WBEZ | A Steady Rain http://www.wbez.org/tags/steady-rain Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: A 'Magic Flute' casting change http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-magic-flute-casting-change-102061 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/magic%20flute.jpg" style="height: 86px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Emily Hindrichs</strong></span></span>&nbsp;will be taking over the role of The Queen of the Night in&nbsp;COT&#39;s <em>The Magic Flute</em> because Claudia Boyle wasn&#39;t able to come from Ireland because of visa issues.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>-&nbsp;The Chicago Commercial Collective&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-steady-rain-returns-without-hollywood-man-candy"><em>A Steady Rain</em> </a></strong></span></span>will tour the surrounding states, with stops in Wisconsin and Michigan this fall. &nbsp;is proud to announce their first production, the remount of the Chicago and Broadway hit drama,&nbsp;<em>A Steady Rain</em>, will tour Wisconsin and Michigan this fall.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- And this just in for an old-ish <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/08/17/lewis-black-at-city-winery-chicago">review of Lewis Black</a>,</strong></span></span> who inaugurated City Winery. Tony Adler enjoyed his set, but admitted that might have been because he&#39;s Black&#39;s demographic. &quot;...there&rsquo;s more to Black than his sour style of nostalgia. There&rsquo;s apoplexy. It&rsquo;s surprisingly satisfying to watch him act out&mdash;waggling his fingers, sputtering, blubbering, and putting odd spins on words.&quot;&nbsp;Additionally: &quot;John Bowman and Kathleen Madigan open for Black. Loved her, didn&rsquo;t really get him at all.&quot;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-magic-flute-casting-change-102061 Don't-Miss List July 5-11: A pair of worthy rivals, and a pair of worthy revivals http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/dont-miss-list-july-5-11-pair-worthy-rivals-and-pair-worthy-revivals <p><p><u><strong><em>A Steady Rain</em></strong>, The Chicago Commercial Collective at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 West Chicago Avenue; first preview this Saturday (the 7th) at 8 pm, opening night Tuesday (the 10th) at 8; tickets $35-$40.</u><br /><br />The original cast and crew reunite to stage Keith Huff&rsquo;s powerful two-character police drama, which investigates the nature and extent of friendship as well as the impact of crime on the people whose job it is to solve it. The piece had its 15 minutes of fame when Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Daniel Craig (007) did it on Broadway; but having seen both that production and the original in Chicago, I strongly recommend this one. Director Russ Tutterow understands every nuance of the piece and actors Randy Steinmeyer and Peter de Faria are so authentic as to be terrifying. Through September 2; the perfect play for our long hot summer. -KK<br /><br /><u><strong><em>Crowns</em></strong>, The Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street, opens this Monday (the 9th) at 7 pm; tickets $29-$88.</u><br /><br />The press for <strong><em>Crowns</em></strong> describes it as &ldquo;the most-produced new musical in the US over the past decade.&rdquo;&nbsp; Now the show returns to its roots at the Goodman, with author Regina Taylor at the helm, bringing Gospel music and a sure feel for the world of the African-American church and the Southern ladies who keep it going.&nbsp; Any show featuring E. Faye Butler and Felicia Fields is worth watching for them alone. Through August 5. -KK</p><div><u><strong><em>Electra</em></strong>, <a href="http://www.maryarrchie.com">Mary-Arrchie Theatre</a>, 735 W. Sheridan Road (at Broadway), second floor;&nbsp;through July 29; tickets $15-$20.</u></div><div>Of the hundreds of Greek tragedies written over the centuries of the Athenian Golden Age, only 32 survive. We presume that those 32 are among the finest and most popular of their kind, so it&#39;s good that several of them still are performed fairly frequently. But why-oh-why can&#39;t directors leave them alone? Are they so afraid of history and antiquity&mdash;or ignorant of them&mdash;that they can&#39;t find an honest translation of a play and stage it as it is? Why must they always &quot;re-imagine&quot; or update or&mdash;worse still&mdash;pretend they are poets and classical scholars and &quot;adapt&quot; the texts?&nbsp;&nbsp;Do they think modern audiences won&#39;t get it otherwise? Hey, audiences&nbsp;will&nbsp;get it if a Greek tragedy is staged with the simplicity, directness and vigor of the original. Be that as it may, our long and hot summer is bringing re-conceptions of three of the most famous Greek tragedies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mary-Arrchie Theater, going strong after 26 years, is presenting Euripides&#39;&nbsp;<strong><em>Electra</em></strong>, adapted by notable director Sonja Moser, and staged with an ensemble of undergraduate theater students from Illinois State University, which has a highly-regarded School of Theatre. Moser sets&nbsp;<em>Electra</em>&nbsp;&quot;in John Deere country,&quot; which actually is Moline, IL, and is bringing rock music, meta-theatrics and teen angst to this tale of daughter-and-son revenge on Mom. Since the real John Deere started the company in 1837 when American still was an agrarian nation, the rock music might be unnecessary. And pure Greek tragedy, by definition, is meta-theatrical (hey, masks, music, chant, dance, verse, etc.), so are we reinventing the wheel here? -JA</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pp-oedipus-nu.png" style="float: left; " title="'Oedipus el Rey' at Victory Gardens Theater" /><u><strong><em>Oedipus el Rey</em></strong>, <a href="http://www.victorygardens.org">Victory Gardens Theater</a>, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.;&nbsp;through July 29; tickets $15-$50.</u></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Victory Gardens is the venue for a broader re-conception, this one based on the most famous of all Greek plays, Sophocles&#39;&nbsp;<em>Oedipus the King</em>. Latino playwright Luis Alfaro has not adapted any translation of the play, but uses the well-known story as the basis for his original work,&nbsp;<strong><em>Oedipus el Rey</em></strong>, in which the city-state of Thebes becomes the Los Angeles barrio, and Oedipus is an ex-con gangbanger who rises to power. Alfaro achieved considerable national success in 2004 doing something similar with&nbsp;Electra, retitled&nbsp;Electricidad&nbsp;(performed locally at the Goodman Theatre). Victory Gardens artistic director Chay Yew has staged&nbsp;<em>Oedipus el Rey</em>. - JA</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><u><strong><em>Antigone</em></strong>, <a href="http://www.coldbasement.org">Cold Basement Dramatics</a>, Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway;&nbsp;Aug. 2-19; inquire for tickets.</u></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Although it won&#39;t overlap the first two plays, down the road apiece we&#39;ll see an update of Sophocles&#39;&nbsp;<strong><em>Antigone</em></strong>, a stand-alone play that nonetheless functions as a sequel to&nbsp;<em>Oedipus the King</em>&nbsp;(even though it was written earlier), and focuses on the fate of Oedipus&#39;s children in the form of a metaphysical argument about obedience to the law vs. obedience to the gods. It will be presented by Cold Basement Dramatics as staged and&mdash;what else&mdash;adapted by the troupe&#39;s artistic director, Jack Bourgeois, who is setting it in 1964; an era several decades before he was born. Warning: those who are nostalgic about the 1960&#39;s either don&#39;t remember them or weren&#39;t there. It will be an extremely intimate production in the tiny Oracle storefront space. - JA</div><br /></p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 11:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/dont-miss-list-july-5-11-pair-worthy-rivals-and-pair-worthy-revivals Daily Rehearsal: The Goodman labels 'Iceman' its most successful production ever http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-goodman-labels-iceman-its-most-successful-production <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.prometheantheatre.org">Promethean Theatre</a>&#39;s 2012-13 season</strong></span></span> includes several classics, like <em>Black Magic: An Evening of Shakespeare</em>, Bertolt Brecht&rsquo;s <em>The Caucasian Chalk Circle</em>, and <em>A Study in Scarlet</em>, an adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes mystery.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- And <a href="http://www.strangelooptheatre.org">Strangeloop Theatre</a>&#39;s 5th season includes <em>Loopshop</em></strong></span></span>, which is a series of workshops by local playwrights like Anthony Ellison, David Clark, Maria Bunham, Keith Gatchel, Scott A. Miller and Darrin Luginski. They each get two performances only, each performed&nbsp;at Chemically Imbalanced Theater. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Nathan%20Lane%20Iceman%20Liz%20Lauren_0.JPG" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 200px; " title="Nathan Lane in 'The Iceman Cometh' (Photo by Liz Lauren)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The Goodman is calling <em>Iceman Cometh</em></strong></span></span> their most successful production ever. The&nbsp;&quot;nearly five-hour, 18-character epic broke box office records and played to 100 percent of capacity at the Goodman&mdash;officially concluding its 50-performance extended run as the most successful show in the Goodman&rsquo;s 87-year history,&quot; they said in a statement. &quot;Audiences numbered more than 42,000 Goodman Subscribers and ticket buyers&mdash;30 percent of whom attended the Goodman for the first time&mdash;and visitors from 46 states and eight countries....&quot; Mayor Rahm Emanuel congratulated them, Nathan Lane called it &quot;the high point of [his] theatrical career&quot; and Brian Dennehy said it was &quot;the most fun and the most successful&quot; of all his &quot;great experiences in Chicago theater.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Chicago Commercial Collective <a href="http://twitter.com/Asteadyrainchi/status/220212031687639040">tweeted </a></strong></span></span>&quot;They&#39;re not Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, @WBEZ, but I&#39;d still say Randy and Peter are man candy!&quot; in response to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-steady-rain-returns-without-hollywood-man-candy">our post</a> about the leading men of Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;<em>A Steady Rain</em>. Yes but they&#39;re not <em>Hollywood </em>man candy. (Not yet anyway.)</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 14:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-goodman-labels-iceman-its-most-successful-production Daily Rehearsal: 'A Steady Rain' returns (but without the Hollywood man candy) http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-steady-rain-returns-without-hollywood-man-candy <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Bobby Lee visited the Morning AMp</strong></span></span> and <a href="http://instagr.am/p/MLzq1CuVt5/">posed for an extremely happy photo</a> with hosts Molly and Adam. You know him from MADtv and can <a href="https://twitter.com/bobbyleelive/status/213696011183456257">see him perform at UP</a>&nbsp;this weekend.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- John DeVore</strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-06/john-devore-interview-100337">talked to Claire Zulkey</a> about his time in Chicago for Just for Laughs.&quot;&nbsp;During the week of the festival, I felt about sleep the way I use to feel about cocaine,&quot; he said. &quot;The prospect of collapsing into my hotel bed made excited to live.&quot; He also describes Chicago as &quot;America.&quot;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/a%20steady%20rain.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; " title="'A Steady Rain' (Photo by Anthony Robert La Penna)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The Chicago Commercial Collective&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.asteadyrainchicago.com"><em>A Steady Rain</em></a></strong></span></span> is being remounted with original cast and crew at the Chicago Dramatists this summer. That does not mean the original cast on Broadway, which was Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, but&nbsp;Randy Steinmeyer and Peter DeFaria.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;</strong></span></span><a href="http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fchicagoplays.com%2Fcomponent%2Feventlist%2Feventdetail%2F160390.html&amp;h=oAQE86LdZ"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>The League of Chicago Theatres</strong></span></span> <em>Theater Thursdays</em></a> program this summer will include shows from Caffeine Theatre, eta Creative Arts Foundation, Redtwist, Stage Left, The Building Stage and The Inconvenience.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;The <a href="http://saintsebastianplayers.org/Home_Page.php">Saint Sebastian Players</a>&nbsp;</strong></span></span>have figured out their 2012-13 season; they&#39;re doing A.R. Gurney&#39;s The Dining Room (a personal favorite); the world premiere of <em>Lefties </em>by Lee Johnson; and <em>Measure for Measure</em>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-steady-rain-returns-without-hollywood-man-candy