WBEZ | Green Mill http://www.wbez.org/tags/green-mill-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Come see me at Paper Machete tomorrow http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-05/come-see-me-paper-machete-tomorrow-107469 <p><p>Tomorrow I&#39;ll be reading at Christopher Piatt&#39;s <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2013/05/31/61-lineup-summer-kickoff-edition/">Paper Machete</a>, which is one of the first shows I mention when people ask me about the best readings in Chicago. I&#39;m going to discuss pot and Trayvon Martin. No lie. Aren&#39;t you intrigued? Some come down to the historic Green Mill, get your day drink on and enjoy the show!</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/396306_10150537645499250_1327787318_n.jpg" title="" /></div><p><strong><a href="http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/view/145">BASSPROV</a><br /><a href="http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/people/pages/facultyinfo.aspx?fid=535">LISA BUSCANI</a><br /><a href="http://www.chrisdoucette.com/comedy/">CHRIS DOUCETTE</a><br />BRAD EINSTEIN<br />CLAIRE MULANEY AND JO SCOTT<br /><a href="http://www.zulkey.com">CLAIRE ZULKEY</a></strong></p><p>Plus cabaret music by <strong>GLAD FANNY</strong> and special musical guests <strong>SOFTWARE GIANT</strong></p><p><em>3 p.m. at the <em>GREEN MILL</em> in Uptown, Free!</em></p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 13:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-05/come-see-me-paper-machete-tomorrow-107469 Don't-Miss List June 27-July 4: A Pinter comedy and Illinois Shakespeare Fest http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/dont-miss-list-june-27-july-4-pinter-comedy-and-illinois-shakespeare <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Pinter%27s%20The%20Lover%20Soul%20Theatre.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 413px; " title="Harold Pinter’s ‘The Lover’ plays at A Red Orchid Theatre starting Thursday. (Courtesy of Soul Theatre)" /></div><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/i-not-robot-critic-speaks-out-while-she-still-can-100470"><u>Dueling Critics on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>, 91.5FM and WBEZ.org, between 9 and 10 a.m. Friday June 29,&nbsp;FREE!</u></a><br /><br />Friday we debate the <a href="http://www.strangetree.org/">Strange Tree Group</a>&rsquo;s new satire <strong><em>Goodbye Cruel World</em></strong>, and try to persuade WBEZ contributor Dan Weissmann that <a href="http://sendmyrobot.com/">critics really can&rsquo;t be replaced by robots</a>. I&rsquo;ll be there, provided I can find my oil can. If you miss the conversation, you can listen to it here on the site.&nbsp;&ndash;KK<br /><br /><u><strong><em>The Lover</em></strong>, opening Thursday June 28 at 7:30; Soul Theatre at <a href="http://www.aredorchidtheatre.org/">A Red Orchid Theatre</a>,<br />1531 North Wells in Chicago; Thursdays-Sundays through July 15; tickets $20, $10 for students<br />and seniors</u><br /><br />It&rsquo;s hard to imagine the words &ldquo;comedy&rdquo; and &ldquo;Harold Pinter&rdquo; in the same universe, much less the same sentence; but <strong><em>The Lover</em></strong> is Pinter&rsquo;s one-act stab at a sex farce. I might be hesitant to recommend the show but this production features the impeccable Mick Weber, who illuminates every stage he steps on.&nbsp;&ndash;KK&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br /><u><em>All-American Holiday Pageant</em>, The Paper Machete, Saturday July 1 at 3 p.m.; The Green Mill, 4802 North Broadway in Chicago; donation requested</u><br /><br />This is a special edition of Christopher Piatt&rsquo;s spoken-word &ldquo;Salon in a Saloon,&rdquo; featuring a range of comic talents relieving themselves (you should pardon the expression) of their thoughts about God, country, sex, drugs and rock-and-roll. Expect fireworks as the writer-performers speak the speech trippingly on the tongue.&nbsp;&ndash;KK</p><p><u><a href="http://www.thefestival.org"><strong>Illinois Shakespeare Festival</strong></a>, Ewing Manor, Bloomington, Ill. 309-438-2535<a href="http://www.thefestival.org;$27-$47">; $27-$47</a> (various discounts also available); rotating rep through August 11</u></p><p>Year after year, the <strong>Illinois Shakespeare Festival</strong> (ISF) has gained respect as an important regional destination theater; the kind of place where you go to see three plays in two days and enjoy the ambiance of antiquing, Victorian homes, luxe b&amp;b&#39;s and good restaurants available in the Bloomington-Normal area, which is home to the ISF. The troupe&#39;s playhouse has perfect sightlines and great intimacy for Shakespeare outdoors, as it was meant to be. Even the grounds of the ISF are worth a visit: the Tudor-style Ewing Manor with its beautiful gardens and wide lawns where picnics are encouraged. The ISF&#39;s 35th season opens this week with <em>Othello </em>and <em>As You Like It</em> with <em>The Rivals</em> joining the rotating rep in mid-July. Many mornings also provide a free performance of <em>The Comedy of Errors</em> as part of the ISF&#39;s Theatre for Young Audiences program. FYI: excellent website for planning a visit.&nbsp;&ndash;JA</p><p><u><a href="http://www.barntheatre.com"><strong>The Barn Theatre</strong></a>, 13351 W. M-96, Augusta, Mich. 269-731-4121; $34; season runs through Sept. 2</u></p><p>They used to call it &quot;the straw hat circuit&quot;: summer stock theater presented in a tent or an old barn by a company of performers whom you&#39;d see in a different show every week or two. It was, and is, great fun for thank goodness there&#39;s a little bit of old-fashioned summer stock still around. Indeed, you won&#39;t find summer stock any more classic than in Augusta, Mich., a rural town about two hours around the tip of the lake, where <strong>The Barn Theatre</strong> has been offering professional seasons since 1949 in a genuine old dairy barn. The opening show is <em>Pal Joey&nbsp;</em>(through July 1), followed by <em>Legally Blonde</em> (July 3-15), <em>The Wedding Singer</em> (July 17-29) and three more shows. Plenty of free parking on the lawn in front of the barn, kids welcome, refreshments available. Warning: The nearest accommodations, other than a state park campground, are in nearby Kalamazoo or Battle Creek.&nbsp;&ndash;JA</p></p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/dont-miss-list-june-27-july-4-pinter-comedy-and-illinois-shakespeare