WBEZ | Carlos Mencia http://www.wbez.org/tags/carlos-mencia Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: 'Faith Healer' remounts at the Den Theatre http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-faith-healer-remounts-den-theatre-103555 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Faith-Healer-Playbill-04-79.jpg" style="float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Coming after the New Year</strong></span></span>:&nbsp;<a href="http://upcomedyclub.com/enhancedCalendar.cfm?date=12/01/12">Carlos Mencia</a> and <a href="http://upcomedyclub.com/enhancedCalendar.cfm?date=01/01/13">Nick Krol</a>l (of FX&#39;s <em>The League</em>) head to UP.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>-&nbsp;The Den Theatre is remounting Brian Friel</strong></span></span>&#39;s <em>Faith Healer</em> <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com">starting in December</a>. According to the Den, the play previously &quot;played to sold-out houses&quot; at both TurnAround Theatre and Steppenwolf in 1995. It&#39;s a play that &quot;shows us the reality of grace, the unfolding of mystery and the healing powers of faith,&quot; and first opened on Broadway in 1979.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The <a href="https://twitter.com/redeyechicago/status/263724687937400832">RedEye celebrated </a>10 years of publishing</strong></span></span>&nbsp;last night with an all-star roast at the Laugh Factory, <a href="https://twitter.com/ErnestWilkins/status/263497708852092928">MCed by Ernest Wilkins</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-faith-healer-remounts-den-theatre-103555 Daily Rehearsal: Chicago theater 6/23 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-23/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theater-623-88237 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/848_20090326h_large.png" alt="" /><p><p> <style type="text/css"> p { font-size:10pt} #s1 {font-size:13pt; color:#494646; font-family:georgia}</style> </p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/848_20090326h_large.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 400px; height: 230px; float: left;" title=""><span id="s1">1. The "Best of" issue of the Reader is out,</span> and there are a few surprising choices, such as Steppenwolf as runner-up for <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-off-loop-theater-company/BestOf?oid=4071089">Best Off-Loop Theater Company</a>&nbsp;(isn't it a little too legitimate to be off-loop?), and Octavarius of Comedy/Sportz Theatre winning <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-sketchimprov-troupe/BestOf?oid=4071476&amp;keywords=">Best Sketch/Improv Troupe</a>. But perhaps best category should go to <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-dance-trance-space/BestOf?oid=4102459&amp;keywords=">Best Dance Trance Space</a>, which Laura Molzahn describes as an "overlooked spot has housed artists, arts teachers, and arts organizations—some 60 at the moment" that has been around for more than a century. And argue amongst yourselves: does Writers Theatre <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-chicago-theater-that-doesnt-yet-have-a-regional-tony/BestOf?oid=4102447&amp;keywords=">deserve a Tony</a>?</p><p><span id="s1">2.<a href="http://www.lunanegra.org/"> Luna Negra</a> has announced their 2011-12 season;</span> on the roster is a new adaptation of <em>Carmen</em> by artistic director&nbsp;Gustavo Ramírez Sansano. They're also introducing a new series for families called&nbsp;<i>Luna Niños</i>, and the first piece is<i>&nbsp;</i><i>Moniquilla y el Ladrón de Risas</i> (Moniquilla and the Thief of Laughter).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span id="s1">3. Kelly Kleiman recently reported on the developments surrounding Governors State University's <a href="http://www.centertickets.net/">Center for Performing Arts</a>,</span> but they've got some other exciting programs coming up in their 2011-12 season. 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Carlos Mencia is performing at <a href="http://www.improv.com/ComedyClub/Chicago/Event/Carlos-Mencia-%28SPECIAL-EVENT%29/703f6916-fe39-4c40-9f0c-ca3007181e46">Chicago Improv</a></span> this Saturday at 7 and again at 9:30. They're calling this a "special event"; please go and tell me why.</p><p><span id="s1">5. A.V. Club has started Summer Survey,</span> where they interview people going to specific events to see what their demographics are, and why they're there. The <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/the-crowds-at-seth-meyers-june-18-at-the-vic,57820/">first one</a> was Seth Meyers' performance at the Vic on Saturday, and though I think they need a bigger sample size, there is some valuable information; a bunch of attendees watch&nbsp;<em>Saturday Night Live </em>regularly, which is news to me -- I thought everyone watched the clips the next afternoon, after just waking up, on Hulu.</p><p><strong>Questions? Tips? Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-23/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theater-623-88237