WBEZ | The Motherf**ker with the Hat http://www.wbez.org/tags/motherfker-hat Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Jimmy Smits takes role in 'Motherf**ker with the Hat ' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-jimmy-smits-takes-role-motherfker-hat-102580 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/JimmySmitsbyMarkAnderson_Edited2.jpg" style="height: 260px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="Jimmy Smits (Photo by Mark Anderson)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Jimmy Smits&nbsp;has been cast in Steppenwolf&#39;s&nbsp;<em>The Motherf**ker with the Hat</em></strong></span></span>&nbsp;as &quot;addiction recovery sponsor Ralph D.&quot; You best know Smits from <em>NYPD Blue</em>, <em>Star Wars</em> and the <em>West Wing</em>. So, everything.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- George Lopez </strong></span></span>is performing at the<a href="http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/events/2012/september/george-lopez-at-the-chicago-theatre.html"> Chicago Theatre</a> on Saturday; tickets are $68.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- What a headline:<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/hamlet-at-the-writers-theatre/Content?oid=7474416">&nbsp;&quot;A homo Hamlet?&quot;</a>&nbsp;</strong></span></span>The <em>Reader&#39;</em>s Tony Adler makes the argument that this interpretation at Writers&#39; Theatre is for the better, solving problems like Hamlet&#39;s fascination with dying or the mean way he treats his girlfriend Ophelia.&nbsp;&quot;The notion of a homo Hamlet isn&#39;t new, but it&#39;s definitely a minority position,&quot; writes Adler. &quot;Director Michael Halberstam demonstrates that it makes absolute&mdash;even revelatory&mdash;sense in his fascinating, if not entirely successful staging of&nbsp;<em>Hamlet&nbsp;</em>for Writers&#39; Theatre.&quot;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-jimmy-smits-takes-role-motherfker-hat-102580 Daily Rehearsal: Steppenwolf brings 'The Motherf**ker with the Hat' and others for 2012-13 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-07/daily-rehearsal-steppenwolf-brings-motherfker-hat-and-others-2012-1 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-07/the reckoning740x350.gif" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-07/the reckoning740x350.gif" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 142px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Steppenwolf's 2012-13 shows have been announced</strong></span></span>:&nbsp;David Lindsay-Abaire’s <em>Good People</em>, directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman; Stephen Adly Guirgis' <em>The Motherf**ker with the Hat</em> directed by&nbsp;ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro;&nbsp;Harold Pinter's&nbsp;<em>The Birthday Party </em>directed by&nbsp;ensemble member Austin Pendleton; ensemble member Tina Landau directs the world premiere of <em>Head of Passes</em>, commissioned by Steppenwolf and written&nbsp;by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney (they worked on praised <em>The Brother/Sister Plays</em> in 2010 together; and&nbsp;Amy Herzog's&nbsp;<em>Belleville</em>&nbsp;directed by Anne Kauffmann. The theme of this season is "The Reckoning", Artistic Director Martha Lavey: "In each of these five plays, there is a moment when the past reveals itself, unbidden but ineluctable in its force," and that moment is "The Reckoning." Among the many returning ensemble members is John Mahoney, who <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-23/daily-rehearsal-john-mahoney-out-steppenwolfs-penelope-94322">was missed in <em>Penelope </em></a>but graciously replaced by Tracey Letts; Mahoney will be in the cast of <em>The Birthday Party</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Auditions coming up:</strong></span></span> Porchlight is <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/auditions/industrydetail.php?AuditionID=1759">casting </a>for their<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-06/daily-rehearsal-look-chicago-women%E2%80%99s-funny-festival-97013"> just-announced new season</a>, and Collaboraction is<a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/auditions/industrydetail.php?AuditionID=1751"> looking ahead</a> to SKETCHBOOK. Auditions are March 13/15 and March 10, respectively.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Debra Ehrhardt's <em>Jamaica Farewell</em></strong></span></span> is being produced by Meadowbrook Entertainment, opening May 4. It's a pretty amazing story, one that&nbsp;follows Ehrhardt's "escape from revolution-torn Jamaica in the 1970's to fulfill her lifelong dream of going to America."&nbsp;It'll be at the Chopin, is being directed by Joel Zwick, who has an interesting resume: he directed <em>My Big Fat Greek Wedding</em>, and has worked with Hershey Felder on several of his recent productions, including Maestro.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. A Red Orchid has added</strong></span></span> a second <em>Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs</em> performance with Lance Baker; this one will be March 12 at 8 pm.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. And <em>The Houdini Box</em></strong></span></span> by Brian Selznick goes to the North Shore Center in Skokie the weekend of March 17. It was last at the Mercury Theatre.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 20:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-07/daily-rehearsal-steppenwolf-brings-motherfker-hat-and-others-2012-1