WBEZ | Theo Ubique http://www.wbez.org/tags/theo-ubique Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Don't-Miss List March 22-28: Irish theater, war stories http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-22/dont-miss-list-march-22-28-irish-theater-war-stories-97507 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-21/Light in the Piazza_Theo Ubique.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/Light in the Piazza_Theo Ubique.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 473px;" title="Theo Ubique's 'A Light in the Piazza.' (Courtesy of Theo Ubique/Adam Veness)"></p><p><strong>Dueling Critics on <em>Eight Forty-Eight,</em> WBEZ 91.5 FM and streaming live at wbez.org<br> Friday, March 23, 9 to 10 a.m., FREE</strong></p><p>First, of course, don't miss Jonathan and me as we duel over <a href="http://theoubique.org/">Theo Ubique's <em>The Light in the Piazza</em></a>, a musical (or is it an opera?) set in Italy after the Second World War that asks the following musical question: Can a girl from Winston-Salem who's been kicked in the head by a pony find love with a boy from Florence whose parents run a tie shop? (No, I'm not making this up.)</p><p>With a score by composer-lyricist Adam Guettel, whose <em>Floyd Collins</em> was equally unconventional and showed him to be a major new talent, and a book by Craig Lucas whose <em>Prelude to a Kiss</em> is one of the most romantic plays of the past couple of decades,<span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><em>Piazza </em>offers us plenty to talk about. We're on the radio Friday morning, and if you happen to miss the live segment you'll find it <a href="http://wbez.org/848">here on the site</a>.</p><p><a href="http://seanachai.org/"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-22/A Moon Misbegotten_Senachai Theater_Jackie Jasperson.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="Brad Armacost and Carolyn Klein star in 'A Moon from the Misbegotten.' (Seanachai Theatre Company/Jackie Jasperson)"></a><strong><a href="http://seanachai.org/"><em>A Moon for the Misbegotten</em> at Seanachai Theatre Company</a><br> March 23-April 29, Irish American Heritage Center, tickets $24-$28</strong></p><p>What's so great about Seanachai is that it's transcended the default setting of Irish theater, namely, works about The Troubles. It certainly does work of that kind, like last year's spectacular <em>Shadow of a Gunman</em>; but it also does work from the Irish-American canon, and that's what's on tap beginning Friday night. Eugene O'Neill's <em>A Moon for the Misbegotten</em> is even more romantic than <em>Prelude</em> . . . (see above) and has all the richness of his best work without the egregious length of the magisterial <em>Iceman</em> and <em>Long Day's Journey.</em> This production features Steve Pickering as the tortured Jim Tyrone, and that would be reason enough to see the show even if the company weren't so reliably excellent.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.propthtr.org/"><em>". . . drumming in the night"</em> at Prop Thtr</a><br> March 23-April 29, 3502 N. Elston, tickets $15</strong></p><p>Prop Thtr offers its own take on the current craze for work about World War I (<em>War Horse, Downton Abbey</em>, the soon-to-be-released <em>Birdsong</em>) in Bertolt Brecht's first produced play <em>". . . drumming in the night."</em>&nbsp; The company uses a new translation of this tale of a German soldier trying to reconstruct his life and reconnect with his love in defeated postwar Berlin. Brecht was one of the leading critics of the Nazi regime during its rise; look to this early piece to see how the First World War gave birth to the Second.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-22/dont-miss-list-march-22-28-irish-theater-war-stories-97507 Daily Rehearsal: Dan Savage spotted at Steppenwolf http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-27/daily-rehearsal-dan-savage-spotted-steppenwolf-92490 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-27/dansavage_flickr_matt hickey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Julie Taymor will be asked questions</strong></span></span> about<em> Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark</em> until she dies. Now she says the media propagated misconceptions about the show, <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PEOPLE_JULIE_TAYMOR?SITE=AP&amp;SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT">but that</a>&nbsp;"I'm very proud of what I've done, and I'm proud of the people inside that show."&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-27/red man.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 179px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. It's "Paint the Town RED Day"</strong></span></span> according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel,&nbsp;"in honor of&nbsp;Chicago artists, the start of the theater season and the six-time&nbsp;Tony Award-winning play <em>Red </em>at Goodman Theatre. And have you seen the RED MAN running around downtown Chicago?</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>Starting Here, Starting Now</em>&nbsp;by Theo Ubique</strong></span></span> is at No Exit Café, and BOY does it sound emotional! "A stirring coming of age story that unspools through poignant lyrics, exhilarating music and soaring voices as three young characters find love, lose it and find it again."&nbsp;It's dinner theater, but for $20, your meal does not include beverages, taxes, and tips/gratuities.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Chicago Shakespeare Theater returns to its roots</strong></span></span> for the London Olympics. It'll be part of the "Globe to Globe" international theater festival produced by the Globe in London. It's a piece of the <a href="http://www.bplondon2012.com/london_2012_fuelling_the_future/cultural_olympiad/">Cultural Olympiad</a>, which reinterpretes Shakespeare's work for a modern and global audience. Chicago Shakes will be contributing&nbsp;<i>Othello: The Remix</i>,&nbsp;which will be the play, but "presented in American hip-hop." The play will eventually be staged state-side, though no indication when.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-27/dansavage_flickr_matt hickey.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 199px;" title="Dan Savage (Flickr/Matt Hickey)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Dan Savage was <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/SteppenwolfThtr/status/118720154170429440">at <em>Clybourne Park </em></a></strong></span></span>at Steppenwolf on Sunday. At this point, it's a safe assumption that he's a fan of Chicago theater, due to the time he spends here because of his brother (who is a lecturere at Northwestern); Savage was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-11/daily-rehearsal-dan-savage-homosexuals-88956">last seen</a> attending&nbsp;<em>The Homosexuals</em> in July.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-27/daily-rehearsal-dan-savage-spotted-steppenwolf-92490