WBEZ | Chicago Plays http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-plays Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: An incomplete guide to getting into Chicago comedy http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-27/daily-rehearsal-incomplete-guide-getting-chicago-comedy-93547 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-27/comedy av club.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;Writers’ Theatre has added another week</strong></span> </span>onto the already-extended <em>The Real Thing</em>. It'll now run through December 4.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The Goodman has finished casting their winter show <em>Race</em></strong></span></span>. It'll be&nbsp;Patrick Clear (<em>King Lear</em>) as Charles; Marc Grapey (<em>Dead Man's Cell Phone</em> at Steppenwolf Theatre Company) as Jack; Geoffrey Owens (<em>Opus</em> at Two River Theater Company) as Henry and Tamberla Perry (<em>In the Next Room or the vibrator play</em> at Victory Gardens Theater) as Susan. Tickets go on sale December 2.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-27/comedy av club.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 205px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Chicago Plays has a <a href="http://chicagoplays.com/component/content/article/34-chicago/138-halloween-guide.html">very thorough list</a></strong></span></span> of all of this year's Halloween shows for your viewing pleasure.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Here's <em>The A.V. Club</em> <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/comedy-101-how-to-make-it-in-chicagos-sketch-impro,63790/">guide to getting into comedy</a></strong></span></span> in Chicago, with comments from some real life success stories, like Kelsie Huff, Hannibal Burress, Greg Hess, Ian Belknap and Scott Whitehair. They comment on the literary gatherings, sketch, improv and stand-up scenes, with <a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete">nary </a>a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey">mention </a>of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer">our </a>delightful <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/justin-kaufmann">WBEZ </a>folk. Snubbed!&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Playwright&nbsp;Christina Anderson <a href="http://www.massivedraft.org/2011/10/playwright-christina-anderson-on-expanding-her-man-in-love/">talks about her piece&nbsp;<em>Man in Love</em></a></strong></span></span>, going up at Steppenwolf as part of their First Look series. She started it when she was at Yale Drama, and in the interview, she largely comments on the unique nature of writing a piece for the people you are given.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-27/daily-rehearsal-incomplete-guide-getting-chicago-comedy-93547 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