WBEZ | Cascabel http://www.wbez.org/tags/cascabel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Zachary Quinto spotted at 'Camino Real' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-zachary-quinto-spotted-camino-real-98064 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. News that the DCA Storefront staff </strong></span></span>have been fired has prompted those in the artistic community to...well, fire back at the City. "As the artistic director of one of the theatres slated to produce at the DCA in the fall, I am truly saddened and mystified by this news," wrote Aly Renee Amidei of WildClaw on <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/04/05/dca-storefront-theater-staff-sacked">the <em>Reader</em>'s post on the issue</a>. "The DCA Storefront staff have been amazing people to work with and have been crucial to the growth and success of my theatre company (along with many other companies in town). I cannot imagine producing our fall show without them. I also hope that the city does not do away with the program entirely...which would be such a blow to the theatrical community." Feel the need to chime in? Laura Molzahn offers a few people you can contact, also in the comments.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;<em>Light in the Piazza </em>has been extended </strong></span></span>AGAIN, this time through June 23. This means that the last two weeks of the show will run in conjunction with <em>Time after Time: The Songs of Jule Styne</em>. I have a friend who saw <em>Piazza </em>last week and said it was very uplifting. Subtext: since my random friend liked it, you know it's good.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3815057882_768cdf59b0_z.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 360px; " title="The actor Zachary Quinto (Flickr/Beth Madison)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Baliwick Chicago has <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/newswire.php?newsID=706">announced </a>a new Artistic Director</strong></span></span> in&nbsp;Lili-Anne Brown. "Due to recent career opportunities, current Founding Artistic Director Kevin Mayes has tendered his formal resignation with the Board of Directors, but will remain a seated board member in a corporate development capacity." "I'm very proud of what we've achieved in three short years as a company," said Mayes in a statement. "But balancing two careers, as I've done since we started Bailiwick Chicago, has been challenging for my family and me. It was a difficult decision to step down from a role that I've loved so much, but it is time to do so. Lili-Anne Brown is a gifted artist and leader, and I look forward to supporting her tenure as Artistic Director in my role on the Board of Directors." Brown is up next in <em>Rent </em>from ATC/About Face.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Charles Isherwood came to Chicago</strong></span></span> to see <em>Cascabel &nbsp;</em>and <em>Camino Real</em> this weekend. Of<a href="http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/04/09/theater/reviews/cascabel-with-rick-bayless-at-lookingglass-in-chicago.html?ref=theater"> the former</a>: "While <em>Cascabel </em>is distinctly light on the palate as a work of theater — call it Cirque du Soleil sprinkled with salsa — Mr. Bayless’s food is predictably delicious." Of <a href="http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/theater/reviews/calixto-bieito-adapts-camino-real-at-goodman-theater.html?ref=theater">the latter</a>: "As Williams designed it, <em>Camino Real</em> is undeniably rich in imagery of exhausted humanity, violence and the destruction of love and liberty, but it is also suffused with tenderness for the souls tilting at so many windmills. In Mr. Bieito’s production the brutality is writ so large that the glimmers of poetry...can barely be discerned amid an avalanche of neon-bright distractions." So, relatively consistent with reviews from our fair city.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Spotted: Zachary Quinto </strong></span></span>(of the new <em>Star Trek</em>) and POTENTIALLY Jonathan Groff (of <em>Spring Awakening</em>, <em>Glee</em>) at <em>Camino Real</em> on Friday night (a couple,<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/boyculture/zachary-quinto-jonathan-groff-dating-42bx"> they might be</a>). Did they like it? It appears they also attended the "This Will Have Been: Art, Love &amp; Politics in the 1980s" exhibition at the MCA that same day,<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/celebrity/aboutlastnight/chi-kerry-wood-cupcakes-jersey-shore-ronnie-schaumburg-jennifer-hudson-20120409,0,6335587.column"> according to the Tribune</a>. A culture-filled day.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 12:38:51 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-zachary-quinto-spotted-camino-real-98064 Do food and theater mix? The new generation of dinner theater http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/do-food-and-theater-mix-new-generation-dinner-theater-97985 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Mangiameli%2C%20Bayless%20-%20H.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px;" title="Rick Bayless and Chiara Mangiameli in 'Cascabel'">Chef Rick Bayless has conquered the mediums of television and print. Now, as co-creator of the Lookingglass production<em> <a href="http://lookingglasstheatre.org/content/box_office/cascabel">Cascabel</a></em>, a new sensory explosion combining circus and food, he takes on theater. Bayless talks about his new project and the drama of dining, from Alinea to Medieval Times. And WBEZ<em> Onstage/Backstage </em>bloggers Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman weigh in.</p></p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 08:15:42 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/do-food-and-theater-mix-new-generation-dinner-theater-97985 Daily Rehearsal: 'Cascabel' is extended http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-28/daily-rehearsal-cascabel-extended-97681 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-28/Mangiameli, Bayless - H.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Pine Box Theater Company's 2012 season </strong></span></span>will include<em> The Jammer</em>&nbsp;by Rolin Jones, directed by Artistic Director Vincent Teninty;&nbsp;the world premiere of <em>25 Saints</em> by Ensemble Member Joshua Rollins, directed by Ensemble Member Susan E. Bowen. Pine Box hasn't put up anything since last summer's<em> A Girl With Sun In Her Eyes</em>, but these two productions are something different: <em>The Jammer</em> is being described as "the King Lear of roller derby plays."</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-28/Mangiameli%2C%20Bayless%20-%20H.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 200px; " title="'Cascabel' at Lookingglass"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>Cascabel </em>has been extended through April 29</strong></span></span>; as of yesterday at 3 pm, there were only 200 tickets left to the additional shows. However, <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/gglasstheatre">Lookingglass will be tweeting tickets</a> when they pop up at the last minute.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;Louise Roche’s Off-Broadway show&nbsp;<em>Girls Night: The Musical</em>&nbsp;</strong></span></span>will come to Detention in June. Never heard of Dentention? That's because it's a dance rock club suited for this production. it is a&nbsp;"hilarious, touching tale that follows five friends—Carol, the party girl; Anita who tells it like it is, Liza stuck in marital and emotional downfall; Kate, the prissy designated driver and Sharon the 'not-so-nice' nice girl—all in their 30s and 40s during a wild and outrageous girls night out at a karaoke bar." A <a href="http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117935616?refCatId=33">review in <em>Variety </em>of the play</a> when it was at the Coronet in LA argued, "Roche's playwrighting, to use the term out of courtesy, consists of five stereotypes who assemble to celebrate a daughter's engagement, pour the booze and let 'er rip. No story necessary."&nbsp;Comparisons to <em>Bachelorette </em>are inevitable, I suppose.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Save the Portage Theater!</strong></span></span> The Portage Park building is the subject of some controversy over its impending sale and what will happen to it after that,<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/film/15208711/save-the-portage-theater-community-meeting"> reports <em>TimeOut</em>.</a></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <em>Rock of Ages</em> tickets <a href="http://www.broadwayinchicago.com/shows_dyn.php?cmd=display_current&amp;display_showtag=RockOfAges2012">are on sale today</a></strong></span></span>. <a href="http://www.justjared.com/2011/12/13/tom-cruise-rock-of-ages-trailer/">Tom Cruise</a> will not be in attendance.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-28/daily-rehearsal-cascabel-extended-97681