WBEZ | Rivendell Theatre Ensemble http://www.wbez.org/tags/rivendell-theatre-ensemble Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: ABBA, in some form http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-abba-some-form-102678 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ARRIVAL_Pekbild_%20Press_0.jpg" style="height: 226px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &nbsp;The original musicians of ABBA</strong></span></span> and the original designs of ABBA&#39;s costumes will be at a performance featuring the band Arrival at the <a href="http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets/the-music-of-abba-arrival-from-sweden-10-30.html">City Winery</a> for Halloween. The shows are October 30 and 31st and they sound...spirited.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Rivendell theater has extended&nbsp;<a href="http://rivendelltheatre.org/wrens_2012/"><em>WRENS </em></a></strong></span></span>through October 20 for a week extra. They&#39;re also doing a benefit performance on October 14 with the 1996 cast. <em>WRENS </em>is an &quot;examination of loyalty, morality and duty during World War II centers on a group of young Women&#39;s Royal Navy Servicewomen packed together in a tiny barrack on the eve of VE Day.&quot;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-abba-some-form-102678 Daily Rehearsal: 'Show Boat' remembered as a family affair http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-15/daily-rehearsal-show-boat-remembered-family-affair-97318 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. News and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-bullen/chicago-theatre_b_1341181.html">thoughts </a></strong></span></span>about <a href="http://rivendelltheatre.org/">Rivendell Theatre Ensemble</a> ("Chicago's only producing organization dedicated to women's voices") which is now located at a storefront up in Andersonville.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. SXSW does comedy</strong></span></span>; the full schedule is <a href="http://sxsw.com/node/10723">here</a>. Highlights:&nbsp;T.J. Miller, John Hodgman, Jessi Klein, Billy Eichner, Kristen Schaal and Marc Maron. That's really just the tip of the iceberg. For other SXSW coverage, go <a href="http://wbez.org/sxsw">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. "I was ten and on a family vacation</strong></span></span> at Estes Park in Colorado when my dad dragged us to a screening of&nbsp;<em>Show Boat</em>&nbsp;in the grand lodge," begins Kate Schmidt in her Reader piecec about the show. "I had grumbled—I was a bookworm and wanted to stay in the room reading—but as it happened, I loved it. Of course, I had no clue as to miscegenation, which is central to the plot. When the tragic heroine, Julie, is forced to leave the show boat after her mixed marriage is exposed, I imagine I would have thought something along the lines of 'Why is the pretty lady leaving?'" A good read; the last performance of <a href="http://www.lyricopera.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=10258&amp;gclid=CNSG8rXl6a4CFbMEQAodSCwFIg"><em>Show Boat </em></a>at the Lyric&nbsp;is this Saturday.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. This year, Porchlight's&nbsp;<em>The Icons Gala </em></strong></span></span>celebrates director and choreographer Michael Bennett. It's on April 22 from 11 am to 2:30 pm (basically, an Icons Brunch). They'll also present the&nbsp;2012&nbsp;Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago&nbsp;to Hollis Resnik. They'll be auctions! Silent and live!</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Gorilla Tango will have</strong></span></span><em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong> DC Pierson</strong></span></span> is Bad at Girls</em> the weekend of April 4th in the new Skokie location. "He's good at comedy but bad at girls. Join him for an hour of stories about completely blowing it," they say.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 09:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-15/daily-rehearsal-show-boat-remembered-family-affair-97318 The Don't-Miss List: 'Invisible Man', 'Pina' and 'Mark Twain' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-19/dont-miss-list-invisible-man-pina-and-mark-twain-95638 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-19/STILL 2 pina.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><u><strong>Kelly Kleiman</strong></u></p><p>Tomorrow (Friday) night, <a href="http://www.shawchicago.org/">Shaw Chicago</a> will present the sole and only local performance of <strong><a href="http://richardhenzel.com/mtipage.html"><em>Mark Twain in Person</em></a></strong>. Richard Henzel, a Shaw Chicago stalwart, has been touring this one-man show for years now, to great acclaim. He'll give the home-town folks their chance for a mere $75, which buys a ticket to the show at the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan, and a post-show reception. Curtain's at 7 p.m. Tickets online at <a href="http://brownpapertickets.com/event/215611">Brown Paper Tickets</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gAQiya6u834" width="560" frameborder="0" height="410"></iframe></p><p>On Monday night (the 23rd), <a href="http://erasingthedistance.org/">Erasing the Distance</a> will open <strong><em>Finding Peace in this House</em></strong>, a play based on true stories of half-a-dozen people struggling with mental health issues. The company created the work in collaboration with the <a href="http://www.thechicagoschool.edu/Home">Chicago School of Professional Psychology</a>. Erasing the Distance works through theater to expand and enlighten the dialogue about mental illness and its impact on individuals and society. Curtain at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre (at the Center on Halsted) is 7:30 p.m.</p><p><u><strong>Laura Molzahn</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-19/STILL 2 pina.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 491px;" title="A still from 'Pina'"></p><p>Arts lovers, unite! Beginning this weekend you can catch the work of dance-theater pioneer Pina Bausch—which never seemed to travel to flyover country—and arguably in a more intense form than onstage. <em>New Yorker&nbsp;</em>critic Anthony Lane called Wim Wenders’ 3D documentary <a href="http://www.wim-wenders.com/movies/movies_spec/pina/pina.htm"><em><strong>Pina</strong>&nbsp;</em></a>“less a polite memorial than a palpitating act of resurrection.” (Having now seen the film, I'm afraid I can give it only a qualified recommendation. <a href="http://seechicagodance.com/newsletter/article/321">Here's my review.</a>)</p><p>The works themselves (some of which I saw here during a 1999 film festival on Bausch) can be harrowing. She excelled at capturing the war between the sexes and the unique qualities of those generally considered too old to be onstage. And she adored bizarre sets. In her 1975 <em>Le Sacre du Printemps</em>, she piled peat on the floor.</p><p>That’s one of the four dances she and Wenders chose for filming. But just before the first 3D test shoot, in June 2009, Bausch died unexpectedly. Wenders cut the project short, but eventually decided it was more important than ever to record her amazing work. <em>Pina</em>, opening Friday at River East 21 and Century 12/CineArts 6 in Evanston, includes archival footage of Bausch, interviews with her dancers, and excerpts from her pieces, three of them filmed in their entirety onstage at the Wuppertal Opera House.&nbsp;</p><p><u><strong>Jonathan Abarbanel</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-19/invisible_man.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 300px;" title="Teagle F. Bougere as the Invisible Man (Photo by Michael Brosilow)">Many have tried, but none have succeeded in securing rights for a stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s seminal novel, <a href="http://www.courttheatre.org/season/show/invisible_man/"><strong><em>Invisible Man</em></strong></a>, that is until now. Court Theatre, under artistic director Charles Newell and executive director Stephen J. Albert, have achieved what heretofore has been impossible, winning approval from the Ellison estate for a stage adaptation by writer Oren Jacoby, directed by Christopher McElroen. Ellison’s 1952 debut novel—the only novel he published in his lifetime—won the National Book Award in part for its unpredictable, jazz-influenced narrative style and radical shifts in tone. Along with works by authors such as Richard Wright, Langston Hughes and James Baldwin, <em>Invisible Man</em> successfully broke the color bar in bringing a tale of a Black American to a vast mainstream readership. <em>Invisible Man</em> continues at Court Theatre through Feb. 19.</p><p><strong>Theater of War&nbsp;</strong>is, by any measure, a curiosity: a public health project that stages readings of ancient Greek tragedies as a catalyst for facilitated discussions about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, their families, caregivers and communities. The upcoming program, next Wednesday (Jan. 25, 7PM) at the National Veterans Arts Museum, will feature the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in selections from Sophocles’ <em>Ajax</em> and <em>Philoctetes</em>. The Goodman Theatre hosted a similar program on Jan. 18, also with Rivendell. The director, actors and producers of Theatre of War all are top-notch theater veterans. The program is free, but <a href="http://www.rivendelltheatre.org">reservations are suggested</a>.</p></p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-19/dont-miss-list-invisible-man-pina-and-mark-twain-95638