WBEZ | The Inconvenience http://www.wbez.org/tags/inconvenience Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: a look at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-06/daily-rehearsal-look-chicago-women%E2%80%99s-funny-festival-97013 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-06/Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. DCASE's DCA Storefront Theater Fall 2012 </strong></span></span>lineup has been announced; they'll bringing stuff from&nbsp;WildClaw Theatre,&nbsp;Sideshow Theatre Company and&nbsp;BackStage Theatre Company, as well as&nbsp;The Ruckus Theatre Company,&nbsp;Route 66 Theatre Company, The Theatre Exchange&nbsp;and Praxis/High Concept Laboratories.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-06/Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 92px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The full lineup for the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-02/daily-rehearsal-chicago-women-are-funny-96050">Chicago Women’s Funny Festival </a></strong></span></span>won't be announced until Monday, April 16, but those acts that have been revealed thus far are:&nbsp;<em>Messing with a Friend</em>&nbsp;(aka Susan Messing),&nbsp;Off Off Broadzway,&nbsp;Mary Kay Letourneau Players,&nbsp;Ladies of The Cupid Players, the&nbsp;Puterbaugh Sisters,&nbsp;<em>Sherra: Secret of the Ooze&nbsp;</em>(one woman show by Sherra Lasley),&nbsp;<em>The Art of Making Bad Decisions Cabaret</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;Feminine Gentlemen. Executive Producer Jill Valentine says,&nbsp;“It has always been a dream of mine to produce a festival featuring the best female comedic talent in Chicago. When I began to talk about this festival, many talented women from around the country showed interest so I widen [sic] the scope to include national and Chicago talent.” Valentine and associate producer Liz McArthur are both members of Off Broadzway and Feminine Gentleman.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3.<em> Hit the Wall </em>from The Inconvenience </strong></span></span>has been extended as part of Steppenwolf's Garage Rep; 5 performances have been added and the show will run through April 15.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. The National Association of Broadcasters</strong></span></span> is giving Second City a Spirit of Broadcasting Award."For over 50 years, The Second City has been a leader in innovative comedy and theater, and a training ground for some of America's finest comedic performers and writers," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith in a statement. "Every day, millions of broadcast TV viewers bear witness to the influence it has had on both comedy and drama. NAB is proud to honor The Second City with this special award for all its contributions to the entertainment industry."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Porchlight's 2012-13 season</strong></span></span> will launch in September 1 with <em>A Class Act</em>, followed by a new <em>The Gifts of the Magi</em>, <em>Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill</em> and <em>Pal Joey</em>. Perhaps a little more esoteric than this past season (which included Sondheim, Larson and Fierstein), no?&nbsp;</p><p class="xmsoheader"><o:p></o:p></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-06/daily-rehearsal-look-chicago-women%E2%80%99s-funny-festival-97013 Chicago theater welcomes back two hits http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/onstagebackstage-chicago-theater-welcomes-back-two-hits <p><p><img height="451" width="300" align="left" alt="" style="padding: 10px;" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-11/Danny%20Goldring%20The%20Earl%202011%20%23A.jpg" />Can it be five years&mdash;five, really?&mdash;since Brett Neveu&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Earl&rdquo; made the pavements run with blood at <a href="http://www.aredorchidtheatre.org">A Red Orchid Theatre</a>? Has it been a year since <a href="http://www.tutato.com/">TUTA Theatre </a>Chicago scored a quirky hit with Bert Brecht&rsquo;s rarely-produced comedy, &ldquo;The Wedding?&rdquo; The answers are &ldquo;yes&rdquo; and &ldquo;yes,&rdquo; and now these two shows are returning for limited runs &ldquo;by popular demand.&rdquo;</p><p>Neveu&rsquo;s extremely violent noir comedy concerns three brothers who get their family jollies through rituals of violence with things pretty much ending in a draw until and outside&mdash;the Earl of the title&mdash;is invited into the fray. The show, originally a late-nighter, ran for six months at A Red Orchid and later was turned into an indie film, both with veteran Chicago tough guy Danny Goldring in the title role.</p><p>The good news is that Goldring lives to clobber again in this all-too-brief revival of &ldquo;The Earl,&rdquo; presented once again at A Red Orchid in a co-venture with a new theater entity calling itself <a href="http://www.theinconvenience.org/">The Inconvenience</a>. Duncan Riddell directs the Feb. 2-23 run.</p><p>TUTA Theatre Chicago and its artistic director, Zeljko Djukic, scored an unexpected hit with &ldquo;The Wedding&rdquo; by bringing out the inner farce in this early (1919) Brecht dissection of the Bourgeoisie, adding highly sculptural staging and visuals along with original music by Jesse Terrill. It all will be back Feb. 5-March 6 at the Chopin Theatre in a reprise staging. Hey, the joke&rsquo;s on you if you never thought Brecht was funny!</p></p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/onstagebackstage-chicago-theater-welcomes-back-two-hits