WBEZ | Seth Meyers http://www.wbez.org/tags/seth-meyers Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Chicago theater 6/23 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-23/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theater-623-88237 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/848_20090326h_large.png" 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="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/848_20090326h_large.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 400px; height: 230px; float: left;" title=""><span id="s1">1. The "Best of" issue of the Reader is out,</span> and there are a few surprising choices, such as Steppenwolf as runner-up for <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-off-loop-theater-company/BestOf?oid=4071089">Best Off-Loop Theater Company</a>&nbsp;(isn't it a little too legitimate to be off-loop?), and Octavarius of Comedy/Sportz Theatre winning <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-sketchimprov-troupe/BestOf?oid=4071476&amp;keywords=">Best Sketch/Improv Troupe</a>. But perhaps best category should go to <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-dance-trance-space/BestOf?oid=4102459&amp;keywords=">Best Dance Trance Space</a>, which Laura Molzahn describes as an "overlooked spot has housed artists, arts teachers, and arts organizations—some 60 at the moment" that has been around for more than a century. And argue amongst yourselves: does Writers Theatre <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-chicago-theater-that-doesnt-yet-have-a-regional-tony/BestOf?oid=4102447&amp;keywords=">deserve a Tony</a>?</p><p><span id="s1">2.<a href="http://www.lunanegra.org/"> Luna Negra</a> has announced their 2011-12 season;</span> on the roster is a new adaptation of <em>Carmen</em> by artistic director&nbsp;Gustavo Ramírez Sansano. They're also introducing a new series for families called&nbsp;<i>Luna Niños</i>, and the first piece is<i>&nbsp;</i><i>Moniquilla y el Ladrón de Risas</i> (Moniquilla and the Thief of Laughter).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span id="s1">3. Kelly Kleiman recently reported on the developments surrounding Governors State University's <a href="http://www.centertickets.net/">Center for Performing Arts</a>,</span> but they've got some other exciting programs coming up in their 2011-12 season. 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Carlos Mencia is performing at <a href="http://www.improv.com/ComedyClub/Chicago/Event/Carlos-Mencia-%28SPECIAL-EVENT%29/703f6916-fe39-4c40-9f0c-ca3007181e46">Chicago Improv</a></span> this Saturday at 7 and again at 9:30. They're calling this a "special event"; please go and tell me why.</p><p><span id="s1">5. A.V. Club has started Summer Survey,</span> where they interview people going to specific events to see what their demographics are, and why they're there. The <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/the-crowds-at-seth-meyers-june-18-at-the-vic,57820/">first one</a> was Seth Meyers' performance at the Vic on Saturday, and though I think they need a bigger sample size, there is some valuable information; a bunch of attendees watch&nbsp;<em>Saturday Night Live </em>regularly, which is news to me -- I thought everyone watched the clips the next afternoon, after just waking up, on Hulu.</p><p><strong>Questions? Tips? Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-23/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theater-623-88237 Daily Rehearsal: Chicago theater 6/21 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-20/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theater-621-88054 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-20/seth3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>1. Stephen Colbert's commencement speech at Northwestern is on Youtube, and its a winner.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="312" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m6tiaooiIo0" width="500"></iframe></p><p>2. Just for Laughs wrapped up this weekend, and which means that The A.V. Club can finally get some sleep. Their <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/just-for-laughs-chicago-riffing-on-the-best-of-the,56802/">original piece of best-bets</a>&nbsp;included big names like Demetri Martin (whose set they were <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/demetri-martin-special-guests-who-are-also-comedia,57702/">definitely impressed wit</a>h) and Louis C.K., but they also paid tribute to local talent;&nbsp;Cameron Esposito,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/artists/chris-condren,88475/" target="_blank">Chris Condren</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/artists/dj-douggpound,39822/" target="_blank">DJ Douggpound</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/artists/lord-of-the-yum-yum,2782/" target="_blank">Lord Of The Yum Yum</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/artists/mary-mack,28059/" target="_blank">Mary Mack</a>, MC Mr. Napkins, and Mike O’Connell, who were at the Lincoln Lodge on Friday and Saturday nights in an evening entitled <em>Sounds: Comedy + Music.</em></p><p>3. A Chicagoan (Bob Bullen) was so committed to seeing the New York Philharmonic's <em>Company </em>that he drove to Rosemont to see the filmed version of it. I was unaware people actually went to the theaters to see theater (though River East has tried to convince me that it's worth my time/money), but I digress. Bullen mentions that Patti LaPone's Joanne <a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/06/20/some-thoughts-after-watching-sondheims-company-in-the-movie-theatre/">throws a drink on the audience</a>, so perhaps if you were lucky enough to get tickets to <em>Company</em>, you weren't actually that lucky.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="320" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-26/seth3.jpg" title="(Julie Coe)" width="240"></p><p>4. Everyone's all about Seth Meyers; <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/06/seth-meyers-returns-to-chicago.html">Chris Jones</a> proclaims that Meyers has "groupies" here in Chicago and bound for his own talk show,&nbsp;while TimeOut's&nbsp;Jason A. Heidemann believes he should have made more political jokes. Unfortunately for Jeffrey Ross, <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/06/roastmater-jeffrey-ross-mauls-ryan-dempster-at-just-for-laughs.html">neither</a> found his Friday roast of Chicago (yes, he roasted the city)&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/14818113/live-review-jeffrey-ross-roasts-chicago">particularly </a>revelatory.</p><p>5. <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/theater-review-steppenwolf-next-up/Content?oid=4064151">Zac Thompson is calling</a> Steppenwolf's <i>Where We're Born </i>(part of Next Up)<i>&nbsp;</i>a throwback to the work the company has done in the past: "Akin's production is visceral, volatile, violent—a throwback to the sort of work that earned Steppenwolf a reputation more than 30 years ago. If this is the future, it looks a lot like the past." The question remains: was Thompson alive to have seen that work? I guess he's going on lore alone.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-20/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theater-621-88054 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 6/9 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-09/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-69-87629 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-09/tracyshaynebio.jpg" style="width: 373px; height: 500px;" title="(Photo by Bob Bullen)"></p><p>1. <em>Chicago</em> has come to Chicago and it "is simply a solid show." But in this production, the Chicago Theater Addict finds that the two leads "don’t pair well with each other." More importantly, he points out that&nbsp;Tracy Shayne (Roxie Hart's) <a href="http://robertian.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/tracyshaynebio.jpg">Playbill bio is a gem</a>.</p><p>2. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-02/working-weekend-critics-picks-63-65-87333">Sketchbook Evolution</a> is still going on at Collaboraction, but the <em>Reader</em>'s Kerry Reid <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/sketchfbook-festival-2011-evolution/Content?oid=4025717">was less than impressed</a>, arguing that the pieces "tend to stick close to the fest's focus on teasing out links between human emotions and technological advancements. And that may be the problem. Their fidelity to the announced theme reduces the chances for creative mutation." She did enjoy&nbsp;<em>Suspect Politic</em>, a piece about black feminism, and wrote "Amid a placid pool filled mostly with inoffensive offerings swimming in circles,<em> Suspect Politic</em> is the fish that's taking a walk up the bank."</p><p>3. Seth Meyers might be performing at <a href="http://www.justforlaughschicago.com"><em>Just for Laughs</em></a>, but you can also catch him at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2011/06/07/seth-meyers-joins-q-live-in-chicago/"><i>Q with Jian Ghomeshi </i></a>at the Victory Gardens Theater on June 16 at 7. It's the first Radio Q live performance, and it's co-produced by WBEZ, so if you miss it in person, listen in live.</p><p>4. Halcyon's<a href="http://halcyontheatre.org/alcyone11">&nbsp;Alcyone Festival</a>&nbsp;opens tomorrow with only work by&nbsp;women playwrights. Five individuals were given classic plays (also by women) to "remix"; expect to see "Botoxed hipsters, invented savages, missing nuns, loves treason and Harriet Tubman." Detailed explainations of each production can be found <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14796593/alcyone-festival-remixes-works-by-women-from-the-19th-century-and-earl">here</a>; otherwise, go and be surprised.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-09/showposter.jpg" style="width: 386px; height: 500px;" title=""></p><p>5. <a href="http://www.annoyanceproductions.com/varietyshow/index.shtml"><em>Ronnie and Lonnie's Variety Stampede</em></a> closes this Saturday at the Annoyance. Relive your youth with this twisted version of variety shows of the 70s.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 14:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-09/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-69-87629 SNL's Seth Meyers mounted (and framed) at downtown Macy's http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/snls-seth-meyers-mounted-and-framed-downtown-macys <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/seth2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-26/Seth1.jpg" title="" alt="" /></p><p>If you want to see great artwork, you should check out the Art Institute. Or you could always head over to the West Loop gallery district and explore. But if you've already been to those places, may I suggest an alternative? Head to the Macy's at Randolph and State Street for a real special treat.&nbsp; <br /> <br />Take the elevators to the 8th floor, go past the furniture - straight to the tiny portrait studio in the back corner. There are several paintings on display, mostly of families and children of no particular importance. But in the center, there is one painting that catches the eyed. It looks...well, it looks familiar. The portrait resembles that of Saturday Night Live star Seth Meyers. Lounging.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-26/seth2.jpg" title="" alt="" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-26/seth3.jpg" title="" alt="" /></p><p>Is it really an oil painting of Seth Meyers? And if it is, did he pose for that portrait?&nbsp;Or did the artist paint something off the internet? Seth spent his formative years in Chicago, performing at IO and other city comedy clubs. I know Seth from back in those days and I had an old e-mail address. I&nbsp;explained my discovery and he responded with this story:</p><div><blockquote><div>&quot;5/6 years ago I went to Chicago for a charity event. There was a giftbag that included a sitting at a portrait gallery. I was DEFINITELY the only person there who went up and did the sitting. The nicest dude on earth was running the place and took the photos. &nbsp;I explained to him that my goal was to get a giant oil painting of myself for my brother. He understood that I was posing ironically. I got the proofs but paying for the portrait was prohibitively expensive. I seriously considered it but it seemed wasteful to drop that kind of money for something my brother might hate.&quot;</div></blockquote><p>The nice dude in question is Don Sayles, who runs Classic Portrait Source. The 72 year old artist has been in the oil painting business for over 50 years. He will take your picture, then create an oil painting from the proofs. Sayles says it takes about one month to finish a painting. Sayles added, &quot;There isn't much of an industry for oil paintings here. As a matter of fact, I am one of the last oil painting studios in the midwest.&quot;</p><p>How much is the photo worth? Sayles says the Meyers' painting in question is 40x40 and worth $5500. &quot;It's funny you called today, I was out getting a frame for Seth's painting. We're going to mount it in a more prominent place, against the wall on&nbsp;Wabash,&quot; said Sayles. Don also said he's done portraits for other stars, including Dennis DeYoung and Lauren Holly.</p></div><div>So how does Seth feel about an ironic oil painting on display next to dining sets and sleeper sofas in a department store?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I feel bad for the dining sets and sleeper sofas.&nbsp; They deserve a more dignified portrait.&quot;</div><div><br />Maybe I've done Seth a favor. He can send this blog post to his brother instead of dropping mad cash for an oil painting that might end up in the alley. Or maybe he can fly him in and they can see the portrait live and in person (and hit the food court for Marcus Samuelson burgers).&nbsp; <br /><br />Go see it for yourself. On display on the 8th floor, mounted on the wall facing Wabash near the more contemporary items. Maybe if you're lucky, Don will throw it in extra if you spring for a couple stools and a sectional. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>***photos of portraits taken by Julie Coe<br /></em></div></p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/snls-seth-meyers-mounted-and-framed-downtown-macys