WBEZ | The Side Project http://www.wbez.org/tags/side-project Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: BackStage Theatre Company closes up shop http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-backstage-theatre-company-closes-shop-101565 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;Editor&#39;s note: </strong></span></span>As originally published, our review implied that an actor&#39;s costume contained padding. As the actor has noted in the comments below, it does not. We deeply regret the error,&quot; says <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15585671/sordid-lives-at-ludicrous-theatre-company-theater-review">this review</a> of &nbsp;<em>Sordid Lives</em> at Ludicrous Theatre Company. The comment? From&nbsp;Suzanne Bracken, who plays&nbsp;LaVonda. She wrote, &quot;I&#39;m just fat, not wearing a fat suit. Some people are just shaped differently than others.&quot; Another commenter responds, &quot;Wow, Suzanne, you are more gracious than I would have been.&quot; In other<em> Sordid Lives</em> reviews, <a href="http://chicagotheaterbeat.com/2012/08/05/review-sordid-lives-ludicrous-theatre/">Chicago Theater Beat says</a> Bracken &quot;nearly steals the show.&quot;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/backstage%20theatre.jpg" style="height: 139px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;BackStage Theatre Company</strong></span></span> is closing up shop; their current production of <em>A Scent of Flowers</em> will be their last one. Artistic Director&nbsp;Matthew Reeder&nbsp;<a href="http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Saying-Goodbye-.html?soid=1102102920174&amp;aid=OlO7DKxfAIA">called the production</a> &quot;the perfect story to celebrate these twelve enlivening years. The story of Zoe and her family&nbsp;is deeply in line with our mission, our core values and our aesthetic.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;He also wrote, that &quot;Twelve years is a happy life in the scope of any small arts organization.&quot;&nbsp;No specific reason was given for the end.&nbsp;<em>A Scent of Flowers</em> closes August 25.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Lifeline, Raven, the side project and Theo Ubique</strong></span></span>, all located in generally Rogers Park area, are again offering <a href="http://www.rogersparkflexpass.com">a subscription pass</a> to their plays. It&#39;s $50 for four productions and $45 if you head to the Rogers Park Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto: kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 10:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-backstage-theatre-company-closes-shop-101565 Daily Rehearsal: Charles Strouse on Jay-Z's use of 'Annie' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-24/daily-rehearsal-charles-strouse-jay-zs-use-annie-88302 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-24/110488815.jpg" alt="" /><p><p> <style type="text/css"> p { font-size:10pt} #s1 {font-size:13pt; color:#494646; font-family:georgia}</style> </p><p><span id="s1">1. I love history, and you should too.</span> <a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/events.detail/object_id/fa44272e-c160-48d2-a53a-9b2829846aab/instance_object_id/6c24a227-5973-44e9-ac5b-b1f2bb354fb0/park/312DF49F-8FBF-4E35-8DA1-443A4A50E3E8.cfm"><em>A Doll's House</em></a> director Chris Maher has taken Henrik Ibsen's 1879 play and moved it to suburban America of 1962. How does it work? The struggles of the protagonist Nora as "a woman lost" are moved to the cusp of the feminist movement, and give Ibsen's original conceit a whole new meaning. It's at Theater at the Lake this Saturday night, which means let's hope it doesn't rain.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-24/CopyofDSC_0004_edit1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 191px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><span id="s1">2. <a href="http://www.etacreativearts.org/mainstage_shows.html#"><em>Field of Souls</em></a> is still running at the eta Creative Arts Foundation;</span> it follows Buddy Dixon, a former Korean War soldier who comes home and finds that racism still exists as he left it.&nbsp;</p><p><span id="s1">3. Closing this weekend at <a href="http://www.thesideproject.net/visiting.php">The Side Project</a></span> is Ruckus' <em>15 Minutes</em>, which was brought through Side Project's visiting artists series, and started at the beginning of June. &nbsp;You can also catch Little Black Book's <em>PHONE WHORE</em> ("a one-act play with frequent interruptions"). Both productions focus on modern struggles, like meeting people over the internet, and being a phone sex operation, naturally.&nbsp;</p><p><span id="s1"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-24/billboard.jpg" style="width: 305px; height: 210px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title="(Courtesy of the Goodman Theatre)">4. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-24/critics-theater-picks-624-626-88266">Jonathan Abarbanel has already reminded us</a> to see&nbsp;<em style="font-style: italic ! important; font-weight: normal;">Applause! Applause!</em></span><em style="font-style: italic ! important; font-weight: normal;"> A Celebration of Charles Strouse</em> this weekend, but if you need a more in-depth reminder, read <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/06/well-earned-applause-and-lasting-annie-fame-for-composer-charles-strouse-.html#more">this interview with Strouse</a>, who gives a shout-out to a surprising person: Jay-Z. “Jay-Z saw the song in terms of the terrors of girls in the ghetto who really had to work,” said Strouse, speaking about the rappers song "Hard Knock Life", which samples <em>Annie</em>. “I was grateful that he did that.”</p><p><span id="s1">5. David Henry Hwang will be on&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/worldview" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Worldview&nbsp;</a></em></span>today <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-24/chinglish-makes-comedy-out-cultural-confusion-88301">talking about his new play</a>&nbsp;<em>Chinglish&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-16/critics-theater-picks-617-619-87964" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">opening at the Goodman next week</a>. He'll discuss why he's exploring US-Chinese relations after he already broached the subject in his Tony-winning play&nbsp;<em>M Butterfly</em>.<em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Tw Cen MT','sans-serif';"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-24/daily-rehearsal-charles-strouse-jay-zs-use-annie-88302