WBEZ | Kelly Kleinman http://www.wbez.org/tags/kelly-kleinman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Dueling Critics' unwrap a box full of holiday theater http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-15/dueling-critics-unwrap-box-full-holiday-theater-94924 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-15/Rudolph DCs.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Believe it or not, every theater company in Chicago was not doing a holiday play--but many were. Now some of the productions are like the holidays themselves--filled with promise and anticipation, only to make theatergoers wish it was January already! Others are great presents for the audience: full of laughs, nostalgia and warm-and-fuzzy feelings. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics" target="_blank"><em>Dueling Critics</em></a>, Kelly Kleiman and Jonathan Abarbanel, talked about some of their favorites from the holiday stages.</p><p>For more picks, check out the <em>Dueling Critics</em> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-16/dueling-critics-guide-holiday-theater-tinsel-and-treacle-triumph-94" target="_blank">guide</a> to holiday theater on WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/onstagebackstage" target="_blank"><em>Onstage/Backstage</em><em> </em></a>blog.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-15/dueling-critics-unwrap-box-full-holiday-theater-94924 Polarity Ensemble Theatre tackles Ibsen’s 'Peer Gynt' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-09/polarity-ensemble-theatre-tackles-ibsen%E2%80%99s-peer-gynt-94763 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-09/PET_PG_img_6702_2_large.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>To <a href="http://www.petheatre.com/peergynt.html" target="_blank">Peer Gynt</a>, the world is his for the taking. He fancies himself a brilliant, charming rogue and a self-made man. In reality, he is selfish, egotistical and uses others for his own gain. He has been likened to the trickster, the embodiment of the Norwegian psyche and the essence of American capitalism. Thankfully for audiences' sake, he is simply the title character in the most famous play by Norway’s most famous playwright, Henrik Ibsen. The play, also <em>Peer Gynt</em>, springs from the epic-poem-slash-verse play that trolls between what is happening on stage and what is happening in Peer Gynt’s head.</p><p>So, can this play be tamed and can audiences find something to like about this rather unlikable fellow? The very likeable Kelly Kleiman and Jonathan Abarbanel,<em> Eight Forty-Eight's</em> <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics" target="_blank">Dueling Critics</a></em>, shared their opinion of <em>Peer Gynt</em>.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.petheatre.com/index.html" target="_blank">Polarity Ensemble Theater</a> performs <em>Peer Gynt</em> at the <a href="http://www.dcatheater.org/shows/show/peer_gynt/">DCA Theater's Storefront Theater</a> through Dec. 18.</p></p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-09/polarity-ensemble-theatre-tackles-ibsen%E2%80%99s-peer-gynt-94763 Dueling Critics: 'Momma's Boyz' offers second chances http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-28/dueling-critics-mommas-boyz-offers-second-chances-93567 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-28/mammasboys.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago theater company <a href="http://www.teatrovista.org/home.html" target="_blank">Teatro Vista</a> launched its 22nd season the last week of October. They had a special guest this year, resident playwright<br> Candido Tirado. The New Yorker brought Teatro Vista a little present, his drama <a href="http://www.teatrovista.org/stage/26-miles.html" target="_blank"><em>Momma’s Boyz</em></a>. The play follows three young men who are given a second chance after a tragic incident. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics" target="_blank"><em>Dueling Critics</em></a> Kelly Kleiman and Jonathan Abarbanel to talk about <em>Momma's Boyz</em>.</p></p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-28/dueling-critics-mommas-boyz-offers-second-chances-93567 The 'Dueling Critics' take on 'The Women' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-29/dueling-critics-take-women-89836 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-29/The women.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Dueling Critics take on <em>The Women</em>, by Clare Booth Luce, at<a href="http://www.circle-theatre.org/" target="_blank"> Circle Theater</a> in Oak Park.&nbsp; The show focuses on a socialite seeking revenge on her wayward husband in the 1930s. When the <em>The Women</em> was performed on Broadway in the 1930s, a scandal ensued among the male-dominated world of theater criticism. Booth Luce unveiled society ladies behaving badly--the characters were catty, coniving and even, divorced. Real emotions-–played out in a tony, art deco setting. Seventy-five years years later, art deco remains a compelling style but the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics" target="_blank"><em>Dueling Critics</em></a> wondered if <em>The Women</em> is still relevant.</p><p><em>The Women</em>, at Circle Theater in Oak Park - through August 14.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 20:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-29/dueling-critics-take-women-89836 'The Dueling Critics' head to 'The Boys Room' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-11/dueling-critics-head-boys-room-82156 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Boys Room 3 by Liz Lauren.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>From Shakespeare&rsquo;s <em>Richard III </em>to Albee&rsquo;s <em>George and Martha</em>, the theater is crowded with some rather unlikeable protagonists. <a href="http://www.victorygardens.org/onstage/boys.php" target="_blank"><em>The Boys Room</em></a> at Victory Gardens Theater adds another mean main man to the stage. Ron is a middle-aged dentist who&rsquo;s just found out his wife has breast cancer. But instead of consoling her, or assuring her they&rsquo;ll get through it together, he walks out, and moves back in with his mother. So is Ron an emotionally-stunted coward, or is there more to this story? And if he&rsquo;s indeed as unlikeable as he sounds, how does a playwright create a character that&rsquo;s at once loathsome and compelling?<br /><br />To learn more about the production, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> talked to its likeable but nonetheless committed to sparring <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics" target="_blank">Dueling Critics</a>, Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman.<em><br /></em></p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-11/dueling-critics-head-boys-room-82156 The Dueling Critics: Kafka’s in the House with 'Odradek' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/dueling-critics-kafka%E2%80%99s-house-odradek <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Odradek house theater.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When a play is deemed Kafkaesque you&rsquo;re likely in for themes of alienation, scenarios of nightmarish distortions, and hints of evil floating around the edges. So it&rsquo;s an apt description for the new House Theatre production, &quot;<a href="http://thehousetheatre.com/seasons/eight/shows/odradek" target="_blank">Odradek</a>.&quot;<br /><br />The play&rsquo;s a simple tale of a boy and his monster. Odradek lives under the stairs and as the boy struggles with some kind of mental enchantment, Odradek becomes ever more powerful. The production&rsquo;s inspiration is in fact a short story by <a href="http://www.kafka.org/" target="_blank">Franz Kafka</a> and a painting inspired by that story.<br /><br />&quot;Eight Forty-Eight's&quot; Kafkaesque <em>Dueling Critics</em>, Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman<span style="font-style: italic;">,</span> joined host Alison Cuddy to discern if all that inspiration is frightening or just frightful .</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Odradek,&quot; by The House Theatre of Chicago is at the <a href="http://www.chopintheatre.com/" target="_blank">Chopin Theater</a> through March 5.</p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 16:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/dueling-critics-kafka%E2%80%99s-house-odradek Dueling Critics: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/dueling-critics-importance-being-earnest <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/importance of being earnest.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Debates earlier this week around the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts has some crying class warfare. Though Oscar Wilde never called for anything like armed conflict, his mockery of the upper crust in Victorian England was revolutionary in its own way. <br /><br />Paul Hurley plays Jack Worthing and Greg Matthew Anderson is Algernon Moncrieff in <a target="_blank" href="http://www.remybumppo.org/">Remy Bumppo Theatre&rsquo;s</a> production of Wilde's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.remybumppo.org/the-importance-of-being-earnest-pages-341.php">&quot;The Importance of Being Earnest.&quot;</a></p><p>&quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; invited its <em>Dueling Critics</em> in to talk about this Wilde comedy.&nbsp; Regular theater contributors Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleinman reviewed the production which runs at Remy Bumppo Theatre through Jan. 9.</p><p><strong><br /></strong><strong>Kelly's Pick:</strong><br />&quot;Tour Guides&quot; by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.guildcomplex.org/?q=node/76">Guild Complex Poetry Performance Incubator</a> <br />Fridays and Saturday through Dec. 18<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Jonathan's Picks:</strong></p><p>&quot;Santaland Diaries&quot;at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/theatredetail.php?theatreID=32">Athenaeum Theatre<br /></a>&quot;Black Peter&quot; at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gorillatango.com/">Gorilla Tango Theatre</a></p><p><em>Music Button: Gustavo Cerati, &quot;Lago En El Cielo,&quot; from the release </em>Ahi Vamos<em> (BMG Argentina)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/dueling-critics-importance-being-earnest