WBEZ | en route http://www.wbez.org/tags/en-route Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: 'en route' extended, selling out along the way http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-12/daily-rehearsal-en-route-extended-selling-out-along-way-90546 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Unfortunately, our deep look into the world of Britney Spears</strong></span></span> this week apparently wasn't. Deep, that is. According to<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/08/12/britney-spears-and-the-search-for-meaning"> Sam Worley of the Reader</a>, "The first hour-plus of the event was characterized by a rambling reading of Spears’s bio, some technical difficulties, irritating interjections from the crowd...and at least one misplaced 'virgin/whore' reference."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. There's a <a href="http://findlocal.chicagotribune.com/listings/the-moth-standing-up-chicago">special performance of The Moth</a></strong></span></span> tonight at the Chicago History Museum. It's "a night of storytelling inspirited by the film <em>The Help</em> [that]<em>&nbsp;</em>features local high school students trained by The Moth's team."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>en route</em> extended its run</strong></span></span> and <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/krisvire/status/102038086367719425">sold out tickets today in 45 minutes</a>, though it had opened yesterday for those on the waitlist. That's speedy man. The show will be extended through September 17. Why the hustle? Remember, the show has a very small list of people who can see it at a time, because of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/critics-theater-picks-78-712-88822">its unusual format</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <a href="http://chicagoplays.com/">Chicago Plays</a> is having <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/LoCTindustry/status/102102202025394177">an open house today</a></strong></span></span> (right now?) at the League of Chicago Theatres. I really wish I had more information about this, but I don't.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. The beginning of September won't be too bad</strong></span></span>; the <a href="http://chicagofringe.org/pilsen2011_shows_name.php">Chicago Fringe Festival</a> has announced their line-up, with plays titled things like <em>Mama Juggs</em>, <em>Miss Fortune</em>, <em>Nearly Naked</em> and <em>Seeing Red</em>. Maybe they all are in this together with the names that sound like other things? The festival runs from September 1 to 11. And remember <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2011-08-08/daily-rehearsal-tim-j-macmillan-bikes-theater-90252">Tim MacMillan</a>? He'll be there with his play.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 20:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-12/daily-rehearsal-en-route-extended-selling-out-along-way-90546 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 7/23/11: The Al Fresco edition http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-26/paper-machete-radio-magazine-72311-al-fresco-edition-89658 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-28/kris vire.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-28/kris vire.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; " title="Theater critic Kris Vire (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><p>It was a thousand degrees in Chicago during this week's <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/"><em>The Paper Machete</em></a> episode, so why not celebrate the outdoors? TimeOut's <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater">Kris Vire</a> comments on <em>en route</em>, the new Chicago play with more walking than one might normally expect.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-22/paper-machete-interview-learning-nothing-about-oprah-julienne-bilke">Julienne Bilker</a> talks about looking up Marilyn Monroe's skirt in downtown Chicago. Let's take it back, by digging into the archives and listening to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-01/opening-day-video-chicagos-1-cubs-fan-or-least-drunkest-84624">Kate James</a> with a sports report about the infamous drunk Cubs fan. And as you're leaving, <a href="http://goodevening.bandcamp.com/track/the-blues">Good Evening</a> will serenade you. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483577-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-07-23-thepapermachete-radio-mag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This weekend's line-up includes an original play entitled Radio Play from <a href="http://www.thefactorytheater.com/">The Factory Theater</a> that takes place at Lollapalooza, slam poet <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mental-Graffiti/42614196497">John Paul Davis</a> finally talks about Amy Winehouse, <a href="http://www.secondcity.com/training/chicago/faculty/detail/1403/">Brooke Breit</a> of Second City whines about the Netflix price hike, and sketch comedy duo <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AggieandIrene">Irene Marquette&nbsp;and Aggie Hewitt</a> go on about Elizabeth Smart's new television gig. iO's <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/performers/825">Conner O’Malley</a> and Scott Levy from <a href="http://www.bestchurchofgod.org/.god/">Best Church of God</a> will also be there. But come for what you don't know will happen, which will be a lot.</p></p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-26/paper-machete-radio-magazine-72311-al-fresco-edition-89658 Critics theater picks for 7/8-7/12 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/critics-theater-picks-78-712-88822 <p><p><u><strong>Kelly Kleiman</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/LETTERS-PIC-Kevin-522x800.jpg" style="width: 261px; height: 400px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; " title=""><span>It's verisimilitude weekend, apparently: Theater on the Lake is presenting Griffin Theatre's&nbsp;<a href="http://griffintheatre.com/national-touring-production-of-letters-home-comes-home-to-chicago/"><strong><span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Letters Home</span></strong></a>, a collage of letters to and from soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Originally staged&nbsp;in 2007 (which reminds us just exactly how long these wars have gone on), the production is&nbsp;paying a flying visit home before continuing its national tour which this fall range from Florida to&nbsp;Oregon. <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Letters Home</span>'s performance in Dallas on Veterans' Day will be presented on CBS Radio; but you can see it live tonight through Sunday at Theater on the Lake, Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive;&nbsp;tickets are $17.<br> <br> But not all ripped-from-the-headlines theater is serious. Indeed, what could be funnier than a&nbsp;play about corrupt Chicago politicians and the reporters who are wise to them? Timeline Theatre&nbsp;is betting that the answer is, "a conversation about corrupt Chicago politicians by the reporters&nbsp;who are wise to them." Following this Sunday's 2 p.m. matinee of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-05/daily-rehearsal-boss-casts-locally-88731"><strong><span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">The Front Page</span></strong></a>, the theater&nbsp;presents a panel of journalists discussing the Blagojevich scandal, trial, verdict, retrial and&nbsp;verdict. (Don't worry, there's a time limit of one hour.) "Exclusive! Chicago's Top Reporters on <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">The Front Page</span>: Same Story, Different Century" is free and will begin at about 4:30; tickets to the performance are $42.&nbsp; Timeline is at 615 West Wellington in Lakeview.</span></p><p><u><strong>Laura Molzahn</strong></u></p><p>Take a walk on the wild side with <strong><em><a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,62,10">en route</a></em></strong>, a tour of the city&nbsp;that opens—OK, it’s not this weekend, it’s next Tuesday. But it’s something you may not want to miss—apparently it goes way above and beyond bored and boring tour-guide drivel. <a href="http://www.onestepatatimelikethis.com/">Five Melbourne-based theater artists</a> devised the piece for Chicago, so no one knows what will happen here. But reviewers went wild over similar excursions in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Edinburgh, calling the experience totally enthralling, revelatory, exuberant, breathtaking. Apparently words fail. Though <em>en route&nbsp;</em>is media-savvy—people will be squinting at text messages and preoccupied with MP3 players, as usual—the company aims to counteract city-induced isolation by provoking engagement. Including with other people!</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/Natya_1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 367px; " title=""></p><p>The <strong><a href="http://www.eyeonindia.com/chicago/">Eye on India Festival</a></strong> opens Friday with a <a href="http://www.harristheaterchicago.org/calendar/performance?id=3754&amp;mos=7">one-night-only performance at the Harris</a> by Indian classical violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam—and Chicago’s <a href="http://www.natya.com/">Natya Dance Theatre</a> and Chicago Children’s Choir. Among the selections they’ll perform are two from <em>Sita Ram</em>, which some might remember as Lookingglass Theatre’s exhilarating 2006 musical-comedy-meets-Indian-myth production with Natya and CCC. An impressive piece of storytelling and pageantry, it’s just one of the valiant efforts Natya has made to bridge the gap between East and West.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 14:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/critics-theater-picks-78-712-88822 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 5/25 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-25/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-525-87013 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-25/photo Lois Greenfield.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>1. <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/05/chi-shakes-to-host-australias-one-step-at-a-time-like-this.html">Chris Jones reports</a> on Chicago Shakespeare Theater's&nbsp;<em>en route</em> by One Step at a Time Like This, a group from Melbourne who specializes in city-specific performances. The most interesting detail is actually from the press release: "<em>en route&nbsp;</em>incorporates audio tracks, cell phone communication, text messaging, downtown thoroughfares, hotel lobbies, passers-by, cafés&nbsp;and the occasional brush with the artists." It all starts with a text message sent to participants instructing them where to go, all on borrowed Motorola smartphones. It's definitely a creative&nbsp;<a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/05/24/en-route-a-pedestrian-based-live-art-experience-comes-to-chicago-in-july/#more-9284">way to market</a>, presented by the Chicago Office of Tourism.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-25/MOTHER BEAR by Jayme McGhan from Mortar Theatre Company.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 217px; " title=""></p><p>2. Mortar Theatre has the world premiere of <a href="http://mortartheatrecompany.org/season-2/mother-bear/"><em>Mother Bear</em></a> by&nbsp;Jayme McGhan at the&nbsp;Athenaeum Theatre. It's about truckers and thugs and opens in previews tomorrow.</p><p>3. So many anniversaries!&nbsp;<a href="http://propthtr.blogspot.com/2011/04/arizona-no-roosters-in-desert.html"><em>Arizona: Roosters in the Desert</em></a> is at <a href="http://www.propthtr.org/">Prop Thtr</a> for its 30th, and they're calling it the highlight of the year. You'll see "four women trek the desert toward the American dream," but it closes on Sunday.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" height="275" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-25/photo Lois Greenfield.jpg" title="(Photo by Lois Greenfield)" width="450"></p><p>4.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aspensantafeballet.com/performance_calendar/joyce_season.php" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none; ">Aspen Santa Fe Ballet</a>&nbsp;was in Chicago last night as part of its 15th anniversary celebrations. The production premiered three pieces at the Harris Theater:&nbsp;Jirí Kylián's&nbsp;<em>Stamping Ground</em>, Jorma Elo's&nbsp;<em>Red Sweet</em>&nbsp;and Nicolo Fonte's&nbsp;<em>Where We Left Off.</em></p><p>5. And slightly outside of the Chicago jurisdiction; <a href="http://www.paramountaurora.com/">Paramount Theatre</a> in Aurora has just announced their 2011-12 season, and since it's their 80th anniversary, it looks more than impressive. The house has never self-produced, so this season will be an entirely new venture, presenting &nbsp;four Broadway musicals. It all starts on&nbsp;August 26 at 5 pm at the annual Season Kick-Off Party.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Wed, 25 May 2011 14:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-25/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-525-87013