WBEZ | Chicago Fringe Festival http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-fringe-festival Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Chicago comedians rack up Emmy nominations http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-chicago-comedians-rack-emmy-nominations-101028 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chicagofringeposter.jpg" style="height: 463px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="The new Chicago Fringe poster." /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Some switch-ups at TUTA Theatre</strong></span></span>, as co-founders&nbsp;Zeljko Djukic and&nbsp;Jacqueline Stone change their roles. Djukic is moving to a position as Founding Director and Stone will become artistic director, all starting September 1. Djukic will be doing the Fulbright program in Serbia for the coming year, before he returns to TUTA upon its completion.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Emmy nominations</strong></span></span> were released this morning;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/chi-emmy-award-nominations-chicago-20120719,0,3241185.column">Nina&nbsp;Metz pointed out</a>&nbsp;that the bounty was particularly fruitful for Chicago comedy stars. Huzzah!&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;The <a href="http://chicagofringe.org">Chicago Fringe Festival</a></strong>&#39;s</span></span> got a new poster by a new set of designers. Andrew Gen, Richard Hibbert and Maschell Cha they won an open contest for their designs to be used on marketing materials for the festival, which runs from August 30 to September 9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;Not only does&nbsp;Gen, Hibbert and Cha&rsquo;s design capture the feel and energy of the Fringe Festival, it also allows us to reach beyond the performance community and involve another aspect of the artistic scene,&quot; said Executive Director Vinnie Lacey.&nbsp;The image fits well with our election year theme that Fringe is all about choice.&quot;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-chicago-comedians-rack-emmy-nominations-101028 Daily Rehearsal: Chicago Fringe Festival picks new director http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-05/daily-rehearsal-chicago-fringe-festival-picks-new-director-96968 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-05/chicago fringe.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Bob Bullen is spreading his influence</strong></span></span> far and wide in Chicago theater; his first piece for the Huffington Post covers<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-bullen/chicago-theater-donuts_b_1307592.html"> three recommendations</a> from the past month in theater.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;Chicago Opera Theater's&nbsp;38th&nbsp;Anniversary Gala</strong></span></span>: A Celebration Less Ordinary&nbsp;is Saturday March 11. They'll be honoring&nbsp;General Director Brian Dickie, hand out the first&nbsp;Brian Dickie Outstanding Young Singer Award. The whole thing will be hosted and feature performances by Sylvia McNair.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-05/chicago fringe.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; width: 600px; height: 448px;" title=""></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The Chicago Fringe Festival</strong></span></span> has named Vincent Lacey as Executive Director; he replaces&nbsp;Sarah Mikayla Brown, "who will transition into a new logistical role with the Festival, focusing on patron and artist relations." Lacey was formerly Managing Director of the festival, which takes place August 30 to September 9 in Pilsen.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. "Anyone who doesn’t like Jerry Seinfeld</strong></span></span> is an a**hole," <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/15151466/seinfeld-at-the-akoo-theatre-comedy-review">writes Jenna Marotta for <em>TimeOut </em></a>following Seinfeld's run at the Akoo Theatre. Well then!</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. You (may have) voted </strong></span></span>for the <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/the-fourth-walsh/2012/02/2011-honor-winners/">first annual 2011 Honor Awards</a>. Now the results are in, but <em>El Nogalar </em>at the Goodman and <em>Hamlet </em>from&nbsp;<strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 23px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">&nbsp;</strong>DreamLogic Theatreworks&nbsp;were&nbsp;(as far as my bleary eyes can count) the only two shows to rack up more than one award.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 19:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-05/daily-rehearsal-chicago-fringe-festival-picks-new-director-96968 Daily Rehearsal: Joe Frank returns to Steppenwolf http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-13/daily-rehearsal-joe-frank-returns-steppenwolf-91914 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-13/27074_372825587507_35845197507_3529269_4786773_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-13/27074_372825587507_35845197507_3529269_4786773_n.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 229px;" title="Joe Frank at Steppenwolf in 2010 (Photo by Michal Story)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://www.writerstheatre.org/boxoffice/production?id=0081"><em>The Real Thing</em></a> opens today at Writer's Theatre</strong></span></span>. "A married playwright blurs the line between reality and his dramas on the stage as his personal life unravels before his very eyes." It was written by Tom Stoppard (and thought to be loosely based on his life).&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Court Theatre's <em><a href="http://www.courttheatre.org/season/show/spunk/">Spunk&nbsp;</a></em>opened this past weekend</strong></span></span>, and time will tell if it'll reach the popularity of <em>Porgy and Bess</em> (I'm doubting it). The play combines some interesting elements; the story of Zora Neale Hurston has been adapted by George C. Wolfe with heavy use of the blues, to bring to life the Harlem Renaissance.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Wondering why <em>Time Out Chicago</em> </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-08/daily-rehearsal-colin-quinn-drops-some-wisdom-second-city-91695"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>featured</strong></span></span> such ridiculously thorough</a> coverage of the Chicago Fringe Festival? Word on the street is that Theater Editor Kris Vire is a big fan and supporter of the festival. In <a href="http://chicagoplays.com/component/idoblog/?view=idoblog&amp;args=Blogs&amp;recentid=130">more Fringe news</a>, they explain why they picked Pilsen for their location, how they had to be creative with their spaces because of that, and what they're all about.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Chris Jones takes us through <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/chi-follies-review-broadway-20110912,0,6030240.column">his thoughts</a></strong></span></span> on the New York version of <em>Follies</em>, a show that's going up at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater this fall. "The hardest part of <em>Follies</em>, now at least, is making us believe that the actual live-changing revelations and life-and-love decisions being made at the reunion — for some an excuse to wallow, for others a call to action — are happening, credibly, in real time, even as the pastiches of the past and present are unfolding," writes Jones.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Our old friend<a href="http://joefrank.com/"> Joe Frank</a> will be at Steppenwolf</strong></span></span> on October 10, performing his new show <em>Too Close to Home</em>, about visiting his parents in their Florida retirement home. He'll be joined by James Harrah on guitar. Frank's show airs on WBEZ on Sunday nights.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-13/daily-rehearsal-joe-frank-returns-steppenwolf-91914 Look out for a Wienermobile and Alice in Wonderland, this weekend in theater http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-01/look-out-wienermobile-and-alice-wonderland-weekend-theater-91396 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-01/presspicture-full.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><u><strong>Laura Molzahn</strong></u></p><p>“You’ve got to embrace salvation no matter where you find it—even if it comes in the form of a 23-foot-long fiberglass hot dog.”</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-01/presspicture-full.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 183px; height: 275px;" title="">Words of wisdom from New York writer/comedian Robin Gelfenbien, performing her hour-long one-woman show <em><a href="http://www.wienermobileshow.com/">My Salvation Has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey</a>&nbsp;</em>during the <strong><a href="http://www.chicagofringe.org/">Chicago Fringe Festival</a></strong> this weekend and next. What’s she seeking salvation from? Bullying and horndogs, from the sound of it. The show, which apparently makes copious use of the frankfurter’s innate inappropriateness, includes songs and video from the former Hotdogger’s travels in an Oscar Mayer propaganda delivery system.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.hccdf.com/"><strong>Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival</strong> has exploded</a> since its first incarnation last year, with 27 artists/groups performing God knows how many kinds of dance on three different bills Friday through Sunday. Expect some familiar Chicago groups (The MASSIVE, Elements Contemporary Ballet, RE|Dance Group, Aerial Dance Chicago), respected local dancers venturing into choreography (Emma Draves, tapper Laura Chiaramonte), and artists from around the country. Why go to the casino when you can take a chance on dance? Make Rahm happy.</p><p><u><strong>Jonathan Abarbanel</strong></u></p><p>The theatrical spit really hits the fan NEXT week, with more than three dozen shows opening between Sept. 8 and Sept. 30. Things are just a tad quieter this long Labor Day Weekend, but still with a number of special theatrical attractions among which classical literature figures prominently.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-01/Alice_001.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 217px; height: 275px;" title="">The House Theatre of Chicago launches its 10th anniversary season with an adaptation of Edmond Rostand's turn-of-the-last century romantic verse drama, Cyrano de Bergerac. Calling their version simply <a href="http://thehousetheatre.com/seasons/x/shows/cyrano"><strong><em>Cyrano</em></strong></a>, it's adapted and directed by company member Matt Hawkins. Since Hawkins also is a skilled stage combat artist, we presume that <em>Cyrano </em>will retain all the swash and buckle of the big-nosed original. The House performs these days at the Chopin Theatre, where <em>Cyrano </em>runs through Oct. 16. Oh, did I mention that they've added original songs? "And on the refrain, I strike!"</p><p>To launch its 32nd season, City Lit Theatre turns to Lewis Carroll via playwright Christopher Hampton's adaptation of <a href="http://www.citylit.org/Now-Playing.htm"><em><strong>Alice's Adventures Underground</strong></em></a>, Carroll's original rendition of what's better-known as Alice in Wonderland. Artistic director Terry McCabe has staged the piece, which continues at City Lit (in Edgewater) through Oct. 9. All I can say is "Oh, my ears and whiskers!"</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 09:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-01/look-out-wienermobile-and-alice-wonderland-weekend-theater-91396 Daily Rehearsal: Get ready for October, and lots of free theater http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-31/daily-rehearsal-get-ready-october-and-lots-free-theater-91235 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-30/nogender.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Steep's show&nbsp;<i>Pornography</i>&nbsp;is being extended</strong></span></span> for two weeks through September 17th, but everything else is the same; shows Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays at 8pm. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-21/critics-theater-picks-pornography-bigger-and-being-side-man-89465">Kelly Kleiman</a> reminds us that "advance reservations are a must" due to Steep's "stellar" reputation. None of this last minute stuff, you crazy kids.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;<em style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150);"><a href="http://www.mercurytheaterchicago.com/" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes</a></em>&nbsp;is coming back</strong></span></span> to Chicago for September. The show is originally from Los Angeles, and must have done well here during <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-30/critics-theater-picks-for-630-73">its last run</a>, or writer and director Brad T. Gottfred is originally from here (both are true).</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Drury Lane Theatre 2012-13 season</strong></span></span> has been announced; they'll be doing a lot of stuff you've heard of, which means make room for <em>Hairspray</em>,<em> The 39 Steps</em>, <em>Promises, Promises</em>, <em>Singin' in the Rain</em>, and <em>Sunset Boulevard</em>.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1941732566/no-gender-left-behind-the-midwest-tour"><em>No Gender Left Behind</em></a> looks to be</strong></span></span> one of the highlights of the upcoming Chicago Fringe Festival. After being fired from her teaching job for being transgender, Rebecca Kling decided to make a one-woman show about it. She has a Kickstarter account to help her get from festival to festival, and she'll be in Chicago this weekend.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1941732566/no-gender-left-behind-the-midwest-tour/widget/video.html" width="480" frameborder="0" height="410"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Mark your calendars for October</strong></span>, because there's an upcoming night of theater and it's not like all the other nights -- it's free, and the night is of your choosing. Every year, the League of Chicago Theatres has a Free Night of Theater at more than 40 Chicago theaters, but this isn't just one evening, it's whatever evening in October you win for. Sign up <a href="http://FreeNightChicago.com">here </a>for random tickets. Obviously, for the theaters, it's a good chance to get audiences in these spaces, and hopefully go back, but the program is actually national, and organized by the Theater Communications Group. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a></p></p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-31/daily-rehearsal-get-ready-october-and-lots-free-theater-91235 Daily Rehearsal: 'en route' extended, selling out along the way http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-12/daily-rehearsal-en-route-extended-selling-out-along-way-90546 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Unfortunately, our deep look into the world of Britney Spears</strong></span></span> this week apparently wasn't. Deep, that is. According to<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/08/12/britney-spears-and-the-search-for-meaning"> Sam Worley of the Reader</a>, "The first hour-plus of the event was characterized by a rambling reading of Spears’s bio, some technical difficulties, irritating interjections from the crowd...and at least one misplaced 'virgin/whore' reference."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. There's a <a href="http://findlocal.chicagotribune.com/listings/the-moth-standing-up-chicago">special performance of The Moth</a></strong></span></span> tonight at the Chicago History Museum. It's "a night of storytelling inspirited by the film <em>The Help</em> [that]<em>&nbsp;</em>features local high school students trained by The Moth's team."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>en route</em> extended its run</strong></span></span> and <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/krisvire/status/102038086367719425">sold out tickets today in 45 minutes</a>, though it had opened yesterday for those on the waitlist. That's speedy man. The show will be extended through September 17. Why the hustle? Remember, the show has a very small list of people who can see it at a time, because of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/critics-theater-picks-78-712-88822">its unusual format</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <a href="http://chicagoplays.com/">Chicago Plays</a> is having <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/LoCTindustry/status/102102202025394177">an open house today</a></strong></span></span> (right now?) at the League of Chicago Theatres. I really wish I had more information about this, but I don't.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. The beginning of September won't be too bad</strong></span></span>; the <a href="http://chicagofringe.org/pilsen2011_shows_name.php">Chicago Fringe Festival</a> has announced their line-up, with plays titled things like <em>Mama Juggs</em>, <em>Miss Fortune</em>, <em>Nearly Naked</em> and <em>Seeing Red</em>. Maybe they all are in this together with the names that sound like other things? The festival runs from September 1 to 11. And remember <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2011-08-08/daily-rehearsal-tim-j-macmillan-bikes-theater-90252">Tim MacMillan</a>? He'll be there with his play.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 20:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-12/daily-rehearsal-en-route-extended-selling-out-along-way-90546