WBEZ | Northwestern commencement http://www.wbez.org/tags/northwestern-commencement Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Chicago theater 6/21 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-20/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theater-621-88054 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-20/seth3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>1. Stephen Colbert's commencement speech at Northwestern is on Youtube, and its a winner.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="312" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m6tiaooiIo0" width="500"></iframe></p><p>2. Just for Laughs wrapped up this weekend, and which means that The A.V. Club can finally get some sleep. Their <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/just-for-laughs-chicago-riffing-on-the-best-of-the,56802/">original piece of best-bets</a>&nbsp;included big names like Demetri Martin (whose set they were <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/demetri-martin-special-guests-who-are-also-comedia,57702/">definitely impressed wit</a>h) and Louis C.K., but they also paid tribute to local talent;&nbsp;Cameron Esposito,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/artists/chris-condren,88475/" target="_blank">Chris Condren</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/artists/dj-douggpound,39822/" target="_blank">DJ Douggpound</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/artists/lord-of-the-yum-yum,2782/" target="_blank">Lord Of The Yum Yum</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/artists/mary-mack,28059/" target="_blank">Mary Mack</a>, MC Mr. Napkins, and Mike O’Connell, who were at the Lincoln Lodge on Friday and Saturday nights in an evening entitled <em>Sounds: Comedy + Music.</em></p><p>3. A Chicagoan (Bob Bullen) was so committed to seeing the New York Philharmonic's <em>Company </em>that he drove to Rosemont to see the filmed version of it. I was unaware people actually went to the theaters to see theater (though River East has tried to convince me that it's worth my time/money), but I digress. Bullen mentions that Patti LaPone's Joanne <a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/06/20/some-thoughts-after-watching-sondheims-company-in-the-movie-theatre/">throws a drink on the audience</a>, so perhaps if you were lucky enough to get tickets to <em>Company</em>, you weren't actually that lucky.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="320" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-26/seth3.jpg" title="(Julie Coe)" width="240"></p><p>4. Everyone's all about Seth Meyers; <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/06/seth-meyers-returns-to-chicago.html">Chris Jones</a> proclaims that Meyers has "groupies" here in Chicago and bound for his own talk show,&nbsp;while TimeOut's&nbsp;Jason A. Heidemann believes he should have made more political jokes. Unfortunately for Jeffrey Ross, <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/06/roastmater-jeffrey-ross-mauls-ryan-dempster-at-just-for-laughs.html">neither</a> found his Friday roast of Chicago (yes, he roasted the city)&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/14818113/live-review-jeffrey-ross-roasts-chicago">particularly </a>revelatory.</p><p>5. <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/theater-review-steppenwolf-next-up/Content?oid=4064151">Zac Thompson is calling</a> Steppenwolf's <i>Where We're Born </i>(part of Next Up)<i>&nbsp;</i>a throwback to the work the company has done in the past: "Akin's production is visceral, volatile, violent—a throwback to the sort of work that earned Steppenwolf a reputation more than 30 years ago. If this is the future, it looks a lot like the past." The question remains: was Thompson alive to have seen that work? I guess he's going on lore alone.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-20/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theater-621-88054