WBEZ | Solo Jams http://www.wbez.org/tags/solo-jams Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: 'You certainly get achier' with time, says comedian Robert Klein http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/daily-rehearsal-you-certainly-get-achier-time-says-comedian-robert <p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/brianbabylon/status/266924952006062080"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6zNbN8hG.jpg" style="float: left; height: 300px; width: 300px;" title="'Morning AMp' hosts Molly and Brian with Robert Klein. (Twitter @brianbabylon)" /></a><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strawdog.org">Strawdog </a>is having a benefit </strong></span></span>on November 19 called <em>The Phone Book</em>, which will feature performances by people you know like SNL&#39;s Nora Dunn, Jonathon Berry, Sean Graney, and members of iO&#39;s Improvised Shakespeare, among others. The show is directed by Strawdog&#39;s Brandon Bruce and hosted by Anderson Lawfer. Tickets are $100, which includes hors d&#39;oeuvres and drinks at a &quot;full bar.&quot;</p><p>- <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><strong>MPAACT theater&#39;s latest Solo Jams series</strong></span></span> looks promising; check out <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/mpaacts-solo-jams-greenhouse-theater-center/Content?oid=7750926">the <em>Reader</em>&#39;s rundown</a> of who is performing when and what.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>- Chicagoist <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/11/09/three_to_see_this_weeks_theater_rec_1.php">recommends</a></strong></span></span> <em>Sister Act</em>, <em>Hellcab </em>and <em>Deep Into the Darkness Peering... </em>if you&#39;re looking for stuff to see this weekend. The last one is &quot;A one-night-only event hosted by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagooperatheater.org/" target="_blank" title="Opens in a new window">Chicago Opera Theater</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lifelinetheatre.com/" target="_blank" title="Opens in a new window">LifeLine Theater</a>&quot; featuring &quot;selections from the upcoming&nbsp;<em>The Fall of the House of Usher&nbsp;</em>and various readings from Edgar Allan Poe classics.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><strong>- Comedian Robert Klein</strong></span></span> <a href="https://twitter.com/UpComedyClub/status/266920190929948672">joined<em> The Morning AMp</em> today</a>; he&#39;s<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-maria-bamford-scheduled-october-second-city"> in town</a> to perform at UP this weekend, and here is a nice <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/16068503-421/robert-klein-taking-life-comedy-in-stride.html">profile of him in the <em>Sun-Times</em></a>. On the show,<a href="http://morningamp.tumblr.com/post/35344825267/theres-a-lot-of-old-fools-too-you-dont"> he said</a> that with time,&nbsp;&ldquo;You don&rsquo;t necessarily get wiser. You certainly get achier&hellip;.&rdquo;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 09:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/daily-rehearsal-you-certainly-get-achier-time-says-comedian-robert 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