WBEZ | Goodman Theatre http://www.wbez.org/tags/goodman-theatre Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Artist Encounter: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/artist-encounter-way-meet-vera-stark-107047 <p><p>Goodman Theatre Artist Encounters bring together audiences and the artists who create the work on our stages in an intimate environment, for a behind-the-scenes look at the plays and the playmaking process. Enjoy this in-depth conversation with <em>By the Way, Meet Vera Stark</em> playwright <strong>Lynn Nottage</strong> and director <strong>Chuck Smith</strong>.</p><div>This &ldquo;sharp-toothed comedy&rdquo; (<em>The Wall Street Journal</em>) offers a glimpse into the life of <strong>Vera Star</strong>k, a headstrong African American actress who begins a career in the 1930s, at a time when her only shot at success lay in stealing small scenes in big Hollywood blockbusters. Seventy years later, film buffs are left to reflect on the life and legacy of this controversial star, whose eventual fame and fortune came at the price of perpetuating dangerous stereotypes. Hilarious and poignant, <em>By the Way, Meet Vera Stark</em> paints a vivid picture of the cultural climate that shaped this mysterious screen queen&mdash;and wonders who, in another time, she might have been.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/GT-webstory_3.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Recorded live Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the Goodman Theatre.</p></p> Sun, 05 May 2013 09:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/artist-encounter-way-meet-vera-stark-107047 Encuentro con los Artistas: Pedro Páramo http://www.wbez.org/amplified/about/encuentro-con-los-artistas-pedro-p%C3%A1ramo-106208 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/NMMA-Goodman_March17-panel1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Flora Lauten y Raquel Carrío, extraordinarias innovadoras de La Habana, ponen en escena una de las obras de mayor importancia dentro del realismo mágico de la literatura latinoamericana&mdash;<em>Pedro Páramo</em>, novela de Juan Rulfo escrita en 1955. La historia cuenta de un hijo que regresa a casa a conocer a su padre y revela la manera en la que la ambición sin límites de un hombre destruyó todo lo que amaba y al igual el pueblo que le dio el triunfo.<br /><br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F84217143&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br /><br />En Chicago, se hará historia, con el estreno mundial de PEDRO PÁRAMO, una producción comisionada por el Goodman Theatre, y el MCA Chicago. La obra, fue desarrollada por Teatro Buendía, la compañía de teatro independiente más aclamada de Cuba, con artistas locales a través de una residencia de ocho semanas en Chicago y La Habana, Cuba.<br /><br />El elenco cubano está integrado por los actores Dania Aguerreberez, Alejandro Alfonzo, Ivanesa Cabrera, Carlos Cruz e Indira Valdéz, y el músico Jomary Hechavarra.<br /><br />Los actores de Chicago son; Charín Álvarez, Steve Casillas, Laura Crotte y Sandra Delgado.<br /><br />Como músicos participan Victor y Zacbe Pichardo, de la agrupación Sones de México.</p><p><strong id="internal-source-marker_0.11533360672183335">Esta grabación la podrán escuchar&nbsp;&nbsp;a través&nbsp;de Vocalo 90.7 FM el próximo Domingo, 24 de Marzo, a la 12&nbsp;pm, medio dia.</strong></p><div><span>La platica fue moderada por <strong>María Inés Zamudio</strong>, reportera de la publicación periodística, the Chicago Reporter, y en el panel participó, <strong>Henry Godinez</strong>, asociado de dirección artística en el Goodman Theater, la directora y fundadora del Teatro Buendía, <strong>Flora Lauten</strong>, la dramaturga <strong>Raquel Carrió</strong>, y <strong>Victor Pichardo</strong>, músico de la agrupación, Sones de Mexico.&nbsp;</span></div><p>La obra, Pedro Páramo, se estrena el 22 de Marzo, 2013. Para más informes visite <a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/" target="_blank">Goodmantheatre.org</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/amplified/about/encuentro-con-los-artistas-pedro-p%C3%A1ramo-106208 Artist Encounter: Robert Falls http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/artist-encounter-robert-falls-106793 <p><p>Goodman Theatre Artist Encounters bring together audiences and the artists who create the work on our stages in an intimate environment, for a behind-the-scenes look at the plays and the playmaking process. This month, listen to an in-depth conversation between&nbsp;<em>Measure for Measure</em> Director <strong>Robert Falls </strong>and<strong>&nbsp;</strong>the<em>&nbsp;Chicago Sun-Times&#39;&nbsp;</em><strong>Neil Steinberg.</strong></p><div>Robert Falls&rsquo; daring new production of <em>Measure for Measure</em> takes us into the heart of Shakespeare&rsquo;s dark comedy, in which virtue and vice collide&mdash;and lust and the law are inextricably entwined. His city caught in a moral free-fall, the Duke of Vienna hands over power to Lord Angelo, who enforces long-dormant codes of chastity with zealous fervor. When a pious young nun pleads for the life of her condemned brother, Angelo&rsquo;s response is surprisingly sensual&mdash;revealing a web of desire, deception and hypocrisy that infects every corner of society. (Intended for mature audiences.)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/GT-webstory_2.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Goodman Theatre.&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/artist-encounter-robert-falls-106793 Artist Encounter Featuring Director Evan Cabnet http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/artist-encounter-featuring-director-evan-cabnet-105709 <p><p>Goodman Theatre Artist Encounters bring together audiences and the artists who create the work on our stages in an intimate environment, for a behind-the-scenes look at the plays and the playmaking process. Listen to this in-depth conversation with <strong>Teddy Ferrara</strong> director <strong>Evan Cabnet</strong>, moderated by Goodman Theatre, director of Casting and Producing Associate <strong>Adam Belcuore</strong> before a performance.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80417605" width="719px"></iframe></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/GT-webstory_0.jpg" title="" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Recorded live Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at the Goodman Theatre.</div></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/artist-encounter-featuring-director-evan-cabnet-105709 Artist Encounter: Director Henry Wishcamper http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/artist-encounter-director-henry-wishcamper-105637 <p><p>The Goodman Theatre&#39;s Artist Encounters bring together audiences and the artists who create the work on our stages in an intimate environment for a behind-the-scenes look at the plays and the playmaking process. Enjoy this in-depth conversation with <em>Other Desert Cities</em> director<strong> Henry Wishcamper</strong> which occured before the performance.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80114949" width="100%"></iframe></p><div>Henry Wishcamper&rsquo;s Goodman directing credits include his own adaptation of <em>Animal Crackers</em> (nominated for a Jeff award) and Horton Foote&rsquo;s <em>Talking Pictures</em>. He serves on the Lincoln Center Theater Young Angels Artists Committee and Manhattan Theatre Club&rsquo;s Young Patrons Artists Committee. Mr. Wishcamper is a Drama League directing fellow and a graduate of Yale University.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/GT-webstory.jpg" title="" /></div></div><div>Recorded live Sunday, January 20, 2013 at the Goodman Theatre&#39;s Healy Rehearsal Room</div></p> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/artist-encounter-director-henry-wishcamper-105637 Eggnog, grog and a holiday theater blog http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/eggnog-grog-and-holiday-theater-blog-103911 <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/christmas%20carol%202.jpg" style="height: 348px; width: 620px;" title="The Goodman Theatre reprises their classic production of 'A Christmas Carol' (Courtesy of the Goodman Theatre)" /></div><p><em>Jonathan writes:&nbsp;</em></p><p>I call it &quot;the sugarplums-and-treacle time of year.&quot; Kelly calls it &quot;another chance for Jonathan to spout off.&quot;</p><p>Obviously, we&#39;re talking about the same thing: that six-week hiatus &mdash; from mid-November through the New Year&mdash; during which theaters large and small abandon art in favor of Yuletide commerce, raking in dollars with a Holiday Season show.</p><p>We know they are successful because there are more and more of them every twelfth month, and they never disappear: Just like a seasonal allergy the same shows&mdash;and generally the very same productions of them &mdash; come back year after year. Some have been around for decades now. According to our careful calculations, Chicago area theaters and dance companies are offering&nbsp;<em>no fewer than 40 Holiday Season shows</em>&nbsp;in theaters throughout the city and suburbs.</p><p>The two oldest Holiday Season theater &quot;traditions&quot; are&nbsp;<strong><em>The Nutcracker</em></strong>&nbsp;ballet danced to Tchaikovsky&#39;s ever-tasty roasted chestnut of a score, and&nbsp;<strong><em>A Christmas Carol</em></strong>. Both always are available in numerous versions presented with varying degrees of opulence and fidelity to the originals.</p><p>As far back as I can remember (and that&#39;s 60 years, rounded to the nearest decade),&nbsp;<em>The Nutcracker</em>&nbsp;has been presented as a family-friendly Holiday Season special event. For eons (it seems) it was the province of the Chicago Tribune Charities in a version staged by the late Ruth Page. However, for the last 17 years&nbsp;<em>The Nutcracker</em>&nbsp;has been owned and operated (one might say) by The Joffrey Ballet in a lavish version which even curmudgeonly critics openly can enjoy (Dec. 7-27, Auditorium Theatre). The Joffrey production features live musical accompaniment by the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra.</p><p>As for&nbsp;<em>A Christmas Carol</em>, the Mother of All Local Productions is the big one at the Goodman Theatre, now in its 35th year (through Dec. 29). The Goodman version not only is lavish but it&rsquo;s also true to the tone and spirit of Charles Dickens&#39;s 1843 novella.</p><p>Y&#39;see, Dickens didn&#39;t write&nbsp;<em>A Christmas Carol</em>&nbsp;for kids and families. His target was the adult populace who made Christmas happen, or not. It&#39;s a ghost story intended to scare the bejesus out of people or, more correctly, scare the be-Jesus back into folks at a time when Christmas, in Dickens&#39;s view, had grown crassly commercial and non-spiritual. The Goodman version is NOT suitable for very young children (say, under six or seven) because it IS scary and also because it&#39;s not short. Those who prefer a 75-minute musical reduction of the tale, suitable for wee ones, will find several of them around town.</p><p>Now that I&#39;ve gotten all of that off my chest, Ms. Kleiman and I offer some ideas of the range of Holiday Season fare available to those with varying tastes. The productions below are&nbsp;<em>far from a comprehensive list</em>. We offer merely a stuffed stocking of choices in four categories: Family-Friendly Traditional, Adult Traditional, Alternative/Weird (generally for adults) and New.</p><p><strong>Adult Traditional</strong></p><p>You don&rsquo;t have to be earnest, but these are plays about the season that will reward the un-ironic attention of grownups as well as older children.</p><p><strong><em>It&rsquo;s a Wonderful Life</em></strong>&nbsp;(x 2). After the divorce between American Theater Company and&nbsp;American Blues Theater, each got (or took) custody of this crowd-pleaser, an old-time radio script version of the famous Frank Capra film. The American Blues version is at Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre (Downtown, Nov. 23-Dec. 30). The American Theater Company&#39;s version, part of its &ldquo;Radio Rep&rdquo; (<em>The Wizard of Oz</em>&nbsp;is on deck), plays at the troupe&#39;s Northcenter location (also Nov. 23-Dec. 30) and will actually be recorded for broadcast on WBEZ. Before you take small children to either one, remember that it&rsquo;s about suicide.</p><p>The reconstituted Congo Square Theatre offers&nbsp;<strong><em>The Nativity,&nbsp;</em></strong>McKinley Johnson&rsquo;s story of the journey of Joseph and Mary, with music and lyrics by Jaret Landon. Add gospel music and modern dance and it should be a delightful evening (Kennedy-King College Theatre, Dec. 13th-23rd).</p><p>The House Theatre of Chicago, always first-rate storytellers, repeats its version of&nbsp;<strong><em>The Nutcracker</em></strong>, more closely adapted from the E.T.A. Hoffman German original about spooky magic on Christmas night (at the Chopin Theatre through Dec. 30). It has original music in it and dance, but it&#39;s NOT the traditional ballet. Not a note of Tchaikovsky to be heard. The House says it&#39;s a family show, and why not? After all, the villain is a rodent and city kids probably are used to rats.</p><p><strong>Alternative/Weird</strong></p><p>The gang at ComedySportz is offering&nbsp;<strong><em>It&#39;s a Bierberful Life</em></strong>&nbsp;(Fridays at Midnight, through Dec. 29) in which Justin is &quot;saved&quot; by an angel who looks like Robert Pattinson, and Profiles Theatre is presenting a 20th anniversary new production of Will Kern&#39;s&nbsp;<strong><em>Hellcab</em></strong>&nbsp;(Profiles mainstage through Dec. 23) in which a put-upon Chicago cabbie deals with a collection of Christmas Eve crazies, and Chemically Imbalanced Comedy stages&nbsp;<strong><em>Dirty 30&#39;s Christmas</em></strong>&nbsp;(Dec. 7-Jan.12) featuring guns, booze, dames, deadbeats, gangsters and bank robbers in Depression Era Kansas (yes, it&#39;s a comedy).</p><p>Tongue-in-cheek or outright cynical, a few alternative choices have entered the realm of Chicago holiday &quot;tradition.&quot; Consider&nbsp;<strong><em>The Santaland Diaries</em></strong>, the tart and funny reflections of David Sedaris on seasonal employment as a department store elf. It&#39;s been done by Theater Wit for eight years now (Nov. 23-Dec. 29 in its still-new Belmont Avenue digs), with Mitchell Fain once again the star. Mr. Fain has made this elf role so much his own, we hear his ears now are permanently pointed.</p><p>Also returning for its 12th year, courtesy of Hell in a Handbag Productions (Nov. 29-Dec. 30 at Mary&#39;s Attic in Andersonville), is the annually-updated&nbsp;<strong><em>Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer</em></strong>, about a darling little transvestite quadruped.</p><p>One more choice is&nbsp;<strong><em>Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs &quot;A Christmas Carol.&quot; Again</em></strong>, which nicely straddles the line between world-weary and inspiring as Dickens himself, whom most supposed to have died in 1870, proves he is alive, if not quite well. Blake&nbsp;Montgomery is as cranky as one could wish as he essays the 200-year-old Dickens,&nbsp;reduced to a one-trick pony, at the Building Stage (Nov. 29-Dec. 24 at the Building Stage in the Randolph Market area).</p><p><strong>Family-Friendly Traditional</strong></p><p>We&rsquo;ve already noted the Goodman Theatre production of&nbsp;<strong><em>A Christmas Carol</em></strong>, but at least two other takes on the tale are catering to suburban family audiences: the&nbsp;Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace presents daily matinees of an hour-long musical version clearly intended for children (Nov. 23-Dec. 22), and Piccolo Theatre in Evanston adapts the tale as an English-style Xmas panto under the title&nbsp;<strong><em>Bah, Humbug!&nbsp;</em></strong>(Evanston Arts Depot, through Dec. 22).</p><p><strong><em>The Christmas Schooner</em></strong>, long a local holiday tradition, now is in the second year of a new production at a different theater, the Mercury Theater (Nov. 23-Dec. 30). This original, lyrical musical by John Reeger and the late Julie Shannon is a fact-based, Chicago-specific musical about the sailing ship that brought Christmas trees to Chicago from Michigan every year&ndash;until one year it didn&rsquo;t.&nbsp; In fact, this is the 100th anniversary of the wreck of the &quot;Rouse Simmons,&quot; the actual Xmas tree ship.</p><p>Now in its spiffy new home in Uptown, the Black Ensemble Theatre remounts its Christmas show of many years,&nbsp;<strong><em>The Other Cinderella</em></strong>, a take on the fairy tale so vibrant and&nbsp;sweet and wonderfully sung that you&rsquo;ll almost forget it&rsquo;s not actually a Christmas story.</p><p><strong><em>The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey</em></strong>, an original adaptation of an award-winning children&#39;s book, is back for a second year at Provision Theater, a troupe dedicated to&nbsp;advancing Christian values. The tale of a boy and a grumpy woodcarver who bond in the spirit of the season is presented at the Chernin Arts Center (Nov. 21-Dec. 23) near UIC.</p><p><strong>New</strong></p><p>Trying to find a new Holiday Season show actually is difficult, although the earnest but light-hearted&nbsp;<strong><em>Hannukatz the Musical</em></strong>&nbsp;comes close as it&#39;s only in its second year. National Pastime Theater (in the Preston Bradley Center in Uptown) presents this brief easy-rock exploration of the Jewish Feast of Lights, suitable for the family (Nov. 29-Dec. 30).</p><p>For really new, however, consider&nbsp;<strong><em>The Gifts of the Magi</em></strong>&nbsp;at Porchlight Music Theatre (through Dec. 23), the Chicago premiere of an 85-minute musical by Mark St. Germain and Randy Courts that combines two classic O&#39;Henry short stories, the familiar tale of impoverished newlyweds Jim and Della, and the story of street bum Soapy Smith who wants only cozy jail cell for Xmas. Sounds like another Holiday Season &quot;tradition&quot; in the making.</p><p>Also, there&#39;s the multi-cultural, all-inclusive&nbsp;<strong><em>It&#39;s a Wonderful Santa Land Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story . . . Jews Welcome</em></strong>&nbsp;at Stage 773 (through Dec. 30), promising singing, dancing, stories, audience-interactive games and &quot;non-holiday specific eggnog.&quot; They say it&#39;s an all-holiday show for all ages.</p><p>Finally, The Agency Collective offers&nbsp;<strong><em>Out of Tune Confessional</em></strong>, a new musical &ldquo;holiday show for the holiday wary,&quot; at the Underground Wonder Bar (Nov. 23-Dec. 15). The holidays somehow bring together a trio of musicians whose between-song patter reveals more angst than the torchiest torch song.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the venue for the American Blues Theatre production of </em>It&#39;s a Wonderful Life.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/eggnog-grog-and-holiday-theater-blog-103911 Daily Rehearsal: Goodman Theatre adds new members to Playwrights Unit http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-goodman-theatre-adds-new-members-playwrights-unit <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;The<a href="http://www.thedentheatre.com/"> Den Theatre</a>&#39;s first full season</strong></span></span> launches October 26 with <em>The Quality of Life</em>. Usually a place for other companies to put up their work, Lia D. Mortensen directs this production about politics and marriage.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Steppenwolf&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://virginiawoolfonbroadway.com"><em>Who&rsquo;s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? </em></a></strong></span></span>opens on Broadway this weekend (&quot;50 years to the day after the original Broadway production&quot;) with cast members Amy Morton and Tracy Letts in the roles of Martha and George, respectively.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/playwrights%20unit.jpg" style="float: left; height: 152px; width: 300px; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The Goodman Theatre</strong></span></span> has announced the new additions<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-12/daily-rehearsal-playwright-unit-participants-announced-93089"> to their Playwrights Unit</a>; they&#39;re Greg Allen, who founded The Neo-Futurists; Alice Austen, who is also a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists; Ike Holter, one of the founders of The Inconvenience and the mind behind Hit the Wall; and Christopher Oscar&nbsp;Peña, the writer of&nbsp;<em>however long the night. </em>Get even more information on these folks <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151044839136237.423123.43695791236&amp;type=1">here</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20121009/BLOGS06/121009792/a-purse-that-recharges-your-phone-an-online-handmade-furniture-gallery-and-more#ixzz28uKJcVqV">Crain&#39;s reports</a> that the Comedy Bar Chicago</strong></span></span> is relaunching with Jim Belushi this month and expanding their performances; they&#39;re having a gala celebration the weekend of October 18.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-goodman-theatre-adds-new-members-playwrights-unit Daily Rehearsal: Goodman Theatre expands Latino Theatre Festival http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-goodman-theatre-expands-latino-theatre-festival <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;In 2013, the Goodman Theatre&#39;s <a href="http://GoodmanTheatre.org/LatinoTheatreFes">Latino Theatre Festival</a></strong></span></span> will now be in the Spring and for several months, from March 22 to June 30. The productions included in the line-up are&nbsp;<em>Pedro Páramo</em>&nbsp;from&nbsp;Teatro Buendía of Cuba,&nbsp;<em>The Happiest Song Plays Last</em> by&nbsp;Quiara Alegría Hudes and&nbsp;<em>Home/Land</em>&nbsp;from Albany Park Theater Project. Of the latter, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-02/dont-miss-list-bonedanse-girl-yellow-dress-and-garage-rep-96030">Kelly Kleiman wrote</a> &quot;I especially liked the game show&nbsp;<em>Who wants to be an American?</em>&quot; when it was up in February.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/judy%20tenuta.jpg" style="height: 375px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Comedian Judy Tenuta." /><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>-&nbsp;Comedian Judy Tenuta</strong></span></span> is performing FREE gay marriages at the <a href="http://LaughFactory.com">Laugh Factory</a> Thursday night through Saturday during her 8 pm show.&nbsp;The show is $29 at the door which makes this the STEAL OF A LIFETIME. (&quot;There is a two drink minimum.&quot;)</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- The <a href="http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/wb/pages/home/performances-events/performances.php?event_id=413">Auditorium Theatre is having a Devil&#39;s Ball</a></strong></span></span> where you can get backstage tours of the very beautiful Auditorium Theatre. It&#39;s Friday September 28 at 7:30 pm and its $65 ($75 after September 13 and<strong> $85 </strong>at the door -- by then it will be cash only). There will also be snacks and &nbsp;DJ.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-goodman-theatre-expands-latino-theatre-festival Daily Rehearsal: Henry Wishcamper to wish no more for the Goodman http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-henry-wishcamper-wish-no-more-goodman-101989 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4797296588_c229392744.jpg" style="float: right; height: 269px; width: 300px; " title="A scene from 'Animal Crackers' directed by Wishcamper at the Goodman in 2009. (Courtesy of Goodman Theatre)" /><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Celebrate your 25th anniversary</strong></span></span>; give back to the community; raise money -- it&#39;s all in the plan for ComedySportz this year. &quot;Over our 25 years, we&#39;ve seen how the joy, imagination, and laughter that come from improv comedy make people&#39;s lives better. We&#39;re so grateful for the support we&#39;ve received in this community, that we wanted to help other organizations that make Lakeview and the world better places to live,&quot; said&nbsp;ComedySportz President and CEO Matt Elwell in a statement. This means they&#39;re working with groups like The Night Ministry, Funny Bones Improv, the Lymphoma Research Foundation and the Sam Thompson Foundation. To learn more, <a href="http://www.comedysportzchicago.com/latest/713-25-yearz-celebration-to-conclude-with-month-of-charitable-giving">head to their website</a>.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Henry Wishcamper</strong></span></span> is now a new resident artistic associate of the Goodman Theatre, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/14762493-421/henry-wishcamper-named-goodman-artistic-associate.html">reports Hedy Weiss of the<em> Sun-Times</em></a>. As <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-28/daily-rehearsal-jungle-book-set-world-premiere-goodman-96794">previously announced</a>, Wishcamper will be directing <em>Other Desert Cities </em>in January at the Goodman. Additionally, Seth Bockley will be an artist-in-residence for two years at the theater.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Some thoughts on the </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-shakespeare-and-mayor-101873"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>lack of love</strong></span></span> for Nathan Lane</a> in this years Equity Jeff Award nominations, as well as who should win, <a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2012/08/21/2012-equity-jeff-nominations-a-chicago-theatre-addicts-reactions/">from Bob Bullen</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="http://kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-henry-wishcamper-wish-no-more-goodman-101989 Daily Rehearsal: Diane Lane to shine her star on Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-diane-lane-shine-her-star-chicago-100930 <p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;Relationships should be perfect</strong></span></span>. But the truth is even the good ones leave scars. Come experience a profoundly visceral night of theatre that explores a&nbsp; perfect relationship like one would look at the inverted, bloody sinews of a skinned animal,&quot; proclaims Cor Theatre&#39;s press release for <em>Skin Tight</em>. It&#39;s described as a &quot;high physical&quot; love story that includes &quot;erotic abandon.&quot; So, bring the kids! It opens August 28 in previews.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/211179532_e7c48599d5_z.jpg" style="height: 432px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Is this photo of Diane Lane with Robert Duvall in 1989 not amazing? (Flickr/Alan Light) " /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- My <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-27/daily-rehearsal-5-lesbians-eating-quiche-88391">weird obsession with <em>5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche</em></a></strong></span></span> can let its freak flag fly again, as the production returns for a brief run at the Center on Halsted before it goes to the New York International Fringe Festival. It&#39;s August 2-5. Only some of the original cast returns, which means some of the roles have been switched around and Mary Hollis Inboden is no more. She does have <em>Boss </em>and all.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- I had heard that TJ and Dave at Theater on the Lake</strong></span></span> were not throwing up their best performances, but it seems at least one member of the reviewing community disagrees. Writing for <em>Chicago Now</em>,<a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/the-fourth-walsh/2012/07/%E2%80%9Ctj-dave%E2%80%9D-theater-on-the-lake-taking-the-long-way-to-a-good-thing/">&nbsp;Jasleen Jaswal Vines loved it</a>, though cautioned that &quot;unless you like driving in circles around Lincoln Park looking for a free spot and then grudgingly ponying up to park at the zoo, I highly recommend biking down along the lakefront or taking public transit.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Writers&rsquo; Theatre and the Village of Glencoe</strong></span></span> received a $100,000 Our Town grant from the NEA which will go to creating a new theater in the town. The center is being designed by architecture star Jeanne Gang and they plan for it to be LEED certified.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <em>Measure for Measure </em></strong></span></span>has been added to the Goodman&#39;s season as has star of stage and screen Diane Lane, who will star in <em>Sweet Bird of Youth.</em></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001-EUtlzQoRq6d5D8iz3HVkMs5epVx30qTV2G_axxMxsZQIqL5Rre9-cAhKoMPM1Yyt8Xa5xsb4e477VI8Yg5zJZ6sPe6CvK2XKMaD1bixlLhU0uJiw2ZqL1nZZGOL9egEwef1ENgPL6mrM-Dy7Ntz1Yt86iAQ_-9Uaq_-nan4cYvbmhlF1G4uCuZ37XCkBUNUUadWo8WgmK9uKKi8hZLq42GoLFamQh3o" linktype="1" shape="rect" target="_blank" track="on">The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP)</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;is opening an American Rhythm Center where the who&#39;s-who of Chicago dance companies will work.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="http://kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-diane-lane-shine-her-star-chicago-100930