WBEZ | Christopher McElroen http://www.wbez.org/tags/christopher-mcelroen Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Everything on air this morning was about performance http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-10/daily-rehearsal-everything-air-morning-was-about-performance-96267 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. 2. 3. Let me direct your attention to a variety of things that aired on <em>848 </em></strong></span></span>this morning. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-10/dueling-critics-ameriville-victory-gardens-theater-96252">Kelly Kleiman (sans Dueling Critic Jonathan) spoke about</a> Victory Gardens Theater's play <em>Ameriville</em>; of that production she cautioned that it&nbsp;<em>"</em>is not your mother's Victory Gardens", in reference to the change wraught by the company's new artistic director Chay Yew. After that,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-10/doyle-and-debbie-bring-nashville-eight-forty-eight-96253">Doyle &amp; Debbie performed</a> and spoke about their life (rather, actors&nbsp;Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton spoke as their characters), and<a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-10/it-possible-joke-about-rape-96254"> Brian Babylon and Molly Adams discussed</a> Ever Mainard's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-06/daily-rehearsal-chicago-comedian-ever-mainard-goes-viral-96135">recent controversial stand-up piece</a>. It was a day chock-full-of performance and such content, and you can get it all online.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Vocalo talked with <em>Invisible Man</em> director</strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/blogs/archive/201202/invisible-man-discussion-director-christopher-mcelroen">Christopher&nbsp;McElroen last week </a>and I'm just now getting to it but you should, too.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Andddd Hammerstein's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lyricopera.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=10258"><em>Show Boat</em></a> opens tonight</strong></span></span> at Lyric Opera with Nathan Gunn, Angela Renee Simpson, Alyson Cambridge, Morris Robinson and Ashley Brown, among others.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-10/daily-rehearsal-everything-air-morning-was-about-performance-96267 Daily Rehearsal: Timothy Douglas suddenly resigns from Remy Bumppo http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-18/daily-rehearsal-timothy-douglas-suddenly-resigns-remy-bumppo-95628 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-November/2010-11-03/timothy_douglas.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2012/Court-Theatre-Scored-the-Stage-Debut-of-Invisible-Man/"><em>Chicago Magazine</em> talks to</a> the director of Court Theatre's upcoming <em>Invisible Man</em></strong></span></span>,&nbsp;Christopher McElroen, and the&nbsp;University of Chicago’s resident Ellison scholar&nbsp;Kenneth Warren. "As excited as I was when I heard Court was doing this project, I was also dismayed, because how in the world could you pull it off? asked Warren. "But I’ve been surprised and impressed by how much the script manages to get in while maintaining a clear dramatic arc."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. "A gala reunion</strong></span></span> is being held for those who worked at America's first Dinner Theater, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 6:30pm to 12:30am at the European Chalet." Where is the European Chalet, that place sounds amazing. $50 admission, but it includes dinner, an open bar, and no embarassing wedding toasts (but a commorative gift). Candlelight closed in 1997; does anyone remember it?&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Cirque du Soleil's <em><a href="http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/quidam/tickets/hoffman.aspx">Quidan</a></em></strong></span></span><a href="http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/quidam/tickets/hoffman.aspx">&nbsp;</a>hits Hoffman Estates, IL and the Sears Centre Arena on February 8.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-03/timothy_douglas.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 166px; height: 251px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Have you seen the show&nbsp;<em>Clutter</em>?</strong></span></span><em> <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/9949685-421/lives-of-wealthy-hoarding-collyer-brothers-provides-rich-material-for-new-production.html">Sun-Times</a></em><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/9949685-421/lives-of-wealthy-hoarding-collyer-brothers-provides-rich-material-for-new-production.html"> critic Hedy Weiss </a>felt like it was a little bit too close to home.&nbsp;"Full disclosure: On some level I fully empathize with the Collyer brothers, those fabled New York siblings from a well-to-do family who, over the course of several decades, engaged in compulsive hoarding, filling to capacity the Fifth Avenue brownstone home in Harlem where they were found dead in 1947.Like many writers, even in this cyberspace age, I have a serious paper problem. Newspapers, magazines, books, press kits, programs and printouts pile up with astonishing speed." Hedy, I feel you.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Timothy Douglas has resigned as Artistic Director of Remy Bumpo</strong></span></span> -- at least, he did two months ago. In a <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15090035/timothy-douglas-resigns-at-remy-bumppo">conversation with <em>TimeOut</em>'s Kris Vire</a>, Douglas said, "What I came to realize was that in this wonderful experiment that we all decided to do, the company had not seen my work and I had never seen anything that Remy Bumppo had done before I agreed to come on as artistic director." In <a href="http://remybumppo.blogspot.com/2012/01/artistic-director-change-at-remy-bumppo.html">a letter to the Remy Bumppo board of directors</a>, Douglas said that he thought he was "ultimately not a good match for the organization." But Board President Karen Randolph wrote "Over the course of several meetings we hoped to find a&nbsp;solution for keeping Timothy successfully and confidently engaged, but his resignation was ultimately accepted." When Douglas was hired, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/about-damn-time-loop-theater-hires-african-american-artistic-director">Kelly Kleiman wrote</a> that he was&nbsp;"the first African-American to run a mainstream–that is, white–theater company in Chicago."&nbsp;He's&nbsp;being replaced with Nick Sandys, a member of the ensemble.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto:%20kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 19:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-18/daily-rehearsal-timothy-douglas-suddenly-resigns-remy-bumppo-95628