WBEZ | Urlakis & Cusick http://www.wbez.org/tags/urlakis-cusick Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: 'The Book Thief' gets a small bump http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-book-thief-gets-small-bump-102874 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Urlakis%20%26%20Cusick%20-%20Questionable%20Lullabies%20-%20Sean%20Cusick%20and%20Dave%20Urlakis%20-%20photo%20by%20Zack%20Whittington.jpeg" style="float: left; height: 200px; width: 300px; " title="Urlakis &amp; Cusick (Photo by Zack Whittington)" /><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &nbsp;The University of Chicago </strong></span></span><a href="http://loganlaunch.uchicago.edu"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>Logan Arts Center</strong></span></span> officially opens</a> October 12 through 14. The opening is a weekend of free arts events, featuring a performance by Los Cenzontles who will be joined by Los Lobos&#39; David Hidalgo, a reading of Sean Graney&#39;s All Our Tragic and a talk with the architects of the South Side building. (Disclaimer: I was a student advisor on a council that reviewed the design for the Logan Center in its early days).</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Steppenwolf for Young Adults&#39; <em>The Book Thief</em></strong></span></span> has been extended for two additional performances.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/UrlakisandCusick" target="_blank">Urlakis &amp; Cusick</a>&#39;s new show</strong></span></span>&nbsp;<em>Urlakis &amp; Cusick: Questionable Lullabies </em>opens that weekends as well at Stage 773. Look at that photo.<strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-book-thief-gets-small-bump-102874 Daily Rehearsal: Chicago Gay Men's Chorus' new season starts up http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-30/daily-rehearsal-chicago-gay-mens-chorus-new-season-starts-94464 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-30/holiday11-square.png" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. A review is in for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-02/daily-rehearsal-sad-playwright-latest-theater-tumblr-93690"><em>Urlakis &amp; Cusick</em></a></strong></span></span>, <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/15038995/review-of-the-week-urlakis-cusick-at-stage-773">described by Steve Etheridge</a> as "good, frenetic fun, but definitely not for the pure of heart. Set your conscience to standby and enjoy."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Hubris Productions has <a href="http://www.hubrisproductions.com/all_childish_things.htm"><em>All Childish Things</em></a></strong></span></span> at Greenhouse. It's about a high-stakes robbery, but these stakes are not the normal ones, because what this group of friends wants to steal is <em>Star Wars</em> merchandise. "[W]hen the heist goes wrong, lives are threatened, secrets are revealed and the ultimate temptation threatens to tear these friends apart forever." Is it fair to assume this is a comedy because it's about stealing <em>Star Wars</em> memorabilia.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-30/holiday11-square.png" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 300px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus' new season starts up</strong></span></span> this weekend; see them at the Athenaeum. The new show is called <a href="http://www.cgmc.org/event/2011/holly-follies"><em>Holly Follies</em></a>, and while you can sing-along to some tunes, expect Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis Jr. and...Straight No Chaser's "Who Spiked the Eggnog?" Nothing if not diverse.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Zac Thompson agrees <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-29/daily-rehearsal-shake-ups-neo-futurists-94427">with our Dueling Critics</a></strong></span></span> about&nbsp;<em>The Jackie Wilson Story</em>. "Black Ensemble isn't known for its spirit of experimentation," he writes in<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-jackie-wilson-story-at-black-ensemble/Content?oid=5052127"> his review</a> of the group's latest production. However, he takes it one step further, crediting that decision to executive director Jackie Taylor's leadership. "Taylor long ago discovered a workable formula and, by gum, she's sticking to it. Most of the shows in the company's 35-year history have been upbeat, biographical jukebox musicals about R&amp;B singers, and nearly all of those were written and directed by Taylor. (For a theater with the word "ensemble" in its name, BE looks an awful lot like a one-woman operation.)"</p><p><strong>5. Among the shows closing this weekend</strong>:&nbsp;<em>The 13 Clocks</em> from&nbsp;Lifeline Theatre;&nbsp;<em>A&nbsp;Behanding in Spokane&nbsp;</em>from Profiles Theatre (read <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/news.php?articleID=665">this article by Mary Shen Barnidge</a>&nbsp;about the gruesome props they've got), <em>The Great Fire</em> (beautiful set),&nbsp;and <em>The Witches</em>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-30/daily-rehearsal-chicago-gay-mens-chorus-new-season-starts-94464 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