WBEZ | Nora Dunn http://www.wbez.org/tags/nora-dunn Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Help out a friend, like Judy Fabjance, at Second City http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-20/daily-rehearsal-help-out-friend-judy-fabjance-second-city-92214 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-20/110817_SC_TRC_Fabjance_Benefit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/ek_2598_image.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 350px; height: 223px;" title="Raven by Eiko and Komo (Photo by Edwin Adhiputra)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Eiko &amp; Koma bring&nbsp;<a href="http://eikoandkoma.org/index.php?p=ek&amp;t=events&amp;id=3343"><em>Regeneration</em></a> to the&nbsp;MCA</strong></span></span> this weekend, with&nbsp;live music by Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal. The MCA is used to doing collaborative pieces, and this is no exception;&nbsp;<i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">Eiko &amp; Koma:Time Is Not Even, Space Is Not Empty</i> is at the galleries as well, which includes photos and videos of their work, as well as set and props. Most impressively, there is an installation of the nest from their work <em>Naked</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>Love, Loss, and What I Wore</em>&nbsp;wasn't <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/7735855-421/great-premise-squandered-in-love-loss-and-what-i-wore.html">judged so highly by the <em>Sun-Times</em></a></strong></span></span> - their headline labels it a "Great premise squandered." Citing little "cohesion and excitment," Hedy Weiss writes that "the Chicago edition of this show (essentially a 90-minute staged concert reading by five actresses), frequently feels under-rehearsed, with Nora Dunn, that veteran of stage and screen, the weakest link." She adds that "the price of a ticket would be better spent ordering Beckerman’s book and heading to your favorite shoe emporium for a new pair of heels." Ouch. (This is all part of Weiss' <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-19/daily-rehearsal-will-eno-gets-big-chunk-cash-92158">extensive coverage of this show</a>, that I feel may have come to a close, but hopefully not.)</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Redtwist brings us <a href="http://www.redtwist.org/Press.html"><em>Elling</em> </a></strong></span></span>this weekend, and there's such a history to it that they've outlined it in bullet points. I don't even have to do any reseach!:</p><ul><li><span style="font-style: italic;">Blood Brothers</span>, a novel written by Ingvar Ambjornsen (1996)</li><li><span style="font-style: italic;">Elling</span>, a film&nbsp;adapted from the novel into a screenplay by Axel Hellstenius &amp; Petter Naess (2001)</li><li><span style="font-style: italic;">Elling</span>, a stage play adapted into English&nbsp;by Simon Bent (2007), premiered at Bush Theatre, then West End</li></ul><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/110817_SC_TRC_Fabjance_Benefit.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 226px; height: 350px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Tomorrow night,&nbsp;The Second City Training Center</strong></span></span> will be hosting a <a href="http://www.secondcity.com/page/judy/">celebration and fundraiser</a>. Longtime teacher and member of the comedy troupe GayCo, Judy Fabjance, is trying to "kick cancer's ass," and you can help her do it, by attending <em>Lift Them Up Where They Belong</em>. Expect performances and appearances by the Chicago glitterati like <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/53rdward">Alderman Ed Bus</a>, as well as food and drink. Tickets are $25, and it starts at 6 pm. Once you get there, show your support by participating in fun things like a raffle! Who doesn't love a raffle.</p><p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5.&nbsp;Today at 2 pm, former <em>Saturday Night Live</em></span></span></strong> castmember Nora Dunn will be at Second City (Again with the SC, I know, I know), I assume talking to the youth about her wise, wise words.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-20/daily-rehearsal-help-out-friend-judy-fabjance-second-city-92214 SNL alum and Chicago native Nora Dunn brings the laughs home http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-22/snl-alum-and-chicago-native-nora-dunn-brings-laughs-home-82702 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Nora Dunn Getty file.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Nora Dunn's most recent project has her teamed up with folks like Tim Conway, Sarah Silverman and Jeffrey Tambor. They&rsquo;re among many honoring comedian Jonathan Winters in the new film <a href="http://www.certifiablyjonathan.com/" target="_blank"><em>Certifiably Jonathan</em></a>. It&rsquo;s currently on screen at the <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/" target="_blank">Gene Siskel Film Center</a> through Feb. 24.<a href="http://vocalo.org" target="_blank"><br /><br />Vocalo.org's</a> Brian Babylon recently talked with Nora Dunn about the new film and her other recent work. Dunn started by giving a little refresher course on her experiences growing up in the Windy City.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, &quot;My My&quot;, from the CD Making Tracks, (self released)</em></p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-22/snl-alum-and-chicago-native-nora-dunn-brings-laughs-home-82702