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