WBEZ | The Nutcracker http://www.wbez.org/tags/nutcracker-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Top 3 reasons I hate 'The Nutcracker' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-23/top-3-reasons-i-hate-nutcracker-94308 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/nutpage.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-23/nutpage.jpeg" style="width: 600px; height: 304px;" title=""></p><p>1) It’s pretty.</p><p>2) It’s boring.</p><p>3) It’s everywhere, crowding out more interesting dance programs.</p><p>Am I the only <em>Nutcracker</em> Scrooge in town? I'd love to hear from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and/or future so I can be transfigured and mend my mean-spirited ways.</p></p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-23/top-3-reasons-i-hate-nutcracker-94308 Daily Rehearsal: Sad Playwright is the latest theater tumblr http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-02/daily-rehearsal-sad-playwright-latest-theater-tumblr-93690 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-02/tumblr_ltw9a9BWwm1r4u8kh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-02/tumblr_ltw9a9BWwm1r4u8kh.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 250px;" title="Adrienne Dawes, a very Sad Playwright"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. It wouldn't be a good week without a good new theater-related Tumblr</strong></span></span>. <a href="http://sadplaywright.com/">Sad Playwright</a> is fresh off the presses, and churning out lots of awesome pictures of playwrights who have to be sad because theater is a sad, unprofitable pastime. From my brief foray into the site, it appears that there are few Chicago playwrights (an appearance is made by <a href="http://sadplaywright.com/post/12127485990/adrienne-dawes-chicago-il-sad-bio-after">Adrienne Dawes</a>), and most of the submissions have come from New Yorkers. Get a new job guys! Or just use this site to sneakily promote yourself to people who already would probably know who you are.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Want to know how to get the best seats in Chicago?</strong></span></span> <a href="http://chicagolikealocal.com/2011/11/01/how-to-get-the-best-chicago-theater-seats/">Read this piece</a>. Most of it is common sense, but the basic message is: Don't just take what you're given. Fight for your right to parrrrrtay.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Dave Urlakis and Sean Cusick</strong></span></span> are bringing their revue <em>Urlakis &amp; Cusick</em> to Stage 773 starting next week. It's funny. If you've seen their Youtube stuff <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1jAr466DJc">Awkward Spaceship</a>, you'll know what you're in for. Justin Kaufmann, expert on all that is comedy, says, "Sean's funny. He used to have a loft on Lincoln Avenue that we partied at a lot."</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-02/nutpage.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 395px; height: 200px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <em>The Paper Machete</em> gets an </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/the-paper-machete,64290/"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>extensive shout-out</strong></span></span> in <em>The A.V. Club</em></a>&nbsp;as part of their "It Still Moves" series that looks at stuff that's been around that you should pay attention to. And while you're at it, just <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-02/paper-machete-radio-magazine-halloween-show-guest-host-josh-zagoren">listen to the new podcast</a>, which is all Halloween-ed out, because you have not had enough, no you have not.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. And yes it's that season again: <a href="http://www.joffrey.org/nut"><em>The Nutcracker</em></a> is back</strong></span></span> at the Joffrey, starting December 9. Relieve those ballerina dreams you never ever even got close to fulfilling. This year is especially special, because it's the 25th anniversary.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-02/daily-rehearsal-sad-playwright-latest-theater-tumblr-93690