WBEZ | National Opera Week http://www.wbez.org/tags/national-opera-week Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: John Malkovich performs in 'Confessions of a Serial Killer' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-john-malkovich-performs-confessions-serial-killer <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4347450049_4e9e012d0f.jpg" style="float: right; height: 300px; width: 300px; " title="(Flickr/Seth Anderson)" /><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- John Malkovich will be performing in <a href="http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=5512&amp;utm_source=mail2&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=NewsRelease%3AJohnMalkovichStarsinTheInfernalComedyatSymphonyCenterFebruary1and22013"><em>The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer </em></a></strong></span></span>at the Chicago Symphony Center on February 1 and 2. Tickets are now on sale.&nbsp;The production &quot;is staged for a Baroque orchestra with period instruments, two sopranos and one actor. It tells the true story of Austrian serial murderer and writer Jack Unterweger (Malkovich) through chapters of spoken dialogue, each concluded with arias by Gluck, Vivaldi, Beethoven and others.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- <a href="http://ChicagoOperaTheater.org">Chicago Opera Theater</a> is holding a subscription raffle</strong></span></span> for National Opera Week, which runs from this Monday to next. If you a subscription to their entire season this week, you&#39;ll get a chance to get &quot;prime seats&quot; for all the shows.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.blackensembletheater.org/">Black Ensemble Theater</a> </strong></span></span>has announced their new season line-up, called &quot;Treasures and Trinkets.&quot;&nbsp;Music will continue to be the dominant theme of the Season offering the exciting genres of Doo Wop, Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Soul,&rdquo;&nbsp;says Artistic Director Jackie Taylor. They&#39;ve announced, however, that they won&#39;t be extending any productions, because &quot;we think it is important to concentrate on the variety of the productions rather than the length.&nbsp; This allows us to better promote our 5 Play Card while offering even more flexibility in its use over a subscription.&rdquo; The productions are all either written and/or directed by Taylor, including <em>Doo Wop Shoo Bop</em> (which has run previously at Black Ensemble Theater);<em>&nbsp;It&rsquo;s All-Right To Have A Good Time (The Story of Curtis Mayfield)</em>; <em>Howlin At The Moon (The Story of Howlin Wolf)</em>; and Chicago&rsquo;s <em>Golden Soul.</em></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- The <a href="http://www.neofuturists.org">Neo-Futurists</a> are adding three performances</strong></span></span> to their run of<em> 44 Plays for 44 Presidents</em>; it&#39;ll now close November 17, if at that point you&#39;re not entirely election-ed out.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-john-malkovich-performs-confessions-serial-killer Daily Rehearsal: A Marc Maron documentary http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-03/daily-rehearsal-marc-maron-documentary-93731 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-05/Marc Maron Spitzer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Jodi Lennon has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/jodi-lennon,64504/?utm_medium=RSS&amp;utm_campaign=feeds&amp;utm_source=avclub_rss_daily">sort-of surreptitiously made a documentary about Marc Maron</a></strong></span></span>, and by that, I mean she made one after September 11th about his first post-terrorist attack comedy show.&nbsp;Not only does it include great quotes like "I'm f***ing floundering in insecurity and fear right now," but Maron looks so young but sounds exactly the same! That's what happens when <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-28/aldermen-want-decriminalize-pot-media-rushes-find-stock-photos-93566">you listen to people on the radio without seeing them a lot</a>. Also Lennon refers to Manhattan as "Manhattan Island" in this interview, which is just too cute. It's screening on November 8-9th at the Annoyance Theater.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/28559499" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="490" frameborder="0" height="276"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The suburbs are not a destination</strong></span></span>, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ott-1104-jones-loop-20111102,0,6898461.story">according to this headline in the <em>Chicago Tribune</em></a>. Except now they are, because of <em>The Sound of Music</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. In order to get people hot about their new season</strong></span></span>, Chicago Opera Theatre had a flashmob that WLN TV describes as "a lot less annoying." They performed at&nbsp;Chicago French Market at lunch yesterday, and <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/blogs/leshock-value/wgntv-pop-up-opera-chicago-opera-theater-takes-the-flash-mob-to-a-higher-key-video-photos-20111102,0,1376051.photogallery">here are some photos</a>&nbsp;and a video. It's part of their pop-up Opera series this week, plus there's also a scavenger hunt. Because why? It's <a href="http://www.chicagooperatheater.org/arias/now2011.html">National Opera Week</a>!</p><p><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>4. TimeLine has extended <em>The Pitmen Painters</em></strong></span></span>. Of the play, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-12/class-classroom-again-timelines-pitmen-painters-91864">Kelly Kleiman wrote</a>, "under BJ Jones's strong direction,&nbsp;<em>The Pitmen Painters</em>&nbsp;feels fresh as well as powerful, with any&nbsp;History Boys&nbsp;echoes serving only to make this play's truths ring louder." It'll be up through December 18.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Hideout</strong></span></span>? Yes, the esteemed Navy Pier institution is <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15010891/chicago-shakespeare-bringing-national-theatre-of-scotland-to-hideout">teaming up</a> with the speakeasy bar and performance spot to put on <a href="http://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/content/default.asp?page=home_LongGoneLonesome"><em>Long Gone Lonesome</em></a> from the National Theatre of Scotland. It'll run the weekend of February 2, and will be followed by&nbsp;"a joyous post-performance dance party," which probably won't look anything like <a href="http://www.chancesdances.org/">Chances Dances</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-03/daily-rehearsal-marc-maron-documentary-93731