WBEZ | The Jackie Wilson Story http://www.wbez.org/tags/jackie-wilson-story Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Dueling Critics: Black Ensemble Theater revives 'The Jackie Wilson Story' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-25/dueling-critics-black-ensemble-theater-revives-jackie-wilson-story-94336 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/jackiewilsonbox.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The holiday season generally comes along with a nice big helping of schmaltzy sentiment on the side; <em>It’s A Wonderful Life</em> anyone? But at the risk of sounding corny, there is a local story that lets its audience believe dreams really can come true. It only required more than three decades of hard work and perseverance.</p><p>Jackie Taylor is the driving force behind <a href="http://www.blackensembletheater.org/" target="_blank">Black Ensemble Theater</a>: She has just opened up the space of her dreams, one that aims to serve the company, the audience and the broader community. To christen their new Cultural Center, BET revived of one of its most successful productions, <a href="http://www.blackensembletheater.org/event/2" target="_blank"><em>The Jackie Wilson Story</em></a>. The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics" target="_blank"><em>Dueling Critics</em></a> Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to examine whether the production packed as much soul as the lady who shepherded the new building into being.</p><p><em>The Jackie Wilson Story</em> plays through Jan. 8 at the new Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.</p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 07:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-25/dueling-critics-black-ensemble-theater-revives-jackie-wilson-story-94336