WBEZ | Hamlet http://www.wbez.org/tags/hamlet Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Raising funds for comedians without insurance http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-raising-funds-comedians-without-insurance-102709 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6882998917_c24770e8af_z.jpg" style="height: 451px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="John Fox in 2011. (Flickr/LOL Comedy TV)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/275541"><em>Frankenstein </em></a></strong></span></span>opens this weekend at City Lit. You probably know what this one&#39;s about.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Zanies is giving all ticket sales</strong></span></span> in their Chicago, St. Charles and Rosemont locations to the John Fox Memorial Fund on October 4. Fox was a Chicago comedian who died of complications from colon cancer in May of this year; the fund gives cancer check-ups to comedians who don&#39;t have insurance. The featured performer in Chicago is Nick Vatterott; St. Charles is Bret Ernst and Rosemont is Jimmy Schubert. You can read more about Fox <a href="http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=John+Fox">here</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.writerstheatre.org">Writers&rsquo; Theatre</a> </strong></span></span>is adding two weeks of <em>Hamlet </em>performances, but the show will definitely close on November 25.&nbsp;</p><p>- Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-raising-funds-comedians-without-insurance-102709 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: 'Hamlet', round one thousand http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-hamlet-round-one-thousand-98750 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. The latest <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15327496/ethan-dubin-performer-of-the-week"><em>TimeOut </em>Performer of the Week </a></strong></span></span>is none other than friend of this blog writer, Ethan Dubin. On a note that's less biased and more applicable to the community at large, really digging Oliver Sava's choice to highlight performers who usually don't get their due. Dubin is currently starring in&nbsp;<em>Sixty Miles to Silver Lake</em>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.collaboraction.org/" title="Collaboraction">Collaboraction</a>, which, before you ask, I have not gotten to yet.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;Next Up&nbsp;from Steppenwolf (with Northwestern)</strong></span></span> starts in June. This year's three productions are<em>&nbsp;Life and Limb</em> by Keith Reddin; <em>South of Settling</em> by Emily Schwend; and <em>The Glass Menagerie</em>.&nbsp;“In the Garage Theatre, Steppenwolf sets out to cultivate young artists and multigenerational audiences. Next Up offers a unique way for us to do this—in concert with theater’s roots as a guild-based craft in which emerging artists learn from experienced practitioners,” said Steppenwolf Artistic Producer Rebecca Rugg in a statement&nbsp;“For Steppenwolf, this project is a natural extension of a strong association with local universities, whose stream of graduates continually feeds Chicago’s vibrant theater ecology.”</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/writers%20hamlet.jpg" style="float: right; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The latest <em>Hamlet </em></strong></span></span>comes from&nbsp;Writers’ Theatre, with the lead role going to&nbsp;Scott Parkinson.&nbsp;Of course, this doesn't open until September, so you have a nice, long, non-depressing summer before you have to gird your loins. This one is directed by Michael Halberstam "on the most intimate of stages", though anyone who saw <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/daily-rehearsal-trib-redesigns-their-theater-section-88824"><em>Hamlet </em>at the Oracle</a> last year might disagree.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Some show closings this weekend:&nbsp;</strong></span></span><em>As You Like It (A New Adaptation)&nbsp;</em>from&nbsp;Strangeloop Theatre;<em>&nbsp;Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed</em>&nbsp;from Lifeline;&nbsp;<em>Beyond the Fringe</em> from Oak Park Festival Theatre and&nbsp;<em>Doubt</em>&nbsp;at AstonRep Theatre.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Second City's<em> Who Do We Think We Are?</em></strong></span></span> got a much <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/second-citys-who-do-we-think-we-are,73256/">more positive review</a> from <em>The A.V. Club</em>'s New Pollution than I recall it receiving from some of the other outlets.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 02 May 2012 16:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-hamlet-round-one-thousand-98750 Daily Rehearsal: Making the angels for 'Angels in America' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-12/daily-rehearsal-making-angels-angels-america-97222 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-12/angels_show2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. ALERT: the&nbsp;start time</strong></span></span> has changed for all performances of that play with the longest title ever:&nbsp;<em>The Strange and Terrible True Tale of Pinocchio (the Wooden Boy) As Told By Frankenstein's Monster (the Wretched Creature).&nbsp;</em>It's now 7:30 pm at the Neo-Futurarium.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">2. GOODBYE FAIR RIVERDANCE.</span></span></strong> "One measure of success for any theatrical enterprise is the number of satirical jabs it has inspired over the years," <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/11157443-421/with-farewell-tour-influential-riverdance-says-goodbye-to-us.html">writes Hedy Weiss</a> about the group's final Chicago visit as the tour wraps up its last US run. So basically, Riverdance has done well.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. From all the articles that get published </strong></span></span>about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-29/squeezing-whats-etiquette-88502">seating </a>and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-26/hey-audience-sit-down-shut-and-clap-89677">clapping </a>and watching theater you'd think that the experience of viewing is more important than the actual production. Well, it's definitely half of it. Here's the <a href="http://foolsgoldcoast.typepad.com/fools_gold_coast/2012/03/suffering-for-art.html">latest</a>. My submission? Oracle -- sorry guys, I'm claustrophobic.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-16/angels_show2.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 300px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Take a look at the<a href="http://www.courttheatre.org/blog/comments/sartorial_considerations_for_angels/"> thought process</a> </strong></span></span>behind the costume design for<em> Angels in America</em> at Court.&nbsp;Costume Designer Nan Cibula-Jenkins took some creative licenses with the idea of an angel: "Our angel flies like most other production but she does not have traditional 'wings'...."Her 'wings' are more abstract, and as a result, more evocative than the usual feathered appendages. The actual appearance of the angel relates very clearly to the angel atop the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park in NYC ( an important image in the plays), only a little more ethereal than the actual sculpture." There's also a <a href="http://www.courttheatre.org/m/photos/angels_in_america_millennium_approaches_and_perestroika/">great slideshow</a> of previous iterations of the show.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Writer's Theatre's 2012-13 season</strong></span></span> will consist of&nbsp;<em>Hamlet</em>,&nbsp;directed by Michael Halberstam with Scott Parkinson in the title role; John W. Lowell’s <em>The Letters,</em> directed by Kimberly Senior; <em>Sweet Charity, </em>directed by Michael Halberstam; David Greig’s&nbsp;<em>Yellow Moon,&nbsp;</em>directed by Stuart Carden; and David Ives’ modern adaptation of Corneille’s <em>The Liar</em>, directed by William Brown.&nbsp;“As we gear up for the transition into a new home, Writers' Theatre is launching its 21st season at an unprecedented level of sophistication and scale,” said&nbsp;Artistic Director Michael Halberstam in a statement. “From Shakespeare to Coleman, Fields and Simon to Corneille and Ives at Tudor Court, we embrace the full spectrum of a classical repertory, then dive into two searing contemporary pieces from John W. Lowell and David Grieg at our intimate bookstore space. The season starts with&nbsp;<em>Hamlet</em>, which&nbsp;opens in September.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-12/daily-rehearsal-making-angels-angels-america-97222