WBEZ | lyric opera http://www.wbez.org/tags/lyric-opera Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Shoe tax backer seeks quarter in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/shoe-tax-backer-seeks-quarter-illinois-105371 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/shoes.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-shoe-tax-20130206,0,7935508.story" target="_blank" title="Shoes! by Keoni Cabral, on Flickr"><img alt="Shoes!" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5209/5272762953_24eaf065bb_n.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 179px; float: right;" /></a><strong>THERE&#39;S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOE BUSINESS ...</strong>&nbsp;At least, for Illinois lawmakers looking for new cash. A proposal in the House would stamp gym shoes with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-shoe-tax-20130206,0,7935508.story" target="_blank">an extra 25-cent tax</a>&nbsp;to help high-school dropouts get jobs. But that&#39;s not the sole issue on the General Assembly&#39;s agenda:<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-senate-committee-approves-gay-marriage-105354" target="_blank">Bill to legalize same-sex marriage</a>&nbsp;moves ahead.<br />* Governor to call for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-quinn-speech-preview-20130206,0,3073392.story">online voter registration</a>.</p><p><strong>GROCERIES CLOSING.</strong>&nbsp;Life&#39;s not getting easier for traditional grocery chains, squeezed between big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and specialty chains like Whole Foods and Trader Joe&#39;s. Latest to bite the dust: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-jewel-to-close-3-stores-in-chicago-aurora-niles-20130205,0,6986361.story" target="_blank">Three Chicago-area Jewel stores</a>.<br />* Illinois companies warn of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130205/NEWS07/130209908/companies-warn-of-nearly-1-200-layoffs-in-illinois" target="_blank">almost 1,200 layoffs</a>&nbsp;to come.<br />* Chicago area home&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0206-foreclosure-auctions-20130206,0,4902617.story" target="_blank">foreclosure auctions hit post-crisis peak</a>.</p><p><strong>FAT LADY NOT SINGING. </strong>The case of the actor burned in a stunt at the Lyric Opera isn&#39;t closed. <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130205/downtown/fire-breather-burned-during-lyric-opera-performance-come-home">The Occupational Safety and Health Administration</a> is talking to witnesses, performers and other employees.<br />* Injured performer is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-lyric-opera-fire-victim-wesley-daniel-recovering-20130205,0,4857550.story" target="_blank">President Truman&#39;s great-grandson</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;WHAT IF IT HAD BEEN TERRORISM?&#39; </strong>When the blackout hit the Super Bowl, <em>The New Yorker</em>&#39;s Steve Coll asks of CBS News, &quot;<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/02/super-bowl-blackout.html" target="_blank">Why was there no ... information at all available beyond the no-commenting, self-protecting public-relations arm of the N.F.L. juggernaut</a>, to which we have become all too accustomed during its systematic campaign of denial about football-related concussions?&quot;<br />* Next, <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/02/newtown-students-call-me-maybe-grammys/61834/" target="_blank">kids who survived the Newtown school shooting</a> may play the Grammys.<br />*&nbsp;<em>Slate</em>&#39;s Laura Helmuth: &quot;<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/02/danica_patrick_godaddy_ads_racing_s_fastest_female_is_throwing_the_women.html">People are right to be pissed at Danica Patrick</a>.&quot;<br />* WBEZ&#39;s Nico Lang:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-02/catfishing-media-why-manti-teos-official-story-makes-no-sense-105344" target="_blank">Manti Te&#39;o&#39;s &quot;official&quot; story makes no sense</a>.</p><p><strong>STARTUP DREAMS UNLEASHED.</strong>&nbsp;&quot;For the first time in American history, <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130205/OPINION/130139925/why-obamacare-will-ignite-your-startup-life" target="_blank">your health insurance is going to get unhitched from your oversized, shuffling, bureaucratic employer</a>,&quot; according to lawyer Coco Soodek.<br />* <a href="http://observer.com/2013/02/journalists-take-refuge-in-the-world-of-branded-content/?show=all" target="_blank">Out-of-work journalists</a> taking jobs in world of &quot;branded content.&quot;</p><p><strong>FED HACKED.&nbsp;</strong>The Federal Reserve says <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57567824-83/federal-reserve-confirms-its-web-site-was-hacked/" target="_blank">one of its internal Web sites was hacked</a>. It&#39;s playing down the impact, but the incident -- which comes just a few days after reports <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/anonymous-posts-over-4000-u-s-bank-executive-credentials-7000010740/">thousands of U.S. bank executive accounts were compromised</a> -- raises questions about U.S. financial-system security.<br />* <a href="http://thenextweb.com/asia/2013/02/06/rupert-murdoch-claims-chinese-hackers-are-still-attacking-the-wall-street-journal/" target="_blank"><em>Wall Street Journal</em> still under attack</a>, Murdoch says.<br />* Fox News&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/02/dick-morris-out-at-fox-news-156210.html" target="_blank">cuts Dick Morris</a>&nbsp;loose.</p><p><strong>WHO TURNED OFF THE WATER?&nbsp;</strong>Lake Michigan&#39;s level is officially at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/lakes-michigan-huron-hit-record-low-level-dq8loc2-189903561.html" target="_blank">an all-time low</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/what%E2%80%99s-causing-record-low-levels-lake-michigan-105262" target="_blank">Don&#39;t blame bottled drinks</a>.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* Music that got this edition out the door: The oeuvres of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_Light_Orchestra" target="_blank">Electric Light Orchestra</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo_Fighters" target="_blank">Foo Fighters</a>.<br />* If you&#39;re not getting this blog by email, <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">sign up here</a>. Just think how easy it&#39;ll make the next <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/its-news-quizzin-time-105270" target="_blank">news quiz</a> Friday.</em></p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/shoe-tax-backer-seeks-quarter-illinois-105371 Fire at Lyric Opera of Chicago prompts probe http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/fire-lyric-opera-chicago-prompts-probe-105357 <p><p>A federal agency is investigating the injury suffered by a fire-blowing stilt-walker who was burned during a dress rehearsal at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.</p><p>Spokesman Scott Allen of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that a compliance officer has already visited the opera. Allen says the agency will interview witnesses, performers and employees.</p><p>OSHA will try to determine whether the crew followed all safety regulations and whether there were any safety violations.</p><p>Wesley Daniel was burned Monday after putting alcohol in his mouth and blowing fire during a dress rehearsal of &quot;Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg.&quot;</p><p>He suffered second-degree burns around his mouth and is expected to be released from a hospital on Thursday.</p><p>The Lyric says the fire-blowing effect had been approved by the Chicago Fire Department.</p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/fire-lyric-opera-chicago-prompts-probe-105357 Time for a Chicago murder commission? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/time-chicago-murder-commission-105342 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/kernercomission.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong><a href="http://www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives/exhibit/Centennial/centennial_turmoil.htm" target="_blank"><img alt="National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma)" src="http://www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives/exhibit/Centennial/WKWB%208/kernercomission.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 137px; float: right;" /></a>CALL FOR A MURDER COMMISSION.&nbsp;</strong><em>Chicago Magazine</em>&#39;s <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/February-2013/Should-the-Government-Respond-to-Chicagos-Murder-Problem-With-a-New-Kerner-Commission/">Whet Moser says Newt Gingrich may be on to something</a> when he calls for hearings on Chicago&#39;s violence. Moser suggests as a model President Johnson&#39;s <strong>National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders</strong>, more popularly known as the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerner_Commission" target="_blank">Kerner Commission</a>&nbsp;--&nbsp;which concluded, among other things, that &quot;<a href="http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.org/docs/kerner.pdf">white racism is essentially responsible for the explosive mixture ... accumulating in our cities since the end of World War II</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://guns.periscopic.com/" target="_blank">Animated graphic</a>&nbsp;shows years of human life&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/02/years-guns-take-away-human-lives/61768/" target="_blank">2010 gun violence claimed in the U.S.</a><br />* Is <a href="http://www.nextnewdeal.net/women-are-less-safe-gayle-trotter%E2%80%99s-world" target="_blank">a society with more guns safer for women</a>?<br />* Mark Konkol: &quot;Dear Fellow Chicagoan: <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130131/chicago-citywide/dear-fellow-chicagoan-you-are-not-snitch" target="_blank">I know you saw the guy who shot and killed Hadiya Pendleton</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>WHEN THE PRESIDENT CAN HAVE YOU KILLED.&nbsp;</strong>NBC News has a copy of <a href="http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/020413_DOJ_White_Paper.pdf" target="_blank">a secret Justice Department memo</a> that it says concludes &quot;<a href="http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/04/16843014-exclusive-justice-department-memo-reveals-legal-case-for-drone-strikes-on-americans" target="_blank">the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens ... even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.</a>&quot;<br />* American Civil Liberties Union lawyer: The memo &quot;<a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/justice-departments-white-paper-targeted-killing" target="_blank">manages to underscore ... the recklessness of the government&#39;s central claim</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>THE FAMILY THAT&#39;S PROBED TOGETHER ...&nbsp;</strong>Former&nbsp;Ald. Sandi Jackson is now the target of her very own federal investigation, independent of the investigation until now primarily aimed at her husband, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18014137-761/exclusive-feds-now-investigating-former-ald-sandi-jackson-sources.html" target="_blank">a source tells the&nbsp;<em>Sun-Times</em></a>.<br />* After questions about $44,000,&nbsp;<a href="http://Contact Subscribe E-paper TV Weekly Reader Services Advertise with Us Select a Publication or Site 19°F Mostly Cloudy Good Morning Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Site All Papers YAHOO! Register for free | Login Home Autos Homes Jobs Pets Auto Show Good to Know Daily Splash Cause &amp; Event Year in review: 2012 Politics blog Season Pass Sunday Splash News Sports Business Opinions Lifestyles Columnists Entertainment Travel Ebert Classifieds Sweet Obits Sneed Ald. 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VERY OFTEN.&#39; </strong><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130204/loop/lyric-opera-fire-blowing-stilt-walker-burns-self-during-wagner-production" target="_blank">A fifth-grader reacts</a> to &quot;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18013593-761/fire-breathing-stilt-walker-severely-burned-at-lyric-opera-rehearsal.html" target="_blank">a carnival trick gone wrong</a>&quot; that sent a fire-breathing stilt walker from the Lyric Opera stage to the hospital.<br />* Photographer: &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-actor-injured-during-lyric-opera-dress-rehearsal-20130204,0,3532451.story" target="_blank">He was staggering across the stage and then fell off his stilts</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;NOBODY FROM THE BUSINESS SIDE OF THE COMPANY WILL EVER HAVE ANY AUTHORITY OVER MY STORIES.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;That&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/202870/greg-sandoval-who-quit-cnet-joins-the-verge/" target="_blank">the assurance reporter Greg Sandoval says he got from&nbsp;<em>The Verge</em></a>, where he&#39;s going to work after quitting CNET over parent company CBS&#39; interference with editorial coverage.<br />* Newspaper owner&nbsp;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/02/04/newspaper-owner-fires-business-side-staffers-to-boost-editorial/" target="_blank">fires business-side staffers, gives editorial team raises</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/fox-news-monitors-geraldo-as-he-mulls-political-office/" target="_blank">Fox News monitoring Geraldo Rivera</a>&nbsp;as he considers a run for the Senate.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/02/04/oreo_super_bowl_blackout_tweet_dazzles_twitter_reveals_low_bar_for_brands.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Oreo's tweet" src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BCOVrUMCIAAdN5J.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 150px; float: right;" /></a>BIG FACEBOOK IS WATCHING.</strong> When you hover over an ad in Facebook, you&#39;ll get <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/facebook-to-tell-users-they-are-being-tracked/" target="_blank">a popup advisory</a> that your online actions are being tracked.<br />* <em>Slate: </em>&quot;<strong><a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/02/04/oreo_super_bowl_blackout_tweet_dazzles_twitter_reveals_low_bar_for_brands.html" target="_blank">The Half-Decent Oreo Tweet That Dazzled a Nation</a></strong>.&quot;<br />* Twitter may be <a href="http://gigaom.com/2013/02/04/how-social-media-is-becoming-as-important-a-live-event-as-the-live-event-itself/" target="_blank">creating more must-see TV</a>.<br />* New Netflix series &quot;House of Cards&quot; reviewed: &quot;I loved watching it, <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/02/netflix-house-of-cards-marathon/61784/" target="_blank">I&#39;m just not sure I loved <em>how</em> I watched it</a>.&quot;</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* Thanks for a fun <a href="http://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/130204-morning-shift-seg-c" target="_blank">chat on the radio</a>,&nbsp;Randi Belisomo Hernandez.</em><br /><em>* Get this blog by email. Sign up&nbsp;<a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/time-chicago-murder-commission-105342 Justice Ginsburg gives opinion on law and opera http://www.wbez.org/sections/theater/justice-ginsburg-gives-opinion-law-and-opera-101468 <p><p>Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave her juror&#39;s opinion in the cases of <em>The Magic Flute</em> and <em>Faust</em> Friday.</p><p>That&#39;s right, she&#39;s an opera aficionado.&nbsp;</p><p>Her rare appearance was part of a panel discussion, &quot;Arias of Law: The Rule of Law at Work in Opera and the Supreme Court,&quot; at the American Bar Association&#39;s annual meeting in Chicago.</p><p>Ginsburg was joined by U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. and Lyric Opera of Chicago&#39;s General Director Anthony Freud on the panel. They shared insight on the cross-pollination between disciplines &ndash; law and opera.</p><p>Craig C. Martin, a partner in the Chicago office of Jenner &amp; Block LLP, moderated the discussion. He told WBEZ that the interconnection between the two areas shouldn&#39;t be too surprising.</p><p>&quot;Operas present moral questions, and law answers the questions,&quot; Martin said.</p><p>Opera singers performed excerpts from the works of Mozart&#39;s <em>The Magic Flute</em> and Benjamin Britten&#39;s <em>Billy Budd</em>. After each performance, the panelists drew ties to themes in law, such as persuasion, performance and gender equality.</p><p>Ginsburg talked about gender discrimination after an aria from <em>Cosi Fan Tutte</em>, commonly translated, &quot;Women Are All Like That.&quot; The lyrics say that women are incapable of fidelity.</p><p>&quot;It might have been called, &#39;that&#39;s the way men are,&#39;&quot; she said.</p><p>Ginsburg argued a series of gender discrimination cases during the 1970s, when she was director of the Women&#39;s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.<br /><br />&ldquo;People understood that racial discrimination was odious,&quot; Ginsburg said. But the men before whom I was arguing, and in those days it was all men, it was a strange idea to them that there was discrimination against women.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ginsburg said she had to convince her male colleagues to consider the long-term effect of gender inequality.<br /><br />&ldquo;To get the court to realize, to get them to think how they would like the world to be for their daughters or granddaughters,&quot; she said. &quot;That&rsquo;s what I saw as my primary job.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ginsburg was the second woman to become justice when President Clinton appointed her to the Supreme Court in 1993.</p></p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 15:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/theater/justice-ginsburg-gives-opinion-law-and-opera-101468 Daily Rehearsal: 'Show Boat' remembered as a family affair http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-15/daily-rehearsal-show-boat-remembered-family-affair-97318 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. News and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-bullen/chicago-theatre_b_1341181.html">thoughts </a></strong></span></span>about <a href="http://rivendelltheatre.org/">Rivendell Theatre Ensemble</a> ("Chicago's only producing organization dedicated to women's voices") which is now located at a storefront up in Andersonville.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. SXSW does comedy</strong></span></span>; the full schedule is <a href="http://sxsw.com/node/10723">here</a>. Highlights:&nbsp;T.J. Miller, John Hodgman, Jessi Klein, Billy Eichner, Kristen Schaal and Marc Maron. That's really just the tip of the iceberg. For other SXSW coverage, go <a href="http://wbez.org/sxsw">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. "I was ten and on a family vacation</strong></span></span> at Estes Park in Colorado when my dad dragged us to a screening of&nbsp;<em>Show Boat</em>&nbsp;in the grand lodge," begins Kate Schmidt in her Reader piecec about the show. "I had grumbled—I was a bookworm and wanted to stay in the room reading—but as it happened, I loved it. Of course, I had no clue as to miscegenation, which is central to the plot. When the tragic heroine, Julie, is forced to leave the show boat after her mixed marriage is exposed, I imagine I would have thought something along the lines of 'Why is the pretty lady leaving?'" A good read; the last performance of <a href="http://www.lyricopera.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=10258&amp;gclid=CNSG8rXl6a4CFbMEQAodSCwFIg"><em>Show Boat </em></a>at the Lyric&nbsp;is this Saturday.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. This year, Porchlight's&nbsp;<em>The Icons Gala </em></strong></span></span>celebrates director and choreographer Michael Bennett. It's on April 22 from 11 am to 2:30 pm (basically, an Icons Brunch). They'll also present the&nbsp;2012&nbsp;Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago&nbsp;to Hollis Resnik. They'll be auctions! Silent and live!</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Gorilla Tango will have</strong></span></span><em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong> DC Pierson</strong></span></span> is Bad at Girls</em> the weekend of April 4th in the new Skokie location. "He's good at comedy but bad at girls. Join him for an hour of stories about completely blowing it," they say.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 09:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-15/daily-rehearsal-show-boat-remembered-family-affair-97318 Daily Rehearsal: New season line-ups from Remy Bumppo and Timeline http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-01/daily-rehearsal-new-season-line-ups-remy-bumppo-and-timeline-96877 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. News from the Lyric Opera</strong></span></span>: they're&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicagos-lyric-turns-best-seller-opera-96819">commissioning a new opera based on a best-selling book</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Remy Bumppo has announced</strong></span></span> the first full season under the helm of artistic director Nick Sandys. All eyes will be watching as, &nbsp;in their words, the "2012/2013 season is replete with the type of plays that the group has become renowned for producing, modern classics full of thought-provoking ideas, passionate debates, and sophisticated wit." The season theme is&nbsp;<em>The Marriage Game: Truth and Consequence?</em>, and the plays going up include<em>&nbsp;</em><em>Seascape</em>&nbsp;by Edward Albee, George Bernard Shaw's <em>You Never Can Tell </em>and&nbsp;<em>Creditors</em>&nbsp;by August Strindberg. Subscriptions on sale at the end of March. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Another 2012-13 season announcement</strong></span></span>, this one from <a href="http://timelinetheatre.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/our-2012-13-season/">TimeLine</a>: they're doing&nbsp;<em>33 Variations</em>&nbsp;by Moisés Kaufman, the world premiere of <em>Wasteland </em>by Susan Felder, <em>Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West</em> by Naomi Iizuka, and J.T. Rogers' <em>Blood and Gifts.</em></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. It pays to be&nbsp;an American Express Cardmember</strong></span></span>, apparently; <em>Book of Mormon</em> tickets<a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/newswire.php?newsID=677"> will go on sale</a> for them only tomorrow at 10 am. Everyone else will have to wait until March 19.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. And Broadway in Chicago</strong></span></span> brings more of the usual huge stuff, <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/newswire.php?newsID=681">like </a>the <em>Grinch</em>, <em>Les Mis</em> and <em>Sister Act</em>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 19:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-01/daily-rehearsal-new-season-line-ups-remy-bumppo-and-timeline-96877 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: Theater nerds rejoice over Playbill Vault http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-02/daily-rehearsal-theater-nerds-rejoice-over-playbill-vault-94547 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-02/playbillvault.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-02/playbillvault.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 196px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Hot news for history buffs: Playbill launched <a href="http://www.playbillvault.com/index.html">PlaybillVault.com</a> yesterday</strong></span></span>, what they're calling a "Comprehensive Broadway Database." The site, which is pretty nice looking, hasn't yet expanded to Off-Broadway content, and it DEFINITELY hasn't expanded into anything we'd consider regional. But for all you theater dorks out there who saved every last Playbill on your trips to the Big City...well, now that was a waste.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Listen to short plays from different authors</strong></span></span> in the <a href="http://chicagoindieradio.org/chirplog/2399/chicago-theatre-off-book-dec-2-2011-ed">latest Chicago Theatre Off-Book</a>, in a very special episode they're calling GAM-fest (it's all their Got A Minute? segment, where they air very very short play excerpts). More excitedly, listen to a few songs from <em>Doyle &amp; Debbie</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. On Sunday night, Chay Yew will be celebrating</strong></span></span> the release of a new book<em> Version 3.0</em>, which Yew edited. The book is an anthology of contemporary Asian American drama, and the event will include a discussion with playwright and poet Luis Alfaro. Included in the book are pieces by Julia Cho, Diana Son, Han Ong and Alice Tuan.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Still celebrating House Manager Appreciation week?</strong></span></span><a href="http://backstageat.backstagejobs.com/?p=835"> Backstage Jobs wants</a> photos of your House Managers. Post them on twitter with <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/search/%20%23HouseManagerAW">#HouseManagerAW</a>&nbsp;or email them to webmaster@backstagejobs.com. Make the unfamous famous, utilizing the power of the internet. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <a href="http://newcitystage.com/2011/11/29/review-ariadne-auf-naxoslyric-opera/">NewCity recommends</a> the Lyric Opera's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lyricopera.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=10253&amp;gclid=CNLB26mR5KwCFYTsKgodkUsRRQ"><em>Ariadne auf Naxos</em></a></strong></span></span>, starring Amber Wagner. And for those who admittedly know little about the art form, there's some nice history about how Wagner happened into the part. Read it! See it! Tonight at 7:30.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 17:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-02/daily-rehearsal-theater-nerds-rejoice-over-playbill-vault-94547 Daily Rehearsal: breaking down Abbiefest http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-25/daily-rehearsal-breaking-down-abbiefest-91021 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-25/abbiefest.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>So Daily Rehearsal is back! Good thing nothing happened in theater for the past week. No, some stuff happened.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-25/abbiefest.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 180px; height: 225px;" title="">1.&nbsp;The <a href="http://maryarrchie.com/abbie.html">Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins Theatre Festival</a> was this weekend, also known as Abbie-fest.&nbsp;Mary-Arrchie Theatre's festival celebrates protest and theater in one combined swoop every year on the anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock, but reports on the street indicate that this year's festival was a little subpar. The change in quality might be related to the popularity of <em><a href="http://www.maryarrchie.com/wordpress/?p=114">Cherrywood</a></em>, which&nbsp;was running at the theatre around the same time last year, and whose very good reviews may have brought in a higher-caliber set of performances.</p><p>2.&nbsp;The Lyric Opera <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/7221354-421/lyric-singers-agree-to-5-pay-cut.html">announced the terms of its new contract negotiations</a>, in which singers will receive a five percent pay cut. Ouch.</p><p>3. Tuesday,&nbsp;Ben Fuchsen,&nbsp;Lily Emerson,&nbsp;Charles Malave&nbsp;and Jackson King of Oracle and Lucid Street left for Minsk, Belarusto start rehearsals on their work <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jacksonking/finding-belovezhskaya-pushcha"><em>Finding Bialowieza Forest</em></a>. The play will be staged in Minsk, and tour to the&nbsp;<a href="http://oracletheatre.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=25927e940d&amp;id=677e476908&amp;e=1f5a8c08d1" target="_blank" title="http://oracletheatre.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=25927e940d&amp;id=677e476908&amp;e=1f5a8c08d1">Vysehratky Theatre Festival</a>&nbsp;in Prague, Czech Republic, and the&nbsp;<a href="http://oracletheatre.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=25927e940d&amp;id=0d1eb95812&amp;e=1f5a8c08d1" target="_blank" title="http://oracletheatre.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=25927e940d&amp;id=0d1eb95812&amp;e=1f5a8c08d1">International Theatre Festival “Belaya Vezha”</a>&nbsp;in Brest, Belarus. You can help them fund the endeavor, because they hope the work "will promote cross-cultural understanding through commonalities found in storytelling." A performance at the Oracle will be mounted by the end of the year.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-25/broadsonboards.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 235px; height: 300px;" title="">4.&nbsp;Word on the street is that&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-10/critics-theater-picks-less-theater-more-movies-chicago-live-and-dan">Broads on Boards</a></em>&nbsp;at the Annoyance is very very good -- or so say all three of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-10/critics-theater-picks-less-theater-more-movies-chicago-live-and-dan">our critics</a>. I just like their retro poster.</p><p>5. Second City has named its new location at Piper's Alley, and it's called "<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/chi-second-city-plans-new-theater-in-pipers-alley-20110822,0,876846.column">Up</a>."&nbsp;They've also been embroiled in recent drama concerning the cancellation of their show <a href="http://thelateliveshow.com/"><em>The Late Live Show</em></a>. The A.V. Club reported that "According to the show’s co-creator and host Joe Kwaczala, the reason given for the cancellation was that the show’s producers were 'using the Second City name to further the show.'" The last show was Saturday night.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-25/daily-rehearsal-breaking-down-abbiefest-91021 Lyric Opera's "Hercules" puts modern twist on soldiers' difficulties coming home http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/lyric-operas-hercules-puts-modern-twist-soldiers-difficulties-coming-home <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/vet.reax1_.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>A <a href="http://www.lyricopera.org/tickets/production.aspx?performanceNumber=9827">new production </a>at the Lyric Opera of Chicago that opens tonight&nbsp;uses an ancient tale to explore a modern problem. It fast-forwards Handel&rsquo;s &ldquo;Hercules&rdquo; to America, today. Hercules becomes an American general who&rsquo;s returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The opera explores how difficult it can be for soldiers and their families to reconnect after war.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Onstage, a woman sat alone weeping. Her husband was off to war. She didn't know where he was, if he was dead or alive.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Alice Coote as the wife, Dejanira, sang to an unusual crowd. More than 80 military veterans were here for the dress rehearsal. Some shared their stories with Director Peter Sellars. Sellars used those details, along with Sophocles&rsquo; play the opera&rsquo;s based on, to make Hercules&rsquo; struggle to readjust feel very real.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;So many soldiers will say the only way you survive everyday out there in battle is to disconnect,&quot;&nbsp;Sellars said. &quot;What does it mean when you come home and you&rsquo;re expected to connect immediately?&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sellars said the unbearable intensity of Handel&rsquo;s music matched the vets&rsquo; experience.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Handel was the composer of the soundtrack to post traumatic stress,&quot; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Hercules returned home safely in battle garb, strapped with weapons.</span> The audience watched as Hercules&rsquo; wife tried to comfort him, and he kept drawing away. She became increasingly confused and jealous. Hercules sang of being lost, his weapons hanging useless.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>When people gathered to celebrate his homecoming, he and his wife stood alone in the middle of the crowd, visibly uncomfortable. Soon, they were fighting and drinking.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Veteran Bernard Jones said the opera stirred up memories. After his service, he felt alienated from family and friends.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We just had no relation to each other for a while,&quot; Jones said. &quot;So I had experienced things that maybe they never would, and we couldn't really, we had no form of communication for a while.&quot;</div><div><br />Like too many vets, he became homeless.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We&rsquo;re in public, but sometimes we&rsquo;re not in public mentally. Oftentimes, I am amongst people, but it is if as I&rsquo;m floating off somewhere else.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He said his daughter has it even worse. She&rsquo;s served three tours of duty in Iraq. Often, she&rsquo;ll call crying.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;She experienced so much trauma, and it's drama, there&rsquo;s a lot of drama. Watching this, I can almost see myself putting music to her life,&quot; Jones said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The opera resonated for veteran Robert Malnik&nbsp;in a different way. He got teary over the conflict between spouses.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I was actually married,&quot; Malnick said. &quot;I went through a terrible divorce because I didn&rsquo;t have the help I needed, and I was married to the most beautiful woman I ever met.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Malnik said he didn&rsquo;t sleep for about six months when he got back from Iraq.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I would close my eyes, but I would still be in tune with the reality of what&rsquo;s going on, because when you&rsquo;re in combat, you have to be aware of situational awareness at all times, because otherwise you die or your friend dies. That&rsquo;s kind of what I was experiencing,&quot;&nbsp;he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Malnick said he needed counseling and services to figure out what to do for money, a job, school.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Malnik eventually got the support he needed. Now he helps other vets by working at <a href="http://www.asafehaven.org/">A Safe Haven Foundation</a>, the agency that brought vets to the show.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I just want the audience to realize that there&rsquo;s still a war going on out there, and lot of these veterans are still coming home and they need help and&nbsp;guidance and support from everybody within the community,&quot; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That message became even clearer, as the opera culminated in tragedy. Hercules died, and Dejanira fought madness.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But in the end, there was a powerful gesture of mercy and forgiveness.&nbsp;And many of the vets in the audience jumped to their feet and applauded.</div></p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/lyric-operas-hercules-puts-modern-twist-soldiers-difficulties-coming-home