WBEZ | Backstage Theatre Company http://www.wbez.org/tags/backstage-theatre-company Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: More info on BackStage Theatre's closing http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-more-info-backstage-theatres-closing-101595 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/scent of flowers.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;BackStage Theatre Company</strong></span></span>&nbsp;is now explaining that the storefront theater company<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-backstage-theatre-company-closes-shop-101565"> is closing down</a> because of &quot;the continuing challenges of drawing audiences to less familiar work in an extremely competitive market.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Debbie Reynolds is coming!</strong></span></span> Tickets to her performances 1:30 and 7:30 performances at Dury lane on September 17 and 18 are $55 or $70-74 with lunch or dinner included. Please please please, if by some miracle you have not seen <em>Singin&#39; in the Rain</em>, do so.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;Redtwist Theatre</strong></span></span> is seeking 14 or 15 year-old boy to play 12 year-old in a major supporting role in&nbsp;<em>Purple Heart</em>,&quot; <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/auditions/industrydetail.php?AuditionID=2127">says one audition listing</a> and you, yes you, <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/auditions/industrydetail.php?AuditionID=2123">can be in <em>Showgirls: The Musical</em></a>, if you are a &quot;fit male dancer.&quot; If you are you probably don&#39;t read this blog and are outdoors, working out.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uA3OnIYW5u4" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-more-info-backstage-theatres-closing-101595 Daily Rehearsal: BackStage Theatre Company closes up shop http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-backstage-theatre-company-closes-shop-101565 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;Editor&#39;s note: </strong></span></span>As originally published, our review implied that an actor&#39;s costume contained padding. As the actor has noted in the comments below, it does not. We deeply regret the error,&quot; says <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15585671/sordid-lives-at-ludicrous-theatre-company-theater-review">this review</a> of &nbsp;<em>Sordid Lives</em> at Ludicrous Theatre Company. The comment? From&nbsp;Suzanne Bracken, who plays&nbsp;LaVonda. She wrote, &quot;I&#39;m just fat, not wearing a fat suit. Some people are just shaped differently than others.&quot; Another commenter responds, &quot;Wow, Suzanne, you are more gracious than I would have been.&quot; In other<em> Sordid Lives</em> reviews, <a href="http://chicagotheaterbeat.com/2012/08/05/review-sordid-lives-ludicrous-theatre/">Chicago Theater Beat says</a> Bracken &quot;nearly steals the show.&quot;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/backstage%20theatre.jpg" style="height: 139px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;BackStage Theatre Company</strong></span></span> is closing up shop; their current production of <em>A Scent of Flowers</em> will be their last one. Artistic Director&nbsp;Matthew Reeder&nbsp;<a href="http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Saying-Goodbye-.html?soid=1102102920174&amp;aid=OlO7DKxfAIA">called the production</a> &quot;the perfect story to celebrate these twelve enlivening years. The story of Zoe and her family&nbsp;is deeply in line with our mission, our core values and our aesthetic.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;He also wrote, that &quot;Twelve years is a happy life in the scope of any small arts organization.&quot;&nbsp;No specific reason was given for the end.&nbsp;<em>A Scent of Flowers</em> closes August 25.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Lifeline, Raven, the side project and Theo Ubique</strong></span></span>, all located in generally Rogers Park area, are again offering <a href="http://www.rogersparkflexpass.com">a subscription pass</a> to their plays. It&#39;s $50 for four productions and $45 if you head to the Rogers Park Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto: kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 10:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-backstage-theatre-company-closes-shop-101565