WBEZ | NEXT UP http://www.wbez.org/tags/next-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Snatch half price tickets to 'Kinky Boots' while you can http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-snatch-half-price-tickets-kinky-boots-while-you-can <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kinky.jpg" style="float: left; height: 187px; width: 280px; " title="'Kinky Boots'" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Hot Tix has half-price tickets to <em>Kinky Boots</em></strong></span></span> performances this week, which means they&#39;re running about <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/070048D2E3C63E0B?brand=hottix">$40 to $50</a>. Enter &quot;HOTTIX&quot; to get the deal.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Steppenwolf has announced</strong></span></span> that tickets for Next Up 2013 go on sale March 29, 2013. The set of plays will run May 28 to June 16 in the Steppenwlf Garage; productions include&nbsp;<em>The Drunken City b</em>y Adam Bock and directed by Johnny Michael DiResta;&nbsp;<em>The Internationalist b</em>y Anne Washburn, directed by Erin Murray; and &nbsp;Neil LaBute&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Fat Pig</em>, directed by David Prete.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;They&#39;re also extending</strong></span></span>&nbsp;<em>Good People</em>&nbsp;for five performances; it now closes Saturday, November 17.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto: kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-snatch-half-price-tickets-kinky-boots-while-you-can Daily Rehearsal: 'Hamlet', round one thousand http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-hamlet-round-one-thousand-98750 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. The latest <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15327496/ethan-dubin-performer-of-the-week"><em>TimeOut </em>Performer of the Week </a></strong></span></span>is none other than friend of this blog writer, Ethan Dubin. On a note that's less biased and more applicable to the community at large, really digging Oliver Sava's choice to highlight performers who usually don't get their due. Dubin is currently starring in&nbsp;<em>Sixty Miles to Silver Lake</em>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.collaboraction.org/" title="Collaboraction">Collaboraction</a>, which, before you ask, I have not gotten to yet.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;Next Up&nbsp;from Steppenwolf (with Northwestern)</strong></span></span> starts in June. This year's three productions are<em>&nbsp;Life and Limb</em> by Keith Reddin; <em>South of Settling</em> by Emily Schwend; and <em>The Glass Menagerie</em>.&nbsp;“In the Garage Theatre, Steppenwolf sets out to cultivate young artists and multigenerational audiences. Next Up offers a unique way for us to do this—in concert with theater’s roots as a guild-based craft in which emerging artists learn from experienced practitioners,” said Steppenwolf Artistic Producer Rebecca Rugg in a statement&nbsp;“For Steppenwolf, this project is a natural extension of a strong association with local universities, whose stream of graduates continually feeds Chicago’s vibrant theater ecology.”</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/writers%20hamlet.jpg" style="float: right; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The latest <em>Hamlet </em></strong></span></span>comes from&nbsp;Writers’ Theatre, with the lead role going to&nbsp;Scott Parkinson.&nbsp;Of course, this doesn't open until September, so you have a nice, long, non-depressing summer before you have to gird your loins. This one is directed by Michael Halberstam "on the most intimate of stages", though anyone who saw <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/daily-rehearsal-trib-redesigns-their-theater-section-88824"><em>Hamlet </em>at the Oracle</a> last year might disagree.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Some show closings this weekend:&nbsp;</strong></span></span><em>As You Like It (A New Adaptation)&nbsp;</em>from&nbsp;Strangeloop Theatre;<em>&nbsp;Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed</em>&nbsp;from Lifeline;&nbsp;<em>Beyond the Fringe</em> from Oak Park Festival Theatre and&nbsp;<em>Doubt</em>&nbsp;at AstonRep Theatre.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Second City's<em> Who Do We Think We Are?</em></strong></span></span> got a much <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/second-citys-who-do-we-think-we-are,73256/">more positive review</a> from <em>The A.V. Club</em>'s New Pollution than I recall it receiving from some of the other outlets.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 02 May 2012 16:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-hamlet-round-one-thousand-98750 Daily Rehearsal: NEXT UP line-up has been announced http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-02/daily-rehearsal-next-line-has-been-announced-96910 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-02/holy fuck.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-02/holy fuck.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 194px; height: 300px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. It's the Best of Holy F**k at the Annoyance</strong></span></span>, after ten months of comedy performances. March 14 at 10 pm -- but this time, tickets are $10, not free. Who might you see?&nbsp;Amanda Blake Davis,&nbsp;Andrew Tischer,&nbsp;Barry Hite,&nbsp;Chelsea Devantez,&nbsp;Conner O'Malley,&nbsp;Hans Holsen,&nbsp;Jo Scott,&nbsp;Kellen Alexander,&nbsp;Steph Cook,&nbsp;Timmy Mayse and&nbsp;Tim Paul.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Steppenwolf's 2nd annual NEXT UP</strong></span></span> rotating repertory has been announced:&nbsp;<em>Life and Limb </em>by Keith Reddin, directed by Emily Campbell; <em>South of Settling</em> by Emily Schwend, directed by Adam Goldstein; and <em>The Glass Menagerie </em>by Tennessee Williams, directed by Laley Lippard. As you may recall, this is in partnership with Northwestern. They sound...serious.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Do you want a movie theater in your home? </strong></span></span>Of course you do! If you get one, make it <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204520204577249423718181572.html?mod=wsj_share_tweet">look like Brett Ratner's</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Mercury Theater will host <em>Freud's Last Session</em></strong></span></span> in previews March 21. What happened during this session, I want to know. Also, it is apparently the longest running on and off-Broadway show ever?</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. I love <em>A&nbsp;Midsummer's Nights Dream</em></strong></span></span>, but it can be very complicated. Luckily, it's up at Chicago Shakes and Ada went to see it. "Just remind the kids that there is some kissing in it," <a href="http://adagrey.blogspot.com/2012/02/review-of-midsummer-nights-dream-at.html">she warns</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-02/daily-rehearsal-next-line-has-been-announced-96910 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 5/31 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-31/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-531-87222 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-31/Animals-1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-31/Animals-1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" title="'Animals Out of Paper' (Photo by Michael Brosilow"></p><p>1. Steppenwolf's NEXT UP reperatory begins with three separate productions, <em>Animals Out of Paper</em>, <em>Where We're Born</em>, and <em>Venus</em> showcasing a "next generation of artists."&nbsp; <a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/_pdf/nextup_program_FINAL.pdf">The program</a>&nbsp;reveals a lovely look into the background of the people and projects, which are done in conjunction with Northwestern University's MFA students. The rotation starts tonight with <em>Animals Out of Paper</em> at 8 pm; expect to see both new and old faces to Steppenwolf.</p><p>2. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/ct-ae-0529-keith-huff-20110527,0,6751299,full.story">Nina Metz talks to Keith Huff</a> about his new play <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-23/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-523-86900"><em>The Detective's Wife</em></a>. Huff gained widespread acclaim for his last work, <em>A Steady Rain</em>. He's also got his hands in movie and television projects you may have heard of, like <em>Mad Men</em> and the James Bond series.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-31/Big Love Homepage.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" title=""></p><p>3.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com/shows.php?s=44" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><em>Big Love</em></a>&nbsp;opened this weekend at the Royal George Theatre, but it's not quite the same thing you've seen on HBO. The show, presented by Chicago Fusion Theater, chronicles fifty Greek brides who are followed by their male cousins to an Italian villa where they have attempted to escape marriage. It's incredibly violent, but somehow manages to remain a comedy. The show, written by Charles L. Mee was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagomaroon.com/2010/3/5/big-love-gets-caught-in-bloody-bad-romance" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">seen at the University of Chicago</a>&nbsp;last year.</p><p>4. <a href="http://www.dreamtheatrecompany.com/Ismene.html"><em>Ismene </em></a>is running at Dream Theatre through this weekend, and is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-24/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-524-86964">yet another</a> in the rash of Greek tragedies we've seen cropping up around Chicago stages of late. The production was given four-stars by TimeOut, and it's part of The Ismene Project, which aims to support breast cancer through awareness and raising funds.</p><p>5. And looking ahead: the first annual <a href="http://www.eyeonindia.com/chicago/">Eye on India</a>&nbsp;festival runs from July 8 to the 15 in Millennium Park. It celebrates Indian culture through theater, dance, music, food, literature, film, exercise and visual arts. Look forward to July 15, when the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust performs <i><a href="http://www.eyeonindia.com/chicago/events.php?cat=3">Transposition</a>.</i></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Tue, 31 May 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-31/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-531-87222