WBEZ | John Mahoney http://www.wbez.org/tags/john-mahoney Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: John Mahoney out of Steppenwolf's 'Penelope' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-23/daily-rehearsal-john-mahoney-out-steppenwolfs-penelope-94322 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/poster_pen.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-23/poster_pen.jpeg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 215px; height: 280px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Sad news: John Mahoney will no longer be part of <a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/boxoffice/productions/index.aspx?id=528"><em>Penelope</em></a>,</strong></span></span> which was slated to open in previews next week. Steppenwolf announced yesterday that there's been a death in Mahoney's family, and he'll be returning home. "Our hearts and prayers go out to John during this difficult time… and we hope to announce a replacement shortly," Artistic Director Martha Lavey said in a statement. Today the company announced he'll be replaced by Tracy Letts, who has been a part of the ensemble since 2002, and has won a Tony for his play <em>August: Osage County</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. TimeLine has announced the addition of nine Associate Artists</strong></span></span> who will work with their Company Members; they are Will Allan, William Brown, Aaron Carter, Andrew Carter, John Culbert, Mildred Marie Langford, Mechelle Moe, Ann Wakefield&nbsp;and&nbsp;Alex Weisman. What will their actual tasks include? "They serve as non-voting advisers in artistic planning," the company said in a statement, "and are encouraged to propose and promote artistic programming ideas and to enhance the work culture and environment of TimeLine."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <a href="http://www.milliondollarquartetlive.com/chicago-news.html"><em>Million Dollar Quartet</em></a> is adding a new song</strong></span></span> to their set for the holiday season -- Chuck Berry's "Run, Run, Rudolph." Is it enough of a reason to see the show again (or for the first time)? Please watch the amazing video below and judge for yourself. The show will also be adding New Year's Eve performances, where they'll toast by singing "Auld Lang Syne." If I were you, I'd hope for champagne. The show is in Chicago through mid-January.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KCTeXUkTFwQ" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;<em>Sound of Music</em> fans will love this Chicago-local connection</strong></span></span> to their favorite film;&nbsp;Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin von Trapp (the great-grandchildren of Captain von Trapp) will be at the <a href="http://ParamountAurora.com">Paramount</a> on December 4 singing the songs that stole a million hearts. Didn't know the von Trapp's were real? Now you do!</p><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. The Chicago Opera Theater will be announcing</strong></span></span> the appointment of a new General Director on December 7 at 12:30 pm, somewhere in the Loop. They'll be passed the baton of sorts by current general director Brian Dickie. In his <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-21/fat-lady-sings-overview-opera-scene-chicago-89376">overview of the opera scene</a>&nbsp;published in the summer, Jonathan Abarbanel pointed out that Dickie has been in the position since 1999, during which time "COT has specialized in baroque opera as well as a broader and definitely contemporary world view."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-23/daily-rehearsal-john-mahoney-out-steppenwolfs-penelope-94322 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