WBEZ | Urinetown http://www.wbez.org/tags/urinetown Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Chris Tucker stops by Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-16/daily-rehearsal-chris-tucker-stops-chicago-92070 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-16/chris tucker_flickr_jennifer davenport.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. I'm just going to throw this out here</strong></span></span>: "Have you ever had to pee so badly you could nearly taste it?" Um...<a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/09/15/get-the-scotchgard-circle-theatres-side-splitting-urinetown-may-challenge-your-bladder-muscles/">I don't know, Bob</a>. But go see <em>Urinetown </em>at Mayne Stage, I guess?</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>BEER - The Puppet Musical</em> is up</strong></span></span> at the <a href="http://drinkingandwriting.com/">Drinking and Writing Theatre</a>, and they also have <em>The City That Drinks</em> going on as well. Neither are particularly family-friendly, but one is at 4 and the other is at 7 at Haymarket Pub and Brewery on Saturday, so take your pick.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-16/chris tucker_flickr_jennifer davenport.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 201px; height: 350px;" title="Chris Tucker, back in the day (Flickr/Jennifer Davenport)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The Goodman has gotten a nice <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=shia-kapos&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;uid=32246edb-06fb-4784-9008-b3233e7480b9&amp;plckPostId=Blog:32246edb-06fb-4784-9008-b3233e7480b9Post:a239b066-0fe9-4623-8766-adfdc28634e7&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest">chunk of change</a></strong></span></span>; a cool $10 million to add to their endowment. Of course, they're still $5 million away from the job, which prompted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to say, "This is a no-brainer. Finish it." The money that's been raised so far includes cash from Shawn Donnelley, James Annable and his wife Susan, and Merle Reskin, all of whom donated $1 million.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Chris Tucker will be at the <a href="http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/events/chris-tucker-chi092011.html">Chicago Theatre tonight</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;at 7:30 (tickets are $55 to $75). He's currently on a <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/Chris-Tucker-tickets/artist/985154">stand-up tour</a> around the nation, and <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/chris-tucker-making-a-pretty-welltimed-comeback,61378/">it's all part of his master plan to take over the universe</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Chicago comedy veteran Jimmy Carrane</strong></span></span> brings you&nbsp;<em>Improv Nerd</em>&nbsp;at Stage 773 <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/funny-man-jimmy-carrane-releases-his-inner-%E2%80%98improv-nerd%E2%80%99-92030">starting this Sunday night</a>. Carrane will interview comedy locals, and then do something interesting -- he'll engage in 20-minute improv scenes with said individual. Afterwards, they'll discuss how they thought the scene went and what their techniques were. It'll end with a Q&amp;A from the audience, but if you miss it all, you're in luck, because he's podcasting it. Carrane doesn't seem to mind <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/14940631/improv-nerd">comparisons to Mark Maron's <em>WTF</em></a>,&nbsp;and he's also probably well-suited to break down the improv, given that he's been <a href="http://www.jimmycarrane.com/">teaching it for some time now</a>. And, he used to have a show before on WBEZ -- <a href="http://www.prx.org/series/31304-studio-312"><em>Studio 312</em></a>. &nbsp;Former producer Justin Kaufmann says, "The challenge of this show will be how much Jimmy lets his guests talk. I kid, because I can."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-16/daily-rehearsal-chris-tucker-stops-chicago-92070