WBEZ | Teatro Vista http://www.wbez.org/tags/teatro-vista Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Caffeine Theatre shuts down http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-caffeine-theatre-shuts-down-101626 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Ricardo Gutierrez</strong></span></span> will take over at Teatro Vista&#39;s new artistic director, as founder and artistic director Edward Torres moves on &quot;to focus on independent projects.&quot; Torres and Gutierrez will artistic direct Teatro Vista through February to ease through the transition.&nbsp;&quot;We are thrilled that Eddie has found such tremendous success as a director and actor,&quot; said Teatro Vista Board President Joan Pantsios in a statement. &quot;His dedication to Teatro Vista over the decades has been invaluable, and Teatro Vista would not be what it is today - a nationally-recognized home of the best Latino theater - without his hard work and passion. Eddie has assured us that he will remain an active ensemble member and supporter of the theater.&quot; Gutierrez is currently an ensemble member and directing associate of the company.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/caffeine.jpg" style="height: 115px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Steppenwolf has announced the companies</strong></span></span> they&#39;re partnering with for their Garage Rep this year: Baliwick Chicago, Buzz22 Chicago and Theatre Seven. The ten-week run of their shows will start February 14 (THE DAY OF LOVE) and end April 21 (just a regular day) of 2013. They&#39;ll be staging&nbsp;<em>See What I Wanna See </em>by Michael John LaChiusa,&nbsp;<em>She Kills Monsters&nbsp;</em>By Qui Nguyen, and <em>BlackTop Sky&nbsp;</em>By Christina Anderson.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.caffeinetheatre.com/">Caffeine Theatre</a></strong></span></span> <a href="http://chicago.broadwayworld.com/article/Caffeine-Theatre-Announces-Closing-20120810">announced today</a> that it&#39;ll be shutting down, the latest in a bad year and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-more-info-backstage-theatres-closing-101595">a bad week</a> for storefront theaters.&nbsp;&ldquo;Our decision to close now is primarily due to human capital,&rdquo; said Artistic Director Beck, &ldquo;Our personnel is collectively experiencing a massive amount of life change which for some includes leaving Chicago. We felt it was the right time to end on our own terms and with our heads held high.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-caffeine-theatre-shuts-down-101626 Daily Rehearsal: This summer, turn off your cell phone at The Second City http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-summer-turn-your-cell-phone-second-city-100183 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/120607_etc_cast_2.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 424px; " title="The cast of 'We're All in This Room Together' (The Second City)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Just for Laughs happened!</strong></span></span> It must have been an exhausting week for those of us who weren&#39;t on vacation. Check out review round-ups<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy"> from <em>TimeOut</em></a>, who seemed to be all over the place.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <em>The A.V. Club</em></strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/that-guy-looks-like-nick-offerman-and-6-other-thin,81383/">took the Second City walking tour</a> and learned a lot of things.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Plus, the e.t.c.&#39;s</strong></span></span>&nbsp;new summer show&nbsp;is called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.secondcity.com/about/news/detail/1548692134423998525/8126454325100188685/"><em>We&#39;re All in This Room Together</em></a>. They&#39;d like you &quot;to turn off your cell phone, log off Facebook and stop tweeting to attend a unique 21st century event featuring a diverse group of live people in one room physically interacting with one another. For two extraordinary hours, we will resist the compulsion to check our text messages, status updates and twitter feeds knowing that this special group of people will never come back together as one audience again - physically, philosophically or politically.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The Waltzing Mechanics&#39;&nbsp;<em>EL Stories</em> </strong></span></span>continues at the <a href="http://www.greenhousetheater.org/">Greenhouse Theater</a>, this time with a new cast of twelve actors through August 18.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Teatro Vista and Collaboraction</strong></span></span> are collaborating, like Collaboraction does, on&nbsp;<em>Yo Solo Festival of Latino Solo Shows</em>, which features six pieces by the following Latino writers:&nbsp;Rey Andujar, Sandra Delgado, KJ Sanchez, Lisandra Tena, Juan Francisco Villa and Febronio Zatarain. Previews start July 26 and the show closes August 12.&nbsp;&quot;From historic land battles in New Mexico, to Chicago through the eyes of Mexican immigrants, to Colombia in the 1940&#39;s, <em>Yo Solo</em> is an event that will display the breadth of talent and the rich complexity of each individual performer as they bring their own personal experiences to the stage, collectively creating a beautiful collage about the Latino experience. In addition to six terrific solo performance pieces, live music and visual art installations will add to <em>Yo Solo</em>&#39;s festival vibe.&quot;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-summer-turn-your-cell-phone-second-city-100183 First Folio Theatre chases what matters http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-14/first-folio-theatre-chases-what-matters-93970 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-14/first folio.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-14/first folio.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 361px; height: 200px; " title=""><a href="http://firstfolio.org/">First Folio Theatre</a> is competing for a grant from <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/">Chase Community Giving</a> for a really interesting project it's working on for the coming summer. (Just about now you're ready to think about summer's coming, aren't you?) The company will supplement its own production of <em>The Merchant of Venice</em>, and the celebration of its 15th anniversary, with a broader set of programs over six weeks entitled The Merchant Project.</p><p>The project includes staged readings of a number of variations and comments on Merchant, including the <a href="http://www.nationaljewishtheater.com/index.html">National Jewish Theatre'</a>s staging of <em>Shylock and His Daughter</em> by Maurice Schwartz; <a href="http://www.teatrovista.org/">Teatro Vista</a>'s <em>The Merchant of Santa Fe</em> by Ramon Flores and Lynn Butler; <a href="http://www.signalensemble.com/">Signal Ensemble</a> doing <em>The Jew of Malta</em> by Christopher Marlowe; and a reprise reading of the <a href="http://www.srtp.org/blog/category/merchantonvenice/">acclaimed</a> <em>Merchant on Venice</em> by Shishir Kurup from <a href="http://www.silkroadrising.org/">Silk Road Rising</a> (formerly Silk Road Theatre Project).&nbsp;</p><p>Naturally, such an ambitious project requires $$$$$, and First Folio hopes to separate Chase Community Giving from $25,000 for providing such a fine example of artistic collaboration. &nbsp;To do so requires persuading its supporters (and, presumably, those of its four collaborators) to flood--not to say stuff!--the ballot box in the remaining week of Facebook voting. (Voting closes November 22.)</p><p>It's all very well to be snobby and disapproving about popularity-contest charity, and about corporate marketing stunts masquerading as charity (and I am); but if you share my disdain for the process, just hold your nose while you <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving?sk=app_162065369655&amp;iq_id=40705268">vote</a> to secure resources for a more-than-worthy cause (or five).</p></p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-14/first-folio-theatre-chases-what-matters-93970 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 Not-so-spooky theater picks for your Halloween weekend http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-27/not-so-spooky-theater-picks-your-halloween-weekend-93511 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-27/Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Water Stains on the Wall, photo by LIU Chen-hsiang 4.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><u><strong>Kelly Kleiman</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-27/searching_for_peabodys_tomb.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 289px; height: 135px;" title="">Though most of this weekend's theatrical fun and games are covered in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-21/dueling-critics-creep-you-out-93377">the Dueling Critics' Halloween picks</a>, at least one remains.&nbsp;<strong><em>Searching for Peabody's Tomb</em></strong> is <a href="http://www.firstfolio.org/">First Folio Theatre</a>'s improvement on the traditional Halloween haunted house, taking the stout of heart through its Mayslake Mansion home to look for the spirit (and any earthly manifestations) of its founding coal profiteer George Peabody. Any excuse to be in that beautiful house, set on that beautiful lot out in the countryside, especially on a night when the moon's a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas. Today through Halloween Monday only, with performance/tours on the half-hour beginning at 7 p.m., at the Forest Preserve in Oakbrook; all tickets only $10.&nbsp; Call 630-986-8067 for reservations; some performances are sold out. For ages 12 and up.</p><p>And for those of you who want to skip right to the next holiday, <strong><em>Irving Berlin's White Christmas</em></strong> has just opened at <a href="http://www.marriotttheatre.com/">Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire</a>. There's no particular hurry, though: this smartly-produced stage adaptation of the beloved holiday film runs through New Year's Day. Tickets $40-$48.</p><p><u><strong>Laura Molzahn</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-27/Cloud%20Gate%20Dance%20Theatre%20of%20Taiwan%2C%20Water%20Stains%20on%20the%20Wall%2C%20photo%20by%20LIU%20Chen-hsiang%204.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 312px; height: 400px;" title="Cloud Gate ">Viewers have been known to fall asleep at performances. Sometimes twice. (Eric Futran, I’m talking to you.) Despite that, or because of it, <strong><a href="http://www.colum.edu/dance_center/performances/Cloud_Gate_Dance_Theatre_of_Taiwan/index.php">Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan</a></strong> is not to be missed. Choreographer Lin Hwai-min aims for a meditative effect, but at the same time the dancing is so expert, so exhilarating, that you walk out feeling twice as alive as when you went in. <em>Water Stains on the Wall</em>might not sound scintillating, but believe me, God is in the details of this hour-long piece. Friday and Saturday at the Harris.</p><p>What performance isn’t improvised? But when choreographers leave the door wide open to improv, the results can be more dramatic than in the best-laid plans. I have high hopes for <a href="http://www.synapsearts.com/index.php?s=events">Rachel Damon’s <strong><em>Factor Ricochet</em></strong></a>, which she developed with her dancers over many months, exploring the many personas within each one. The resulting work—made up of choreography and “improvography”—opens tonight, Thursday, at Bucktown’s Holstein Park and runs through November 4.</p><p>Also tonight: <a href="http://mcachicago.org/performances/now/all">Lucky Plush Productions opens <strong><em>The Better Half</em></strong></a> at the MCA. Choreographer Julia Rhoads collaborated with 500 Clown members Adrian and Leslie Danzig to create this seriocomic movement-theater riff on the 1944 noir <em>Gaslight</em>, with glimmerings of <em>The Bourne Identity</em>and Ingmar Bergman’s <em>Scenes From a Marriage</em>. Two weekends, through November 6.</p><p><u><strong>Jonathan Abarbanel</strong></u></p><p>As Kelly said before, this is Halloween Weekend, of course, and the truly wise will seek out the recommendations of Chicago Public Media’s Dueling Critics with regard to Halloween-themed shows, posted last Friday on this site. As for the truly unwise . . . .</p><p>Teatro Vista, celebrating its 22<sup>nd</sup> season, starts things rolling with <a href="http://www.teatrovista.org/stage/26-miles.html"><strong><em>Momma’s Boyz</em></strong></a>, the first of two plays by Candido Tirado the Latino-American troupe will produce this season. The troupe produces plays in English (or mostly English) exploring the urban landscape, and <em>Momma’s Boyz</em> is a tough-as-nails tale of three friends in The Projects who sell drugs. Twist is, it moves backwards in time to give the three a second chance with the help of hindsight that reality rarely offers. It’s running at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Avenue, through Dec. 4.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-27/MV-Full.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 240px; height: 250px;" title="">My other choice just might fit the Halloween mold, although that’s not the specific intention of Jordan Harrison’s <a href="http://www.nexttheatre.org/maple-and-vine-shows-16.php"><strong><em>Maple and Vine</em></strong></a>, which opens the 30<sup>th</sup> season of the Next Theatre Company in Evanston. This Midwest premiere concerns an under-pressure, 21<sup>st</sup> century urban couple who retrogress by giving up iPhones and multi-tasking to join a community of 1950’s re-enactors, and live in a world of cigarettes, black and white TV, Eisenhower and Tupperware parties. But will it bring them happiness? Rod Serling, where are you? The estimable Damon Kiely is the director. <em>Maple and Vine</em> continues at Next Theatre, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, through Dec. 4.</p></p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-27/not-so-spooky-theater-picks-your-halloween-weekend-93511 Daily Rehearsal: What's on your must-see list for fall? http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-07/daily-rehearsal-whats-your-must-see-list-fall-91604 <p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Kelly Kleiman <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-21/are-we-copying-right-model-seattle-89462">recently covered</a> Theatre Wit's</strong></span></span> decision to implement a different style of payment for their shows. But <a href="http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/theater/node/36219#.TmeNnmJkwkw.twitter">the Chicago Artist's Resource explains that</a>&nbsp;"there is a second prong to Theatre Wit’s pricing strategy. They recently introduced dynamic pricing for their single ticket sales, meaning that they reward patrons who are willing to book their tickets in advance, while raising prices incrementally according to the demand for any given performance." CAR names groups like Filament who, "has set up their online ticketing system like a wedding registry: all of the material resources that went into the production are displayed on their online wish list. In lieu of tickets, customers can sponsor costumes, props, and set pieces, finance two hours of rehearsal space, or pay for the production’s licensing fees." What say you, Kelly (and others)?</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-07/ctatracker.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 99px; height: 400px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">2. Look at all these plays <a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/">Bob Bullen is going to</a>!</span></strong></span> Seriously, give the man a hand -- or counter with your own laundry list. Also it's cute that he calls it a "CTA Tracker," get it?</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong><em>Red&nbsp;</em>is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-06/daily-rehearsal-new-york-times-takes-red-91552">sweeping the nation</a></strong></span></span>, but not just Chicago. Academy Award nominee Haley Joel Osment aka that little boy from&nbsp;<em>The Sixth Sense</em>&nbsp;will&nbsp;<a href="http://www.playbill.com/news/article/154326-Stephen-Rowe-and-Oscar-Nominee-Haley-Joel-Osment-Will-Paint-Philly-Red-Starting-Oct-14#.TmfV-AUCm6A.twitter">take it on in Philadelphia</a>. He's at The Philadelphia Theatre Company starting in October.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-07/teatro%20vista%20momma%27s%20boyz.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 136px; height: 90px;" title="'Momma's Boyz'; Steve Casillas (Mimic), Jesse David Perez (Thug), Marvin Quijada (Shine). "><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Teatro Vista is starting off their new season</strong></span></span> with<em> Momma's Boyz</em> at the Chicago Dramatists. Writer&nbsp;Cándido&nbsp;Tirado has written the play, but he's transplanted the scene for Chicago for this run.&nbsp;They call it "a humorous, dark, but ultimately uplifting look at what happens when a young man turns back the hands of time to save the life of his friend from the violence of dealing drugs."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <em>The Book of Mormon</em>, which won the Tony for Best Musical</strong></span></span>, as well as eight others, you may recall, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ent-0907-book-mormon-chicago-20110906,0,1405547.column">is coming to Chicago also</a>. Get away! Give us some peace! We're exhausted!</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 14:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-07/daily-rehearsal-whats-your-must-see-list-fall-91604 Daily Rehearsal: Sienna Miller spotted at 'Chinglish' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-28/daily-rehearsal-sienna-miller-spotted-chinglish-88442 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-28/105099446.jpg" alt="" /><p><p> <style type="text/css"> p { font-size:10pt} #s1 {font-size:13pt; color:#494646; font-family:georgia}</style> </p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-28/105099446.jpg" style="width: 185px; height: 300px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title="Sienna Miller at the British Film Festival in 2010 (Getty/Pascal Le Segretain)"><span id="s1">1. Spotted: Sienna Miller at <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-24/chinglish-makes-comedy-out-cultural-confusion-88301"><em>Chinglish </em></a>last night</span> with an unidentified man. It appears that she's<a href="http://www.onlocationvacations.com/2011/06/14/sienna-miller-begins-filming-just-like-a-woman-in-chicago-on-june-20/"> in Chicago working</a> on the independent film <em>Just Like a Woman</em>, in which she plays&nbsp;a Chicago housewife who travels to Las Vegas to be in a belly dancing competition.&nbsp;Miller herself is no stranger to the stage, though her work has largely been confined to her native Britain; she was most recently seen in&nbsp;<em>Flare Path</em>, in a <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/8380218/Flare-Path-Theatre-Royal-Haymarket-review.html">performance that was reviewed</a> far better than her take on the role of Celia in <em>As You Like It</em>. Miller made her Broadway debut, however, in <em>After Miss Julie </em>in 2009. Of her performance, Times critic&nbsp;<a href="http://theater.nytimes.com/2009/10/23/theater/reviews/23after.html">Ben Brantley </a>said,&nbsp;"Ms. Miller registers as a healthy, sane young woman with good diction, good posture and great legs. Commendable as these attributes are, they are of limited use in portraying a tautly wound, death-courting neurotic who is eaten alive by her own demons."</p><p><em>Update:</em> It appears said undentified man was in fact British actor Tom Sturridge, also of the acting profession, who was told by an older gentleman, "You look like you're going through your Kerouac phase, what with the beard and the flannel shirt. It's all right, we all go through at some point."</p><p><span id="s1">2. The Paramount Theatre in Aurora has announced</span> that they have signed up 9,400 subscribers for their first Broadway Subscription Series last March. As <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-25/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-525-87013">previously reported</a>, this is the first year they're doing for Broadway shows that are all self-produced in house. A ticket to all four shows is $70, which the Theater is billing as equal to the cost of one Loop production.</p><p><span id="s1">3. Teatro Vista has had a particularly exciting year;</span> they've been nominated for a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-01/teatro-vista-new-york-and-chicago-honors-84628">variety of awards</a>, and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-20/dueling-critics-teatro-vista-takes-race-and-immigration-freedom-ny-86816">gifted with generally positive reviews</a>&nbsp; for their productions of <em>Freedom, NY</em> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-13/no-stereotype-zone-christina-nieves-tanya-sarachos-el-nogalar-85139">and<em> El Nogalar</em></a>, and they're planning to celebrate it with a 21st birthday celebration on July 30 at the National Museum of Mexican Art. A ticket will grant you a preview of their 2011-12 season as well as access to the museum exhibits.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-28/188019_193468894034143_510566_n.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 259px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span id="s1">4. We're right in the middle of the run of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193468894034143"><em>The Hobo Robo New Comedy Festival 3: Hobos in Space</em></a>,</span> which started Monday, and continues through Wednesday night.&nbsp;Their Summer Sci-Fi comedy series is made up of 10 minute comedy shorts at the Oracle Theatre, which will be performed in competition with each other. The winning piece is decided by the audience, and the writer and director of said production will get $100.</p><p><span id="s1">5. Though the courts usually deliver the real life theater</span> we seem to crave, when the Blagojevich verdict came down yesterday, the theatrics were unfortunately few and far between. The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/politicians-react-blagojevich-verdict-88411">reactions of Illinois politicians</a> were the only real entertainment; many used the occasion to throw barbs at one another. The Governor is expected to appeal the conviction, so <em>luckily </em>we have years more to watch as this all continues to drag out.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-28/daily-rehearsal-sienna-miller-spotted-chinglish-88442 Dueling Critics: Teatro Vista takes on race and immigration in 'Freedom, NY' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-20/dueling-critics-teatro-vista-takes-race-and-immigration-freedom-ny-86816 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-20/tv_freedom_ny_2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Statue of Liberty is inscribed with one of the world’s most famous welcomes: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” But let’s face it, we’re not always the most welcoming country. Fear of change, of the unknown, of the other, is as American as apple pie.<br> <br> In the production <em>Freedom, NY</em> <a href="http://www.teatrovista.org/" target="_blank">Teatro Vista</a> explores those fears, and the dreams of new immigrants.<br> <br> To find out if the production made them stand up and salute or head for the nearest exit, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics" target="_blank"><em>Dueling Critics</em></a> Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Freedom, NY</em> by Teatro Vista will play at the <a href="https://www.theaterwit.org/boxoffice/index.php" target="_blank">Theater Wit</a> complex on Belmont thru June 12.<br> <br> <strong>Kelly's Pick:</strong><br> <a href="http://www.signalensemble.com/productions/nowplaying.html" target="_blank"><em>Aces</em></a> at Signal Ensemble Theatre<br> Runs through June 18<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 20 May 2011 13:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-20/dueling-critics-teatro-vista-takes-race-and-immigration-freedom-ny-86816 Chicago connections in Big Apple Obie Awards http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-17/chicago-connections-big-apple-obie-awards-86648 <p><p>There were several Chicago connections in New York Monday night when the 56th annual Obie Awards were handed out, honoring work in Off-Broadway theater.</p><p><em>The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity</em> by Kristofer Diaz received the Obie for Best New American Play (and Diaz picked up $1,000). This is the play developed jointly by <strong>Victory Gardens Theater</strong> and <strong>Teatro Vista</strong> and seen Off-Broadway in a transfer of the Chicago production.</p><p>It's ironic that the play was short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama but did not win, and also was among the finalists for the rich ($25,000) Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, and did not win. What's wrong with the Pulitzer folks and the critics?</p><p>Several members of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble also picked up Obies for their work Off-Broadway, although not in Steppenwolf endeavors.</p><p><strong>Austin Pendleton</strong> was honored for directing Chekhov's <em>Three Sisters</em> at Classic Stage Company, and founding ensemble member <strong>Laurie Metcalf</strong> took home an Obie Award for her work in <em>The Other Place</em> at the Manhattan Class Company.</p><p>Also, the political refugee <strong>Belarus Free Theatre</strong>, which was in residence in Chicago during the winter and is due to return this summer, received the Ross Wetzsteon Award and a $1,000 check.</p><p>The late Wetzsteon was distinguished critic long affiliated with The Village Voice weekly newspaper, the sponsor of the Obie Awards.</p><p>Finally, the chair of the six-person Obie judging committee was (once again) Village Voice chief theatre critic <strong>Michael Feingold</strong>, who was born-and-raised in Chicago and suburbs, and is a graduate of Highland Park High School.</p><p>Presenters for the Obies included Alec Baldwin, Liev Schreiber, John Larroquette, David Hyde Pierce and Anthony Rapp (from Glenview, another local connection) among others.</p></p> Tue, 17 May 2011 15:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-17/chicago-connections-big-apple-obie-awards-86648 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater news 5/12 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-12/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-512-86451 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-12/elf.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-12/elf.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 600px;" title="(K Leo)"></p><p>1. The Geek Girl Burlesque, the folks that brought you <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-18/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-418-85334"><em>BOOBS AND GOOMBAS: A Super Mario Burlesque</em></a> at the Gorilla Tango Theatre (still running, by the way) have done it again with <a href="http://www.gorillatango.com/cgi-bin/public/gttv2.cgi?location_number=2&amp;shows=yes"><em>FELLOWSHIP OF THE BOOBS: A LOTR, WoW, D&amp;D RPG BURLESQUE</em></a>. This won't be a passive experience however; prepare to go on a quest with the performers, something that boyfriend you met at the <em>Star Trek</em> convention will love.</p><p>The show draws influences from all the best fantasy sources, including Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft, and Dungeons and Dragons, in case you can't tell from the title what those abbreviations mean because you're not of that kind. It starts June 2 which is very soon! How did that happen?</p><p>2. Desmin Borges is <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14756075/desmin-borges-returns-to-teatro-vista-in-freedom-ny">back </a>in Chicago&nbsp;for the 20th anniversary&nbsp;of&nbsp;<em>Freedom NY&nbsp;</em>by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-01/teatro-vista-new-york-and-chicago-honors-84628">Teatro Vista</a>. &nbsp;He's currently in New York for&nbsp;<em>The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.&nbsp;</em>Nab him while you can; the press opening is tonight, and its at <a href="https://www.theaterwit.org/boxoffice/index.php">Theater Wit</a>.</p><p>3. Sarah Ruhl, whose <em>Stage Kiss</em> is at the Goodman right now, is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-03-22/sarah-ruhls-playwrights-work-dominates-spring-theater-84075">certainly having her moment</a> or two. <a href="http://goodman-theatre.blogspot.com/2011/05/rapid-rise-of-sarah-ruhl.html">Here's a brief picture</a> of why.</p><p>4. Yesterday at 3pm, there was theater online. <em>White Noise</em> <a href="http://www.whitenoisemusical.com/live/">streamed a live performance</a> of six songs from the musical, and included some cast commentary. Did anyone watch? It probably was not the most work appropriate....</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="390" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-25/Rahm Emanuel Elex Night_Getty_Scott Olson.JPG" title="(Getty/Scott Olson)" width="594"></p><p>5. Rahm Emanuel <a href="http://www.chicago2011.org/news/mayor-elect-emanuel-announces-findings-of-the-chicago-2011-transition-report/">released his transition report</a> this week, announcing that he plans to "Conduct a review of City-organized festivals and cultural programming." The new administration also plans to "Develop a strategy for creating and supporting cultural hubs." So far, no real details as to how either of these will be executed, or what they actually entail.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Thu, 12 May 2011 14:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-12/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-512-86451