WBEZ | As You Like It http://www.wbez.org/tags/you-it Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: More Shakespeare in the parks http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-more-shakespeare-parks-100302 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AYLI_Photo_1_Net.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 200px; " title="Spectralia's 'As You Like It' (Photo courtesy of Spectralia Theatre)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-chicago-shakespeare-park-100223">More Shakespeare</a></strong></span></span> in the parks:<a href="http://www.spectralia.org"> Spectralia Theatre</a> is working with Friends of the Parks and the&nbsp;Chicago Park District, to put on <em>As You Like It</em> from June 30 to August 5. The list of locations and times is as follows:&nbsp;</p><p>June 30 and July 1: Ravenswood Manor Park (4626 N. Manor)</p><p>July 7: Wrightwood Park (2534 N. Greenview)</p><div><div>July 8: Nichols Park (1355 E. 53rd St)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>July 14, 15: Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>July 21, 22: Skinner Park (1331 W. Adams)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>July 28, 29: Portage Park (4100 N. Long)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>August 4, 5: Chase Park (4701 N. Ashland)</div></div><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-06/tonight-last-funny-ha-ha-2012-100214">last Funny Ha-Ha of 2012 </a></strong></span></span>was on Tuesday night; apparently, one woman did not know that it was not suitable for children and was slightly peeved by the language.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <em>The Paper Machete</em></strong></span></span> is changing venues for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/432094046811581/">their July 4th show</a>; it&#39;ll be at the historic Green Mill.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-more-shakespeare-parks-100302 'As You Like It' in Evanston, times two http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-19/you-it-evanston-times-two-89338 <p><p>Here's an occurrence custom-designed to make any managing director pull out his/her hair: you're doing a fabulous production of Shakespeare's <em>As You Like It</em> in your adorable space at the <a href="http://artsdepot.us/artsdepot/">Evanston Arts Depot</a>, and the audiences are responding. Then--poof!--comes an announcement that <u>another</u> company will do a [presumably fabulous] production of <em>As You Like It</em> at an equally adorable space in Evanston. And they'll do it for free.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-20/twopenceshakespeare.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; " title="Kate LoConti as Rosalind and James Graham as Orlando (Photo by Alexander Bruehl)"></p><p>This is the situation facing <a href="http://www.twopenceshakespeare.org/">Two Pence Shakespeare</a>, whose delightful <em>As</em> . . . opened at the space next to the Metra last weekend. All's well (if you'll forgive me) til August 6, when <a href="http://museoffire.webs.com/">Muse of Fire</a> opens its own version.</p><p>Fortunately, the two productions have much to distinguish them: Muse of Fire performs Saturday and Sunday afternoons only, out under the clear blue sky in Ingraham Park (behind Evanston's Civic Center on Ridge Avenue). So it's indoor-evenings-$20-through August 13 or outdoor-days-free-8/6 to 8/27.</p><p class="yiv2117051099MsoBodyText">Everyone will survive, of course, but it's still a shame to have companies go head to head like that. The League of Chicago Theaters keeps an opening-night calendar designed to prevent exactly this, and it's been so successful that I'm aware of only one overlap in the past ten years (two excellent productions of <em>The Lion in Winter</em> whose excellence probably didn't prevent their cannibalizing one another). A quick check of such a calendar would enable someone to substitute <em>Much Ado</em> or <em>All's Well </em>or another one of the ones no one can remember which one they are, before unfair head-to-head competition arises.</p><p class="yiv2117051099MsoBodyText">The good news is, Two Pence's production closes on August 13, meaning the direct competition will only last a week.&nbsp; And think of it this way: everything in Evanston will be as you like it all summer long.</p></p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-19/you-it-evanston-times-two-89338 Dueling Critics: 'Trickster' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/dueling-critics-trickster <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/trickster.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="348" width="350" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-14/trickster.jpg" /></p><p>Native American legend, mythology, and biblical undertones are woven into Halcyon Theatre's epic &quot;<a href="http://www.halcyontheatre.org/trickster">Trickster</a>.&quot; The show,&nbsp; writen and directed by Halycon' artistic director Tony Adams, revolves loosely aroudn survival and features a large and diverse cast.&nbsp;</p><p>Dueling Critics, Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman review the production which runs through February 6 at <a href="http://www.greenhousetheater.org/index.php/trickster">The Greenhouse Theater Center</a>.</p><p><iframe height="273" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/18794669?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p>Kelly's pick of the week:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="410" width="350" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-14/ASYO_Prod_1.jpg" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">&quot;<a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,49">As You Like It</a>&quot; at Chicago Shakespeare Theater through March 6.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>('Trickster' photo courtesy of <span id="caption" style="z-index: 10500;">Halycon Theatre/Tom McGrath)</span><br />('As You Like It photo courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater/Liz Lauren)</p></p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/dueling-critics-trickster Mueller family making the mortgage through local theater http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/onstagebackstage-mueller-family-making-mortgage-through-local-theater <p><p>The Mueller family of Evanston should have no trouble paying the rent this winter, due largely to the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire where the family is triple-dipping for the next few months. The upcoming Marriott production of &quot;Guys and Dolls&quot; stars sisters Abby Mueller and Jessie Mueller as the romantic and comic female leads respectively, Sarah Brown and Miss Adelaide, while their proud papa Roger Mueller offers support as kindly Arvide Abernathy. &quot;Guys and Dolls&quot; begins previews Jan. 26 and runs Feb. 6-March 27, however those Muellers already are drawing rehearsal pay.</p><p>But wait, there's more! Parallel to the Marriott musical the two Mueller sons also are trodding the boards. Chicago son Andrew is making his debut at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in &quot;As You Like It&quot; (running through March 6) while Denver son Matthew Mueller appears in &quot;Boeing! Boeing!&quot; in Colorado Springs. Matt Mueller is a summertime regular with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.</p><p>Proud mama Jill Shellabarger also is no slouch as an actor, but is taking some time off. We hear she's in negotiations with Actors Equity Association to establish a special &quot;clan plan&quot; for hiring all the Muellers at once.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 20:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/onstagebackstage-mueller-family-making-mortgage-through-local-theater