WBEZ | Hedy Weiss http://www.wbez.org/tags/hedy-weiss Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Exploitation or art? Photographing a city's deterioration http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-12/morning-shift-exploitation-or-art-photographing-citys <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Ruins-Flickr- stormdog42.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss the trend of photographing modern ruins and whether it exposes viewers to a world they may never see, or exploits a city&#39;s dissent. And, the new play Invasion! stirs up conversation about the politics of racial profiling.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-41.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-41" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Exploitation or art? Photographing a city's deterioration" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-12/morning-shift-exploitation-or-art-photographing-citys Daily Rehearsal: United States of Improv brackets up http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-14/daily-rehearsal-united-states-improv-brackets-93149 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-14/usimprov.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. After reporting about all the awards that go to ungrateful actors</strong></span></span> and playwrights and directors for years, Hedy Weiss will get a Jeff Award of her very own, for covering Chicago theater since the mid-1980s. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/chi-a-special-jeff-for-a-critic-20111013,0,3280820.column">Chris Jones describes her</a> as a "longtime and indefatigable theater and dance critic." The awards ceremony is November 7.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-14/usimprov.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 136px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/features/united-states-of-improv-bracket">United States of Improv</a> is in full-force right now at iO</strong></span></span> -- this week it's Florida, Kentucky and Maryland that are duking it out. The performances aren't actually at the locations they sound like they'd be at; instead, teams of people from those states compete. It was last held at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-States-of-Improv/211851888826023">iO West in LA</a>. "Our Proclamation: To bring improvisers together based upon where they are from allowing them to celebrate improv, unity, and the pursuit of happiness."&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. James Vincent Meredith talks about his role on <em>Boss</em></strong></span></span>, and how he got to be an ensemble member at Steppenwolf. Despite the fact that even after his part in the Goodman's <em>A Rasin in the Sun</em>, he did not immediately make it big, Meredith still has some inspiring things to say to Chicago actors. "It seems more like attrition here in this town, if you’re an actor," he<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14979241/james-vincent-meredith-of-steppenwolf%E2%80%99s-clybourne-park-and-starz%E2%80%99s-bos"> told <em>TimeOut</em></a>. "As long as you stay in the game long enough and you don’t give it up, there’s gonna be opportunities for you to act."</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-14/edisonpark.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 180px; height: 117px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Yes I Am Show Business puts on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=255023141205406&amp;ref=nf">Edison Park Comedy Fest</a></strong></span></span> at The Emerald Isle and Nonno Pino's on Friday, and The Snuggery and Moretti's on Saturday. The Sunday fianle at Moretti's is rated NC-17, whatever that means. Expect comedians James Fritz, Danny Kallas, Marty Derosa, Joe Kilgallon and Mike Stanley.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. More details on </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/cinematic-titanic,61642/"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Cinematic Titanic</strong></span></span> </a>and exactly what they're all about for those who weren't fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The concept is pretty weird, and is maybe clarified? by <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/cinematic-titanic,61642/">this discussion</a> with ensemble members Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu, who&nbsp;debate the pros and cons of performing in front of a live audience as opposed to taping in a studio.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-14/daily-rehearsal-united-states-improv-brackets-93149 Daily Rehearsal: Global warming is super funny http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-13/daily-rehearsal-global-warming-super-funny-93122 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-13/sizzle.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-13/sizzle.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 357px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://www.newsuittheatre.com/sizzle.html"><em>Sizzle</em></a>'s final preview is this Friday&nbsp;</strong></span></span>at the West Stage of Raven Theatre. It's a production by New Suit Theatre and goes where Al Gore couldn't, in this "global warming comedy." It's based off of not Gore's film, but from a documentary by Dr. Randy Olson. Melding mediums for the better.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Ah, <em>Follies</em></strong></span></span>. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ott-1014-follies-review-20111012,0,2326749.column">Chris Jones gave the musical</a> that's making him <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-07/daily-rehearsal-dionne-warwick-interior-designer-92929">reexamine his entire life</a> four stars (or squares, as it were). And read <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/8144384-452/chicago-shakespeare-theaters-follies-dazzles-at-every-turn.html">Hedy Weiss' review</a> just for the first paragraph, trust me. &nbsp;Jones ends on a somber note: "...none of us is perfect. Just a little wiser and sadder as we go."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Lucia Mauro was on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/theater-and-film-classics-inspiring-chicagos-dance-scene-93116"><em>848 </em>this morning</a></strong></span></span> discussing the latest dance performances that were heavily inspired by film and theater. Lucky Plush's<em> The Better Half </em>takes a note or two from the 1940s thriller <em>Gaslight</em>, while <em>Dancing Henry 5</em> refers to what you think it refers to.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Robert Loerzel <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-loerzel/chicagos-theater-season-o_b_1001416.html">writes about</a> the best of this fall's theater season</strong></span></span>, and though it's all stuff you've heard of, he digs up a great quote from the <em>Tribune</em>'s critic in 1936, Charles Collins did back in 1936. Writing about that year's fall theater scene, Collins said, "I come up from under the heavy wave of first nights ... blinking my eyes and shaking stars out of my hair. This has been a surfeit of pleasures akin to a debauch." Woah boy.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. This is not even tenously connected to Chicago</strong></span></span> (as far as I can tell) but it is about theater, and is really cute; the cast of Broadway's<em>&nbsp;Lysistrata Jones</em> is being coached by former NBA All-Star player Chris Mullin.<a href="http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/10/12/arts/100000001108847/broadway-basketball.html"> This video</a> of the cast frolicking about and learning to play basketball is very cute and reminds me a bit of summer camp for adults.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-13/daily-rehearsal-global-warming-super-funny-93122 Daily Rehearsal: Help out a friend, like Judy Fabjance, at Second City http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-20/daily-rehearsal-help-out-friend-judy-fabjance-second-city-92214 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-20/110817_SC_TRC_Fabjance_Benefit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/ek_2598_image.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 350px; height: 223px;" title="Raven by Eiko and Komo (Photo by Edwin Adhiputra)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Eiko &amp; Koma bring&nbsp;<a href="http://eikoandkoma.org/index.php?p=ek&amp;t=events&amp;id=3343"><em>Regeneration</em></a> to the&nbsp;MCA</strong></span></span> this weekend, with&nbsp;live music by Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal. The MCA is used to doing collaborative pieces, and this is no exception;&nbsp;<i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">Eiko &amp; Koma:Time Is Not Even, Space Is Not Empty</i> is at the galleries as well, which includes photos and videos of their work, as well as set and props. Most impressively, there is an installation of the nest from their work <em>Naked</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>Love, Loss, and What I Wore</em>&nbsp;wasn't <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/7735855-421/great-premise-squandered-in-love-loss-and-what-i-wore.html">judged so highly by the <em>Sun-Times</em></a></strong></span></span> - their headline labels it a "Great premise squandered." Citing little "cohesion and excitment," Hedy Weiss writes that "the Chicago edition of this show (essentially a 90-minute staged concert reading by five actresses), frequently feels under-rehearsed, with Nora Dunn, that veteran of stage and screen, the weakest link." She adds that "the price of a ticket would be better spent ordering Beckerman’s book and heading to your favorite shoe emporium for a new pair of heels." Ouch. (This is all part of Weiss' <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-19/daily-rehearsal-will-eno-gets-big-chunk-cash-92158">extensive coverage of this show</a>, that I feel may have come to a close, but hopefully not.)</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Redtwist brings us <a href="http://www.redtwist.org/Press.html"><em>Elling</em> </a></strong></span></span>this weekend, and there's such a history to it that they've outlined it in bullet points. I don't even have to do any reseach!:</p><ul><li><span style="font-style: italic;">Blood Brothers</span>, a novel written by Ingvar Ambjornsen (1996)</li><li><span style="font-style: italic;">Elling</span>, a film&nbsp;adapted from the novel into a screenplay by Axel Hellstenius &amp; Petter Naess (2001)</li><li><span style="font-style: italic;">Elling</span>, a stage play adapted into English&nbsp;by Simon Bent (2007), premiered at Bush Theatre, then West End</li></ul><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/110817_SC_TRC_Fabjance_Benefit.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 226px; height: 350px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Tomorrow night,&nbsp;The Second City Training Center</strong></span></span> will be hosting a <a href="http://www.secondcity.com/page/judy/">celebration and fundraiser</a>. Longtime teacher and member of the comedy troupe GayCo, Judy Fabjance, is trying to "kick cancer's ass," and you can help her do it, by attending <em>Lift Them Up Where They Belong</em>. Expect performances and appearances by the Chicago glitterati like <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/53rdward">Alderman Ed Bus</a>, as well as food and drink. Tickets are $25, and it starts at 6 pm. Once you get there, show your support by participating in fun things like a raffle! Who doesn't love a raffle.</p><p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5.&nbsp;Today at 2 pm, former <em>Saturday Night Live</em></span></span></strong> castmember Nora Dunn will be at Second City (Again with the SC, I know, I know), I assume talking to the youth about her wise, wise words.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-20/daily-rehearsal-help-out-friend-judy-fabjance-second-city-92214 Daily Rehearsal: Will Eno gets a big chunk of cash http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-19/daily-rehearsal-will-eno-gets-big-chunk-cash-92158 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-05/323.th_.th_.op_.WillEnoNEW2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-19/GNR.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 165px; height: 206px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://stage773.squarespace.com/Now-Playing"><em>Gretchen and Regina</em></a> is still running at Stage 773</strong></span></span>&nbsp;on Tuesdays through early next week. What's it about? "Take one part bratty drunk, add 1 part fumbling lesbian, mix with a generous amount of alcohol and you have the embarrassingly funny novelty folk duo Gretchen and Regina. The uncomfortable hilarity of this duo, otherwise known as Hilary Williams and Emily Claiborne, dominates the audience with the feeling of awkwardly watching the two uninvited drunkards at the party." Or I could like...go to a party...but this is good too!</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Remember when the<em> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-09/daily-rehearsal-yo-joe-brings-favorite-figure-theater-91746">Sun-Times</a></em></strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-09/daily-rehearsal-yo-joe-brings-favorite-figure-theater-91746"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong> covered</strong></span></span><em> Love, Lost and What I Wore</em></a> by asking Theater Critic Hedy Weiss to write about hers? Someone else loved it! Zac Thompson from the <em>Reader</em> <a href="http://foolsgoldcoast.typepad.com/fools_gold_coast/2011/09/chicago-fun-times.html">writes</a>&nbsp;(on his personal blog), "I am not exaggerating when I tell you that this piece of journalism...is the best thing that has ever happened to me." He also throws out a few future column possibilities, like, "Is Hedy Weiss Interested in Sharing an Egg Cream with Me and Talking about Cute Boys?" and "How Come Whenever a Cell Phone Rings during a Play, Hedy Weiss Glares at Me as Though I Am Responsible? Or Am I Imagining Things?"</p><p><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>3. A <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/7259682-421/fall-dance-preview-big-steps-forward-for-chicago-scene.html">dance preview</a> for the fall season</strong></span></span> includes the usuals -- Hubbard Street, River North, Luna Negra, and Merce Cunningham. But we've also got Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and Chicago Dance Crash.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-05/323.th_.th_.op_.WillEnoNEW2.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 373px; height: 250px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. An interview with <em>The Vibrator Play</em> director </strong></span></span>Sandy Shinner reveals some historical fun facts about the true story behind women being treated for hysteria. Bonus points to an amazing question on <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/sandy-shinner-director-of-in-the-next-room-or-the,61088/">behalf of <em>The A.V. Club</em></a>: &nbsp;"And since vibrators require electricity of some kind, does the play also address the dawning modern age?"</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Will Eno, the beloved writer of <em>Middletown</em></strong></span></span>, is part of a <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/five-playwrights-named-in-signature-theater-initiative-to-stage-new-works/?smid=tw-nytimesarts&amp;seid=auto">new residency program</a> at Signature Theater Initiative. It grants each writer three productions over five years,&nbsp;$50,000, stipends to help pay for all that theater, and health insurance.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-19/daily-rehearsal-will-eno-gets-big-chunk-cash-92158 Daily Rehearsal: 'Yo Joe!' brings a favorite figure to theater http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-09/daily-rehearsal-yo-joe-brings-favorite-figure-theater-91746 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/joeposter.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-09/joeposter.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 305px; height: 250px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Yo Joe! A Real American Hip Hop Musical </em>opens tonight</strong></span></span> at Chemically Imbalanced Theater.&nbsp;Anyone who recognizes the call "Yo Joe!" will love this live stage parody of the long-running cartoon (and toy) franchise. It's a hilarious face-off between good and evil which includes an original, incredibly catchy, hip-hop musical score!," says the press release. I don't recognize that call, but that doesn't mean much, as I didn't play with GI Joe's.&nbsp;Book, lyrics and music written by Jay Gish, who has some background in cartoons via the theater. Hear from the creators of the show on this <a href="http://whatsonjoemind.podbean.com/2011/09/01/episode-19-whats-on-joe-mind/">we-love-GI-joe fan website</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Tonight at 7:00, and Sunday at 5:30</strong></span></span> are your last chances to check out <a href="https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=250504524972009"><em>Bedbugs </em></a>from the Harlotry &amp; Necromancy Appreciation Society at Chicago Fringe. Bedbugs is the first long-form piece from HNAS, who've thus far done mostly shorter pieces of clowning. Part-bedtime story, part-trip to the circus, this will probably be a feel-good time with a bit of edge. Oh forget me, just watch Aileen talk about it below.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uiQGbIB7Sw0" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Want to go old-school with the Second City?</strong></span></span> Check out <a href="http://www.secondcity.com/media/mediaplayerfull/41/0/">this video</a> from 1961 where some of what I assume were the company's best play wannabe football players at the University of Chicago. Pretty cute, even if the humor doesn't translate.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. The Ephron sisters (that's Nora and Delia) </strong></span></span>are bringing their hit <em>Love, Loss, and What I Wore</em> to Chicago. The show has been expanded by the Ephron's from a book by Ilene Beckerman, and they flushed it out with stories from their friends and family. <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/7520273-421/love-loss-and-what-i-wore-explores-why-our-fashion-choices-reflect-so-much-emotional.html">A conversation with the sisters</a> seems to have&nbsp;inspired Hedy Weiss to chime in with <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/7520274-421/story.html">her own thoughts</a> on how what she's worn speaks about her life. Fun facts: She's never worn jeans, and has only a few pairs of rarely worn pants.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Comedian Brian Posehn</strong></span></span> is at <a href="http://www.cubbybear.com/">The Cubby Bear </a>Saturday night, which might seem like a strange venue. Last time, "I had a great experience," Posehn said. "I had a local Chicago guy and a friend of mine, Dan Telfer, open up for me, and we had a great time. I’ve had fans online go, 'Why are you going back to that place?' I’ve got the metal fans and the alternative comedy fans, and it’s not really a place they go to. But I had a great time judging it from the first time I played there." Posehn also <a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/events/article/q-and-a-brian/2807266/content">explains to Metromix</a> about the craziness involved in performing for Juggalos. Wrigleyville is bound to be a calmer scene, right?</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-09/daily-rehearsal-yo-joe-brings-favorite-figure-theater-91746 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