WBEZ | Paramount Theatre http://www.wbez.org/tags/paramount-theatre Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: 'Unspeakable' postponed until spring http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-unspeakable-postponed-until-spring-102415 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.theatreseven.org">Theatre Seven&#39;s</a> announced that their full 2012-13 </strong></span></span>season will include <em>American Storm</em>, <em>Blacktop Sky</em> (which will also be in Steppenwolf&#39;s Garage Rep), Johnny and <em>Unwilling and Hostile Instruments</em>: 100 Years of Extraordinary Chicago Women. That last one sounds like a doozy; it&#39;s described as <b>&quot;</b>a collection of seven new plays by some of the industry&rsquo;s most talented playwrights and directors.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Look at this photo of <em>Grease </em></strong></span></span>at the Paramount:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/PT%20Grease_3.jpg" style="height: 430px; width: 620px; " title="The cast of 'Grease.' (Photo by Liz Lauren)" /></div><p>My seven year old heart is swelling right now. The musical opened this week.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;Due to major funding that did not come through</strong></span></span>, the production of <em>Unspeakable</em>, which was scheduled to start performances at the Royal George Theatre Oct. 16, has been postponed until the spring. More details to come. Refunds available at point of purchase&quot; says the press release I received today. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-isaiah-washington-cast-friend-richard-pryor-101174">Remember <em>Unspeakable</em></a>? It was the one about Richard Pryor and featured actor Isaiah Washington.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-unspeakable-postponed-until-spring-102415 Daily Rehearsal: Starkid Starkid's again http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-23/daily-rehearsal-starkid-starkids-again-96649 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-23/starkid new copy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Woody Allen might</strong></span></span> be one of the few who can just start a show on Broadway, with no out of town tryout. He's set to bring the stage version of his 1994 movie <em>Bullets over Broadwa</em>y, <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/allen-taking-bullets-over-broadway-to-broadway/">reports<em> the New York Times</em></a>. And they remind us, in case you've forgetten, that his <em>Midnight in Paris</em> is up for several Oscars this Sunday. (Though I guess if it hadn't opened on Broadway that's be a bit awkward.)</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Team STARKID is at it <a href="http://chicago.broadwayworld.com/article/Team-StarKid-Announces-HOLY-MUSICAL-BMAN-for-March-20120223">again</a></strong></span></span>; they've have&nbsp;<em>HOLY&nbsp;MUSICAL B@MAN!</em> at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted in Boystown. It opens in previews March 16. They still like their superheroes, they do: "Holy Musical B@man! features the world's most beloved superheroes and be-loathed villains&nbsp;in a way they were never meant to be seen - singing and dancing! After witnessing the murder&nbsp;of his parents, a young billionaire makes a solemn vow to dress up like a bat and wage a oneman war on crime! But when this solitary savior realizes that 'one' is the loneliest number to&nbsp;wage a war with, he'll set out on a musical adventure to rescue the city - and find a super&nbsp;friend."</p><p style="text-align: left; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aPLeg4Huh-M" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Paramount Theatre has released their 2012-13 line-up</strong></span></span>. What to expect? <em>Grease</em>, <em>Annie</em>, <em>The Music Man</em> and <em>Fiddler on the Roof</em>. So, nothing shocking, but that's how they do. <em>Grease </em>starts in September, and Executive Director Tim Rater says&nbsp;"While we will continue to challenge ourselves to raise the bar artistically in season two, we are committed to offering subscribers the same deal at the same price as our introductory offer in season one." And two of these shows will have the same director; Rachel Rockwell is behind the helm of <em>Annie </em>and <em>The Music Man.</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Profiles Theater has extended <em>Bachelorette </em></strong></span></span>to a nice and hearty April 29.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. And <em>Million Dollar Quartet</em> </strong></span></span>-- which is in it's FOURTH year in Chicago -- will go on until September 2, 2012. Don't wait until Labor Day.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-23/daily-rehearsal-starkid-starkids-again-96649 Daily Rehearsal: You won't have to go south to see Southern Fried Chicks http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-16/daily-rehearsal-you-wont-have-go-south-see-southern-fried-chicks-96 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-16/chicks-bucket.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Ben Bailey</strong></span></span>, the non-Chicago host of <em>Cash Cab</em>&nbsp;is in town for the opening of UP. He did an interview <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/ben-bailey,69416">with <em>The A.V. Club</em></a>, but does not address whether or not&nbsp;there will be a Sharks v. Jets style street battle with <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/television/8579723-421/end-of-the-road-for-cash-cab-chicago.html">former </a>Chicago Cash Cab host Beth&nbsp;Melewski.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;<em>Cabaret with a View</em> is at Millenium Park</strong></span></span> on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. will have&nbsp;Paul Oakley Stovall and Brad Simmons in “The Next Best Thing to Love.” Stovall is currently in <em>Invisible Man</em> at Court; Simmons was the musical director of<em> Lysistrata Jones</em> and was in <em>Camp</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-16/chicks-bucket.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 194px; height: 200px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Paramount Theatre brings Southern Fried Chicks</strong></span></span> ("the top-grossing all-female comedy tour on the road today" on March 3 ONLY. Expect female comics.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. A long time from now</strong></span></span> (but it's really scary, so be careful to pay attention) the Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl will spread its wrath all over Chicago for the fifth year in a row! Yes, people have been doing this for five years. <font face="Arial, sans-serif" size="2"><span style="line-height: 14px;">Registration starts March 1, and costs $20.</span></font><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 110%; ">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="xmsonormal"><span style="line-height: 110%;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5.&nbsp;Chicago Opera Theater has a new ticket program</strong></span></span> where they'll sell 100 tickets to each performance of their shows for $25 (limit two per household). It's called 100@25, and are first-come, first-serve.&nbsp;“I think it’s important that everyone gets to enjoy Chicago Opera Theater, and not just back in the ‘cheap seats,’” said General Director Brian Dickie in a statement.&nbsp; “Part of our mission has always been to make opera accessible, and 100@25 just expands our reach into the community.”</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-16/daily-rehearsal-you-wont-have-go-south-see-southern-fried-chicks-96 Daily Rehearsal: Strawdog finds a new managing director http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-22/daily-rehearsal-strawdog-finds-new-managing-director-92332 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-22/patrick r.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. An extensive review of <em>Clybourne Park</em> </strong></span></span>reveals much less of this particular production, and more of the complexities of the play itself. Zac Thompson <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/clybourne-park-at-steppenwolf-theatre-company/Content?oid=4668963">does write that</a>, "The second act of&nbsp;<i>Clybourne Park</i>&nbsp;lacks the emotional depth that the specter of the lost son gives to the first. Still, this uncompromising, often bitterly funny play makes a convincing case that the happy ending of racial integration is still far off."</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-22/patrick r.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 303px; height: 300px; " title="Patrick Rybarczyk"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Strawdog has hired Patrick Rybarczyk </strong></span></span>as their new managing director; he replaces Hank Boland, who left to get a graduate degree in playwrighting, but still performs with the group. Rybarczyk&nbsp;has worked at a bevy of impressive Chicago theaters, such as Court, Chicago Shakes, the Goodman, and Drury Lane Water Tower, but in recent years, he's been working at <a href="http://www.urbangateways.org/">Urban Gateways</a>, a youth arts education center. That explains his statement that it's&nbsp;"with great enthusiasm that I return to a more active role in the Chicago theatre scene." Boland's comment: "It's been a long two years at Strawdog, with lots of changes, but we've got the right people in the right positions to lead the company in the right direction."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The future is now</strong></span></span>, in that there's the first review of the work of Stephen Schwartz is the show <a href="http://www.northlight.org/pages/snapshots/170.php"><em>Snapshots</em></a>, opening at Northlight this weekend. This is not your usual review, and even Chris Jones <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/ct-ott-0923-jones-loop-20110922,0,694446.story">remarks </a>on the puzzling direction it's taking: "Before I talked with Stern and Schwartz, I thought they were using the Schwartz songs, as they were originally written, in a new story, which is unusual enough. I did not realize that, in some cases, they are also going to use different lyrics. In other words, you'll hear the melody to, say, 'Popular' from <em>Wicked</em>, but you won't necessarily hear all the expected lyrics."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Party with <a href="http://www.collaboraction.org">Collaboraction</a></strong></span></span>, on not one but two events. Their 2nd Annual Fashion Mash is October 8, and their Beggars' Banquet is the following week on the 15. The difference? One's more of a party, the other is a party-fundraiser. The Fashion Mash will have DJs, dancing and performances, as well as a catwalk. The Banquet is chaired by Founding Company Member Sandra Delgado, and a ticket is $100, and there's <em>food</em>. Also did you know Collaboraction has a mission "to be Wicker Park's artistic hub for the performing arts"? I did not.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <a href="http://www.blasttheshow.com/"><em>Blast!</em></a> comes to the Paramount Theatre</strong></span></span>, breaking down the boundaries between music and theater. You'll see something I'm imagining as <em>Stomp!</em>, with more than just drums. And "As artistic director Mason observed:&nbsp;Nothing has ever been staged like this before. We’re truly creating a new musical genre with&nbsp;<em>Blast!'"</em>&nbsp;No sign as to whether Mason is his first or last or only name, but I believe him. Two shows only, starting October 15.</p><p class="BasicParagraph" style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; "><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-22/daily-rehearsal-strawdog-finds-new-managing-director-92332 Daily Rehearsal: 'My Fair Lady' cast is announced http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-20/daily-rehearsal-my-fair-lady-cast-announced-89397 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-20/myfairlady.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Our fave Chi Theater Addict Bob Bullen&nbsp;<a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/07/19/chicago-shakes-follies-casting-partly-announced-where-are-the-chicago-actors/">has some thoughts</a> on the<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-19/daily-rehearsal-timeline-produce-jon-conroys-my-kind-town-89335"> recently announced <em>Follies </em>casting</a></strong></span></span>, and he's not super happy with Chicago Shakespeare's dependence on "outside talent" (outside Chicago that is). "Yes, the supporting cast and ensembles in these shows are mostly made up of local talent (woot for Resnik singing 'I’m Still Here' — a song I’m sure she’ll make into the full-out showstopper that it is), but why the reliance on non-local talent to star in these high-profile Sondheim shows?" he asks. "Are there no other actors in the city whom we can trust to star in major productions of musical comedies? Seriously?" SERIOUSLY GUYS.</p><p><sup><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-20/myfairlady.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="(Photo by Brett Beiner)"></sup><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Bob Bullen can't complain about the <a href="http://www.paramountaurora.com/">Paramount Theatre</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;not sending their love to local actors; they've<a href="http://www.paramountaurora.com/">&nbsp;</a>announced the cast of <em>My Fair Lady</em>, and it's Chicago-actor heavy.<em>&nbsp;</em>Eliza Dolittle is played by&nbsp;Andrea Prestinario (Jeff Award winner) and Henry Higgins is taken on by Nathan M. Hosner, with a full cast of other locals. This is the first of Paramount's attempts at a Broadway musical, and will include a full orchestra. Also not to be weird, but don't Prestinario and Hosner look a little related?</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Speaking of look alikes in productions:&nbsp;</strong></span></span>&nbsp;TimeOut has&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/dance/14861315/dance-usa-showcase-at-the-mca-photo-gallery" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">photos&nbsp;</a>of the Dance/USA Showcase at the MCA Stage.&nbsp;<em>Sharks Before Drowning</em>, a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-02/working-weekend-critics-picks-63-65-87333" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Laura Molzahn pick</a>, seems to have used the similarities oftheir dancers aesthetics for their benefit.</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. I've been waiting for the internet version of <em>Chicago Magazine</em>'s</strong></span></span> Best of 2011 issue to come out, so I could do more than just reference their&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/August-2011/Best-of-Chicago-2011-Theatre/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Best of Theater article</a>&nbsp;and actually&nbsp;<em>cite my sources</em>. Their rundown:</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">Best Theater Company - TimeLine,&nbsp;Best Play -&nbsp;<em>A Twist of Water,&nbsp;</em>Best Director - Dexter Bullard,&nbsp;Best Actor - Nick Sandys,&nbsp;Best Actress - Ora Jones and&nbsp;Best Musical -&nbsp;<em>Working</em>.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">What say you?</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5. <em>5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche</em> has been extended</span></strong></span> through August 13. This generally ridiculous production manages to pull together fears of nuclear eradication due to the Cold War, love of quiche, and of course, lesbians, into a semblance of something that makes sense and is completely hilarious.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-20/daily-rehearsal-my-fair-lady-cast-announced-89397 Daily Rehearsal: Sienna Miller spotted at 'Chinglish' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-28/daily-rehearsal-sienna-miller-spotted-chinglish-88442 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-28/105099446.jpg" alt="" /><p><p> <style type="text/css"> p { font-size:10pt} #s1 {font-size:13pt; color:#494646; font-family:georgia}</style> </p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-28/105099446.jpg" style="width: 185px; height: 300px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title="Sienna Miller at the British Film Festival in 2010 (Getty/Pascal Le Segretain)"><span id="s1">1. Spotted: Sienna Miller at <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-24/chinglish-makes-comedy-out-cultural-confusion-88301"><em>Chinglish </em></a>last night</span> with an unidentified man. It appears that she's<a href="http://www.onlocationvacations.com/2011/06/14/sienna-miller-begins-filming-just-like-a-woman-in-chicago-on-june-20/"> in Chicago working</a> on the independent film <em>Just Like a Woman</em>, in which she plays&nbsp;a Chicago housewife who travels to Las Vegas to be in a belly dancing competition.&nbsp;Miller herself is no stranger to the stage, though her work has largely been confined to her native Britain; she was most recently seen in&nbsp;<em>Flare Path</em>, in a <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/8380218/Flare-Path-Theatre-Royal-Haymarket-review.html">performance that was reviewed</a> far better than her take on the role of Celia in <em>As You Like It</em>. Miller made her Broadway debut, however, in <em>After Miss Julie </em>in 2009. Of her performance, Times critic&nbsp;<a href="http://theater.nytimes.com/2009/10/23/theater/reviews/23after.html">Ben Brantley </a>said,&nbsp;"Ms. Miller registers as a healthy, sane young woman with good diction, good posture and great legs. Commendable as these attributes are, they are of limited use in portraying a tautly wound, death-courting neurotic who is eaten alive by her own demons."</p><p><em>Update:</em> It appears said undentified man was in fact British actor Tom Sturridge, also of the acting profession, who was told by an older gentleman, "You look like you're going through your Kerouac phase, what with the beard and the flannel shirt. It's all right, we all go through at some point."</p><p><span id="s1">2. The Paramount Theatre in Aurora has announced</span> that they have signed up 9,400 subscribers for their first Broadway Subscription Series last March. As <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-25/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-525-87013">previously reported</a>, this is the first year they're doing for Broadway shows that are all self-produced in house. A ticket to all four shows is $70, which the Theater is billing as equal to the cost of one Loop production.</p><p><span id="s1">3. Teatro Vista has had a particularly exciting year;</span> they've been nominated for a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-01/teatro-vista-new-york-and-chicago-honors-84628">variety of awards</a>, and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-20/dueling-critics-teatro-vista-takes-race-and-immigration-freedom-ny-86816">gifted with generally positive reviews</a>&nbsp; for their productions of <em>Freedom, NY</em> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-13/no-stereotype-zone-christina-nieves-tanya-sarachos-el-nogalar-85139">and<em> El Nogalar</em></a>, and they're planning to celebrate it with a 21st birthday celebration on July 30 at the National Museum of Mexican Art. A ticket will grant you a preview of their 2011-12 season as well as access to the museum exhibits.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-28/188019_193468894034143_510566_n.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 259px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span id="s1">4. We're right in the middle of the run of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193468894034143"><em>The Hobo Robo New Comedy Festival 3: Hobos in Space</em></a>,</span> which started Monday, and continues through Wednesday night.&nbsp;Their Summer Sci-Fi comedy series is made up of 10 minute comedy shorts at the Oracle Theatre, which will be performed in competition with each other. The winning piece is decided by the audience, and the writer and director of said production will get $100.</p><p><span id="s1">5. Though the courts usually deliver the real life theater</span> we seem to crave, when the Blagojevich verdict came down yesterday, the theatrics were unfortunately few and far between. The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/politicians-react-blagojevich-verdict-88411">reactions of Illinois politicians</a> were the only real entertainment; many used the occasion to throw barbs at one another. The Governor is expected to appeal the conviction, so <em>luckily </em>we have years more to watch as this all continues to drag out.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-28/daily-rehearsal-sienna-miller-spotted-chinglish-88442 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