WBEZ | Holland Taylor http://www.wbez.org/tags/holland-taylor Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: AEA to get special Jeff award http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-aea-get-special-jeff-award-102619 <p><p><strong>- Holland Taylor&#39;s <em>Ann </em></strong>is opening on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater&rsquo;s Vivian Beaumont Theater, <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/ann-holland-taylors-play-about-ann-richards-will-open-on-broadway/">reports the <em>New York Times</em></a>, in March of 2013. The show was in Chicago <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-10/daily-rehearsal-holland-taylor-stage-not-two-and-half-men-93938">last fall</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- An older piece but check out all the shows</strong></span></span> you can see about our election cycle in the Chicago comedy world right now<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/15648816/politically-themed-comedy-shows"> from Jason A. Heidemann</a>.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AEA_0.gif" style="float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The&nbsp;Actors&rsquo; Equity Association will get a special Jeff award </strong></span></span>on October 15 &quot;in recognition of their contributions to Chicagoland theatre. In addition to this year being their 100th anniversary, AEA was the original impetus in organizing the formation of a Chicago area theatre award program, which became the Jeff Awards.&quot; In case it wasn&#39;t clear, the AEA is a union for actors and stage managers.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-aea-get-special-jeff-award-102619 Daily Rehearsal: More 'Hit the Wall' shows added http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-09/daily-rehearsal-more-hit-wall-shows-added-97121 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-09/holland taylor daily beast.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Here is a performance</strong></span></span> of Ann Richards aka Holland Taylor.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><embed base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=1498063692001&amp;linkBaseURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thedailybeast.com%2Farticles%2F2012%2F03%2F09%2Fholland-taylor-celebrates-texas-governor-ann-richards.html%3Futm_source%3Dfeedburner%26utm_medium%3Dfeed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed%253A%2Bthedailybeast%252Farticles%2B%2528The%2BDaily%2BBeast%2B-%2BLatest%2BArticles%2529%26utm_content%3DGoogle%2BReader&amp;playerId=271557391&amp;viewerSecureGatewayURL=https://console.brightcove.com/services/amfgateway&amp;servicesURL=http://services.brightcove.com/services&amp;cdnURL=http://admin.brightcove.com&amp;domain=embed&amp;autoStart=false&amp;" height="412" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/271557391" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="486"></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;<a href="http://chicagoindieradio.org/chirplog/2512/chicago-theatre-off-book-march-9-2012-ed">Chicago Theatre&nbsp;Off Book</a>'s episode</strong></span></span> this week is full of tons of short plays, written by playwrights like Brett Neveu and Chad Volkers. Check it. &nbsp;</p><p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">3. Gary Griffin of Chicago Shakes</span></span></strong> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-09/gary-griffin-and-fictional-music-mechanicals-97117">spoke on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em></a> about <em>A Midsummer Night's Dream</em>; he was joined by the members of The Mechanicals, which are <em>not </em>a band you haven't heard of.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. And a couple more <em>Hit the Wall</em></strong></span></span> shows have been added; <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-06/daily-rehearsal-look-chicago-women%E2%80%99s-funny-festival-97013">this time</a> it's extended through April 22, but it "must" close then. The cast remains the same, save for&nbsp;Daeshawna Cook replacing Shannon Matesky in the role of Roberta.&nbsp;Looks like a few good reviews do go a long way.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 20:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-09/daily-rehearsal-more-hit-wall-shows-added-97121 Daily Rehearsal: Offensive comments about a not-vulgar-enough musical http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-15/daily-rehearsal-offensive-comments-about-not-vulgar-enough-musical- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-15/people-come11.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Route 66 got press for Rahm Emanuel attending <em>A Twist of Water</em></strong></span></span>, but Kelly Kleiman thinks they have bigger news yet:&nbsp;Fran Guinan of Steppenwolf and Janet Ulrich Brooks (mostly of TimeLine) will be reading a new play called <em>Goldfish </em>by John Kolvenbach&nbsp;November 29 at 7:30. "They&nbsp;really ARE two of the town's best actors," she says, in response to the press release. &nbsp;You may know Guinan from a smaller screen but a bigger venue; his latest role is as Governor of Illinois on <em>Boss</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Court Theatre and the Classical Entertainment Society host <em>The Homerathon</em></strong></span></span>, a 24-hour reading of Homer's Iliad, at Court this weekend, Sunday through Monday. Sounds...fun (and very UChicago). Food, (non-)alcoholic beverages and activities included. According to Dramaturg Drew Dir,&nbsp;“We’re going to read every word of Homer’s <em>Iliad </em>until it’s finished—that’s 15,693 lines of verse, or about twenty-four hours of active reading." He continues: "Of course, we’ve invited readers to read in any language or translation they choose— one of the faculty members, for example, is reading from his favorite translation, a translation by eighteenth-century English poet Alexander Pope. We’ve also invited participants to read it in the original ancient Greek, which many here at the University of Chicago are more than prepared<img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-15/hollandrosieloretta.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 201px;" title="Holland Taylor, Loretta Swit and Rosie O'Donnell at 'Ann' over the weekend"> to do.” If you want to read or watch,&nbsp;RSVP to Ryan Mease at rmease@gmail.com.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Here's a classy, classy&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15023115/photo-rosie-odonnell-loretta-swit-visit-holland-taylors-ann">photo&nbsp;</a>of Holland Taylor</strong></span></span>, Loretta Swit and Rosie O'Donnell at&nbsp;<em>Ann</em>. Oh to be a fly on the wall of that conversation...</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Michael Kaiser</strong></span></span>, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-kaiser/the-death-of-criticism-or_b_1092125.html">hates critics</a>. The best comment on his piece? "'The problem with quotes (or reviews) on the internet is that it is difficult to determine whether they are genuine.' - Abraham Lincoln."</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-15/people-come11.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 249px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-18/daily-rehearsal-93244/">Street Tempo Theatre Co.</a> is starting to get some buzz for </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.streettempotheatre.com/#%21lmpc"><em>Let My People Come! A Sexual Musical</em></a>, which is not, in fact, a modern adapatation of <em>Hair</em>. One reviewer labels it "Vulgar pornographic musical not raunchy enough for 2011 tastes." I'd argue that this review is vulgar and offensive enough to make up for anything <em>Let My People Come!</em> is lacking. "...many cast members were not too sexy," <a href="http://chicagocritic.com/let-my-people-come/">writes Tom Williams</a>. "If the aim was to have representatives from all size and weight and body types- this show hit the target." Yet despite all these ugly people, Williams still wishes there had been "more skin, more faux-sex acts and loads of nudity" which "would have spiced up the show. During&nbsp; the ending numbers cast members only stripped to their designer underwear when full nudity would have brought the house down."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 15:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-15/daily-rehearsal-offensive-comments-about-not-vulgar-enough-musical- Daily Rehearsal: Holland Taylor on the stage, not on 'Two and a Half Men' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-10/daily-rehearsal-holland-taylor-stage-not-two-and-half-men-93938 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-10/3591393684_344fb8cc53.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-10/3591393684_344fb8cc53.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 179px; height: 250px;" title="Holland Taylor (Flickr/David Shankbone)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. The performance that you've (I've) been eagerly waiting for</strong></span></span> has finally hit, and it's got so much more bang for its buck than I ever dreamed. Holland Tyalor plays former Texas Governor Ann Richards in <a href="http://www.chicago-theater.com/theaters/bank-of-america-theater/ann-an-affectionate-portrait-of-ann-richards.php"><em>Ann - An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards</em></a>. Taylor wrote the one-woman show, of which <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/8717160-421/holland-taylor-paints-a-portrait-of-the-feisty-gov-ann-richards-in-one-woman-show.html">she says</a>, "It is an adventure that has expanded me and changed my life and my career. I’m a pretty solitary and melancholy person, but I now get to be gregarious and outgoing. Ann has taught me to have a party in my life." It opens this Sunday.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Casting has been announced for&nbsp;Porchlight's<em>&nbsp;<a href="http://porchlightmusictheatre.org/a-catered-affair/">A Catered Affair</a></em></strong></span></span>, which<em style="">&nbsp;</em>opens&nbsp;February 18. Expect&nbsp;Rebecca Finnegan, Craig Spidle, Kelly Davis Wilson&nbsp;and&nbsp;Jerry O’Boyle. But real talk, this play tackles the big stuff: "A couple must decide whether to spend their life savings on the family taxicab company or to celebrate their only daughter’s marriage with a lavish catered affair, providing her with the joyful wedding they never had for themselves." When I first read that I thought the family was deciding between just one cab ride and the wedding, which is sort of less than&nbsp;<em style="">Sophie's Choice</em>.<span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="text-align: left; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Reality? Youtube? Theater?&nbsp;</strong></span></span>It's all the same. "What is it like to be an overnight Internet sensation? Chicago beatboxer Yuri Lane knows all about it." The play&nbsp;<em style="text-align: left;">MeTube&nbsp;</em>stars Lane, who is a "beatbox harmonica virtuoso" IRL, and about whom director Rachel Havrelock wrote the play. It plays this Saturday at 7:30 at Victory Gardens; watch a preview of Lane's talents below.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2cKqq_lcCwo" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Straight off of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-09/daily-rehearsal-emanuel-makes-dance-proclamation-93902">yesterday's exciting circus update</a></strong></span></span>, we learn that this is the perfect circus for "a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/11/08/a-simpler-circus">circus virgin</a>." &nbsp;The <em>Reader</em> also brings us a <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/11/04/hot-tix-sales-up-46-percent-is-that-good-news">glance into the sales of Hot Tix "half-off" tickets</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Watch <a href="http://www.livestream.com/newplay/folder?dirId=2322c9b2-d7c3-4493-b108-8045763e1627">@NewPlayTV's video archive</a></strong></span></span> of Steppenwolf's panel conversation from Sunday "How to Engage 21st Century Audiences in New Plays."&nbsp;Robert O’Hara and Marisa Wegrzyn discuss how playwrights have been involved in marketing their own plays, among other issues.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-10/daily-rehearsal-holland-taylor-stage-not-two-and-half-men-93938