WBEZ | ComedySportz Chicago http://www.wbez.org/tags/comedysportz-chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Henry Wishcamper to wish no more for the Goodman http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-henry-wishcamper-wish-no-more-goodman-101989 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4797296588_c229392744.jpg" style="float: right; height: 269px; width: 300px; " title="A scene from 'Animal Crackers' directed by Wishcamper at the Goodman in 2009. (Courtesy of Goodman Theatre)" /><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Celebrate your 25th anniversary</strong></span></span>; give back to the community; raise money -- it&#39;s all in the plan for ComedySportz this year. &quot;Over our 25 years, we&#39;ve seen how the joy, imagination, and laughter that come from improv comedy make people&#39;s lives better. We&#39;re so grateful for the support we&#39;ve received in this community, that we wanted to help other organizations that make Lakeview and the world better places to live,&quot; said&nbsp;ComedySportz President and CEO Matt Elwell in a statement. This means they&#39;re working with groups like The Night Ministry, Funny Bones Improv, the Lymphoma Research Foundation and the Sam Thompson Foundation. To learn more, <a href="http://www.comedysportzchicago.com/latest/713-25-yearz-celebration-to-conclude-with-month-of-charitable-giving">head to their website</a>.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Henry Wishcamper</strong></span></span> is now a new resident artistic associate of the Goodman Theatre, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/14762493-421/henry-wishcamper-named-goodman-artistic-associate.html">reports Hedy Weiss of the<em> Sun-Times</em></a>. As <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-28/daily-rehearsal-jungle-book-set-world-premiere-goodman-96794">previously announced</a>, Wishcamper will be directing <em>Other Desert Cities </em>in January at the Goodman. Additionally, Seth Bockley will be an artist-in-residence for two years at the theater.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Some thoughts on the </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-shakespeare-and-mayor-101873"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>lack of love</strong></span></span> for Nathan Lane</a> in this years Equity Jeff Award nominations, as well as who should win, <a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2012/08/21/2012-equity-jeff-nominations-a-chicago-theatre-addicts-reactions/">from Bob Bullen</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="http://kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-henry-wishcamper-wish-no-more-goodman-101989 Daily Rehearsal: ComedySportz Chicago wins 2012 ComedySportz World Championship http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-comedysportz-chicago-wins-2012-comedysportz-world <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-more-shakespeare-parks-100302">More</a> Shakespeare in the parks</strong></span></span>: Midsommer Flight, a new theatre group, will be doing free (donations happily accepted) productions this August. They are, unsurprisingly, doing <em>A Midsummer Night&#39;s Dream </em>as their first show.&nbsp;It&#39;s up August 18-19, 25-26 at Touhy Park.&nbsp;<a href="http://midsommerflight.wordpress.com/">Their website</a> is very green, much like the parks. There is a band and picnics are encouraged.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/comedysportz.jpg" style="height: 198px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- ComedySportz Chicago</strong></span></span> repped their city and won the <a href="http://www.25yearz.com">ComedySportz World Championship</a>; the Downtown Chicago Bosses beat Los Angeles 26 to 12. They&#39;ll be celebrating this weekend and you can be there too.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Deanna Isaacs has an interesting take on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-diane-lane-shine-her-star-chicago-100930">the NEA grant</a></strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-diane-lane-shine-her-star-chicago-100930"> given to fund Writers&#39; Theatre&#39;s</a> new location in Glencoe; she&#39;s curious about the choice to better this already very wealthy community. &quot;Has anyone from the NEA ever been to Glencoe?,&quot; <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/07/16/the-nea-comes-to-glencoes-aid">Isaacs asks</a>. &quot;Because if the &#39;quality of life&#39; gets any better there, the whole village will just have to leave planet Earth behind and ascend to heaven.&quot; However, an anonymous commenter feels differently: &quot;Writers&#39; Theatre&#39;s new space will help communities outside of Glencoe, the artists who work at the theatre (who are not Glencoe millionaires), not to mention the incredible educational outreach that the company brings to under-served student communities all over the Chicago area. Furthermore, any national spotlight and aide to any of our arts organizations helps to promote the entire Chicago artistic community,&quot; EES wrote.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Cirque du Soleil&#39;s </strong></span></span><em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>Michael Jackson</strong></span></span>: The Immortal World Tour </em><a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/unscripted-blog/15507816/cirque-du-soleils-michael-jackson-the-immortal-world-tour-keep">looked</a> pretty big and beautiful this weekend; who saw it?</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-comedysportz-chicago-wins-2012-comedysportz-world