WBEZ | Kelly Kleiman http://www.wbez.org/tags/kelly-kleiman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Profiles Theatre does 'Hellcab' again http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-profiles-theatre-does-hellcab-again-98135 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Next Theatre is running</strong></span></span> a 2012-13 season full of&nbsp;<em>Iphigenia 2.0,</em>&nbsp;<em>Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter,&nbsp;</em><em>Everything is Illuminated </em>(by Simon Block, adapted from Jonathan Safron Foers’ novel), and the final show of the season,&nbsp;<em>The Exonerated,</em> will be co-produced by Next and&nbsp;Interpretation Center at Northwestern University.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Profiles Theatre</strong></span></span> also has a season for next year (what are the odds?) with&nbsp;<em>Blood from a Stone</em>&nbsp;(revised), <em>After</em>, <em>The Dream of the Burning Boy, and</em>&nbsp;Neil LaBute’s 2010 play <em>The Break of Noon</em> revised exclusively for Profiles Theatre. They'll also be redoing&nbsp;<em>Hellcab</em> by Will Kern to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that production, and want to let you all know that&nbsp;Neil LaBute and Steppenwolf ensemble member Rick Snyder joined Profiles as Resident Artists.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/beowulf.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 232px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;Arcas Productions&nbsp;is trying out <em>Beowulf </em></strong></span></span>as "an action theatre adaptation" May 31 through June 10 at Studio BE. "<em>BEOWULF </em>blurs the lines between poetry and movement, dance and combat, man and monster to tell this classic story as never before."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Judah Friedlander of <em>30 Rock</em></strong></span></span> will be on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards"><em>Afternoon Shift</em> today</a>. That is all.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. O/B blogger Kelly Kleiman </strong></span></span>was <a href="http://www.theinsightlabs.org/interview/set-the-sector-free">interviewed about her work</a> in non-profits by Insight Labs.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:18:57 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-profiles-theatre-does-hellcab-again-98135 Don't-Miss List March 22-28: Irish theater, war stories http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-22/dont-miss-list-march-22-28-irish-theater-war-stories-97507 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-21/Light in the Piazza_Theo Ubique.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/Light in the Piazza_Theo Ubique.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 473px;" title="Theo Ubique's 'A Light in the Piazza.' (Courtesy of Theo Ubique/Adam Veness)"></p><p><strong>Dueling Critics on <em>Eight Forty-Eight,</em> WBEZ 91.5 FM and streaming live at wbez.org<br> Friday, March 23, 9 to 10 a.m., FREE</strong></p><p>First, of course, don't miss Jonathan and me as we duel over <a href="http://theoubique.org/">Theo Ubique's <em>The Light in the Piazza</em></a>, a musical (or is it an opera?) set in Italy after the Second World War that asks the following musical question: Can a girl from Winston-Salem who's been kicked in the head by a pony find love with a boy from Florence whose parents run a tie shop? (No, I'm not making this up.)</p><p>With a score by composer-lyricist Adam Guettel, whose <em>Floyd Collins</em> was equally unconventional and showed him to be a major new talent, and a book by Craig Lucas whose <em>Prelude to a Kiss</em> is one of the most romantic plays of the past couple of decades,<span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><em>Piazza </em>offers us plenty to talk about. We're on the radio Friday morning, and if you happen to miss the live segment you'll find it <a href="http://wbez.org/848">here on the site</a>.</p><p><a href="http://seanachai.org/"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-22/A Moon Misbegotten_Senachai Theater_Jackie Jasperson.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="Brad Armacost and Carolyn Klein star in 'A Moon from the Misbegotten.' (Seanachai Theatre Company/Jackie Jasperson)"></a><strong><a href="http://seanachai.org/"><em>A Moon for the Misbegotten</em> at Seanachai Theatre Company</a><br> March 23-April 29, Irish American Heritage Center, tickets $24-$28</strong></p><p>What's so great about Seanachai is that it's transcended the default setting of Irish theater, namely, works about The Troubles. It certainly does work of that kind, like last year's spectacular <em>Shadow of a Gunman</em>; but it also does work from the Irish-American canon, and that's what's on tap beginning Friday night. Eugene O'Neill's <em>A Moon for the Misbegotten</em> is even more romantic than <em>Prelude</em> . . . (see above) and has all the richness of his best work without the egregious length of the magisterial <em>Iceman</em> and <em>Long Day's Journey.</em> This production features Steve Pickering as the tortured Jim Tyrone, and that would be reason enough to see the show even if the company weren't so reliably excellent.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.propthtr.org/"><em>". . . drumming in the night"</em> at Prop Thtr</a><br> March 23-April 29, 3502 N. Elston, tickets $15</strong></p><p>Prop Thtr offers its own take on the current craze for work about World War I (<em>War Horse, Downton Abbey</em>, the soon-to-be-released <em>Birdsong</em>) in Bertolt Brecht's first produced play <em>". . . drumming in the night."</em>&nbsp; The company uses a new translation of this tale of a German soldier trying to reconstruct his life and reconnect with his love in defeated postwar Berlin. Brecht was one of the leading critics of the Nazi regime during its rise; look to this early piece to see how the First World War gave birth to the Second.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-22/dont-miss-list-march-22-28-irish-theater-war-stories-97507 Daily Rehearsal: Everything on air this morning was about performance http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-10/daily-rehearsal-everything-air-morning-was-about-performance-96267 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. 2. 3. Let me direct your attention to a variety of things that aired on <em>848 </em></strong></span></span>this morning. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-10/dueling-critics-ameriville-victory-gardens-theater-96252">Kelly Kleiman (sans Dueling Critic Jonathan) spoke about</a> Victory Gardens Theater's play <em>Ameriville</em>; of that production she cautioned that it&nbsp;<em>"</em>is not your mother's Victory Gardens", in reference to the change wraught by the company's new artistic director Chay Yew. After that,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-10/doyle-and-debbie-bring-nashville-eight-forty-eight-96253">Doyle &amp; Debbie performed</a> and spoke about their life (rather, actors&nbsp;Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton spoke as their characters), and<a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-10/it-possible-joke-about-rape-96254"> Brian Babylon and Molly Adams discussed</a> Ever Mainard's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-06/daily-rehearsal-chicago-comedian-ever-mainard-goes-viral-96135">recent controversial stand-up piece</a>. It was a day chock-full-of performance and such content, and you can get it all online.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Vocalo talked with <em>Invisible Man</em> director</strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/blogs/archive/201202/invisible-man-discussion-director-christopher-mcelroen">Christopher&nbsp;McElroen last week </a>and I'm just now getting to it but you should, too.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Andddd Hammerstein's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lyricopera.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=10258"><em>Show Boat</em></a> opens tonight</strong></span></span> at Lyric Opera with Nathan Gunn, Angela Renee Simpson, Alyson Cambridge, Morris Robinson and Ashley Brown, among others.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-10/daily-rehearsal-everything-air-morning-was-about-performance-96267 Daily Rehearsal: Holiday planning http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-14/daily-rehearsal-holiday-planning-94020 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-14/11-21-11Ned.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. This super late, but if you missed the Sex issue of <em>TimeOut</em></strong></span></span>, (a clear yearly highlight in Chicago media) there's a article <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14986907/chicago-theater-artists%E2%80%99-stories-of-sex-and-nudity-onstage">full of fun stories</a> where performers talk about the most awkward time they had to simulate sex onstage. Eric Roach, a Factory Theater ensemble member, said his was a time when he&nbsp;"had to make out with and grope my director’s wife every night for a few months [in&nbsp;<em>Dead Wrong</em>, 2009]. Oh, and my wife was the assistant director. We called it the 'Summer of Divorce.'" Reviewer Kerry Reid talks about being asked about when she lost her virginity during a Neo-Futurist performance, when performer Greg Allen didn't realize until it was too late that she was a reviewer. Also if I wrote about this issue, call me out on it, because it feels super familiar, but search indicates that I'm good.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Speaking of naked/exciting times</strong></span></span>, does Joan Curto not look naked in <a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/11/13/joan-curto-offers-something-new-at-davenports/">this photo</a>? More importantly than objectifying her, she blew some people out of the water during <a href="http://www.joancurto.com/calendar.html">her cabaret show</a> over the weekend.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-14/11-21-11Ned.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 300px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Get a jump on what you're supposed to take the in-laws to</strong></span></span> this holiday season with <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/news.php?articleID=664">this roundup of the best shows</a>. And here's <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/holidayplays.php">a fuller list </a>of every holiday show, for those who don't like their decisions made for them. There are A LOT of them.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. And more on holiday-related affairs</strong></span></span>, <em>You, Me, Them, Everybody</em> will host <a href="http://www.youmethemeverybody.com/events/">a&nbsp;free holiday show</a>&nbsp;on November 21 at the&nbsp;Hungry Brain. There will be many holiday songs, and comedy.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Kelly Kleiman told me she and Don Hall</strong></span></span> got into a heated discussion about <em>Clybourne Park</em> last week. <a href="http://donhall.blogspot.com/2011/11/thoughts-on-clybourne-park.html">Here are his thoughts</a>: Hall says when watching it, he was reminded of a Second City sketch he saw a few years back that touched accurately on race relations in Chicago. Hall had hoped <em>Clybourne Park</em> would have "the same hot sauce in it to offend me, make me laugh, teach me something, make me argue, make me think for another twenty years. But it didn't."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-14/daily-rehearsal-holiday-planning-94020 Dueling Critics: Sondheim's 'Follies' at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-14/dueling-critics-sondheims-follies-chicago-shakespeare-theater-93150 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-14/Follies.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Take an old theater on the verge of demolition; add some former showgirls who, like the theater, have seen better days; roll out a score by Stephen Sondheim that pays homage to his favorite musical styles from the '30s, '40s and '50s; and it's a show! <a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,63" target="_blank"><em>Follies</em></a> is currently being performed at the <a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Shakespeare Theater</a>. Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman discussed the production with <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>.</p><p><em>Follies</em> is on stage at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater through Nov. 13.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Music Button: Carol Burnett performing Stephen Sondheim's "I'm Still Here", from a tribute to Sondheim television broadcast</em></p></p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-14/dueling-critics-sondheims-follies-chicago-shakespeare-theater-93150 Daily Rehearsal: Occupy Broadway? http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-11/daily-rehearsal-occupy-broadway-93049 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-11/broadway_flickr_ryanhoard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-11/charlesisherwood.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 137px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Have you seen the tumblr <a href="http://charlesisherwoodsyogurtshop.tumblr.com">Charles Isherwood's Yogurt Shop</a></strong></span></span> because GO RIGHT NOW. It's all based off of this one quote he gave just a few days ago in our new favorite <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-10/daily-rehearsal-seven-minutes-heaven-ellen-degeneres-93004">review of Adam Rapp's despised playwriting abilities</a>: "[T]he prospect of five more [plays] next year...frankly leaves me contemplating abandoning my vocation to open a yogurt shop in Long Island City."&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Remy Bumppo has a new "Between the Lines"</strong></span></span> conversation coming up this weekend from Long Wharf Theatre on&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.remybumppo.org/mourning-becomes-electra-pages-363.php" title="http://www.remybumppo.org/mourning-becomes-electra-pages-363.php">Mourning Becomes Electra</a></em>, not to be confused with the hit children's show from way back when,<em> Between the Lions</em>. Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein talks about Eugene O'Neill and plans to show how O'Neill&nbsp;"packed all the power of <em>Mourning Becomes Electra</em> in to just half the time."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Taxes, art and non-profits</strong></span></span>, Kelly Kleiman's<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-02-28/new-illinois-will-theaters-lose-property-tax-exemption-83067"> favorite topics</a>. According <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/10/10/who-benefits-from-tax-free-arts-philanthropy">to the <em>Reader</em></a>, who got it via&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncrp.org/paib/arts-culture-philanthropy">National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy</a>, "Fifty-five percent of foundation arts grants go to the less than 2 percent of arts organizations with annual budgets of more than $5 million." And, perhaps unsurprising to you, the people who experience the work of these insitutions are typically white and wealthy.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-11/broadway_flickr_ryanhoard.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 225px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Occupy Broadway?</strong></span></span> Though it hasn't yet come to that, <a href="http://www.2amtheatre.com/2011/10/11/gross/">writes Howard Sherman</a>, the reason shows keep grossing more money isn't because more people are going to them, but because the tickets are more expensive. "Do we need a movement?" asks Sherman. "Perhaps not yet. But do we need pronounced change we can believe in when it comes to access and pricing for the arts? Absolutely."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. A week from Saturday we've got TimeLine Theatre's “Meet the Artists”</strong></span></span> reception in relation to their show <em>The Pitman Painters</em>. They have artwork by six Chicago-area union members displayed at the theatre and Art de Triumph/Artful Framers Studio, and the reception will be after the&nbsp;4 pm show at the latter location.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-11/daily-rehearsal-occupy-broadway-93049 Dueling Critics duke it out over 'The Shadow of a Gunman' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-30/dueling-critics-duke-it-out-over-shadow-gunman-92656 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-30/Shadow.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cases of mistaken identity can be awkward, funny—even tragic. Sean O’Casey’s play <em>The Shadow of a Gunman</em> plays the scenario out in all three directions. The play is being staged by the <a href="http://seanachai.org/" target="_blank">Seanachai Theatre Company</a> at the <a href="http://irish-american.org/" target="_blank">Irish American Heritage Center</a>. Set in the tenements of Dublin in the 1920s, the plot involves a middling poet mistaken for a calculating gunman. But does the play successfully marry comedy and tragedy?&nbsp; And can a modern staging capture the political tension of revolutionary Ireland? <em>Eight Forty-Eight's </em>Dueling Critics Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman joined host Alison Cuddy with their takes.</p><p><a href="http://seanachai.org/" target="_blank"><em>The Shadow of a Gunman</em></a> runs through October 23 at the Irish American Heritage Center.</p></p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-30/dueling-critics-duke-it-out-over-shadow-gunman-92656 Dueling Critics: 'The Kid Thing' delves into family issues with a modern twist http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-16/dueling-critics-kid-thing-delves-family-issues-modern-twist-92069 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-16/the kid thing.png" alt="" /><p><p>Many couples have confronted the same fundamental question of whether or not they really want kids. The answers often involve pondering major life and possible personality changes. One such Q &amp; A session is at the heart of a new play, <a href="http://www.chicagodramatists.org/production_the-kid-thing" target="_blank"><em>The Kid Thing</em></a>, a co-production of Chicago Dramatists and <a href="http://aboutfacetheatre.com/" target="_blank">About Face Theatre</a>. But <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> had other questions too; like – does the play work?&nbsp; Are central characters, Leigh and Darcy, believable? For answesr to those questions and no doubt more, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics" target="_blank"> the <em>Dueling Critics</em></a>, <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/adpa/facultybios/faculty-staff_abarbenel.htm" target="_blank">Jonathan Abarbanel</a> and Kelly Kleiman.</p><p><em>The Kid Thing</em>, runs at Chicago Dramatists through Oct. 16th.</p><p><em>Music Button: It's Our Turn, "Project 4007 Remixes", (Emotive)<br> Music today provided by our guest DJ, DJ Frique</em></p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-16/dueling-critics-kid-thing-delves-family-issues-modern-twist-92069 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 8/27/11: The Getting Screwed Episode http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-31/paper-machete-radio-magazine-82711-getting-screwed-episode-91301 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-31/briarrabbit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-31/kellykleiman.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" title="Kelly Kleiman (Photo by Ali Weiss Klinger)"></p><p>We at Paper Machete have a new theme song this week -- it's "Pickin' Up the Pieces" by Fitz &amp; the Tantrums -- and lots of stories about and for people who just aren't getting what they should.</p><p>On our most recent episode, <strong>Kim Bellware</strong> talks about Syl Johnson, whose song "Different Strokes" wasn't cleared to be sampled on Kanye West and Jay Z's new album <em>Watch the Throne</em>.</p><p><strong>Kelly Kleiman</strong> discusses how some MAJOR Chicago institutions aren't paying property taxes and why-on-earth they'd do such a thing.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Shannon Cason</strong> goes to the Southside and fills us in on&nbsp;the Moo and Oink grill, and food deserts.</p><p>And <strong>Briar Rabbit</strong> wraps things up with some tunes.&nbsp;</p><p>As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483704-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-08-27-thepapermachete-radio-magazine.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><div style="word-wrap: break-word;"><p>And this coming Saturday promises to be an exciting one -- we have <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0842140/">Julia Sweene</a>y, SNL alum and very funny lady. Chad Briggs from <a href="http://www.chicagoundergroundcomedy.com/">Chicago Underground Comedy</a> will be there; Erin Shea Smith, author of<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Scale-Erin-J-Shea/dp/1593373287"><em> Tales from the Scale</em></a>; Phil Dawkins, <em>The Paper Machete</em> "Culture Schlock" reporter who combines arts &amp; crafts with skewering pop cultural analysis; Stephanie McCanles of <a href="http://thecancershow.com/"><em>The Cancer Show</em></a>; Bond Benton of the <a href="http://www.palookajournal.com/">Palooka Journal</a>, and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3694753/">Michael Patrick Thornton</a> of ABC's <em>Private Practice</em>, and The Gift Theatre. And finally, Paper Thick Walls will serenade us with the sweet sweet songs of the end of summer.</p><p>Additionally, if you liked what you heard at the end of this week's podcast (or even if you didn't, just suck it up), head to <a href="http://lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a> tonight for more Briar Rabbit.</p><div style="word-wrap: break-word; text-align: left;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-31/briarrabbit.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px;" title="Briar Rabbit (Photo by Ali Weiss Klinger)"></div></div></p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-31/paper-machete-radio-magazine-82711-getting-screwed-episode-91301 The Paper Machete Interview: Dueling Critic Kelly Kleiman on her theater origins http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-26/paper-machete-interview-dueling-critic-kelly-kleiman-her-theater-or <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-25/KellyKleiman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-25/KellyKleiman.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 200px; height: 301px; " title="">Kelly Kleiman wears many hats, but until today, even I didn't know that one of them was previously directing a show that she says got "the single worst review Chris Jones ever gave." Kleiman talked to us a bit here at WBEZ about what she'll be discussing this weekend, and how it fits into her jack-of-all-arts-trades lifestyle.</p><p><strong>You work across a lot of fields -- WBEZ theater blogger, Nonprofit consulting, and now Paper Machete performer (and I know I'm missing stuff). How do you feel about crossing all these boundaries? Do they all work together semi-seamlessly?</strong></p><ul><li>They work together pretty well until I try to persuade certain journalistic outlets to let me cover the nonprofit community. Then they either say, "Well, you work in the nonprofit sector so it would be an automatic conflict of interest" (which I think is nonsense when I write about stuff that has nothing to do with the clients I serve) OR "Well, you're that funny Dueling Critic so no one would take you seriously if you report on the nonprofit sector." But that's a small price to pay for being able to work simultaneously in fields that I love--writing and helping charities.</li></ul><p><strong>What will you be talking about on Saturday? Is this ground you've covered before, or fresh material?</strong></p><ul><li>I'll be talking about the likelihood that a bunch of nonprofits, including arts organizations, will lose their exemption from property taxes. I know how snooz-oid that sounds but it will be really important when, say, the YMCA suddenly has to pay property taxes on all its facilities--a big and unexpected expense. It's a subject I've been writing about since last spring, when the Illinois Supreme Court handed down a big decision on the subject, and I'm reviving it now because there was another big decision last week. <em>The Paper Machete</em> material is fresh in the sense that I'm talking to people who have no idea this is even an issue, and my goal is to take them from zero to educated in fewer than 10 minutes.</li></ul><p><strong>Were you a theater star as a kid? What spurred all this arts-love?</strong></p><ul><li>I was never in the theater as a kid--always envied those cool theater people. I started doing theater in college and soon discovered that onstage I have too many arms and legs. Became a "producer" (organizing all the tech aspects of college productions) and then a stage manager and even, briefly, a director, at which point I got perhaps the single worst review Chris Jones ever gave. After licking my wounds, I decided to combine my love of theater with my love of writing and stay safely in the audience. As for the origins of arts love: my parents, who couldn't agree that today is Thursday, both loved the theater, and starting taking me when I was about 4 years old. (First show: <em>Guys &amp; Dolls</em>. First Shakespeare: <em>Midsummer Night's Dream</em>, at camp.) Then they were all surprised when I became a theater critic. I was, like, "Were you there during my childhood?"&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>And of course, what else are you doing this weekend?</strong></p><ul><li>On Saturday before <em>The Paper Machete</em> I'm going to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Field Museum. Tonight I'm seeing the new show by Mortar Theatre Company, "Corazon de Manzana," at the Storefront Theatre downtown. &nbsp;And in my copious free time I'll be preparing for the Remy Bumppo season opening salon, for which Jonathan and I are the moderators. This means reading three plays and figuring out brilliant put-downs of Jonathan suitable for every one.</li></ul></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-26/paper-machete-interview-dueling-critic-kelly-kleiman-her-theater-or