WBEZ | Unspeakable http://www.wbez.org/tags/unspeakable Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: 'Unspeakable' postponed until spring http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-unspeakable-postponed-until-spring-102415 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.theatreseven.org">Theatre Seven&#39;s</a> announced that their full 2012-13 </strong></span></span>season will include <em>American Storm</em>, <em>Blacktop Sky</em> (which will also be in Steppenwolf&#39;s Garage Rep), Johnny and <em>Unwilling and Hostile Instruments</em>: 100 Years of Extraordinary Chicago Women. That last one sounds like a doozy; it&#39;s described as <b>&quot;</b>a collection of seven new plays by some of the industry&rsquo;s most talented playwrights and directors.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Look at this photo of <em>Grease </em></strong></span></span>at the Paramount:</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/PT%20Grease_3.jpg" style="height: 430px; width: 620px; " title="The cast of 'Grease.' (Photo by Liz Lauren)" /></div><p>My seven year old heart is swelling right now. The musical opened this week.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;Due to major funding that did not come through</strong></span></span>, the production of <em>Unspeakable</em>, which was scheduled to start performances at the Royal George Theatre Oct. 16, has been postponed until the spring. More details to come. Refunds available at point of purchase&quot; says the press release I received today. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-isaiah-washington-cast-friend-richard-pryor-101174">Remember <em>Unspeakable</em></a>? It was the one about Richard Pryor and featured actor Isaiah Washington.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-unspeakable-postponed-until-spring-102415 Daily Rehearsal: Isaiah Washington cast as friend of Richard Pryor http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-isaiah-washington-cast-friend-richard-pryor-101174 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/isaiah%20washington.jpg" style="float: left; height: 220px; width: 300px; " title="Washington visiting 'The Today Show'" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- John Malkovich</strong></span></span>, who some may not realize is an ensemble member of Steppenwolf, <a href="http://www.broadway.com/buzz/163050/john-malkovich-to-star-as-casanova-in-the-giacomo-variations-at-new-york-city-center/">will play Casanova</a> in a production of&nbsp;<em>The Giacomo Variations</em> in&nbsp;New York.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- TV star Isaiah Washington</strong></span></span> is set to take part in <em>Unspeakable</em>, a play about Illinois native and comedian Richard Pryor at the Royal George Theatre this October. The role of Pryor will be played by James Murray Jackson, Jr., who originated the role at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2005. Nowhere in these press release bios does it mention Washington&#39;s time on&nbsp;<em>Grey&#39;s Anatomy</em>, the show that most know him by, though that&#39;s <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/tv/story/2007/06/08/abc-greys-washington.html">relatively unsurprising</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Upcoming UP performers</strong></span></span> include Tommy Davidson of <em>MadTv</em>, Charlie Murphy of <em>Chappelle&#39;s Show</em> and Bobcat Goldthwait of how could you ever forget that name?</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- An <a href="http://www.theawl.com/2012/07/a-letter-from-the-theater-community-regarding-david-adjmis-3-c">interesting theater quandry</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;happening not in Chicago, but Off-Broadway, is occurring, and it&#39;s all about <em>Three&#39;s Company</em>.<em> Three&#39;s Company</em>! I wish I could double-italicize that</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-isaiah-washington-cast-friend-richard-pryor-101174