WBEZ | Barbara Robertson http://www.wbez.org/tags/barbara-robertson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Don't-Miss List: A special Richard Pryor event http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-15/dont-miss-list-special-richard-pryor-event-94907 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-15/4182963569_35cb815190.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><p><strong><u>Kelly Kleiman</u></strong></p><p><span class="diffchange"><span><a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,64"><strong><em>Elizabeth Rex</em></strong></a>: The late Canadian novelist/playwright Timothy Findley teased every dramatic possibility out of the fact that Shakespeare's company performed for the mis-described Virgin Queen on the eve of the execution of her long-time lover Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex. The Queen is heartbroken over the beheading notwithstanding having ordered it herself, and she and the actors become locked in a competition over who is the greater performer of the role of man-dressed-as-woman. The gender-bending and feminism of the piece are right up director Barbara Gaines' alley, and Diane D'Aquila, who created the part at the Stratford Festival in Canade, hits every note and nuance in a performance so layered that my companion wondered whether Elizabeth was, in fact, being played by a man. Through January 22 at Chicago Shakespeare.</span></span></p><p><span class="diffchange"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-15/4182963569_35cb815190.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 250px; height: 250px; " title=""><span>Barbara Robertson is another woman who gives impeccable performances at Chicago Shakespeare, including an unforgettable turn as Kabuki Lady Macbeth, but on Monday night (the 19th) she'll be exercising a different part of her considerable talent, singing cabaret in a performance entitled "<a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/dca_tourism/Cabaret_with_a_View_Presents_Barbara_Robertson.html"><strong>Stages of My Life</strong></a>." It begins at 7:30 onstage at the Pritzker Pavilion, with tickets $25 if you want to sit at stage level and drink, $15 if you're willing to be parched in the choir balcony. It's a one-night stand, so don't put off 'til tomorrow what's only available today.</span></span></p><p><span class="diffchange"><span>A very different sort of one-night stand will play tomorrow (Friday): an industry reading of <strong><em>Unspeakable</em></strong>, a work-in-progress biographical show about Richard Pryor. Co-author James Murray Jackson, Jr. plays Pryor, a role for which he won an Outstanding Actor Award at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival. A number of other New York actors are participating in the reading, along with Chicagoans Wandachristine and Stef Tovar. The reading is free, but attendance is by confirmed reservation only. For reservations write to Unspeakablenyc@<span>mail</span>.com, providing your name, the number in your party and your industry affiliation. </span></span></p><p><strong>Laura Molzahn</strong></p><p>I’m running out of non-<em>Nutcracker&nbsp;</em>options here—but please don’t assume that the following shows aren’t worthy. No matter what the season, <a href="http://seechicagodance.com/reviews/#review_539">these artists promise good things</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-15/Khecari_photo_by_Dan_Merlo.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px; " title="Khecari"></p><p><a href="http://www.khecari.org/events.html">Khecari</a> deconstructs the fairytale (take that, <em>Nutcracker</em>!) in <strong><em>The Clinking</em></strong>, performed by Jonathan Meyer and Julia Rae Antonick—who are real-life as well as onstage partners. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist (and frequent player of inanimate objects) Joe St. Charles, Meyer and Antonick will heighten, not sugarcoat, the anxieties inherent in fairytales. <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/210471">Thursday and Friday at the Hamlin Park Field House.</a></p><p>And to rouse yourself from any and all sugar-induced slumbers, try <strong><a href="http://www.tsukasataiko.com/">Tsukasa Taiko at JASC</a></strong>, performing its eighth annual show <a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/performances/now/all/2011/743">at the MCA Saturday and Sunday</a>. Chicago’s leading Japanese drumming ensemble this year also features a collaboration with AACM jazz musicians Edward Wilkerson and Coco Elysses-Hevia as well as “stylized kimono dance.”&nbsp;</p></div></p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 10:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-15/dont-miss-list-special-richard-pryor-event-94907 Dueling Critics: Unravelling the mystery of 'The Detective’s Wife' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-03/dueling-critics-unravelling-mystery-detective%E2%80%99s-wife-87373 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-03/DC.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>Alice Conroy loves a good mystery. The North Side resident has figured out that all the hours she’s spent reading mystery novels amount to more than a decade. So when her detective husband is gunned down, Alice is primed to believe something fishy is going on.<br> <br> Barbara Robertson plays Alice Conroy in <a href="http://www.writerstheatre.org/boxoffice/production?id=0076" target="_blank"><em>The Detective’s Wife</em></a>. It is Keith Huff’s follow-up to his successful play <em>A Steady Rain</em>. To find out if this one-woman whodunit has moxie, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics" target="_blank"><em>Dueling Critics</em></a>, Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman.<br> <br> <em>The Detective’s Wife</em> plays at Writer’s Theatre in Glencoe through July 31.</p></p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 14:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-03/dueling-critics-unravelling-mystery-detective%E2%80%99s-wife-87373 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 6/2 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-02/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-62-87319 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-02/Bus-Stop-(Diner-Tales)-logo_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="271" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-02/Bus-Stop-%28Diner-Tales%29-logo_0.jpg" title="'Bus Stop' at Raven Theatre" width="400"></p><p>1. <a href="http://www.raventheatre.com/">Raven Theatre</a> has announced its <a href="http://www.raventheatre.com/2011-12-season">2011-12 season</a>, which they're calling "Truth." It'll include William Inge's <em>Bus Stop</em>, the world premier of Chicagoan Jon Steinhagen's play <em>Dating Walter Dante</em>, Arthur Miller's <em>The Price</em>, and Mark Harris' <em>Bang the Drum Slowly</em>, which has been adapted by Eric Simonson.</p><p>To start the annual season, there will be a benefit gala on August 5 called&nbsp;<em>Twenty-Nine, So Divine </em>(Get it? It's the 29th season) at the Swedish American Museum Gallery. The Edgewater based theater is opening <em>The Cherry Orchard</em> on June 5; Chekhov's play has been a popular one around Chicago this year, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-13/no-stereotype-zone-christina-nieves-tanya-sarachos-el-nogalar-85139">cropping up in<em> El Nogalar</em></a>, which moved it to Mexico.</p><p>2. The <a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/06/02/the-detectives-wife-at-writers-theatre-is-a-so-so-mystery-told-by-a-masterful-storyteller/">Chicago Theater Addict </a>is calling Barbara Robertson's performance in <em>The Detective's Wife</em>&nbsp;<u>the</u> reason to see this "ok" play. "Robertson is a masterful actress who has the uncanny ability to draw you in with a gravely whisper, a sly smirk, a twinkle of an eye that transforms into a tear," Bob Bullen says. "You are immediately drawn to her — which is helped by Writers’ incredibly intimate, 52-seat venue."</p><p>3. Of Margi Cole's project for Dance COLEctive members,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dancecolective.com/calendar.html"><em>COLEctive Notions</em></a>, <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/margi-cole-dance-colective/Content?oid=3966933">Laura Molzahn says</a>&nbsp;"Cole's touch for psychologically intriguing work was present in all of them." Check it out this weekend at Links Hall.</p><p>4. Your favorite grumpy dad from <em>Fraiser </em>is doing well at Northlight Theatre in <em>The Outgoing Tide</em>, with his old friend <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-20/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-520-86818">Rondi Reed</a>. That's John Mahoney, of course.</p><p>"I fear for future productions of Philadelphia playwright Graham’s new work, now seeing its premiere at Northlight," <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14782047/the-outgoing-tide-at-northlight-theatre-theater-review">said Kris Vire.</a>&nbsp;It's doing so well that Northlight has extended its run for one week; see it through June 26.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-02/The%20Absolute%20NEXT%20Best%20Friggin%27%20Time%20of%20Your%20Life.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 228px;" title=""></p><p>5. You may have seen Second City's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.secondcity.com/performances/detail/189/"><em>The Absolute Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life</em></a>, but have you seen<em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.secondcity.com/performances/detail/635/">The Absolute NEXT Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life</a>. </em>Doubtful, it starts June 19 at 7 pm.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 14:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-02/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-62-87319