WBEZ | The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs http://www.wbez.org/tags/agony-and-ecstasy-steve-jobs Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Theatrical hubbub about Mike Daisey http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-19/daily-rehearsal-theatrical-hubbub-about-mike-daisey-97419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-19/RS5139_AP080907061529-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. This <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/03/19/springsteen-nebraska-playwrights-directors-theater/">Changing Gears story</a> reminds us</strong></span></span> that the&nbsp;<a href="http://tympanictheatre.org/">Tympanic Theater Company</a> is opening a Bruce Springstreen play called<em> Deliver Us From Nowhere: Tales From Nebraska</em>. Micki Maynard reports that&nbsp;"It’s an evening of 10 short plays from 11 different playwrights and 10 different directors, each inspired by a song from the album. The show runs April 26 to May 20." Musicians will perform original work based on these plays, so will there actually be Springsteen music in it? It sounds like no.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The hubbub over the revealed factual inaccuracies in the&nbsp;<em>This American Life</em> </strong></span></span>episode based on Mike Daisey's show <em>The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs</em> has not died down. Worthwhile highlights: the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-29/daily-rehearsal-mike-daisey-and-ira-glass-bring-steve-jobs-chicago-">Chicago Theatre discussion</a>&nbsp;with Daisey and Ira Glass has been cancelled.<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/business/media/theater-disguised-up-as-real-journalism.html?_r=3&amp;ref=business&amp;pagewanted=all"> David Carr discusses</a> the controversey in his piece entitled "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/business/media/theater-disguised-up-as-real-journalism.html?_r=3&amp;ref=business&amp;pagewanted=all">Theater, Disguised as Real Journalism</a>." And the Facebook pages of theatrically minded individuals across the US have seemingly blown up in the debate over what's performance and what is fact. (Finally, an obvious disclaimer: <em>TAL</em> is a product of WBEZ.)</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The <em>Chicago Tribune</em>'s Brian Boyer</strong></span></span> <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/brianboyer/status/181755009652895745">draws a connection</a> between the Illinois primary and <em>Book of Mormon</em> tickets. Get it?</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. The pictures of <em>Hair</em></strong></span></span> at the Paramount look pretty...<em>Hair</em>-y.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-19/Paramount_Hair_1.jpeg" style="width: 600px; height: 444px; " title="(Photo by Liz Lauren)"></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Corn Productions'&nbsp;</strong></span></span><em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Tammy: A Coming of Age Story</strong></span></span> About a Girl Who is Part T-Rex </em>has been extended through April 7.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-19/daily-rehearsal-theatrical-hubbub-about-mike-daisey-97419 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: 'Steve Jobs' performed at A Red Orchid http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-27/daily-rehearsal-steve-jobs-performed-red-orchid-96773 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-27/lance_meat_time-out.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="text-align: left; "><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. In case you didn't get enough of them</strong></span></span> at the Oscars last night, Cirque du Soleil will be in Chicago with their show <em>Dralion </em>at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont and the United Center here. They'll be at these big venues for seven nights and eight nights only, respectively.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Listen to </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-27/mondays-gameplan-afternoon-shift-transformations-96769"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>John Lithgow</strong></span></span> on the <em>Afternoon Shift</em> today</a>. He talks about his origins with acting, which he credits partially to the influence of his father, who produced theater in Ohio. He sings some Stravinsky also (he's a part of the <a href="http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=4233">CSO's&nbsp;<em>A Soldier's Tale</em></a> right here in town tomorrow evening).</p><p style="text-align: left; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-27/lance_meat_time-out.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 227px; height: 299px; " title="This Lance Baker 'TimeOut' cover is not scary at all."><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;Sarah Vowell and Jon Langford</strong></span></span> bring&nbsp;<em>Seasick: Tales and Songs of Ships and Islands</em> to UP&nbsp;to promote Vowell's latest book, <em>Unfamilar Fishes</em>. Fun fact: Vowell is the voice of Violet Parr in<em> The Incredibles</em>.&nbsp;"A copy of the book is included in the ticket price," which is $20.</p><p style="text-align: left; "><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Mike Daisey -- who<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/mdaisey"> recently joined Twitter</a></strong></span></span> -- has benefitted hugely from the <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/454/mr-daisey-and-the-apple-factory"><em>This American Life</em> episode</a> that aired an abridged section of his piece&nbsp;<a href="http://mikedaisey.blogspot.com/p/monologues.html"><em>The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs</em></a>, now being performed at the Public Theater in New York. Eager to get the word out about his controversial take on how Apple products are produced, Daisey put the full text online for anyone to perform. <a href="https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9658580">A Red Orchid has snatched it up locally</a>, with Lance Baker (currently in <em>Invisible Man</em>) to perform a one-night only benefit performance for the theater next Monday.</p><p style="text-align: left; "><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Notes from the Global Bard Exchange</strong></span></span>, via Hedy Weiss, which was <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/10789327-421/chicago-shakespeare-theater-hosts-global-bard-exchange.html">hosted by Chicago Shakes</a>.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-27/daily-rehearsal-steve-jobs-performed-red-orchid-96773