WBEZ | swing music http://www.wbez.org/tags/swing-music Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Shatner Unbound, war profiteering and swing music http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2013-01/shatner-unbound-war-profiteering-and-swing-music-104655 <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/shatner_gageskidmore.jpg" style="float: right; height: 200px; width: 300px;" title="William Shatner (Gage Skidmore)" /></div><p><u><em>Shatner&rsquo;s World (We Just Live In It)</em>, Paramount Theatre, 23 East Galena Boulevard in Aurora, Friday night only at 8 p.m.&nbsp; Call 630-896-6666 for tickets ($65, $75 and $85).</u></p><p>I admit it: when I first saw this show announced in September I instantly called for tickets.&nbsp; I was a Captain Kirk freak when all the cool kids were into Spock; I watched <em>TJ Hooker</em> just to hear the leading man say &ldquo;Dirt Bag.&rdquo;&nbsp; I owned a bootleg of <em>Star Trek</em> outtakes and another of our hero&#39;s bizarre interpretation of &ldquo;Rocket Man.&rdquo;&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve even seen the unspeakable studio version of <em>The Brothers Karamazov</em> because his Alyosha looks so cute in a cassock. So naturally I&rsquo;m prepared to drive an hour out to Aurora and an hour back to see William Shatner do whatever it is he&rsquo;s going to do in this one-man one-night-only show.&nbsp; It could be Priceline commercials (or even Promise commercials) for all of me.&nbsp; If you share my passion for the King of Self-Deprecation, the Master of the Unmotivated Mid-Sentence Pause, the ex-Shakespearean actor with the grace not to mourn his lost serious career for the phenomenal silly one he&rsquo;s had, I don&rsquo;t need to tell you: it&rsquo;s going to be well worth the Friday rush-hour drive.<br /><br /><u><em>Allotment Annie</em>, inFusion Theatre Company at Strawdog Theatre, 3829 North Broadway, previews tonight and tomorrow, opens Saturday (Jan. 5) at 8 p.m.&nbsp; Call 773-528-9696 for tickets ($10 previews, $25 and $15 for students and seniors); Thursdays-Sundays through February 3.</u><br /><br />Or if you&rsquo;d rather hear singing by people who can actually sing, coupled with swing dancing by people who can still swing, check out the world premiere of this new play &ldquo;infused&rdquo; (as the company says) with music and dancing of the 1940s.&nbsp; The play itself (not actually a musical) features renegade Air Force pilots, grasping bartenders, war profiteering and (as the company says) &ldquo;sex, betrayal and murder.&rdquo;&nbsp; Just good clean fun with which to start the year.</p></p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2013-01/shatner-unbound-war-profiteering-and-swing-music-104655