WBEZ | 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche http://www.wbez.org/tags/5-lesbians-eating-quiche Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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: Diane Lane to shine her star on Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-diane-lane-shine-her-star-chicago-100930 <p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;Relationships should be perfect</strong></span></span>. But the truth is even the good ones leave scars. Come experience a profoundly visceral night of theatre that explores a&nbsp; perfect relationship like one would look at the inverted, bloody sinews of a skinned animal,&quot; proclaims Cor Theatre&#39;s press release for <em>Skin Tight</em>. It&#39;s described as a &quot;high physical&quot; love story that includes &quot;erotic abandon.&quot; So, bring the kids! It opens August 28 in previews.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/211179532_e7c48599d5_z.jpg" style="height: 432px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Is this photo of Diane Lane with Robert Duvall in 1989 not amazing? (Flickr/Alan Light) " /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- My <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-27/daily-rehearsal-5-lesbians-eating-quiche-88391">weird obsession with <em>5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche</em></a></strong></span></span> can let its freak flag fly again, as the production returns for a brief run at the Center on Halsted before it goes to the New York International Fringe Festival. It&#39;s August 2-5. Only some of the original cast returns, which means some of the roles have been switched around and Mary Hollis Inboden is no more. She does have <em>Boss </em>and all.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- I had heard that TJ and Dave at Theater on the Lake</strong></span></span> were not throwing up their best performances, but it seems at least one member of the reviewing community disagrees. Writing for <em>Chicago Now</em>,<a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/the-fourth-walsh/2012/07/%E2%80%9Ctj-dave%E2%80%9D-theater-on-the-lake-taking-the-long-way-to-a-good-thing/">&nbsp;Jasleen Jaswal Vines loved it</a>, though cautioned that &quot;unless you like driving in circles around Lincoln Park looking for a free spot and then grudgingly ponying up to park at the zoo, I highly recommend biking down along the lakefront or taking public transit.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Writers&rsquo; Theatre and the Village of Glencoe</strong></span></span> received a $100,000 Our Town grant from the NEA which will go to creating a new theater in the town. The center is being designed by architecture star Jeanne Gang and they plan for it to be LEED certified.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <em>Measure for Measure </em></strong></span></span>has been added to the Goodman&#39;s season as has star of stage and screen Diane Lane, who will star in <em>Sweet Bird of Youth.</em></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001-EUtlzQoRq6d5D8iz3HVkMs5epVx30qTV2G_axxMxsZQIqL5Rre9-cAhKoMPM1Yyt8Xa5xsb4e477VI8Yg5zJZ6sPe6CvK2XKMaD1bixlLhU0uJiw2ZqL1nZZGOL9egEwef1ENgPL6mrM-Dy7Ntz1Yt86iAQ_-9Uaq_-nan4cYvbmhlF1G4uCuZ37XCkBUNUUadWo8WgmK9uKKi8hZLq42GoLFamQh3o" linktype="1" shape="rect" target="_blank" track="on">The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP)</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;is opening an American Rhythm Center where the who&#39;s-who of Chicago dance companies will work.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="http://kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-diane-lane-shine-her-star-chicago-100930 Daily Rehearsal: 'My Fair Lady' cast is announced http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-20/daily-rehearsal-my-fair-lady-cast-announced-89397 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-20/myfairlady.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Our fave Chi Theater Addict Bob Bullen&nbsp;<a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/07/19/chicago-shakes-follies-casting-partly-announced-where-are-the-chicago-actors/">has some thoughts</a> on the<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-19/daily-rehearsal-timeline-produce-jon-conroys-my-kind-town-89335"> recently announced <em>Follies </em>casting</a></strong></span></span>, and he's not super happy with Chicago Shakespeare's dependence on "outside talent" (outside Chicago that is). "Yes, the supporting cast and ensembles in these shows are mostly made up of local talent (woot for Resnik singing 'I’m Still Here' — a song I’m sure she’ll make into the full-out showstopper that it is), but why the reliance on non-local talent to star in these high-profile Sondheim shows?" he asks. "Are there no other actors in the city whom we can trust to star in major productions of musical comedies? Seriously?" SERIOUSLY GUYS.</p><p><sup><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-20/myfairlady.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="(Photo by Brett Beiner)"></sup><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Bob Bullen can't complain about the <a href="http://www.paramountaurora.com/">Paramount Theatre</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;not sending their love to local actors; they've<a href="http://www.paramountaurora.com/">&nbsp;</a>announced the cast of <em>My Fair Lady</em>, and it's Chicago-actor heavy.<em>&nbsp;</em>Eliza Dolittle is played by&nbsp;Andrea Prestinario (Jeff Award winner) and Henry Higgins is taken on by Nathan M. Hosner, with a full cast of other locals. This is the first of Paramount's attempts at a Broadway musical, and will include a full orchestra. Also not to be weird, but don't Prestinario and Hosner look a little related?</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Speaking of look alikes in productions:&nbsp;</strong></span></span>&nbsp;TimeOut has&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/dance/14861315/dance-usa-showcase-at-the-mca-photo-gallery" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">photos&nbsp;</a>of the Dance/USA Showcase at the MCA Stage.&nbsp;<em>Sharks Before Drowning</em>, a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-02/working-weekend-critics-picks-63-65-87333" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Laura Molzahn pick</a>, seems to have used the similarities oftheir dancers aesthetics for their benefit.</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. I've been waiting for the internet version of <em>Chicago Magazine</em>'s</strong></span></span> Best of 2011 issue to come out, so I could do more than just reference their&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/August-2011/Best-of-Chicago-2011-Theatre/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Best of Theater article</a>&nbsp;and actually&nbsp;<em>cite my sources</em>. Their rundown:</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">Best Theater Company - TimeLine,&nbsp;Best Play -&nbsp;<em>A Twist of Water,&nbsp;</em>Best Director - Dexter Bullard,&nbsp;Best Actor - Nick Sandys,&nbsp;Best Actress - Ora Jones and&nbsp;Best Musical -&nbsp;<em>Working</em>.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">What say you?</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5. <em>5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche</em> has been extended</span></strong></span> through August 13. This generally ridiculous production manages to pull together fears of nuclear eradication due to the Cold War, love of quiche, and of course, lesbians, into a semblance of something that makes sense and is completely hilarious.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-20/daily-rehearsal-my-fair-lady-cast-announced-89397 Daily Rehearsal: 'Boss' casts locally http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-05/daily-rehearsal-boss-casts-locally-88731 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-05/boss-banner.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>1. <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">A little belated, but Michelle Williams</span></span></strong> was <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/steppenwolfthtr">spotted at <em>Middletown </em>last week</a>. And yes, that's Michelle Williams of <em>Dawson's Creek</em> fame, not the other D.C., <em>Destiny's Child</em>.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-05/RobSwimming01.jpg" style="width: 286px; height: 400px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="Get behind 'The Front Page' with this guy"><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">2. TimeLine's <a href="http://www.timelinetheatre.com/front_page/index.htm"><em>The Front Page</em></a> has been extended through July 17</span></span></strong>, and WBEZ's own Rob Wildeboer is involved. No, he won't be acting, but he's among several Chicago news reporters who will be present for a post-show discussion&nbsp;<em>Exclusive! Chicago’s Top Reporters on&nbsp;</em>The Front Page<em>: Same Story, Different Century </em>on July 10. Rob will be joined by&nbsp;Elizabeth Brackett (WTTW), Janan Hanna (Reuters, Chicago News Coop, Huffington Post), Paul Meincke (WLS-TV), and Lester Munson, all of whom have covered the Blagojevich trial.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. There were live performances of the Declaration of Independence</strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-29/daily-rehearsal-start-planning-your-4th-july-88498">this weekend</a>, but every year, NPR's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-07-03/reading-declaration-independence-aloud-88697">Morning Edition reads it aloud</a> on-air on the Fourth of July. It's slow and steady and <em>serious</em>, and takes about 9 minutes.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Mary Hollis Inboden is having her day in the sun</strong></span></span>; the Southern-born actress is currently starring in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-27/daily-rehearsal-5-lesbians-eating-quiche-88391"><em>5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche</em></a>, and though her <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/unscripted-blog/213085/spot-chicago-actors-on-the-chicago-code">role at Jennifer Beals' assistant</a> on <em>The Chicago Code</em> ended with the shows cancellation, she's moved over to the Kelsey Grammer helmed&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/ct-mov-0701-chicago-closeup-20110702,0,4360930.column"><em>Boss</em></a>. She's part of a grand tradition of Chicago actors on the show, which has tried to be anti-<em>The Good Wife</em> and shoot locally.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/joffrey-ballet-planning-lock-out-dancers-88702">Labor disputes</a> between Joffrey dancers and the company continue</strong></span></span>; after news broke of a lockout this weekend, union organizers are now arguing that it's just an attempt to gain publicity and pressure the dancers into bending to their will. Let's hope this all ends peacefully, folks.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 15:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-05/daily-rehearsal-boss-casts-locally-88731 Daily Rehearsal: '5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-27/daily-rehearsal-5-lesbians-eating-quiche-88391 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-28/5 lesbians quiche.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. The Trib's <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-20110624-best-theater-pg,0,1205164.photogallery">Best in Theater</a></span> for the year is out. (We're halfway through the year, so it's apparently time.) He includes <em>Porgy and Bess</em>, <em>The Outgoing Tide</em>, <em>Festen</em>, <em>A Twist of Water</em>, and <em>The Big Meal</em>. Thoughts? Our bloggers <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-27/dueling-critics-get-ready-summertime-porgy-and-bess-87137">called&nbsp;<em>Porgy and Bess</em></a> "less a production than an event," and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-03-03/dueling-critics-review-big-meal-83320">Kelly Kleiman admits </a>she "saw many family dinners pass before [her] eyes" while debating the merits of<em> The Big Meal</em>.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-27/lessies1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; " title=""><span id="s1">2. I'm convinced: See <a href="http://thenewcolony.org/view/5_lesbians_eating_a_quiche"><em>5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche</em></a></span>. This New Colony production launched at <a href="http://collaboraction.typepad.com/sketchbook/sketchbook-10-information.html">Sketchbook</a> last year as a 15-minute comedy sketch; the expansion sounds even better. The new version opened this past weekend and runs through July.</p><p><span id="s1">3. Eric Ziegenhagen<a href="http://www.2amtheatre.com/2011/06/26/reviews-and-pull-quotes-telling-the-truth-and-courting-the-indifferent/"> talks about using the phrase</a> "The Critics Love Us!"</span> to promote a play, when in fact, the critics plural definitely do not love you. "The reviews are out there," says Ziegenhagen. "Quote the best parts, fine—but lying to your audience can bite you back. It’s BS-ing." He also wonders about how to reach those many individuals "who are indifferent to reviews."</p><p><span id="s1"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-27/115093416.jpg" style="width: 199px; height: 300px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; " title="Russell Crowe was recently in another small town -- Durham, N.C. (Getty/Tommy Jackson)">4. Author Jessica Hopper reads</span><a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/events/jessica-hopper,247516/"> at the Harold Washington Library</a> Tuesday evening. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Guide-Rocking-Rolling-Stardom/dp/0761151419"><em>The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom</em></a> encourages young women to get involved in music from the perspective of a woman who did so herself.</p><p><span id="s1">5. Less theater, more spectacle: <a href="http://triblocal.com/naperville/2011/06/24/have-you-seen-russell-crowe-in-naperville-some-say-they-have/">Russell Crowe was in Naperville</a></span>, and people freaked out. Or, the people who saw him are freaking out; other people may have seen him and are less sure what's happening.</p><p>Questions? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-27/daily-rehearsal-5-lesbians-eating-quiche-88391