WBEZ | Shattered Globe Theatre http://www.wbez.org/tags/shattered-globe-theatre Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Lost love and gender politics: Another light-hearted week in Chicago theater http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/lost-love-and-gender-politics-another-light-hearted-week-chicago <p><p><u><em>Burn This</em>, Shattered Globe Theatre at <a href="http://www/theaterwit.org">Theater Wit</a>, 1229 W. Belmont; 773-975-8150; opens Thursday and runs through November 18; $32.</u></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/strindberg%20flickr.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px; " title="A larger than life Strindberg. (Flickr/Camilla Nilsson)" />Lanford Wilson&rsquo;s play is very much of its time, the &lsquo;80s, in that it features not one but two gay characters whose sole function is to make sure straight people find happiness. OK, so one of them is dead; still. Nonetheless, his study of four people looking for love in all the wrong places retains its full vigor in Linda Gillum&#39;s muscular production. It&rsquo;s intimate, funny and ultimately deeply romantic. See it with someone you love. (KK)<br /><br /><u><em>The Father</em>, <a href="http://www.renditiontheatre.org">Rendition Theatre</a> at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark, 773-728-8111; opens Thursday and runs through November 17; $15-$20</u><br /><br />Or, if by &ldquo;the &lsquo;80s&rdquo; you mean the 1880s, Rendition Theatre&rsquo;s production of this Strindberg tragedy might be for you. Strindberg, like his Scandinavian contemporary Ibsen, specialized in problem plays &ndash; the problem being gender and sexual politics. His work often feels more contemporary than material composed many years later. And performing the Swedish playwright&rsquo;s work at a Swedish institution in a once-Swedish neighborhood adds an extra touch of verisimilitude.&nbsp;The theater assures us that the play is funny, but we&rsquo;ll have to see about that. (KK)</p><p><u><em><a href="http://www.Assassins-Chicago.com">Assassins</a>,</em>&nbsp;presented by Billy Pacholski; Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western; 1-312-212-3470,&nbsp;$47.57 (with service charge); runs through Nov. 10</u></p><p>Stephen Sondheim&#39;s score for this musical (book by John Weidman) is a true American pastiche filled with cakewalks, folk ballads and gospel with references to Sousa and &quot;Hail to the Chief.&quot; It&#39;s all quite fitting in a work about the men and women who&#39;ve shot &mdash; or tried to shoot &mdash; the president. The dramaturgy is bit fractured as Lee Harvey Oswald comes&nbsp;<em>after</em>&nbsp;John Hinckley Jr. and Squeaky Fromme, but there&#39;s no denying that&nbsp;<em>Assassins</em>&nbsp;taps into the dark underbelly of The American Dream, pointing to the subculture of violence and weaponry which have been part and parcel of American history from the day Europeans arrived to stay. This production eschews the usual carnival shooting gallery setting for&nbsp;<em>Assassins</em>&nbsp;in favor of an intimacy which puts the players almost in-your-face. The show benefits greatly from unamplified voices, an excellent little orchestra and constantly-morphing video projections. (JA)</p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/lost-love-and-gender-politics-another-light-hearted-week-chicago Daily Rehearsal: The Rockettes are coming http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-rockettes-are-coming-102348 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6766538769_33e1f4b43a_z.jpg" style="float: left; height: 225px; width: 300px; " title="(Flickr/Ralph Daily)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The Rockettes are coming!</strong></span></span> (To Rosemont.) This Saturday, they&#39;re going to MB Financial Park to teach young dancers choreography from that famous Christmas Spectacular (which will be at the Akoo Theatre in December). The first 100 people get &quot;a free collectable Rockettes t-shirt.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;&nbsp;HOMOTOWN 3: A Tribute To Etta, Whitney &amp; Donna </strong></span></span>sounds interesting on name alone. It&#39;s at <a href="http://www.aboufacetheatre.com">About Face</a> on Monday and is hosted by Scott Duff, with appearances by people like Paul Oakley Stovall. A ticket is $25 and that also gets you on drink.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Shattered Globe&#39;s 2012-13 season </strong></span></span>will include <em>Burn This</em> by Lanford Wilson, <em>Happy Now</em> by Lucinda Coxon and a production that is not called &quot;To Be Announced&quot; production coming in May of 2013.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;Sexy Jill</strong></span></span>, the one we steal internet from?&quot; Check out the latest episode of <em>LIARS </em>from comedians&nbsp;Josh Logan and Brett Elam of Distract Chicago.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1tQ2TKhGx8U" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-rockettes-are-coming-102348 The Don't-Miss List: Get historical with 'Nuremberg' revisted, MLK day and 'Blizzard '67' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-12/dont-miss-list-get-historical-nuremberg-revisted-mlk-day-and-blizza <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-12/REDance Inhabitants.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><u><strong>Kelly Kleiman</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-12/MLK-Project_Images2.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 231px; " title="">Lest we forget that this Monday's holiday is actually about something, Writers' Theatre will present a performance of&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.writerstheatre.org/education?id=0003"><em>The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights</em></a></strong>.&nbsp;This one-woman show starring Melanie Brezill explores the history of the civil rights movement, and Dr. King's place in it, through poetry, hip-hop and excerpts from interviews with movement leaders and participants. The show will tour to area schools through February, as it has for the past several years, but this is the only scheduled public presentation. Come see it&nbsp;free&nbsp;at the Chicago History Museum on Monday at 11 a.m. Just show up---but show up early, as plenty of people will be trying to do the same thing.</p><p><u><strong>Laura Molzahn</strong></u></p><p>To me, party or club dancing is a hoot. On Friday night, check out the <a href="http://oldtownschool.org/55days/list/">first-ever <strong>Global Dance Party</strong> at the Old Town School of Folk Music’s brand-new building</a>, right across the street from the old one on Lincoln. The theme is Brazilian music and dance—always welcome in wintry weather. The model for these events is the city’s SummerDance program, so there’s a 30-minute dance class at 8:30 taught by OTSFM instructor Dill Costa, then music by the Old Town Samba School and Swing Brasileiro. Tim Harkins, who’s heading up the dance parties, assures me that “no one will feel out of place if they come without a partner.” And for all you crazy samba dancers out there, the fold-away stadium seating <em>will </em>be folded away.</p><p><a href="http://www.danceworkschicago.org/events.aspx"><strong>DanceWorks Chicago</strong> is busy, busy.</a> Today at noon they perform in the Harris Theater’s “Eat to the Beat” series. Friday they present a “Dance Flight” performance. And Saturday afternoon this company devoted partly to drawing audiences into the artistic process offers a user-friendly look at their own audition. It’s free, runs 1-4 PM at the Dance Center of Columbia College, and observers can come and go as they please.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-12/REDance Inhabitants.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px; " title="RE|Dance brings 'Flight Patterns' to Link's Hall"></p><p><a href="http://www.linkshall.org/">RE|Dance presents “<strong>Flight Patterns</strong>” at Link’s</a> Hall this weekend, featuring two works set in <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/redance-performs-flight-patterns-at-links-hall/Content?oid=5393389">its trademark evocative environments</a>. One piece is set amid tall grasses—<em>really&nbsp;</em>tall grasses—personally harvested by choreographer Michael Estanich.&nbsp;</p><p><u><strong>Jonathan Abarbanel</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-12/blizzard-67.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 260px; height: 167px; " title="">This is the first really big theater and dance weekend of the year with a dozen events and openings packed into four days. I’ll miss them all because I’m fighting my first (and only, I hope) ferocious head cold of 2012. But if I were going to be out an about, I’d head<strong> </strong>for Chicago Dramatists for the world premiere of<a href="http://www.chicagodramatists.org/production_blizzard-67"> <strong><em>Blizzard ’67</em></strong></a> by Jon Steinhagen, a recounting of what still is Chicago’s largest-ever snow storm, a 23” whopper in late January, 1967. My father, returning from Rockford, had to abandon his car on the shoulder of the road and was given a ride home by a trucker. Jon Steinhagen is a gifted playwright, composer and performer although I hardly think he’s old enough to remember the storm himself. <em>Blizzard ’67</em> runs through Feb. 12.</p><p>In an unusual one-off event at 12:30PM this Sunday (Jan. 15),<a href="http://www.shatteredglobe.org/current_production.html"> Shattered Globe Theatre</a> is joining forces with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (in Skokie) to present a staged reading of <strong><em>Judgment at Nuremburg</em></strong> by Abby Mann. Shattered Globe had a big hit in 2003 with a stage version adapted from Mann’s screenplay, and for this event the troupe has reassembled nine veterans of that production, among them director Louis Contey. What makes the event especially noteworthy is that post-show discussion will include observations from an eyewitness to the Nuremburg Trials, Peter Less, who was a translator in the courtroom.</p><p><o:p></o:p></p></p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-12/dont-miss-list-get-historical-nuremberg-revisted-mlk-day-and-blizza Daily Rehearsal: Your favorite 'Mean Girls' cast member hits Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-12/daily-rehearsal-your-favorite-mean-girls-cast-member-hits-chicago-9 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-13/screen-shot-2011-07-30-at-12-53-29-am[1].png" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-12/FRAT400x400.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 200px; height: 200px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Go back to college with The New Colony's <a href="http://thenewcolony.org/view/frat"><em>Frat</em></a>.</strong></span></span> It opens in previews this weekend, after a run in 2009. Writer&nbsp;Evan Linder's wrote the play after interviewing members of Southern fraternities, but the previous version wasn't worth seeing for that. Rather, "see&nbsp;<i>Frat</i>&nbsp;for (a) a robust environmental staging, with nothing but sharp performances; (b) an insight into the group-think, psychological cruelty, and desperate need to belong that make frat life possible; and (c) the beer, of course, available from a bar in the performance area," <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/Event?oid=990019">wrote Tony Adler</a>. Not sure what's changed, but hopefully it's not the beer.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>SNL </em>alum Tim Meadows </strong></span></span><a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/posts/195"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>will be joined</strong></span></span> by</a> Joe Canale and Brad Morris at iO for two shows in a row this Sunday, bringing the whole crew back together for what was once called Uncle Brother. Can we get <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2i0wlDBsOI">a round of</a> "Oh hell yes! I did indeed leave the southside for this!"</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-12/ImprovMinions.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 225px; height: 300px;" title="Nick Semar as Dr. Ne'er-Do-Well"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Early October brings <a href="http://www.comedysportzchicago.com/">Comedy Sportz Theatre</a>'s</strong></span></span><em> Improv Minions with Dr. Rubius Ne'er-Do-Well</em>. If you go, you'll "Enjoy an extra helping of fun and games where eight improvisers are put through the 'tortures' of comedy's self-proclaimed greatest mad scientist 'ever ever ever ever ever.' Who will win Dr. Ne'er-Do-Well's 'Prettiest Little Bird' award?" Dr. Ne'er-Do-Well is played by Nick Semar.</p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Franklin Gothic Book';"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. This week in "not this weekend but the weekend after,"</strong></span></span> Cerqua Rivera Dance and Inaside Chicago Dance bring us “Constant Motion" at the Harris Theater. It's jazz dance, accompanied by live music and vocals, which always adds a bit of spice to things. More potential mistakes, more fun.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Shattered Globe Theatre will be at the new Stage 773 </strong></span></span>space for their 2011-12 season, which happens to be their 20th. This will include a "Greatest Hits" series of stage readings of past works, as well as full-fleshed plays <em>Orpheus Descending </em>and <em>Her Naked Skin</em>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-12/daily-rehearsal-your-favorite-mean-girls-cast-member-hits-chicago-9