WBEZ | Murder for Two--A Killer Musical http://www.wbez.org/tags/murder-two-killer-musical Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 5/18 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-18/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-518-86695 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-18/Photo from SKALD 12 The Twelfth Annual SKALD Storytelling Competition.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>1. Oprah <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/redeye-suprise-oprah-a-farewell-spectacular-20110517,0,4918498.story">filmed two of her last three shows</a> at the United Center this week, in case you live under a rock. Thus far, two <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/another-juror-oprah-tix-86626">potential jurors</a> have been excused from jury duty because they had tickets to this over-the-top goodbye celebration.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/img_3252.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 548px;" title=""></p><p>2. The <a href="http://redmoonyouthspectacle.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/redmoon-youth-spectacle/">Redmoon Youth Spectacle</a> runs for three nights, starting tonight, at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This impressive endeavor brings together over 750 students from multiple Chicago schools, and consists of youth created "curiosities" ranging from shadow animation to sound installation to performance. Side note:&nbsp;The museum also has a very realistic looking stuffed polar bear on display.</p><p>3.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<em>Sun-Times</em>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<em>Tribune&nbsp;</em>face off over&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-11/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-511-86380" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Murder for Two</a>.</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/5412534-421/murder-for-two--a-killer-musical-delivers-fun-to-die-for.html" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Hedy Weiss called</a>&nbsp;it "indeed, a 'killer musical.'" But while&nbsp;<a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/05/murder-for-two-chicago-shakespeare-tribune-review.html" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Chris Jones thought</a>&nbsp;the show had promise, he argued there was just not enough mystery in this murder mystery. "If you go to a murder mystery, you want to be involved in the actual mystery and try to figure it out for yourself.&nbsp;<em>Murder for Two</em>&nbsp;takes you a good way down that road but then flies off in a whole, new, campy direction. It's amusing but ultimately unsatisfying. We're all happy to laugh, but we also want to believe," Jones said.</p><p>4. <a href="http://www.annoyanceproductions.com/joleen/index.shtml"><em>Joleen: On Your Marks...</em></a> opens tomorrow at 9:30 at the Annoyance Theater, and they describe themselves as a long-form sketch duo. "Joleen" consists of Eileen Montelione and Joel Wiersema; you may recognize them from their&nbsp;<a href="http://sitandrun.com/">previous name</a>&nbsp;"Sit and Run."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/Photo from SKALD 12 The Twelfth Annual SKALD Storytelling Competition.jpg" title="" width="320" height="350"></p><p>5.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dcatheater.org/shows/show/skald_12_the_twelfth_annual_skald_storytelling_competition/">SKALD 12: THE TWELFTH ANNUAL SKALD STORYTELLING COMPETITION</a> has had workshops for children (KIDSKALD), adults (MAELSTROM) and professionals (SKALD 12) all week, with final performances this weekend (MAELSTROM&nbsp;Friday, May 20, at 7:30 pm / $15,&nbsp;KIDSKALD&nbsp;Saturday, May 21, at 3 pm / FREE, reservations encouraged,&nbsp;SKALD 12&nbsp;Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 pm / $20). It's all at the <a href="http://chicago.broadwayworld.com/article/DCA-Theater-Announces-SKALD-12-Storytelling-Festival-516-21-20110515">Chicago Cultural Center</a>, and though you may think the name SKALD sounds like a piece of Ikea furniture, it really comes from the ancient Scandanavian word for storyteller or poet.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Wed, 18 May 2011 14:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-18/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-518-86695 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 5/11 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-11/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-511-86380 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MSbqwWjzXq0" width="480"></iframe></p><p>1. Hopefully the hubbub surrounding the wonder that is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-28/working-weekend-critics-picks-429-51-85811"><em>The Madness of King George III</em></a> has died down enough for <a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,60"><em>Murder for Two--A Killer Musical</em></a> to get some attention as well. It's Upstairs at the Shakespeare Theater, and opens tomorrow. As musicals tend to be, it's not all drama; the musical is a self-proclaimed "mix of Agatha Christie mystery, old-fashioned musical comedy and modern panache, this whodunit comes with a killer twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all 13 suspects, and they both play the piano!"</p><p>2. Tonight,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thepubtheater.com/shows.html">The Pub Theater Company</a> presents <em>Beotches</em>, which was on hiatus last week, but is back at Fizz Bar &amp; Grill. <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beotches/119873021423599?sk=info"><em>Beotches </em></a>"celebrates the fact that people being D-bags seem to always win." I've read <em>Us Weekly</em>, so I'd have to agree.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="313" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QdATHoJbCTA" width="502"></iframe></p><p>3. <a href="http://comediansyoushouldknow.com/"><em>Comedians You Should Know</em></a> is at Timothy O'Toole's tonight at 9pm. The comedians this week are Mike Lebovitz, with Danny Kallas, Mike Stanley, Danny Solomon and C.J. Sullivan. Their debut, incredibly creatively titled album "Comedians You Should Know", came out in February, so if you like what you hear, you can commemorate that memory on CD, or for the more technologically saavy of you, mp3.</p><p>4.&nbsp;MPAACT's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mpaact.org/shows/plays-for-production/late-night-solo-jams/"><em>Solo Jams</em></a> opens this weekend at the Greenhouse Center Theater. MPAACT produces what they call Afrikan Centered Theatre (ACT), and the opening event of this series includes a panel discussion tomorrow night with some of the cast members, including John Steven Crowley and Rain Wilson. The performances, held Friday and Saturday of every week until June 11, will all feature a solo show from a different cast member.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-11/ChelseaHandlerPresaleMD.jpg" style="width: 417px; height: 600px;" title=""></p><p>5. Chelsea Handler and her minions are at the Chicago Theater tonight at 8pm. The tour, called <a href="http://chelseahandler.com/schedule.html"><em>Lies Chelsea Handler</em></a>&nbsp;Told Me, features Josh Wolf, Heather MacDonald and Brad Wollack, some of whom you might recognize from her new show <em>After Lately. After Lately </em>is a&nbsp;behind-the-scenes look at the making of Handler's late night show,&nbsp;<em>Chelsea Lately.</em> This isn't local comedy though, so a ticket is going to set you back 70 or 80 bucks.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 14:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-11/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-511-86380