WBEZ | Remy Bumppo Theatre http://www.wbez.org/tags/remy-bumppo-theatre Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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: After battle, 'Motherhood The Musical' makes it to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-09/daily-rehearsal-after-battle-motherhood-musical-makes-it-chicago-96 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-09/motherhood the musical.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Remy Bumppo is having its 10th annual benefit</strong></span></span> on Sunday, February 26 for four whole hours at the Union League Club. "Eat, Think and Be Merry!" will have a live auction hosted by CK Swett, who is quite a deal in the auctioneer world, I'm told, as well as a silent auction and lunch. Plus a preview performance of Chesapeake, Remy Bumppo's new show.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. John Hodgman <a href="http://areasofmyexpertise.com/tour">wrote on his blog</a></strong></span></span> that he'll be coming to Chicago to perform at UP on April 1 (April Fool's): "I will visit the brand new theater within the world famous SECOND CITY compound and speak to the fictional citizens of fictional Chicago ONCE MORE.&nbsp;If you missed my visit last November, now is a time to make amends. If you saw it, I guarantee some (BUT NOT ALL) new material, more and more Malort, and of course: CORBETT AND MURPHY." That's Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, the <a href="http://www.brooklynvegan.com/chicago/2012/02/comedian_john_h.html">Brooklyn Vegan explains</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Another benefit, this one hosted by a theater</strong></span></span> to raise money for Japan.&nbsp;<em>SHINSAI: Theatre&nbsp;for Japan</em> is on March 11 at Victory Gardens; tickets are $10. It'll &nbsp;be the anniversary of the Japanese earthquake, with 10 minute plays and live readings of commissioned pieces.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-09/motherhood the musical.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 366px; height: 152px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Remember the saga that was </strong></span></span><em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong><a href="http://m.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-11/mommy-musicals-face-court-88961">Motherhood the Musical</a></strong></span></span>/Menopause the Musical/The Mommies-A Musical Blog</em>? The former is finally coming to the Royal George Theatre, opening in previews on March 30. It will be cast locally.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. The new show from the Neo-Futurists</strong></span></span> is called <em>The Strange and Terrible True Story of Pinocchio (the Wooden Boy) as Told by Frankenstein's Monster (the Wretched Creature)</em><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong>The show opens&nbsp;Saturday, March 10: "Neo-Futurist Founding Director Greg Allen presents Carlo Collodi's original 1883 Italian masterpiece through the eyes of Mary Shelley's nameless hideous Monster, using a barrage of puppets, absurd costumes, mesmerizing stagecraft and his trademark dark humor and meta-theatrics." Not for kids, they say -- <a href="http://adagrey.blogspot.com/">sorry Ada</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 19:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-09/daily-rehearsal-after-battle-motherhood-musical-makes-it-chicago-96 Daily Rehearsal: Rift between Rudin and Norris threatens B'way run of 'Clybourne Park' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-01/daily-rehearsal-rift-between-rudin-and-norris-threatens-bway-run-cl <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-03/ClybournePark.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago</strong></span></span> has received a 2012 Joyce Award, which they'll use to pay for <em>(project) Moseses Project</em>, by choreographer Reggie Wilson. The grant is $50,000; The Dance Center says they're the only dance organization to receive two Joyce Awards. The last one they won was in 2004, for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan's <em>Wild Cursive</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Excellent PR copy:</strong></span></span> "For any Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, tickets to a hot night of contemporary ballet make an excellent gift from any forward-thinking romantic partner." The bottom line -- see the Joffrey Ballet' <em>Winter Fire</em> starting February 15.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Northlight Theatre will put up <em>The Odd Couple</em></strong></span></span> in November, casting Second City alums Tim Kazurinsky and George Wendt as Felix and Oscar, respectively. "My history with George and Tim goes back decades and their own particular chemistry is a national joy," says director BJ Jones. This should be good.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-03/ClybournePark.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 282px; height: 400px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Scott Rudin has <a href="http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/exclusive-scott-rudin-replies-to-david-denbys-embargo-break-of-dragon-tattoo-in-the-new-yorker#">done it again</a></strong></span></span> -- but this time he's brought Chicagoan Bruce Norris into the mix. <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/the_wrath_of_rudin_2FsRNIorYvtJGww4L432tK">Michael Riedel</a> (who is no stranger to controversy himself) reports that according to anonymous sources, the partnership between Rudin and Norris, which was resulting in an acting gig for Norris in the HBO TV show <em>The Corrections</em>, as well as Rudin producing Clybourne Park for Broadway, has ended nastily. On Monday, Norris reportedly said he wouldn't do <em>The Corrections</em> anymore (“I don’t like to do pilots.”) and Rudin responded by refusing to produce <em>Clybourne Park</em> anymore, as well as two other planned Norris plays. Norris <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/broadway-run-for-clybourne-park-in-jeopardy/?ref=theater">told the <em>New York Times</em></a> that he wants to focus on writing, not acting, which is why he left the TV project, and that he wasn't sure what would happen to the show.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>5. Timothy Douglas has written a long essay on HowlRound</strong></span></span> called "<a href="http://www.howlround.com/the-benefits-of-slavery-by-timothy-douglas/">The Benefits of Slavery</a>", which is not as controversial as it sounds, for those who need a history lesson. The former Artistic Director of Remy Bumppo, whom our own <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-26/black-and-white-and-read-all-over-95836">Kelly Kleiman spoke to</a> about the role of race in his relationship with the company, has some interesting insights from his years as an actor playing the "other" parts. "When pressed for details by the media and the genuinely curious here in Chicago on how race may have impacted my departure [from Remy Bumppo], I answer in this way: If you liken my creative-self to a gumbo, the specificity of my race and primary cultural influence is the equivalent of a dominant spice," writes Douglas. It's a worthy and well-thought out read.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 17:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-01/daily-rehearsal-rift-between-rudin-and-norris-threatens-bway-run-cl Daily Rehearsal: Timothy Douglas suddenly resigns from Remy Bumppo http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-18/daily-rehearsal-timothy-douglas-suddenly-resigns-remy-bumppo-95628 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-November/2010-11-03/timothy_douglas.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2012/Court-Theatre-Scored-the-Stage-Debut-of-Invisible-Man/"><em>Chicago Magazine</em> talks to</a> the director of Court Theatre's upcoming <em>Invisible Man</em></strong></span></span>,&nbsp;Christopher McElroen, and the&nbsp;University of Chicago’s resident Ellison scholar&nbsp;Kenneth Warren. "As excited as I was when I heard Court was doing this project, I was also dismayed, because how in the world could you pull it off? asked Warren. "But I’ve been surprised and impressed by how much the script manages to get in while maintaining a clear dramatic arc."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. "A gala reunion</strong></span></span> is being held for those who worked at America's first Dinner Theater, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 6:30pm to 12:30am at the European Chalet." Where is the European Chalet, that place sounds amazing. $50 admission, but it includes dinner, an open bar, and no embarassing wedding toasts (but a commorative gift). Candlelight closed in 1997; does anyone remember it?&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Cirque du Soleil's <em><a href="http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/quidam/tickets/hoffman.aspx">Quidan</a></em></strong></span></span><a href="http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/quidam/tickets/hoffman.aspx">&nbsp;</a>hits Hoffman Estates, IL and the Sears Centre Arena on February 8.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-03/timothy_douglas.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 166px; height: 251px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Have you seen the show&nbsp;<em>Clutter</em>?</strong></span></span><em> <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/9949685-421/lives-of-wealthy-hoarding-collyer-brothers-provides-rich-material-for-new-production.html">Sun-Times</a></em><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/9949685-421/lives-of-wealthy-hoarding-collyer-brothers-provides-rich-material-for-new-production.html"> critic Hedy Weiss </a>felt like it was a little bit too close to home.&nbsp;"Full disclosure: On some level I fully empathize with the Collyer brothers, those fabled New York siblings from a well-to-do family who, over the course of several decades, engaged in compulsive hoarding, filling to capacity the Fifth Avenue brownstone home in Harlem where they were found dead in 1947.Like many writers, even in this cyberspace age, I have a serious paper problem. Newspapers, magazines, books, press kits, programs and printouts pile up with astonishing speed." Hedy, I feel you.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Timothy Douglas has resigned as Artistic Director of Remy Bumpo</strong></span></span> -- at least, he did two months ago. In a <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15090035/timothy-douglas-resigns-at-remy-bumppo">conversation with <em>TimeOut</em>'s Kris Vire</a>, Douglas said, "What I came to realize was that in this wonderful experiment that we all decided to do, the company had not seen my work and I had never seen anything that Remy Bumppo had done before I agreed to come on as artistic director." In <a href="http://remybumppo.blogspot.com/2012/01/artistic-director-change-at-remy-bumppo.html">a letter to the Remy Bumppo board of directors</a>, Douglas said that he thought he was "ultimately not a good match for the organization." But Board President Karen Randolph wrote "Over the course of several meetings we hoped to find a&nbsp;solution for keeping Timothy successfully and confidently engaged, but his resignation was ultimately accepted." When Douglas was hired, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/about-damn-time-loop-theater-hires-african-american-artistic-director">Kelly Kleiman wrote</a> that he was&nbsp;"the first African-American to run a mainstream–that is, white–theater company in Chicago."&nbsp;He's&nbsp;being replaced with Nick Sandys, a member of the ensemble.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto:%20kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 19:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-18/daily-rehearsal-timothy-douglas-suddenly-resigns-remy-bumppo-95628 Critics theater picks: Seeing 'Red', an updated Greek tragedy, and married dancers http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-22/critics-theater-picks-seeing-red-updated-greek-tragedy-and-married- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-22/Raven_by_George_Ruhe_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Kelly and Jonathan picked two of the same plays this week, so let's see what they both say about them...</em></p><p><u><strong>Kelly:</strong></u> Then, though the official opening is next week, Sunday is the Jewish press opening of <a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/season/Production.aspx?prod=124"><em>Red</em> </a>(though if God is willing to have us spend Christmas in a Chinese restaurant, She probably wouldn't mind our spending Rosh Hashanah in a theater). John Logan's play about the painter Mark Rothko (speaking of Jews) won the Tony last year, and is now onstage or in process at nearly every regional theater in the country. (Interesting choice to let a dozen nonprofit productions bloom instead of creating a single commercial national tour. Maybe this is the playwright's gift to the nonprofit theater community in which he had his start.) I'm a huge fan of Rothko as well as Logan, having seen a retrospective of the painter's work at the Guggenheim which began at the base of the central ramp with early figurative efforts and pulled the viewer further and further up as Rothko clarified and simplified and purified, until at the very top he was working with pure light. It will be fascinating to see how this pilgrim's progress is expressed on the stage. Through October 23 at the Goodman; 1 hour 40 minutes without intermission (hey, art means suffering); tickets $54-$74 but half price on the day of performance and only $10 for students.</p><p><u><strong>Jonathan:</strong></u><strong> </strong>John Logan made his name and early fame as a Chicago playwright in counterpoint to the stylistic clout of then-reigning champ David Mamet: Logan's plays were literate, educated and often played with structure and theatrical device vs. the blue-collar, straight-ahead, slam-bang Mamet. Logan's fondness for historical subject matter and biography served him well in Hollywood (<em>Gladiator</em>,&nbsp;<em>The&nbsp;Aviator</em>,<em>&nbsp;The Last Samurai</em>) and serve him well again in his first play in far-too-many years,&nbsp;<em>Red</em>, a smart, stimulating two-character play about American abstract artist Mark Rothko. Having won six Tony Awards last year,&nbsp;<em>Red&nbsp;</em>now is being produced by 30 regional theaters, with our own Goodman Theatre first out of the gate. Artistic director Robert Falls is at the helm.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-23/poster_mourningbecomeselectra.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 194px; height: 300px; " title=""><u><strong>Kelly:</strong></u> Then on Monday Remy Bumppo opens <em><a href="http://www.remybumppo.org/mourning-becomes-electra-pages-363.php">Mourning Becomes Electra</a>, </em>directed by new artistic director Timothy Douglas but starring company veterans Annabel Armour, David Darlow and Nick Sandys. This version of O'Neill's Civil War trilogy condenses 9 hours into a single three-act evening, and what makes it remarkable is that unlike most O'Neill the play focuses on the women: their strength, their decisions and their suffering. At the Greenhouse on Lincoln; Wednesday-Sunday through October 30; tickets $35-$40.&nbsp;</p><p><u><strong>Jonathan:</strong></u> Remy Bumppo Theatre introduces its new artistic director, Timothy Douglas, with its first Eugene O'Neill work, his mighty <em>Mourning Becomes Electra</em>, elaborately inspired by the Greek tragedies of Aeschylus but transformed to post-Civil War America. Originally written in three nearly-full-length parts, it frequently has been reduced in various ways, and so it is at Remy Bumppo where the production will run about three hours. Properly honed and calibrated, the tale of the Mannon family and passionately calculating Lavinia can be Electra-fying.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Kelly adds:&nbsp;</strong></p><p>This is big-deal opening weekend, so what I'm looking forward to are the big-deal openings, specifically:</p><p><a href="http://www.writerstheatre.org/boxoffice/production?id=0081"><em>The Real Thing</em></a>, tonight (Thursday) at Writers' Theatre. This Tom Stoppard play about a playwright's collapsing marriage hit so close to home when I saw its London premiere that I haven't been able to make myself see it since--and that was in 1982. What's tempting me back (other than a serious case of "Oh, get over it, already!") is the personnel bringing it to life this time. Director Michael Halberstam is nearly unmatched in his ability to handle intellectual material that's also deeply emotional. And if leading man Sean Fortunato (most recently brilliant in Writers'&nbsp;<em>Travels With My Aunt</em>) can't make the quicksilver leaps from comedy to sobriety and back again required by Stoppard's difficult text, no one can. Tuesdays-Sundays through November 20 at the "big" theater (not the back of the bookstore), 325 Tudor Court in Glencoe; tickets $45-$65.&nbsp;</p><p><u><strong>Laura Molzahn</strong></u></p><p>Two small-ish companies—Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and Inaside Chicago Dance—hit the big time <a href="http://www.harristheaterchicago.org/events/2011-2012-season/cerqua-rivera">one night only (for now), Saturday at the Harris</a>. As part of the <a href="http://audiencearchitects.com/newstages/">New Stages for Dance Initiative</a>, Dance/USA and MetLife (working in Chicago with Audience Architects) have provided $42,500 for 16 local companies to get “affordable access to quality venues.” This is the first of eight shows. Highlights include a world-premiere collaboration between the two artistic directors, Wilfredo Rivera and Richard A. Smith, set to an original Afro-Latin/R&amp;B composition by Stu Greenspan.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-22/Raven_by_George_Ruhe_.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px;" title="Eiko in 'Raven'"></p><p>Eiko &amp; Koma—the married couple who’ve been life-and-work partners for 40 years—deserve some kind of prize. They already got a MacArthur “genius” grant, in 1996, but I think they should be pronounced Mr. and Mrs. America too. If only Japanese-Americans who get naked in public were allowed to represent “American values”! As part of their nationwide retrospective, <a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/performances/perf_detail.php?id=735">the duo perform “Regeneration” in the MCA Theater</a>, tonight through Saturday, including their first-ever fully nude piece, <em>Night Tide</em>(1984). Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal plays live during their newest, <em>Raven&nbsp;</em>(2010).</p><p><a href="http://www.chicagomovingcompany.org/otherfest.html">The Other Dance Festival</a>, approaching the third of its four programs this weekend, flash-mobs Saturday, noon, at the <a href="http://www.randolphstreetmarket.com/">Randolph Street Market</a>, 1340 W. Washington. Free, and you can check out the cool vintage and “modern vintage” stuff.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-22/critics-theater-picks-seeing-red-updated-greek-tragedy-and-married- Daily Rehearsal: start planning your 4th of July http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-29/daily-rehearsal-start-planning-your-4th-july-88498 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-05/323.th_.th_.op_.WillEnoNEW2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p> <style type="text/css"> p { font-size:10pt} #s1 {font-size:13pt; color:#494646; font-family:georgia}</style> </p><p><span id="s1"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-05/323.th_.th_.op_.WillEnoNEW2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 268px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="Will Eno doesn't look too worried about 'Middletown' reviews">1. The comment police is reporting for duty: <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/06/middletown-at-steppenwolf-theatre-small-town-battles-of-life-death-and-the-trickier-stuff-in-between.html">Chris Jones' <em>Middletown </em>review</a></span> is blowing up, and it's all due to one particular commentor by the name of&nbsp;Mister Middle Town. He's written a comment the length of a review of his own where he calls out Jones' rave: "All I can say is, if you want to twist yourself into imagining profundity in this drivel, well, rather than criticize you, I'll just say that I'm awe0struck [sic] by your power of imagination." Let the debate begin on who said commenter is; a pleb, or a disgruntled theater rockstar?</p><p>But not before Mister Middle Town leaves us with this: "Basically, what we have here is Reality Show theatre-for-the-bland (which is to say Un-reality Show theatre), all cautiously dunked in lukewarm water for folks who need to keep their blood pressures monitored. If memory serves, I think there were even nurses in the aisles to ensure that all the patrons were perfectly comfortable with this theatrical pillow." <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-05/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-55-86108">Will Eno's <em>Middletown </em></a>opened at Steppenwolf two weekends ago.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/RBT-webstory.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 150px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title=""><span id="s1">2. <a href="http://www.remybumppo.org/artistic-director-transition-pages-345.php">Remy Bumppo has announced</a> that founding Artistic Director James Bohnen</span> is finally stepping down, after <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/about-damn-time-loop-theater-hires-african-american-artistic-director">announcing his intentions</a> to do so in January of 2009. He will be replaced by Timothy Douglas, who starts July 1, and who will oversee the 2011-12 season theme of "<a href="http://www.remybumppo.org/shows-pages-17.php">The American Evolution</a>". When he leaves, Bohnen will have directed 30 of the companies 38 mainstage productions.&nbsp;</p><p><span id="s1">3. Speaking of Remy Bumppo; they'll be helping you celebrate July 4th</span> in style, with a <a href="http://grantparkmusicfestival.com/2011-season/independence-celebbration">musical and theatrical production</a> that will include&nbsp;"over 100 theater and cultural leaders" reading the Declaration of Independence. It's at 5:30 on the Sunday afternoon in Millenium Park, so go get your history on.</p><p><span id="s1">4.&nbsp;<a href="http://themoth.org/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">The Moth</a>&nbsp;StorySlam last night was won by Eric Budzynski,</span> an organist who wore a&nbsp;<em>Chorus Line</em>&nbsp;t-shirt and whose story was largely about his last name.</p><p><span id="s1">5. And the love for <em>Chinglish </em>keeps coming;</span> after just opening at the Goodman, it will make its <a href="http://www.broadwaysbestshows.com/news/1509">Broadway debut this Fall</a>. If you're interested in a look at the behind-the-scenes of theater, take a gander at the effort it took to&nbsp;<a href="http://goodman-theatre.blogspot.com/2011/06/look-inside-ministers-cabinet.html">get the props just right</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="http://kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-29/daily-rehearsal-start-planning-your-4th-july-88498 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