WBEZ | The Front Page http://www.wbez.org/tags/front-page Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Critics theater picks for 7/8-7/12 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/critics-theater-picks-78-712-88822 <p><p><u><strong>Kelly Kleiman</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/LETTERS-PIC-Kevin-522x800.jpg" style="width: 261px; height: 400px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; " title=""><span>It's verisimilitude weekend, apparently: Theater on the Lake is presenting Griffin Theatre's&nbsp;<a href="http://griffintheatre.com/national-touring-production-of-letters-home-comes-home-to-chicago/"><strong><span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Letters Home</span></strong></a>, a collage of letters to and from soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Originally staged&nbsp;in 2007 (which reminds us just exactly how long these wars have gone on), the production is&nbsp;paying a flying visit home before continuing its national tour which this fall range from Florida to&nbsp;Oregon. <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Letters Home</span>'s performance in Dallas on Veterans' Day will be presented on CBS Radio; but you can see it live tonight through Sunday at Theater on the Lake, Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive;&nbsp;tickets are $17.<br> <br> But not all ripped-from-the-headlines theater is serious. Indeed, what could be funnier than a&nbsp;play about corrupt Chicago politicians and the reporters who are wise to them? Timeline Theatre&nbsp;is betting that the answer is, "a conversation about corrupt Chicago politicians by the reporters&nbsp;who are wise to them." Following this Sunday's 2 p.m. matinee of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-05/daily-rehearsal-boss-casts-locally-88731"><strong><span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">The Front Page</span></strong></a>, the theater&nbsp;presents a panel of journalists discussing the Blagojevich scandal, trial, verdict, retrial and&nbsp;verdict. (Don't worry, there's a time limit of one hour.) "Exclusive! Chicago's Top Reporters on <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">The Front Page</span>: Same Story, Different Century" is free and will begin at about 4:30; tickets to the performance are $42.&nbsp; Timeline is at 615 West Wellington in Lakeview.</span></p><p><u><strong>Laura Molzahn</strong></u></p><p>Take a walk on the wild side with <strong><em><a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,62,10">en route</a></em></strong>, a tour of the city&nbsp;that opens—OK, it’s not this weekend, it’s next Tuesday. But it’s something you may not want to miss—apparently it goes way above and beyond bored and boring tour-guide drivel. <a href="http://www.onestepatatimelikethis.com/">Five Melbourne-based theater artists</a> devised the piece for Chicago, so no one knows what will happen here. But reviewers went wild over similar excursions in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Edinburgh, calling the experience totally enthralling, revelatory, exuberant, breathtaking. Apparently words fail. Though <em>en route&nbsp;</em>is media-savvy—people will be squinting at text messages and preoccupied with MP3 players, as usual—the company aims to counteract city-induced isolation by provoking engagement. Including with other people!</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/Natya_1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 367px; " title=""></p><p>The <strong><a href="http://www.eyeonindia.com/chicago/">Eye on India Festival</a></strong> opens Friday with a <a href="http://www.harristheaterchicago.org/calendar/performance?id=3754&amp;mos=7">one-night-only performance at the Harris</a> by Indian classical violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam—and Chicago’s <a href="http://www.natya.com/">Natya Dance Theatre</a> and Chicago Children’s Choir. Among the selections they’ll perform are two from <em>Sita Ram</em>, which some might remember as Lookingglass Theatre’s exhilarating 2006 musical-comedy-meets-Indian-myth production with Natya and CCC. An impressive piece of storytelling and pageantry, it’s just one of the valiant efforts Natya has made to bridge the gap between East and West.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 14:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/critics-theater-picks-78-712-88822 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