WBEZ | Caffeine Theatre http://www.wbez.org/tags/caffeine-theatre Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Caffeine Theatre shuts down http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-caffeine-theatre-shuts-down-101626 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Ricardo Gutierrez</strong></span></span> will take over at Teatro Vista&#39;s new artistic director, as founder and artistic director Edward Torres moves on &quot;to focus on independent projects.&quot; Torres and Gutierrez will artistic direct Teatro Vista through February to ease through the transition.&nbsp;&quot;We are thrilled that Eddie has found such tremendous success as a director and actor,&quot; said Teatro Vista Board President Joan Pantsios in a statement. &quot;His dedication to Teatro Vista over the decades has been invaluable, and Teatro Vista would not be what it is today - a nationally-recognized home of the best Latino theater - without his hard work and passion. Eddie has assured us that he will remain an active ensemble member and supporter of the theater.&quot; Gutierrez is currently an ensemble member and directing associate of the company.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/caffeine.jpg" style="height: 115px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Steppenwolf has announced the companies</strong></span></span> they&#39;re partnering with for their Garage Rep this year: Baliwick Chicago, Buzz22 Chicago and Theatre Seven. The ten-week run of their shows will start February 14 (THE DAY OF LOVE) and end April 21 (just a regular day) of 2013. They&#39;ll be staging&nbsp;<em>See What I Wanna See </em>by Michael John LaChiusa,&nbsp;<em>She Kills Monsters&nbsp;</em>By Qui Nguyen, and <em>BlackTop Sky&nbsp;</em>By Christina Anderson.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.caffeinetheatre.com/">Caffeine Theatre</a></strong></span></span> <a href="http://chicago.broadwayworld.com/article/Caffeine-Theatre-Announces-Closing-20120810">announced today</a> that it&#39;ll be shutting down, the latest in a bad year and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-more-info-backstage-theatres-closing-101595">a bad week</a> for storefront theaters.&nbsp;&ldquo;Our decision to close now is primarily due to human capital,&rdquo; said Artistic Director Beck, &ldquo;Our personnel is collectively experiencing a massive amount of life change which for some includes leaving Chicago. We felt it was the right time to end on our own terms and with our heads held high.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-caffeine-theatre-shuts-down-101626 Daily Rehearsal: Jeff Award nominations are out http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-31/daily-rehearsal-jeff-award-nominations-are-out-91314 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-31/jeff_awards[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://www.jeffawards.org/Nominees/recipients_n.cfm">Jeff Awards' nominations</a> were announced</strong></span></span>. I'm not going to rundown all of them, because you can <a href="http://www.jeffawards.org/Nominees/recipients_n.cfm">look at them yourself</a> and there are <em>a lot</em>, but here are some brief noticings: the Marriott Theatre's got a bunch of nominations for<em> A Chorus Line</em>, <em>42nd Street</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Shout!. </em>Theater companies hit up for multiple awards include<em>&nbsp;</em>Porchlight, Timeline, Goodman, Remy Bumppo, and Writers' Theatre. And lots of love to actors in <em>Porgy and Bess</em> as well as <em>The Homosexuals.</em> And Mike Tutaj was involved in the behind-the-scenes work that earned the nominations for a few of those awards, so read Laura Molzahn's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-31/mike-tutaj-crazy-good-projections-designer-sweeney-todd-91290">timely piece about him</a> published today.&nbsp;The Jeff award ceremony will be held November 7.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-31/thumb_murderers-web.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 225px; height: 300px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Head to iO's Del Close theater for <em>Murderers </em></strong></span></span>("improvised tales through a somewhat twisted lens") tonight at 10:30. What's it about? "Made up of improv veterans from all over town, this new show focuses on the dark parts of humanity, telling completely improvised tales through a somewhat twisted lens. No more kids play. This is improv left for dead."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;Hamburger Mary's</strong></span></span>, home of the former lesbian nightclub called Star Gaze in Andersonville, <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14919823/hamburger-marys-owners-eyeing-new-theater-venue-in-andersonville">might be turned into a performance space</a> again. Justin Kaufmann (full disclosure: obviously my boss) tells us about the space's former use before it was either Hamburger Mary's or Star Gaze. "Before it was Star Gaze (a lesbian night club), it was a Serbian bar/grill called Café Ashe," <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-08-31/it-corrupt-cash-your-unused-vacation-time-91309">Kaufmann writes</a>. "And it had a little stage in the back that hosted comedy by a new company called The Playground. This was 1997. And Playground had a hard time filling the midnight slot, so they gave it to a brand new comedy group to do weekly sketch. Yep, it was Schadenfreude (my comedy group). We did 10-15 shows there before moving on to the Heartland Studio Theater. Note to Hell in a Handbag: Ask us back for the grand opening. Let's recreate the sketch show we did there. Lots of Godzilla jokes and I believe a sketch about a napalm train derailment in Gary? Current events."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;Halcyon Theatre and Caffeine Theatre</strong></span></span>&nbsp;are doing a reading on September 11, about September 11. Called <a href="http://halcyontheatre.org/blog/tony/2011/08/upcoming-reading-911"><em>Return to the Upright Position</em></a>, the piece, to be read at Greenhouse, was written in the six months following the terrorist attacks online by a plethora of writers. The whole project was conceived and edited by <a href="http://caridadsvich.com/">Caridad Svich</a>, a New York-based playwright who has written works like <em>The House of Spirits</em> and <em>In the Time of Butterflies.</em></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-31/3872608045_aed485efb8.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 200px;" title="Jon Lovitz at Wrigley Field repping the Cubs in 2009 (Flickr/Matt Janicki)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Jon Lovitz will be at <a href="http://www.improv.com/ComedyClub/Chicago">the Improv Comedy Club</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;this weekend Friday through Sunday. You may remember Lovitz from his seminal scene in the television show <em>Friends</em>, during which he played, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrJIeI7JdPE">on two occasions</a>, a wacky, friend of Phoebe's who seems constantly in a shame spiral. Or, you may not remember that role. Your loss.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-31/daily-rehearsal-jeff-award-nominations-are-out-91314