WBEZ | Writers’ Theatre http://www.wbez.org/tags/writers%E2%80%99-theatre Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Raising funds for comedians without insurance http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-raising-funds-comedians-without-insurance-102709 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6882998917_c24770e8af_z.jpg" style="height: 451px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="John Fox in 2011. (Flickr/LOL Comedy TV)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/275541"><em>Frankenstein </em></a></strong></span></span>opens this weekend at City Lit. You probably know what this one&#39;s about.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Zanies is giving all ticket sales</strong></span></span> in their Chicago, St. Charles and Rosemont locations to the John Fox Memorial Fund on October 4. Fox was a Chicago comedian who died of complications from colon cancer in May of this year; the fund gives cancer check-ups to comedians who don&#39;t have insurance. The featured performer in Chicago is Nick Vatterott; St. Charles is Bret Ernst and Rosemont is Jimmy Schubert. You can read more about Fox <a href="http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=John+Fox">here</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.writerstheatre.org">Writers&rsquo; Theatre</a> </strong></span></span>is adding two weeks of <em>Hamlet </em>performances, but the show will definitely close on November 25.&nbsp;</p><p>- Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-raising-funds-comedians-without-insurance-102709 Daily Rehearsal: The RedEye takes a tip from TimeOut http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-19/daily-rehearsal-redeye-takes-tip-timeout-93290 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-19/9498.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Doyle and Debbie</em> are doing quite well in Chicago</strong></span></span>. Of their show,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ent-1019-doyle-review-20111018,0,7957134.column">Chris Jones wrote that</a>&nbsp;"the last time I laughed anywhere close to this hard was at <em>The Book of Mormon</em>," (which wasn't <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/03/book-of-mormon-broadway-review-south-park.html">that long ago</a>, but okay). And <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/8283619-421/doyle-debbie-show-will-wow-your-socks-off.html">Hedy Weiss said</a> that the show threw "every preconceived notion" she had about the South and country music "right out the trailer window."&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-19/9498.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 314px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Kris Vire <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/krisvire/status/126766839043854336">points out</a> that the <em>RedEye</em></strong></span></span> seems to have cribbed a bit of their "<a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/krisvire/status/126766839043854336">who's new in Chicago theater</a>" from his <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14917357/the-new-guard-of-local-theater">recent piece</a> on the same topic.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;LiveWire Chicago Theatre’s 2011-12 season</strong></span></span> starts up in November with the Chicago premiere of <em>A Bright New Boise</em>, which perhaps takes place entirely in the break-room of a <a href="http://www.hobbylobby.com/">Hobby Lobby</a>? Also, raise your hand if you even know what a Hobby Lobby is.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <em>The Caretaker</em> at&nbsp;Writers’ Theatre</strong></span></span> also opens in November. "When Aston brings Davies, a fast talking tramp, to his cramped home full of odds and ends, offering him a bed and a much needed place to get on his feet, Davies quickly realizes that Aston and his brother Mick have a very different take on the world around them. From Aston’s half finished “projects” to Mick’s grand plans for the future, the three become an unlikely trio trying desperately to connect to one another but always missing the mark." This sounds mildly like the plot of <em>Lady and the Tramp</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/promotions/14986731/enter-to-win-tickets-and-a-meet-and-greet-with-adam-pascal-and-anth">Win two tickets</a> to see the original&nbsp;<em>Rent</em>'s</strong></span></span><em>&nbsp;</em>Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp at the North Shore Center on Saturday. They'll perform and share stories, and you YES you will get to meet them.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-19/daily-rehearsal-redeye-takes-tip-timeout-93290