WBEZ | fml: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life http://www.wbez.org/tags/fml-how-carson-mccullers-saved-my-life Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Mike Daisey and Ira Glass bring 'Steve Jobs' to the Chicago Theatre http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-29/daily-rehearsal-mike-daisey-and-ira-glass-bring-steve-jobs-chicago- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-29/Mike Daisey2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. "It Gets Better for Steppenwolf Audiences"</strong></span></span> because they'll get to attend a discussion following the March 9 performance of<strong>&nbsp;</strong><em>fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life </em>that features Dan AND Bill Savage.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">2.&nbsp;<em>Guerra: A Clown Play</em>,</span></span></strong> by&nbsp;Seth Bockley,&nbsp;Devon de Mayo&nbsp;and Mexico City-based Artús Chávez will be at the Pritzker Pavilion March 22-24. "The play, with clowns speaking English, Spanish and French, is a satirical war epic about man’s inhumanity to man, exemplified by a group of selfish, short-sighted and very human clowns who decide to go to war."</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-29/Mike Daisey2.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 266px; height: 400px; " title="Mike Daisey"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. "Due to Visa Issues,</strong></span></span>&nbsp;(never a good way to start a sentence) Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani’s Engagement Has Been Cancelled." The Chicago performances of&nbsp;<em>Antígona (Antigone)</em> by Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani (Yuyachkani Cultural Group), a Peruvian theater company, have been postponed indefinitely. They were scheduled for the weekend of March 8 at the Cultural Center.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Just days after<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-27/daily-rehearsal-steve-jobs-performed-red-orchid-96773"> A Red Orchid announced</a> </strong></span></span>they were doing a one-off of Mike Daisey's <em>The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs</em>, it was announced that <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/blog/2012/02/mike-daisey-performing-the-agony-and-the-ecstasy-of-steve-jobs-live-in-chicago">WBEZ and <em>This American Life</em> would be presenting</a> the man himself (Daisey) at the Chicago Theatre with a Q &amp; A with Ira Glass after the show. It'll be Saturday April 7 at 7 pm; tickets are on sale tomorrow at 10 am.&nbsp;"Mike's full show is a very different experience from what we put on the radio," says Glass. "For starters, there's an entire story line about Steve Jobs that we didn't touch. Add to that the pleasure of seeing Mike joke and sweat and spin this amazing tale in person—I loved this when I saw it on stage and I'm so excited to bring it to Chicago."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. I'd love to wax poetic about <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/a-catered-affair-at-porchlight-music-theatre/Content?oid=5723354">this nice look </a></strong></span></span>at Porchlight's <em>A Catered Affair</em>, but I'm so distracted by the <em>Reader</em>'s awesome redesign! Go for either, stay for both.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto: kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-29/daily-rehearsal-mike-daisey-and-ira-glass-bring-steve-jobs-chicago- Daily Rehearsal: 'Kinky Boots' definitely set for Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-22/daily-rehearsal-kinky-boots-definitely-set-chicago-96622 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-22/56715745_7e9fe00970.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. On Vocalo's <em>Morning AMp</em> today was playwright</strong></span></span> behind&nbsp;<em>fml: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life</em>, which opens at Steppenwolf next week.&nbsp;Sarah Gubbins was joined by Joanie Schultz to talked about "the queer themes and female-centric narrative and the largely female crew working on the show."</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-22/56715745_7e9fe00970.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 229px; height: 300px; " title="(Flickr/Annie Mole)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>Kinky Boot</em>s is definitely set</strong></span></span> for a pre-Broadway try-out in Chicago, reports the AP,&nbsp;marked for the 2012-13 season. In case it sounds familiar, you may be thinking of the <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0434124/">2005 film</a> of the same name with a bit of a cult following. The stage production involves Cyndi Lauper, who looks<a href="http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.lookafterhairco.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Cyndi-Lauper_grammys_12.jpg&amp;imgrefurl=http://www.lookafterhairco.com/blog/hair-color-trends-tips/hair-rockstars-the-2012-grammys/&amp;h=550&amp;w=550&amp;sz=72&amp;tbnid=r2jXcMI9MSCKBM:&amp;tbnh=90&amp;tbnw=90&amp;zoom=1&amp;docid=NU2z9xbtN2KmNM&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=uUdFT6baIOGJiAKMvqmvDg&amp;ved=0CFAQ9QEwBg&amp;dur=203"> the same as she's always looked</a>, and Harvey&nbsp;Fierstein. Of the potential production, Fierstein <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15118565/harvey-fierstein-and-john-bucchino%E2%80%99s-a-catered-affair">told <em>TimeOut </em></a>last week...not much: "It’ll be out soon enough. You talk about stuff that’s a year down the line, people say, ‘Eh, I already saw that.’ ”</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. A bit of a tiff about community theater</strong></span></span>, as per the usual, broke out on Twitter today between <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/parabasis">Isaac Butler</a>,&nbsp;Howard Sherman and Rafael Gallegos over Sherman's post on said topic from yesterday. <a href="http://www.hesherman.com/2012/02/21/theatre-the-theatre-community-disdains/">Read </a>it&nbsp;and decide for yourself if it's just in-fighting or worth some debate.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. More information on <a href="http://emergingamericafestival.org/events/pirates_of_penzance.html"><em>Pirates of Penzance </em></a></strong></span></span>in Boston the weekend of June 21: "Treat yourself to an eighty-minute exotic excursion featuring bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and grown men in remarkably short shorts! Warning: If you want boring, stay away; this experience will cause immense joy and the compulsion to spontaneously sing along. Come ashore with the 'Very Model of A Modern Major General,' the Pirate King, and a banjo-picking Mabel. The show features beach balls, sunshine (the artificial kind), and tons of fun music."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. We haven't heard about burlesque</strong></span></span> in awhile, but<em> The Kiss Kiss Cabaret </em>is entering its second year at Greenhouse Theater Center on Friday nights. Creator and director Chris Biddle says it's akin to Minsky's burlesque in New York in the 1920s. It's funny and there is nudity, which means that it is only fun for half the family/</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-22/daily-rehearsal-kinky-boots-definitely-set-chicago-96622