WBEZ | Emerald City Playhouse http://www.wbez.org/tags/emerald-city-playhouse Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Children on children's theater http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-05/daily-rehearsal-children-childrens-theater-94607 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-05/Junie B.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. The <a href="http://www.chicagosketchfest.com/2012-schedule/">Sketch Comedy Festival</a> line-up is here</strong></span></span>. It runs over two weekend between January 5 and 15th, and includes one day of comedy for the kids. They proclaim themselves to be "the largest sketch comedy festival America has ever seen." If you go and feel clastrophobic, I guess they've succeeded.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Following up <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-30/stamp-approval-texting-tweeting-theaters-94460">on the debates we've been having about cell phone</a></strong></span></span> use during performances, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/arts-post/post/theater-tweet-seats-good-idea-or-bad-etiquette/2011/12/05/gIQAODTcWO_blog.html"><em>Washington Post</em> readers agree</a> that it's rude to live tweet during a play, and that theaters shouldn't allow that. 43 percent of readers said "People should be able to turn off their phones for two hours" and other 43 percent agreed, except for a different reason: "it's just plain rude."</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-05/Junie B.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 320px; height: 214px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. A real child has reviewed a show for children</strong></span></span>, making her opinion basically valid over all the rest. <a href="http://adagrey.blogspot.com/2011/12/review-of-junie-b-jones-in-jingle-bells.html">Ada has shined</a> a generally favorable light on&nbsp;<em>Junie B Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!</em> from Emerald City. Among some of her best criticisms, Ada chastises Emerald City for always putting on musicals (which she doesn't favor) because they make "a short story longer", praises a character that can burp the Star Spangled Banner "because that is one of the hardest songs in the whole world to burp" and says that no one under three should see this show: "I think this show should be for ages 4 and up. I'll tell you why I said that: because there was a three-year-old boy kicking me in the back the whole show."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. More children:<a href="http://goodman-theatre.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-first-christmas-carol.html"> Hear from Shanequa Beal</a></strong></span></span>, an eighth grader currently starring in <em>A Christmas Carol</em> at the Goodman. She says she likes the play because she gets to work with kids her own age, and "surprisingly we all get along pretty well!" Additionally, the Goodman is probably glad Beal has some union backing her, with comments like these: "<em>A Christmas Carol</em>&nbsp;was not a piece of cake. It required a lot of hours of work, memorizing and tons energy! At one point we worked a 50 hour week. Yes, I was really tired and missed school often but it was totally worth it."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. The latest conversations about theater</strong></span></span> on the Talk Theatre in Chicago podcast include an interview<a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/talk/interior.php?podshowID=346"> with Timothy Edward Kane from <em>An Iliad</em></a>, and <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/talk/interior.php?podshowID=345">some insights</a> into the Neo-Futurists <em>Too Much Light</em> with Bilal Dardai and Greg Allen.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 19:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-05/daily-rehearsal-children-childrens-theater-94607 Daily Rehearsal: Nathan Lane in 'The Iceman Cometh' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-15/daily-rehearsal-nathan-lane-iceman-cometh-89198 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-15/nathanlane_ap_evanagostini.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-15/nathanlane_ap_evanagostini.jpg" style="width: 200px; margin: 10px; height: 251px; float: right;" title="Nathan Lane in 2009 at a Roundabout Theatre Gala (AP/Evan Agostini)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Biggest news of the week? The Goodman is <a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/season/Production.aspx?prod=129">doing <em>The Iceman Cometh</em></a></strong></span></span> with Nathan Lane. <em>The Iceman Cometh</em> is not about a man who brings ice to homes, in case you were wondering. It is about a traveling salesman who gets sober and tries to make everyone around him do the same. Lane <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ent-0715-goodman-20110715,0,524132.column">told Chris Jones</a>,&nbsp;"I am not thinking of this as some pre-Broadway tryout. I just want it to be good in Chicago."&nbsp;You're going to have to wait awhile -- tickets aren't available until March.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">2. There's a new theaterish blog on the street -- the Chicago Theater Addict</span></strong></span> aka Bob Bullen is <a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/07/13/chicago-theatre-addict-now-blogging-for-chicago-convention-tourism-bureau/#comments">now writing for the Chicago Convention &amp; Tourism Bureau</a>. Did you not know that they had <a href="http://chicagosecondtonone.wordpress.com/">a blog</a>? Neither did anyone; it appears so fresh that they're still rocking a pretty basic Wordpress format. Ah, growing pains.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The Joffrey ballet appears to have <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/joffrey-reaches-pact-but-tensions-linger/">ended their lockout</a></strong></span></span> -- for now. Perhaps it was the pressure of a potential leafleting session tomorrow in front of the Joffrey that pushed the Company into action. The dancers <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-the-Joffrey-Ballet-Dancers/217664081602594">announced on their Facebook page</a> late yesterday that "late this afternoon, AGMA and the Joffrey Ballet reached a tentative agreement. The Dancers will start taking class on Monday and Stage Managers will resume their normal schedule on Monday as well. The next step in the process is for the Dancers and AGMA's Board of Governors to ratify the agreement."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <a href="http://www.emeraldcitytheatre.com/shows_1011_pinkalicious_bic.php"><em>Pinkalicious: The Musical</em></a> is running at Emerald City Playhouse</strong></span></span>, and it may remind you of an extra-special episode of <em>The Magic School Bus</em>: "When Pinkalicious Pinkerton eats one too many pink cupcakes, she catches a serious case of "Pinkititis" and turns pink from head to toe!" Remember when Arnold <a href="http://www.ireallylikefood.com/709823257/arnold-turns-orange-the-magic-school-bus/">ate too many Seaweedies</a> and turned orange from all the carotene and the class went into his body?</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5. Orny Adams is at <a href="http://www.improv.com/ComedyClub/Chicago/Event/Orny-Adams/ee0b1aa0-aa1f-4f57-943b-d00f577e2004">Improv comedy club</a> on Saturday</span></strong></span> at 7 and 9:15 pm. <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/events/orny-adams,251230/">The A.V. Club says that</a>, "Adams’ rapid-fire delivery hits all of the right beats, but it only partially glosses over pandering, bromidic bits on outsourcing customer service or the hilarity of prescription pill side effects.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 14:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-15/daily-rehearsal-nathan-lane-iceman-cometh-89198 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater news 5/10 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-10/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-510-86318 <p><p>1. Tuesday at 3pm (hurry up and take a long lunch) at&nbsp;Maxim's, Richard Klein will host "<a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/dca_tourism/JulieWilson.html">The Life of Cabaret Star Julie Wilson</a>." Klein will discuss <a href="http://www.citycabaret.com/jwilson/">Wilson's </a>70-year career with a sound and slideshow presentation of the famous cabaret star. It's part of Maxim's&nbsp;<em>Tea at 3</em>&nbsp;series every second Tuesday of the month.</p><p>2. Does children's theater get a bad rap? Mary-Kate Barley-Jenkins thinks it shouldn't. She's the Director of Programming at the Chicago Humanities Festival, as well as the curator of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-29/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-429-85842"><em>Stages, Sights and Sounds</em></a>, CHF's performing arts festival focusing on family audiences.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagohumanities.org/Blog/Mary-Kate-Barley-Jenkins/Upping-the-Ante.aspx">Jenkins' wrote a post</a>&nbsp;that touts the importance of good storytelling in theater, especially in theater for children.</p><p>"When you hear the phrase children’s theater, I’ll bet you wince and groan inside," she writes. "Probably much of what you’ve seen that calls itself children’s theater has been very unsatisfying. This genre has a bad reputation and for good reason. At times, when this work is being created, the audience is not taken seriously."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-10/Playhouse%20cross%20section.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 188px;" title="Plan of the Emerald City Playhouse"></p><p>3. In the vein of trying to take children more seriously,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.emeraldcitytheatre.com/">Emerald City Theatre</a>&nbsp;is opening a new space specifically for babies. To be called the Emerald City Playhouse, their first show will open in May 2012 at 2933 N. Southport Ave (right next door to the Emerald City Theatre).&nbsp;It's called&nbsp;<em>Goodnight Gorilla</em>, and is based off the children's book of the same name.</p><p>The Theatre plans to use this space for developing shows specifically for children ages 0-3. They have also created a new position of "Eduturg", which is essentially a dramaturg whose job is focused on shaping the programs for <em>very </em>young minds.</p><p>4.&nbsp;WBEZ's Events Coordinator Don Hall spent the other day tweeting some theater tips for the masses, or #thtrtips as he called them, and they are <a href="http://donhall.blogspot.com/2011/05/thtrtips.html">all lovingly consolidated here</a>. My favorite? "Re:Acting: Be at rehearsals on time - eat before you f***ing get there. #thtrtips."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="600" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-10/Thumb_thatsthegig.jpg" title="" width="365"></p><p>5. It's Tuesday, but I'm sure we all wish it was the weekend right about now, especially with this 80 degree weather. Set your Sunday sights on the opening of&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/io/shows/241" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">That’s The Gig</i></a>&nbsp;at iO, which is billing itself as "a live, scripted sitcom."</p><p>The show runs from May 15 to July 3, just in time for all your favorite shows to take their summer siesta, leaving you bored and sweaty on the couch, watching reruns of&nbsp;<em>The Event</em>...bleak.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Tue, 10 May 2011 14:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-10/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-510-86318