WBEZ | Profiles Theatre http://www.wbez.org/tags/profiles-theatre Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Profiles Theatre extends 'After' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-profiles-theatre-extends-after-102937 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/after.jpg" style="height: 138px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Profiles Theatre extended <a href="http://www.profilestheatre.org/after.html"><em>After </em></a></strong></span></span>for three weeks; it&#39;ll now play through November 4.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Jimmy Carrane and Tim Kazurinsky</strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-10-04/afternoon-shift-162-improv-performance-102907">joined <em>Afternoon Shift</em></a> to talk about their Improv festival at Navy Pier this weekend. As the <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/four-star-comedy-fest-at-navy-pier/Content?oid=7568913"><em>Reader </em>reports</a>, you&#39;re in for a ton of free workshops and some stellar performances, including by Tim Meadows, who <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/15526666-421/comedy-fest-a-stand-up-affair-at-navy-pier.html">told the <em>Sun-Times </em></a>that he&#39;s &quot;sort-of&quot; friends with Jason Sudeikis, who keeps him up on the latest <em>SNL</em>&#39;s worth watching.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Maria Bamford</strong></span></span> mentioned radio-lovely Delilah <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-maria-bamford-scheduled-october-second-city">during her set last night</a>, and though she seemed a bit crazy by<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/15754161/maria-bamford-at-the-up-comedy-club-comedy-review"> Jason Heidemann&#39;s account</a>, &quot;An unskilled perfomer this fixated on her own interior world might inspire groans, but Bamford is never not funny or unrelatable.&quot;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-profiles-theatre-extends-after-102937 Daily Rehearsal: Profiles Theatre does 'Hellcab' again http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-profiles-theatre-does-hellcab-again-98135 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Next Theatre is running</strong></span></span> a 2012-13 season full of&nbsp;<em>Iphigenia 2.0,</em>&nbsp;<em>Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter,&nbsp;</em><em>Everything is Illuminated </em>(by Simon Block, adapted from Jonathan Safron Foers’ novel), and the final show of the season,&nbsp;<em>The Exonerated,</em> will be co-produced by Next and&nbsp;Interpretation Center at Northwestern University.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Profiles Theatre</strong></span></span> also has a season for next year (what are the odds?) with&nbsp;<em>Blood from a Stone</em>&nbsp;(revised), <em>After</em>, <em>The Dream of the Burning Boy, and</em>&nbsp;Neil LaBute’s 2010 play <em>The Break of Noon</em> revised exclusively for Profiles Theatre. They'll also be redoing&nbsp;<em>Hellcab</em> by Will Kern to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that production, and want to let you all know that&nbsp;Neil LaBute and Steppenwolf ensemble member Rick Snyder joined Profiles as Resident Artists.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/beowulf.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 232px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;Arcas Productions&nbsp;is trying out <em>Beowulf </em></strong></span></span>as "an action theatre adaptation" May 31 through June 10 at Studio BE. "<em>BEOWULF </em>blurs the lines between poetry and movement, dance and combat, man and monster to tell this classic story as never before."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Judah Friedlander of <em>30 Rock</em></strong></span></span> will be on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards"><em>Afternoon Shift</em> today</a>. That is all.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. O/B blogger Kelly Kleiman </strong></span></span>was <a href="http://www.theinsightlabs.org/interview/set-the-sector-free">interviewed about her work</a> in non-profits by Insight Labs.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:18:57 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-profiles-theatre-does-hellcab-again-98135 Daily Rehearsal: Chicago women are funny http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-02/daily-rehearsal-chicago-women-are-funny-96050 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-02/set.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Matt Damen and Lupe Fiasco</strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-02/matt-damon-and-lupe-fiasco-bring-peoples-history-chicago-students-96046">talked to WBEZ's Tony Sarabia</a>. The duo were in town together&nbsp;for The People Speak, Live!, which had Chicagoans reading from historian Howard Zinn's work.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>Bachelorette</em> is at Profiles Theatre</strong></span></span>, and the movie just closed at Sundance, thus proving that young women who are a mess are in right now. I can't vouch for how it hits someone who is not in their twenties -- it could be revolting -- but I found it full of enlightening moments, as well as moments with entirely unrealistic dialogue. There's some value in being totally uncomfortable because the people in front of you are all over the place.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-02/set.jpeg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 180px; height: 112px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Stage 773 has announced</strong></span></span> that they are launching a women's-only comedy festival, along the lines of the Sketchfest. It's called&nbsp;<a data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=182071785204472" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chicago-Womens-Funny-Festival/182071785204472">Chicago Women's Funny Festival</a>, and will run from June 4 to 10. They say they're looking for "Anything from stand-up, sketch, improv, burlesque, musical-comedy, and much much more. As long as you're a chick!" Hmm....</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. The city is pushing to <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/10372811-418/city-wants-publics-input-on-arts-culture.html">get citizen opinion</a></strong></span></span> on what kinds of arts and culture initiatives it should take on. Attend a town hall meeting, give your thoughts (and ask them how some of this stuff will get done with all those staffing cuts).&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. If you were an art student</strong></span></span>, you played the game Exquisite Corpse and loved it. Now you can see it live from Claymore Productions the second Saturday of every month, starting now (it's February, woah). They say "<a href="http://claymoreproductions.com/exquisite"><em>Exquisite Corpse</em></a>&nbsp;is an entertainment event. It is the only place in Chicago to get a monthly mix of short films, comedians, music and the best new talent on the sketch comedy scene." Um, so that's probably not true, but still, excellent idea.</p><div>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</div></p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-02/daily-rehearsal-chicago-women-are-funny-96050 Daily Rehearsal: Chicagoan wraps it up at the Golden Globes http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-17/daily-rehearsal-chicagoan-wraps-it-golden-globes-95594 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-17/AP120115095719.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;Profiles Theatre has big news today</strong></span></span>; it's announced that it will have the American premiere of Neil LaBute’s <em>In a Forest, Dark and Deep </em>AND that the production will open at their latest theater space, The Main Stage, which used to be owned by National Pastime. On the first bit of news: The production opened last March in London starring Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams, and will run in April at Profiles.<em>&nbsp;</em>LaBute’s previously schedule&nbsp;<em>The Break of Noon</em>&nbsp;will be postponed until next season. On the second bit of news, Profiles is swiftly taking over the world; this will be their third space, and second in the building on Broadway. LaBute said that the play "means a great deal to me and I wanted it to find a home in the states that can give it all the attention and dignity that it deserves. I've been extremely happy with my relationship to this little powerhouse of a theater...."</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-17/AP120115095719.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 207px; height: 300px; " title="Co-composers Jimmy Harry and Julie Frost at the Globes (AP/Mark J. Terrill)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Former Chicagoan Julie Frost <a href="http://www.juliefrostmusic.com/2012/01/17/highlight-2/">made it big this weekend</a></strong></span></span>, appearing onstage at the Golden Globes with Madonna as they shared the award for Best Original Song for the pop star's new movie <em>Masterpiece</em>. Frost was a former teacher at Old Town School of Folk Music and has written lots of the songs by artists you just cannot get out of your head (cough: the Black Eyed Peas) and others you're happy to keep there (Beyonce). Congrats Julie, you're a rockstar.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Wild Claw's new show <a href="http://scottbarsotti.wordpress.com/"><em>Kill Me</em> has an intense poster</a></strong></span></span>, designed by&nbsp;Charlie Athanas. Intense name, intense poster.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. After 128 performances,&nbsp;<a href="http://broadwayworld.com/article/CHINGLISH-to-Close-on-Broadway-January-29-2012-20120116#"><em>Chinglish </em>will be closing </a></strong></span></span>on Broadway on January 29. That's a record that's better than some shows could have dreamed, but probably fuels the fire of those who thought it was just too much of a jump for the show to go straight to Broadway from the Goodman.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Podcast yourself to death</strong></span></span> with a final dispatch from Sketchfest by way of&nbsp;Jason Heidemann, who<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/unscripted-blog/15082553/jason-heidemann-interviews-warm-milk-audio"> interviewed&nbsp;Warm Milk</a>, the Chicago sketch and improv group who are currently running their show <em>Stranded </em>at the Annoyance.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-17/daily-rehearsal-chicagoan-wraps-it-golden-globes-95594