1. The performance that you've (I've) been eagerly waiting for has finally hit, and it's got so much more bang for its buck than I ever dreamed. Holland Tyalor plays former Texas Governor Ann Richards in Ann - An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards. Taylor wrote the one-woman show, of which she says, "It is an adventure that has expanded me and changed my life and my career. I’m a pretty solitary and melancholy person, but I now get to be gregarious and outgoing. Ann has taught me to have a party in my life." It opens this Sunday.
2. Casting has been announced for Porchlight's A Catered Affair, which opens February 18. Expect Rebecca Finnegan, Craig Spidle, Kelly Davis Wilson and Jerry O’Boyle. But real talk, this play tackles the big stuff: "A couple must decide whether to spend their life savings on the family taxicab company or to celebrate their only daughter’s marriage with a lavish catered affair, providing her with the joyful wedding they never had for themselves." When I first read that I thought the family was deciding between just one cab ride and the wedding, which is sort of less than Sophie's Choice.
3. Reality? Youtube? Theater? It's all the same. "What is it like to be an overnight Internet sensation? Chicago beatboxer Yuri Lane knows all about it." The play MeTube stars Lane, who is a "beatbox harmonica virtuoso" IRL, and about whom director Rachel Havrelock wrote the play. It plays this Saturday at 7:30 at Victory Gardens; watch a preview of Lane's talents below.
4. Straight off of yesterday's exciting circus update, we learn that this is the perfect circus for "a circus virgin." The Reader also brings us a glance into the sales of Hot Tix "half-off" tickets.
5. Watch @NewPlayTV's video archive of Steppenwolf's panel conversation from Sunday "How to Engage 21st Century Audiences in New Plays." Robert O’Hara and Marisa Wegrzyn discuss how playwrights have been involved in marketing their own plays, among other issues.
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