WBEZ | Crowns http://www.wbez.org/tags/crowns Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Olivia Newton-John, naturally http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-olivia-newton-john-naturally-101057 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/210255319_623332b72a_z.jpg" style="height: 393px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Newton-John at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989. Amazing. (Flickr/Alan Light)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Coming to the Paramount</strong></span></span>: Olivia Newton-John! November 10, 8 pm. Tickets vary in price from $50 to $75.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Regina Taylor of <em>Crowns</em> </strong></span></span>stopped by <em>Afternoon Shift </em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/regina-taylors-crowns-lifts-lid-violence-family-and-faith-101036">yesterday</a>.</p><p><strong>-&nbsp;First Folio Theatre</strong> is doing a staged reading of<em> Shylock and his Daughter</em> by Maurice Schwartz&nbsp;on Thursday, July 26 and Thursday, August 2, 9, and 16, all at 8:15 pm. It&#39;s <em>The Merchant of Venice</em>, but from the perspective of Shylock, as the title would suggest.<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; ">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- And a shameless plug</strong></span></span>: check out my <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/hungry-artists">Hungry Artists</a> series about young Chicagoans try to make it in creative, performance-related fields.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-olivia-newton-john-naturally-101057 Daily Rehearsal: Tickets for the Chicago Dancing Festival released next week http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-tickets-chicago-dancing-festival-released-next-week <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Here is an interview</strong></span></span> by Richard Steele <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/play-based-greek-classic-set-contemporary-gangland-100740">with playwright Luis Alfaro</a> on <em>Oedipus El Rey</em></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- And here is a conversation</strong></span></span> from <em>Afternoon Shift</em>&nbsp;about Redmoon Theater <em>Urban Interventions </em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/why-redmoon-believes-public-art-should-be-about-more-just-statues-100722">with&nbsp;co-artistic directors Jim Lasko and Frank Magueri</a>.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Here is <a href="https://twitter.com/GoodmanTheatre/status/222726214891212804">a picture of some fantastic hats </a></strong></span></span>at the opening of <em>Crowns</em>; the production has been extended a week through August 12. Some performances will have special guest gospel singers, including vocalist Darius Brooks.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/hubbard%20street%20ana%20lopez.%20todd%20rosenberg.jpg" style="height: 199px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="Hubbard Street Dance Chicago dancer Ana Lopez in Nacho Duato’s 'Gnawa.' (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)" /><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- You can get free tickets</strong></span></span> to the <a href="http://chicagodancingfestival.com/blog">Chicago Dancing Festival</a> a week from today, meaning you can start making reservations for the performances that require them. Tickets will be staggered depending on venue and there is a limit of two per person per event. &quot;Note that of the six free events that make up this year&rsquo;s Festival, three require tickets and three <em>do not</em>, meaning anyone and everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the dancing.&quot; The actual festival starts August 20.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenhousetheater.org/index.php/my-first-time"><em>My First Time</em></a></strong></span></span> is still in full swing at Greenhouse Theater Center; this production comes from Broken Nose Theatre. It&#39;s about what you think it&#39;s about.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-tickets-chicago-dancing-festival-released-next-week Don't-Miss List July 5-11: A pair of worthy rivals, and a pair of worthy revivals http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/dont-miss-list-july-5-11-pair-worthy-rivals-and-pair-worthy-revivals <p><p><u><strong><em>A Steady Rain</em></strong>, The Chicago Commercial Collective at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 West Chicago Avenue; first preview this Saturday (the 7th) at 8 pm, opening night Tuesday (the 10th) at 8; tickets $35-$40.</u><br /><br />The original cast and crew reunite to stage Keith Huff&rsquo;s powerful two-character police drama, which investigates the nature and extent of friendship as well as the impact of crime on the people whose job it is to solve it. The piece had its 15 minutes of fame when Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Daniel Craig (007) did it on Broadway; but having seen both that production and the original in Chicago, I strongly recommend this one. Director Russ Tutterow understands every nuance of the piece and actors Randy Steinmeyer and Peter de Faria are so authentic as to be terrifying. Through September 2; the perfect play for our long hot summer. -KK<br /><br /><u><strong><em>Crowns</em></strong>, The Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street, opens this Monday (the 9th) at 7 pm; tickets $29-$88.</u><br /><br />The press for <strong><em>Crowns</em></strong> describes it as &ldquo;the most-produced new musical in the US over the past decade.&rdquo;&nbsp; Now the show returns to its roots at the Goodman, with author Regina Taylor at the helm, bringing Gospel music and a sure feel for the world of the African-American church and the Southern ladies who keep it going.&nbsp; Any show featuring E. Faye Butler and Felicia Fields is worth watching for them alone. Through August 5. -KK</p><div><u><strong><em>Electra</em></strong>, <a href="http://www.maryarrchie.com">Mary-Arrchie Theatre</a>, 735 W. Sheridan Road (at Broadway), second floor;&nbsp;through July 29; tickets $15-$20.</u></div><div>Of the hundreds of Greek tragedies written over the centuries of the Athenian Golden Age, only 32 survive. We presume that those 32 are among the finest and most popular of their kind, so it&#39;s good that several of them still are performed fairly frequently. But why-oh-why can&#39;t directors leave them alone? Are they so afraid of history and antiquity&mdash;or ignorant of them&mdash;that they can&#39;t find an honest translation of a play and stage it as it is? Why must they always &quot;re-imagine&quot; or update or&mdash;worse still&mdash;pretend they are poets and classical scholars and &quot;adapt&quot; the texts?&nbsp;&nbsp;Do they think modern audiences won&#39;t get it otherwise? Hey, audiences&nbsp;will&nbsp;get it if a Greek tragedy is staged with the simplicity, directness and vigor of the original. Be that as it may, our long and hot summer is bringing re-conceptions of three of the most famous Greek tragedies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mary-Arrchie Theater, going strong after 26 years, is presenting Euripides&#39;&nbsp;<strong><em>Electra</em></strong>, adapted by notable director Sonja Moser, and staged with an ensemble of undergraduate theater students from Illinois State University, which has a highly-regarded School of Theatre. Moser sets&nbsp;<em>Electra</em>&nbsp;&quot;in John Deere country,&quot; which actually is Moline, IL, and is bringing rock music, meta-theatrics and teen angst to this tale of daughter-and-son revenge on Mom. Since the real John Deere started the company in 1837 when American still was an agrarian nation, the rock music might be unnecessary. And pure Greek tragedy, by definition, is meta-theatrical (hey, masks, music, chant, dance, verse, etc.), so are we reinventing the wheel here? -JA</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pp-oedipus-nu.png" style="float: left; " title="'Oedipus el Rey' at Victory Gardens Theater" /><u><strong><em>Oedipus el Rey</em></strong>, <a href="http://www.victorygardens.org">Victory Gardens Theater</a>, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.;&nbsp;through July 29; tickets $15-$50.</u></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Victory Gardens is the venue for a broader re-conception, this one based on the most famous of all Greek plays, Sophocles&#39;&nbsp;<em>Oedipus the King</em>. Latino playwright Luis Alfaro has not adapted any translation of the play, but uses the well-known story as the basis for his original work,&nbsp;<strong><em>Oedipus el Rey</em></strong>, in which the city-state of Thebes becomes the Los Angeles barrio, and Oedipus is an ex-con gangbanger who rises to power. Alfaro achieved considerable national success in 2004 doing something similar with&nbsp;Electra, retitled&nbsp;Electricidad&nbsp;(performed locally at the Goodman Theatre). Victory Gardens artistic director Chay Yew has staged&nbsp;<em>Oedipus el Rey</em>. - JA</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><u><strong><em>Antigone</em></strong>, <a href="http://www.coldbasement.org">Cold Basement Dramatics</a>, Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway;&nbsp;Aug. 2-19; inquire for tickets.</u></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Although it won&#39;t overlap the first two plays, down the road apiece we&#39;ll see an update of Sophocles&#39;&nbsp;<strong><em>Antigone</em></strong>, a stand-alone play that nonetheless functions as a sequel to&nbsp;<em>Oedipus the King</em>&nbsp;(even though it was written earlier), and focuses on the fate of Oedipus&#39;s children in the form of a metaphysical argument about obedience to the law vs. obedience to the gods. It will be presented by Cold Basement Dramatics as staged and&mdash;what else&mdash;adapted by the troupe&#39;s artistic director, Jack Bourgeois, who is setting it in 1964; an era several decades before he was born. Warning: those who are nostalgic about the 1960&#39;s either don&#39;t remember them or weren&#39;t there. It will be an extremely intimate production in the tiny Oracle storefront space. - JA</div><br /></p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 11:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/dont-miss-list-july-5-11-pair-worthy-rivals-and-pair-worthy-revivals Daily Rehearsal: the 'Good Wife' actually comes to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-17/daily-rehearsal-good-wife-actually-comes-chicago-94149 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-17/4300606173_d5080eab0d.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Debates over how good <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-01/daily-rehearsal-new-york-cast-chinglish-has-one-surprise-91392"><em>Maestro </em></a>is</strong></span></span> continue among the major media outlets, with votes all over the place. The <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/hershey-felders-maestro-at-royal-george-theatre/Content?oid=5011710"><em>Reader </em>says that</a> Hershey Felder "succeeds on every level". The<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/8741203-452/hershey-felder-is-brilliant-in-his-personification-of-composer-leonard-bernstein.html"> <em>Sun-Times</em> says</a> he's "a genius." But <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15023275/maestro-the-art-of-leonard-bernstein-at-royal-george-theatre-theater-r"><em>TimeOut </em>qualifies that</a> the show"doesn’t really reach a roof-blowing emotional intensity," though the <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-11-11/entertainment/ct-ent-1112-bernstein-review-20111112_1_art-of-leonard-bernstein-hershey-felder-maestro"><em>Trib </em>writes</a> that it's "the best of [Felder's] self-composed entertainments to date."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The cast of <em>Crowns </em>at the Goodman </strong></span></span>has been announced, with E. Faye Butler and Felicia Fields taking the leading roles of Mabel and Mother Shaw, respectively. Jasondra Johnson (described as a "newcomer") will play Velma. It opens in June, so we've got a long season or two to wait.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-17/4300606173_d5080eab0d.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 275px; height: 399px;" title="Margulies accepts her SAG award (Flickr/Cinema em Séries)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Julianna Margulies, star of the excellent show <em>The Good Wife</em></strong></span></span>, (which is all about Chicago though not actually filmed in Chicago) will be honored by Steppenwolf at their third annual <em>Steppenwolf Salutes WOMEN IN THE ARTS</em> luncheon&nbsp;in March. Margulies will be interviewed on stage by Martha Lavey; the award has previously gone to<a href="http://www.playbill.com/news/article/135825-Martha-Lavey-Will-Interview-Joan-Allen-at-Steppenwolf-Benefit-Event">&nbsp;Joan Allen</a> and<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-14/daily-rehearsal-steppenwolf-sends-emmy-congrats-martha-plimpton-891"> Martha Plimpton</a>, both of whom were ensemble members with the company. The event will raise money for the company's Professional Leadership Program, which trains "young professionals seeking hands-on experience in theater administration, production and technology" through Steppenwolf's internships and apprenticeships. I'll be real: This sounds like something Margulies' character Alicia Florrick would be forced to go to in her "good wifing."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Performing in the play of a book they've probably never read</strong></span></span>, students that are in Chicago-area choirs will be performing at the Goodman in their 34th annual <em>A Christmas Carol</em>. They'll be doing 30-minutes of singing holiday tunes before the show starts; it would be wise to avoid catching up on your holiday shopping downtown before the show, as that's a lot of the same stuff and I've read it can make you go crazy. It opens November 18; the participating schools are Barrington High, Benet Academy, Walter Payton, Lincoln Park,&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Denis O'Hare won't be <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-15/daily-rehearsal-offensive-comments-about-not-vulgar-enough-musical-">one of the crazies at<em> The Homerathon</em></a></strong></span></span>, but he will be doing<em> An Iliad</em> at the Public Theatre in New York, after talks to come back to Chicago for a variety of plays, including Court's production of the show,<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ott-1118-jones-loop-20111116,0,6238510.story"> fell through</a> because of his TV schedule.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-17/daily-rehearsal-good-wife-actually-comes-chicago-94149