WBEZ | Chicago Gay Men's Chorus http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-gay-mens-chorus 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