WBEZ | Fringe Festival http://www.wbez.org/tags/fringe-festival Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Frank Rich advises young theater critics to see even the bad stuff http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-frank-rich-advises-young-theater-critics-see-even-bad <p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/NYMag/status/241186044551241728/photo/1"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/frank%20rich%20nymag.jpg" style="height: 444px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="(Twitter @NYMag)" /></a><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- There were </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/clown-hopefuls-audition-spot-greatest-show-earth-102074"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>clown auditions</strong></span></span> in Chicago yesterday</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Speaking of clowning, </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.handshakeuppercut.com/upcoming.php">Handshake Uppercut</a> opens tonight at 10 pm as part of the Fringe Festival. They were <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/14487104-452/on-the-edge-chicagos-fringe-festival-showcases-organized-chaos.html">one of Hedy Weiss&#39; picks</a> (&quot;at least on paper&quot;).</p><div><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Frank Rich <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/z2v3a/i_am_frank_rich_writeratlarge_for_new_york/">did an AMA</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;for reddit Thursday and had some thoughts for those trying to pursue theater criticism:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;See as much as you can, including the crap, and write as much as you can, even if it&#39;s for a non-professional outlet, whether a school paper, web site, blog etc. The more you experience of the art itself and the writing of criticism, the better off you are. And I reiterate: see the whole range, not just the good stuff....&quot; He also named the critics that he enjoyed reading as a young person: Kenneth Tynan and Walter Kerr.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Steppenwolf is <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SteppenwolfTheatre/posts/405665549495875">giving away street banners</a></strong></span></span> from this past season of their plays, so if you were a big fan, get creative.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151030212953587&amp;set=a.10151030212938587.420918.13704073586&amp;type=1&amp;theater">This one says</a>, &quot;Hello.&nbsp;I would look good in a living room, or scaring the daylights out of a guest in a bathroom, maybe.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</div></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-frank-rich-advises-young-theater-critics-see-even-bad