WBEZ | The Odd Couple http://www.wbez.org/tags/odd-couple Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: 'Book of Mormon' Chicago cast announced http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/daily-rehearsal-book-mormon-chicago-cast-announced-103753 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- <em>The Book of Mormon</em> Chicago cast</strong></span></span> has been announced; <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/16233721-421/book-of-mormon-announces-casting-for-chicago.html">according to the<em> Sun-Times</em></a>, Nic Rouleau will continue on as Elder Price, and Ben Platt, most recently seen in <em>Pitch Perfect</em>, will take on the role of Elder Cunningham. Additionally, James Vincent Meredith of Steppenwolf&#39;s ensemble <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-14/daily-rehearsal-united-states-improv-brackets-93149">and <em>Boss </em></a>has been cast as Mafala Hatimbi. The <em>Sun-Times</em> also notes that performances through March 3, 2013 are sold out, but<a href="http://www.BroadwayInChicago.com"> tickets are available </a>after that through when the production closes on June 2, 2013.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>- Here&#39;s a nice look</strong></span> at how <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-george-wendt-leaves-odd-couple-due-medical-reasons">Marc Grapey</a> is doing taking over for George Wendt in <em>The Odd Couple</em>,<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ott-1109-odd-couple-preview-20121107,0,2368519.story"> via the <em>Tribune</em></a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- And a funny email from Hot Tix</strong></span></span>, re: the seemingly <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-unmasked-ball-99696">always-being-extended</a> <em>Freud&#39;s Last Session</em>.</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/freud%27s%20last%20really.jpg" style="height: 186px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 12:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/daily-rehearsal-book-mormon-chicago-cast-announced-103753 Daily Rehearsal: George Wendt leaves 'The Odd Couple' due to 'medical reasons' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-george-wendt-leaves-odd-couple-due-medical-reasons <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- A review of the University of Chicago</strong></span></span>&#39;s new arts building, the Logan Center, and their new cabaret series,<a href="http://chicagomaroon.com/2012/10/30/logans-a-cabaret-old-chum-come-see-the-artists-play/"> in the&nbsp;<em>Chicago Maroon</em></a>,&nbsp;calls it&nbsp;&quot;a venue for artists of all disciplines and persuasions to perform. Be sure to mark your calendars&mdash;if this quarter&rsquo;s two upcoming shows are anything like this one was, believe me, you&rsquo;ll want to be there.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-10/election-2012-where-are-artists-103487">Alison Cuddy blogged</a> about the arts and the election</strong></span></span>, prompting <a href="https://twitter.com/soupandbread/status/263338140805234688">a vibrant Twitter conversation</a> on the topic.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- <a href="http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/theater/reviews/5-lesbians-eating-a-quiche-at-soho-playhouse.html">Ben Brantley reviewed</a><em> 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche</em></strong></span></span>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-diane-lane-shine-her-star-chicago-100930">which has moved to New York</a>&nbsp;through November 20&nbsp;with much of the original cast intact. A choice quote: &quot;<em>Quiche </em>started off as a 10-minute playlet, and 10 minutes into this expanded version, you may feel you&rsquo;ve had quite enough, thank you.&nbsp;But at a certain point the play takes a leap beyond tidy smirkiness into the outer space of sloppier, cruder and far more satisfying nonsense.&quot; Brantley also suggests that, if you plan to attend, &quot;you might want to have a drink or two before.&quot;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/275.jpg" style="height: 93px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="'The Odd Couple' at Northlight" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- George Wendt is being replaced by Marc Grapey</strong></span></span> (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-connections-connections-102659">remember him?</a>) in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-01/daily-rehearsal-rift-between-rudin-and-norris-threatens-bway-run-cl">Northlight&#39;s <em>The Odd Couple</em></a> due to &quot;medical reasons.&quot;&nbsp;&quot;George checked into the hospital Sunday evening with chest pains, is getting medical attention and will eventually make a full recovery.&nbsp;All of us at Northlight&nbsp;wish George&nbsp;all the best for&nbsp;a speedy recuperation,&quot;&nbsp;said Executive Director Timothy Evans in a statement. Grapey was playing the role of Murray the Cop, and previously was a cast member in the recent production of <em>The Odd Couple </em>on Broadway with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. The production opens this Friday.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-george-wendt-leaves-odd-couple-due-medical-reasons Daily Rehearsal: Rift between Rudin and Norris threatens B'way run of 'Clybourne Park' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-01/daily-rehearsal-rift-between-rudin-and-norris-threatens-bway-run-cl <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-03/ClybournePark.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago</strong></span></span> has received a 2012 Joyce Award, which they'll use to pay for <em>(project) Moseses Project</em>, by choreographer Reggie Wilson. The grant is $50,000; The Dance Center says they're the only dance organization to receive two Joyce Awards. The last one they won was in 2004, for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan's <em>Wild Cursive</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Excellent PR copy:</strong></span></span> "For any Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, tickets to a hot night of contemporary ballet make an excellent gift from any forward-thinking romantic partner." The bottom line -- see the Joffrey Ballet' <em>Winter Fire</em> starting February 15.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Northlight Theatre will put up <em>The Odd Couple</em></strong></span></span> in November, casting Second City alums Tim Kazurinsky and George Wendt as Felix and Oscar, respectively. "My history with George and Tim goes back decades and their own particular chemistry is a national joy," says director BJ Jones. This should be good.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-03/ClybournePark.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 282px; height: 400px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Scott Rudin has <a href="http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/exclusive-scott-rudin-replies-to-david-denbys-embargo-break-of-dragon-tattoo-in-the-new-yorker#">done it again</a></strong></span></span> -- but this time he's brought Chicagoan Bruce Norris into the mix. <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/the_wrath_of_rudin_2FsRNIorYvtJGww4L432tK">Michael Riedel</a> (who is no stranger to controversy himself) reports that according to anonymous sources, the partnership between Rudin and Norris, which was resulting in an acting gig for Norris in the HBO TV show <em>The Corrections</em>, as well as Rudin producing Clybourne Park for Broadway, has ended nastily. On Monday, Norris reportedly said he wouldn't do <em>The Corrections</em> anymore (“I don’t like to do pilots.”) and Rudin responded by refusing to produce <em>Clybourne Park</em> anymore, as well as two other planned Norris plays. Norris <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/broadway-run-for-clybourne-park-in-jeopardy/?ref=theater">told the <em>New York Times</em></a> that he wants to focus on writing, not acting, which is why he left the TV project, and that he wasn't sure what would happen to the show.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>5. Timothy Douglas has written a long essay on HowlRound</strong></span></span> called "<a href="http://www.howlround.com/the-benefits-of-slavery-by-timothy-douglas/">The Benefits of Slavery</a>", which is not as controversial as it sounds, for those who need a history lesson. The former Artistic Director of Remy Bumppo, whom our own <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-26/black-and-white-and-read-all-over-95836">Kelly Kleiman spoke to</a> about the role of race in his relationship with the company, has some interesting insights from his years as an actor playing the "other" parts. "When pressed for details by the media and the genuinely curious here in Chicago on how race may have impacted my departure [from Remy Bumppo], I answer in this way: If you liken my creative-self to a gumbo, the specificity of my race and primary cultural influence is the equivalent of a dominant spice," writes Douglas. It's a worthy and well-thought out read.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 17:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-01/daily-rehearsal-rift-between-rudin-and-norris-threatens-bway-run-cl What the Jeff Awards left out http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-08/what-jeff-awards-left-out-87589 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-08/Festen_Lev4.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img a="" alt="" class="caption" for="" jeff="" nominated="" not="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-08/Festen_Lev4.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; " title="The cast of "></p><p>A Jeff recommendation is the first step. If your production isn’t recommended for <em>something</em>on opening night, you can’t be nominated for an award—or get one. So it’s no surprise, looking at <a href="http://www.jeffawards.org/home/index.cfm">this year’s Jeff-recommended productions</a>, to see that the roster is long and inclusive.&nbsp;</p><p>That makes certain curious omissions even curiouser. Like <a href="http://www.steeptheatre.com/shows/shows_main.html">Steep Theatre’s <em>Festen</em></a>, a production that’s gotten rave reviews—and is sold out through the end of the run, no surprise given the incredible acting, direction, and stagecraft.</p><p>But <em>Festen&nbsp;</em>is about incest. Could the problem—for the Jeff committee, anyway—have been the subject?</p><p>It’s not the only strange omission. Despite a similar array of dazzling reviews, Trap Door’s <em>Hamletmachine </em>also got stood up for a Jeff rec. What was the issue there? My guess: playwright Heiner Muller’s experimental approach, Jonathan Guillen’s original operatic music, and Max Truax’s chilling staging. All just too weird.</p><p>At least Trap Door’s <em>First Ladies</em>—which was about s**t—got recommended, which allowed Nicole Wiesner to get nominated for best actress, which allowed her to tie for the award with Caroline Neff. (<a href="http://www.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-07/robots-invade-jeff-awards-martians-next-87512">Jonathan, you left the best actress awardees out!)</a> But why were supporting actresses Dado and Beata Pilch not nominated for their stellar work in Werner Schwab’s gut-wrenching play?&nbsp;</p><p>Even Tanya Saracho’s <em>El Nogalar</em>, a Goodman/Teatro Vista coproduction that updated <em>The Cherry Orchard&nbsp;</em>to contemporary Mexico, got ignored by the Jeff committee. Completely. Really? It wasn’t good enough in any way to be recommended for anything? Though I’d call that piece a good idea that didn’t quite work out, it was more than worth seeing for the script’s inspired parallels, its comedy, and the impressive acting.</p><p>Meanwhile moldy old chestnuts like <em>Seven Brides for Seven Brothers&nbsp;</em>and <em>The Odd Couple&nbsp;</em>got green-lighted. Even the new plays on the list played it safe, including such empty, easy, formulaic fare as <em>Sex With Strangers&nbsp;</em>and <em>The Big Meal</em>. We all hear about the catastrophic aging of the theater audience, but not so often about its possible cause, effect, or both. Could the theater community’s conservative tastes be producing a vicious cycle of the tried-and-true?</p></p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-08/what-jeff-awards-left-out-87589