WBEZ | The March http://www.wbez.org/tags/march-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: E.L. Doctorow to discuss 'The March' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-21/daily-rehearsal-el-doctorow-discuss-march-97512 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-21/File:TheMarchBookCover.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Upcoming comics at Zanies </strong></span></span>from March through May: Kevin Bozeman, Jake Johannsen, Greg Proops, Doug Benson, Rob Little, Bret Ernst, Cameron Esposito &amp; Adam Burke co-headlining, Jared Logan, John Roy and Mike Vecchione. Men.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;Lookingglass' 25th anniversary season </strong></span></span>has, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-15/daily-rehearsal-metamorphoses-returns-lookingglass-after-decades-96">as announced before, <em>Metamorphoses</em></a>. There will also be <em>Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo</em> and <em>Still Alive</em>. And David Schwimmer will direct the world premiere of Keith Huff's <em>Big Lake Big City</em>; Huff wrote <em>A Steady Rain</em>.&nbsp;“It’s both thrilling and apt that in our 25th&nbsp;Anniversary Season we’re serving up a quintessential Lookingglass feast for our audiences and artists," said Artistic Director Andrew White in a statement. &nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/File%3ATheMarchBookCover.jpeg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 200px; height: 300px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-01/teatro-vista-new-york-and-chicago-honors-84628">Remember when</a> the Goodman and Teatro Vista</strong></span></span> did <em>El Nogalar</em> which became a big deal? Now they're trying to recapture the magic with<em> Fish Man</em> by Puerto Rican playwright&nbsp;Cándido Tirado’s. It's a "new comedic drama about a group of urban chess hustlers drawn together by a shared need to overcome their individual demons." This is all part of the three-year producing partnership between the two theater companies. It opens April 7.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Victory Gardens has announced their 2012-13 season</strong></span></span>. They say: "The season will include&nbsp;<em>Equivocation</em>&nbsp;by Bill Cain, directed by Sean Graney;&nbsp;<em>Failure: A Love Story</em>&nbsp;by Phillip Dawkins, directed by Seth Bockley;&nbsp;<em>Disconnect</em>&nbsp;by Anupama Chandrasekhar, directed by Dexter Bullard;<em>&nbsp;The Whale</em>&nbsp;by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Joanie Schultz; and&nbsp;<em>Chicago is Burning</em>&nbsp;by Marcus Gardley, directed by Chay Yew." Ideas of home is the theme.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. As part of their plan to put up <em>The March</em></strong></span></span>, Steppenwolf will have an evening of discussion with E.L. Doctorow himself and Frank Galati. It's April 16 at 7 pm. One conversation that you might not want to miss.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-21/daily-rehearsal-el-doctorow-discuss-march-97512 Daily Rehearsal: North and South comedy http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-13/daily-rehearsal-north-and-south-comedy-97248 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-13/The March.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Chelsea Lately</em> </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/13/wangs-chicago-gay-bar-men_n_1342273.html"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>took on</strong></span></span> the Chicago gay bar Wang's</a> last night, which wants to ban female customers at 11 p.m., reports the <em>Huffington Post</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-13/The March.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 400px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Here's the new poster</strong></span></span> for Steppenwolf's <em>The March</em>, which is a joint product of the company and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. It's World Theatre Day!</strong></span></span> Soon, anyway: March 27,&nbsp;The League of Chicago Theatres will celebrate&nbsp;at 4:00 p.m. at the&nbsp;Cultural Center. And did you know that the city was the first in the U.S. to plan celebrations for this anniversary, in 2009? There will be panel discussions and presentations.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/playdetail.php?playID=5467" target="_self">RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles</a></em></strong></span></span>&nbsp;will be at the Oriental Theatre for one-week June 26 to July 1. The Associated Pres said it was "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!" at one point in time so lookout!&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. It seems like there's always been a divide between </strong></span></span>comedy clubs on the South Side and those on the North. Adding a voice to the discussion about why and how this is so, comedian&nbsp;Meechie Hall wrote a post about it, and it garnered tons of responses from his fellow comedians. <a href="http://www.comedyofchicago.com/2012/03/north-south-side-divide.html#more">Comedy of Chicago reports</a> that since then, Hall has gotten a bunch more north side bookings -- though he can't say that they're related to this claim: "I personally know that the mics up north haven't been giving real urban comedians a chance."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 21:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-13/daily-rehearsal-north-and-south-comedy-97248