WBEZ | Shattered Globe http://www.wbez.org/tags/shattered-globe Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Steppenwolf joins in on the Studs Terkel celebration http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-steppenwolf-joins-studs-terkel-celebration-98581 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. As usual, it's the Brian Babylon</strong></span></span> fan club over here. Check out <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/vocalos-brian-babylon-winning-wait-wait-dont-tell-me-being-black-comic">this interview</a> with him and Mark Bazer at <em>The Interview Show</em> a few weeks back.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/301872_300463583359205_284798858259011_724378_1428933791_n.jpg" style="float: left; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;Steppenwolf is hosting a staged reading</strong></span></span> of&nbsp;<em>Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith </em>on May 21 with the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/StudsTerkel100">Studs Terkel Centenary Committee</a> to celebrate Terkel's 100th birthday. It's free, but get a ticket starting May 1 by waiting in line or calling 312-335-1650. Steppenwolf ensemble members&nbsp;Ian Barford, Robert Breuler, Ora Jones, Martha Lavey,&nbsp;Alan Wilder,&nbsp;Anthony Fleming III, Justin Hayford, Rick Kogan, L. J. Slavin, Mary Ann Thebus, Guy Van Swearingen, Andrew White&nbsp;and Dennis Zacek. Vocalists TBA.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <a href="http://www.shatteredglobe.org">Shattered Globe</a> redesigned their website</strong></span></span>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. National Dance week ends Sunday,</strong></span></span> but you can squeak in a viewing of <a href="http://www.inasidechicagodance.org/">InASdE Chicago Dance</a> debuting three world premieres in their <em>Inaside Chicago Dance Project</em> at the Athenaeum on Saturday night.</p><p><span style="text-align: left; font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Oh man here's <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/12131948-421/a-critics-look-at-1990s-iceman-cometh.html">a portion of Hedy Weiss</a></strong></span></span><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/12131948-421/a-critics-look-at-1990s-iceman-cometh.html" style="text-align: left; ">' 1990 review</a><span style="text-align: left; "> of the last time Bob Falls directed </span><em style="text-align: left; ">The Iceman Cometh</em><span style="text-align: left; "> at the Goodman, when Brian Dennehy was in a </span><em style="text-align: left; ">slightly </em><span style="text-align: left; ">different (ie lesser) role.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-steppenwolf-joins-studs-terkel-celebration-98581 The Don't-Miss List: Shows to see with your Valentine http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-09/dont-miss-list-shows-see-your-valentine-96230 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-09/dating walter dante.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><u><strong>Kelly Kleiman</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-09/dating walter dante.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 212px; height: 300px;" title="">It's hard to imagine a comedy based on the Drew Peterson case, but playwright Jon Steinhagen is on a roll: this will be the third of his plays to go up in the past six months. (He's also a superb actor, having given the definitive performance of Big Daddy in Raven Theatre's <em>Cat on a Hot Tin Roof</em> a year ago. Life, and the distribution of talent, is unfair.) Steinhagen returns to <a href="http://raventheatre.com/?q=2011-12-season">Raven </a>wearing his playwright's hat for the world premiere of <strong><em>Dating Walter Dante</em></strong>, opening Sunday Feb. 12th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 for opening night, $30 for the rest of the run, with student and senior discounts available. Raven is on Clark just south of Devon, which is North Andersonville, West Edgewater or Southeast Rogers Park, depending on your mood.&nbsp;<br> <br> But if you don't want to mark Valentine's Day with a comedy about wife-slaughter, consider going out Monday night instead, when <strong>E. Faye Butler</strong> appears at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park to sing "My Funny Valentine." This is part of the park's <a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/dca_tourism/cabaret_with_a_view_presents_e__faye_butler.html">Cabaret With A View series</a>, in which audience members get to sit on the enclosed pavilion stage for a single-night concert by one of Chicago's great performers. One would be hard-pressed to find a better performer than Butler, who played the title roles in<em> Caroline or Change</em> at Court and <em>Ella</em> [Fitzgerald] at Northlight and is currently on the Northlight stage in its musical Black Pearl. Tickets to the Millennium Park concert are $25 (if you want to sit at a table and have a couple of drinks) or $15 (if you're happy to perch in the choir loft). Hear it with someone you love.&nbsp;</p><p><u><strong>Laura Molzahn</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-09/Culture Shock Chicago.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 225px; height: 300px;" title="Culture Shock Chicago"><em>Reader&nbsp;</em>critic Justin Hayford has a little-known sideline: cabaret singer of obscure “hits.” That’s a far cry from the performance art he once did, including a piece that involved nudity, cascading flour, and speculation on how to write a dance review. For <a href="http://www.davenportspianobar.com/">“<strong>Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood</strong>” Sunday at Davenport’s</a>, Hayford will sing songs from <em>Sesame Street&nbsp;</em>and <em>Mr. Rogers</em>, accompanying himself on piano and providing his usual amusing, informative patter between tunes. The evening benefits the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, where he works.</p><p>Can’t dance, but want to feel as if you and your sweetie have been wowing the crowd on the dance floor? Live vicariously at <a href="http://www.chicagodancecrash.com/">Chicago Dance Crash’s “<strong>Duets for My Valentine</strong>” Saturday</a> at the Athenaeum: 90 minutes of stars like CDC itself, hip-hoppy Culture Shock, traditional Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-07/mark-yonally-wants-give-tap-dancing-its-due-94674">Chicago Tap Theatre</a>, and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-09/james-morrow-explodes-four-mad-humours-93883">James Morrow</a>. An alternative: <a href="http://www.harristheaterchicago.org/events/2011-2012-season/river-north-spring-p">River North at the Harris</a> Friday through Sunday in “Love Is…” They’ve got the smooth moves down.</p><p>The Dance Center presents <a href="http://www.colum.edu/dance_center/performances/margaretjenkinsdancecompany/index.php">Margaret Jenkins’s media-rich <strong><em>Light Moves</em></strong></a>, described in the <em>San Francisco Chronicle&nbsp;</em>as a “meditative, kaleidoscopic mix of human and digital” thanks to Naomie Kremer’s abstracted animations of her own paintings. A panel discussion, “Woman-Made Performance,” precedes the Saturday show.</p><p><u><strong>Jonathan Abarbanel</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-09/kill me.jpg" style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 216px; height: 300px;" title="">A young stud blows into a steamy southern town and meets a passionate older woman married to a dying, dried up prune of a man. There’s a nymphomaniac in it, too, for comic relief. This only could be the scenario for one of Tennessee Williams’s most lurid dramas, <a href="http://shatteredglobe.org/current_production.html"><strong><em>Orpheus Descending</em></strong></a>. As the title’s classical reference suggests, the young man (Valentine) is a musician, or at least a wannabe, and the southern town is his descent into Hell. Williams reworked this 1957 play from his failed 1940 play, <em>Battle of Angels</em>, and rewrote it again for the movies as <em>The Fugitive Kind</em>. This rare staging comes from Shattered Globe Theatre Company (or Shattered Globe 2.0 as they call themselves now) with the skillful Julieanne Ehre as director. <em>Orpheus Descending</em> is playing at Stage 773 through March 11.</p><p>There’s no question that various horrors make their way to local theater stages in the course of any given year, but Chicago has only one theater troupe specifically dedicated to horror as a dramatic genre, and that’s <a href="http://www.wildclawtheatre.com/">Wildclaw Theatre</a>, now offering the world premiere of <strong><em>Kill Me</em></strong> by company member Scott T. Barsotti. It’s about a woman who wakes from a coma convinced she now is immortal . . . and she doesn’t want to be. Eternal life in the here-and-now ain’t her cup o’ tea. Wildclaw promises a lyrical horror story and a multi-dimensional tale in <em>Kill Me</em>, playing at the Athenaeum Theatre Studio One through March 18.</p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-09/dont-miss-list-shows-see-your-valentine-96230 Daily Rehearsal: Chicago theater 6/22 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-22/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theater-622-88196 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-22/educatingrita.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>1. Steppenwolf's oh-so-frequent blog has <a href="http://blog.steppenwolf.org/2011/06/21/public-and-private-through-the-architects-eyes/">a new post</a>! It's by Steppenwolf patron and architect&nbsp;Joseph Altshuler. He's written about public and private spaces, his de[FENCING] project for his firm, and <em>Detriot</em>, which closed in November. Let me know if you understand the rest of it, because it's a little esoteric and it's going over my head.</p><p>2.&nbsp;<em>WE LIVE HERE</em> starts rehearsals this weekend; Margot Bordelon and Cassy Sanders of <a href="http://theatreseven.org/index.php">Theatre Seven</a>&nbsp;culled together stories from writers in Chicago to shape their play. It was workshopped at&nbsp;<a href="http://lookingglasstheatre.org/content/box_office/11-12-season" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none; ">Lookingglass</a>&nbsp;last year, and they're bringing it back starting in August, at least <a href="http://scottbarsotti.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/3-plays-coming-up-year-of-the-short-continues/">according to Scott Barsotti</a>, whose piece is part of the eight author series.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" height="261" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-22/educatingrita.jpg" title="" width="455"></p><p>3.&nbsp;<em>Educating Rita</em> opened in previews yesterday at Chicago Dramatists, and opens for real this weekend. Presented by <a href="http://www.shatteredglobe.org/index.html">Shattered Globe Theatre</a>, which works to bring global theater to the US, Willy Russell's play looks at a British student who finds an interest for her professor and in school at the same time.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PQrKXzZwiQo" width="560"></iframe></p><p>4. If you missed <em>Avenue Q</em>, see <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/io/shows/10"><em>Felt </em></a>at iO tonight -- more puppets, and it's also not suitable for children.</p><p>5. Tomorrow at Annoyance is&nbsp;<i>Messing With A Friend</i>, and it's literally Susan Messing with a different friend every time. You'll see "a fearless long-form show inspired by a single audience suggestion," <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/events/messing-with-a-friend,233897/">says The A.V. Club</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 15:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-22/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theater-622-88196