WBEZ | House Manager Appreciation Week http://www.wbez.org/tags/house-manager-appreciation-week Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Theater nerds rejoice over Playbill Vault http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-02/daily-rehearsal-theater-nerds-rejoice-over-playbill-vault-94547 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-02/playbillvault.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-02/playbillvault.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 196px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Hot news for history buffs: Playbill launched <a href="http://www.playbillvault.com/index.html">PlaybillVault.com</a> yesterday</strong></span></span>, what they're calling a "Comprehensive Broadway Database." The site, which is pretty nice looking, hasn't yet expanded to Off-Broadway content, and it DEFINITELY hasn't expanded into anything we'd consider regional. But for all you theater dorks out there who saved every last Playbill on your trips to the Big City...well, now that was a waste.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Listen to short plays from different authors</strong></span></span> in the <a href="http://chicagoindieradio.org/chirplog/2399/chicago-theatre-off-book-dec-2-2011-ed">latest Chicago Theatre Off-Book</a>, in a very special episode they're calling GAM-fest (it's all their Got A Minute? segment, where they air very very short play excerpts). More excitedly, listen to a few songs from <em>Doyle &amp; Debbie</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. On Sunday night, Chay Yew will be celebrating</strong></span></span> the release of a new book<em> Version 3.0</em>, which Yew edited. The book is an anthology of contemporary Asian American drama, and the event will include a discussion with playwright and poet Luis Alfaro. Included in the book are pieces by Julia Cho, Diana Son, Han Ong and Alice Tuan.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Still celebrating House Manager Appreciation week?</strong></span></span><a href="http://backstageat.backstagejobs.com/?p=835"> Backstage Jobs wants</a> photos of your House Managers. Post them on twitter with <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/search/%20%23HouseManagerAW">#HouseManagerAW</a>&nbsp;or email them to webmaster@backstagejobs.com. Make the unfamous famous, utilizing the power of the internet. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <a href="http://newcitystage.com/2011/11/29/review-ariadne-auf-naxoslyric-opera/">NewCity recommends</a> the Lyric Opera's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lyricopera.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=10253&amp;gclid=CNLB26mR5KwCFYTsKgodkUsRRQ"><em>Ariadne auf Naxos</em></a></strong></span></span>, starring Amber Wagner. And for those who admittedly know little about the art form, there's some nice history about how Wagner happened into the part. Read it! See it! Tonight at 7:30.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 17:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-02/daily-rehearsal-theater-nerds-rejoice-over-playbill-vault-94547 Daily Rehearsal: 'Portlandia: The Tour' sells out Chicago in record time http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-22/daily-rehearsal-portlandia-tour-sells-out-chicago-record-time-94280 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-22/75-atlg.png" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. There's not a ton of stuff to see this weekend</strong></span></span> with the family, and it's basically half getting into the holiday spirit, and the other half a motley crew. Anyhow, <a href="http://www.footlights.com/chicago/events/for/thisweekend/page/1.html">peruse Footlights</a>, see what you like that will get you out of the house more than a walk-off of your turkey-enduced coma.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/75-atlg.png" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 200px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/78431/"><em>Portlandia: The Tour</em></a> is already sold out</strong></span></span>, after tickets just went on sale at 10 am this morning. (Comments indicate they sold out within minutes. Whatever, just put a bird on it.) The show, which you won't be seeing, is in Chicago on January 18 at the Hideout. What will you be missing?<a href="http://www.ifc.com/portlandia/the-tour/"> Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen</a>&nbsp;"performing live music, presenting sneak-peek clips from the show's second season and sharing personal&nbsp;anecdotes about the creation and inspiration of Portlandia and its variety of eccentric characters."&nbsp;Want more Brownstein? Check out <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/live-music-thursday-wild-flags-black-tiles-94156">these videos</a>&nbsp;of Wild Flag performing for <em>Sound Opinions</em> here at WBEZ.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>An Iliad</em> has received the elusive </strong></span></span><a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15032167/an-iliad-at-court-theatre-theater-review"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>five-star review</strong></span></span> from <em>TimeOut</em></a>; reviewer Oliver Sava writes, "Kane’s stunning performance has the spontaneity of a story told around a campfire, yet his emotional reaction to the narrative shows his profound connection to the material." There's also praise for set designers and directors -- it sounds like no one is resting in this production.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Interesting: Yesterday Kris Vire and Ada Grey delievered</strong></span></span>&nbsp;their review of&nbsp;Strawdog's Benefit Performance of<em> <a href="http://adagrey.blogspot.com/2011/11/ada-grey-reviews-for-you-live.html">The Phone Book </a></em><a href="http://adagrey.blogspot.com/2011/11/ada-grey-reviews-for-you-live.html">LIVE</a>. As in, in front of everyone it was concerning. I'm not super familiar with Grey, but <a href="http://adagrey.blogspot.com/">her blog is quite enjoyable</a>. Rude or funny? Your call. Maybe a bit of both, the best way to be.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. The last week in November is House Manager Appreciation Week!&nbsp;</strong></span></span>Not officially or anything, but according<a href="http://backstageat.backstagejobs.com/?p=829"> to Backstage at BackstageJobs.com</a>. They're the ones that have to deal with:</p><ul><li>Irate patrons.</li><li>Sick patrons.</li><li>Violent patrons.</li><li>Drunk patrons.</li></ul><p>And why the last week in November? Because it's the <em>holidays</em>, and that means people are shockingly not on their best behavior.&nbsp;"Not only do [house managers] have the stress of dealing with people who may have no idea what their expected behavior should be in a theatre [tourists], but also trying to ensure that they enjoy the experience enough to consider coming back for a show during the regular season." So hug a House Manager!</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-22/daily-rehearsal-portlandia-tour-sells-out-chicago-record-time-94280