WBEZ | 848 http://www.wbez.org/tags/848 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Don't-Miss List March 29-April 3: Ghost stories, untimely death and prep-school romance http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-29/dont-miss-list-march-29-april-3-ghost-stories-untimely-death-and-pr <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-29/Two Sides photos.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-29/Two Sides photos.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 420px;" title="Shannon Cason performs in 'Two Sides' by Chicago Slam Works. (Courtesy of the Vittum)"></p><p><u>Dueling Critics, 91.5 FM and WBEZ.org, between 9 and 10 a.m. Friday March 30th, FREE!</u><br> <br> Top of the list, of course, is our tete-a-tete on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> about <a href="http://theartistichome.org/"><em>Tea and Sympathy</em> by the Artistic Home at Stage 773</a>. A prep-school student suspected of being gay hopes to escape this fate worse than death through the ministrations of his housemaster’s frustrated wife. When you talk about this (and you will), be kind. Guest Duelist Albert Williams of the <em>Reader</em>, Columbia College Chicago and the <a href="http://www.arts.cornell.edu/english/awards/nathan/previous.html#2000">George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism</a> will challenge me to consider whether this chestnut (staged in 1953, filmed in 1956 with the oh-so-sympathetic Deborah Kerr) is worth roasting.</p><p><u><em>Tangled</em> at eta Creative Arts, 7558 S. South Chicago Ave., 8 p.m. Thursday March 29th, $10</u><br> <br> <a href="http://etacreativearts.org/mainstage_shows.html">eta’s new mainstage show</a> is sadly timely, focusing as it does on a group of African-American women funeral directors. Sure, their South Side businesses are thriving, but who wants to profit from the early deaths of the neighborhood’s young men? In light of Trayvon Martin (only the most recent of many), Nicole Anderson-Cobb’s play will hit frighteningly close to home–and yet it’s styled a “provocative dramedy.” Thursdays through Sundays through May 20; tickets $30; $20 on “Talkback Thursdays” and a special $10 for tonight’s opening.<br> <br> <u><a href="http://firstfolio.org/"><em>The Turn of the Screw</em> at First Folio</a>, Mayslake Estate, Oak Brook, 8 p.m. Saturday March 31st, $26-$37</u><br> <br> Here’s a ghost story for those of you who confuse March 31 with October 31, one by Henry James for those of you too snobby to admit you like ghost stories and one starring the elegant Nick Sandys as the ghost for those of you still <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062565/">identifying with Mrs. Muir.</a> Set in a spooky English manor, it’s performed in the spooky faux-English manor where First Folio makes its home. The company has a particular flair for genteel horror, so get in touch with your inner governess Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 29.<br> <br> <u><em>Two Sides</em> by Chicago Slam Works at the Vittum, 1012 N. Noble, 8 p.m. Tuesday April 3, $18.50</u><br> <br> In the spirit of the season one might ask: Why is this poetry slam different from all other poetry slams?&nbsp; To which the answer is, it’s a choreographed face-off between storytellers and performance poets. This is the first show of the inaugural season of <a href="http://chicagoslamworks.org/">Chicago Slam Works</a>, which continues with shows in May and July. (A three-show Slam Pass will run you $40.)&nbsp; Oil your snapping fingers and check it out.</p></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-29/dont-miss-list-march-29-april-3-ghost-stories-untimely-death-and-pr Don't-Miss List March 22-28: Irish theater, war stories http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-22/dont-miss-list-march-22-28-irish-theater-war-stories-97507 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-21/Light in the Piazza_Theo Ubique.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/Light in the Piazza_Theo Ubique.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 473px;" title="Theo Ubique's 'A Light in the Piazza.' (Courtesy of Theo Ubique/Adam Veness)"></p><p><strong>Dueling Critics on <em>Eight Forty-Eight,</em> WBEZ 91.5 FM and streaming live at wbez.org<br> Friday, March 23, 9 to 10 a.m., FREE</strong></p><p>First, of course, don't miss Jonathan and me as we duel over <a href="http://theoubique.org/">Theo Ubique's <em>The Light in the Piazza</em></a>, a musical (or is it an opera?) set in Italy after the Second World War that asks the following musical question: Can a girl from Winston-Salem who's been kicked in the head by a pony find love with a boy from Florence whose parents run a tie shop? (No, I'm not making this up.)</p><p>With a score by composer-lyricist Adam Guettel, whose <em>Floyd Collins</em> was equally unconventional and showed him to be a major new talent, and a book by Craig Lucas whose <em>Prelude to a Kiss</em> is one of the most romantic plays of the past couple of decades,<span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><em>Piazza </em>offers us plenty to talk about. We're on the radio Friday morning, and if you happen to miss the live segment you'll find it <a href="http://wbez.org/848">here on the site</a>.</p><p><a href="http://seanachai.org/"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-22/A Moon Misbegotten_Senachai Theater_Jackie Jasperson.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="Brad Armacost and Carolyn Klein star in 'A Moon from the Misbegotten.' (Seanachai Theatre Company/Jackie Jasperson)"></a><strong><a href="http://seanachai.org/"><em>A Moon for the Misbegotten</em> at Seanachai Theatre Company</a><br> March 23-April 29, Irish American Heritage Center, tickets $24-$28</strong></p><p>What's so great about Seanachai is that it's transcended the default setting of Irish theater, namely, works about The Troubles. It certainly does work of that kind, like last year's spectacular <em>Shadow of a Gunman</em>; but it also does work from the Irish-American canon, and that's what's on tap beginning Friday night. Eugene O'Neill's <em>A Moon for the Misbegotten</em> is even more romantic than <em>Prelude</em> . . . (see above) and has all the richness of his best work without the egregious length of the magisterial <em>Iceman</em> and <em>Long Day's Journey.</em> This production features Steve Pickering as the tortured Jim Tyrone, and that would be reason enough to see the show even if the company weren't so reliably excellent.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.propthtr.org/"><em>". . . drumming in the night"</em> at Prop Thtr</a><br> March 23-April 29, 3502 N. Elston, tickets $15</strong></p><p>Prop Thtr offers its own take on the current craze for work about World War I (<em>War Horse, Downton Abbey</em>, the soon-to-be-released <em>Birdsong</em>) in Bertolt Brecht's first produced play <em>". . . drumming in the night."</em>&nbsp; The company uses a new translation of this tale of a German soldier trying to reconstruct his life and reconnect with his love in defeated postwar Berlin. Brecht was one of the leading critics of the Nazi regime during its rise; look to this early piece to see how the First World War gave birth to the Second.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-22/dont-miss-list-march-22-28-irish-theater-war-stories-97507 Jim DeRogatis answers your questions about anything http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-14/jim-derogatis-answers-your-questions-about-anything-96390 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-14/4800832345_343e1021c0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-14/4800832345_343e1021c0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px; " title="Jim Derogatis and Greg Kot try to beat the heat at Pitchfork 2010 (Flickr/Kate Gardiner)"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="inset"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Jim DeRogatis on <em>848</em></span></p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/120215 DeRo_0.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-125784" player="null">120215 DeRo.mp3</span></p></div><p>Jim DeRogatis, WBEZ blogger and <em>Sound Opinions</em> co-host, has dealt with his fair share of controversy. His posts are consistently the highest trafficked on our website, and without his loyal, very opinionated and not at all rude commenters, it's unlikely he'd be able to keep that status. Whether it's his unwavering<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2012-02-04/lollapalooza-gets-set-spin-96119"> coverage of Lollapalooza</a>'s relationship with the city of Chicago, or his <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-03-31/attention-indie-rock-no-ukes-84433">firm anti-uukelele stance</a>, DeRogatis has managed to provoke music lovers from all walks of life. Even the ones who hate him love to hate him.</p><p>Wednesday on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>, Jim will be answering questions from listeners -- simply call<strong> 312-948-4848</strong>&nbsp;before 9 am tomorrow, and leave a voicemail asking him whatever you want. Like, should he elaborate <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2012-01-31/album-review-lana-del-rey-%E2%80%98born-die%E2%80%99-interscope-96007">further on Lana Del Rey</a>? I'm willing to bet that'll be a "No."&nbsp;Be sure to leave your name and a phone number, in case we want to call you back. And try to be cool; don't ask him about R. Kelly.</p></p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-14/jim-derogatis-answers-your-questions-about-anything-96390 Daily Rehearsal: Everything on air this morning was about performance http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-10/daily-rehearsal-everything-air-morning-was-about-performance-96267 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. 2. 3. Let me direct your attention to a variety of things that aired on <em>848 </em></strong></span></span>this morning. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-10/dueling-critics-ameriville-victory-gardens-theater-96252">Kelly Kleiman (sans Dueling Critic Jonathan) spoke about</a> Victory Gardens Theater's play <em>Ameriville</em>; of that production she cautioned that it&nbsp;<em>"</em>is not your mother's Victory Gardens", in reference to the change wraught by the company's new artistic director Chay Yew. After that,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-10/doyle-and-debbie-bring-nashville-eight-forty-eight-96253">Doyle &amp; Debbie performed</a> and spoke about their life (rather, actors&nbsp;Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton spoke as their characters), and<a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-10/it-possible-joke-about-rape-96254"> Brian Babylon and Molly Adams discussed</a> Ever Mainard's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-06/daily-rehearsal-chicago-comedian-ever-mainard-goes-viral-96135">recent controversial stand-up piece</a>. It was a day chock-full-of performance and such content, and you can get it all online.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Vocalo talked with <em>Invisible Man</em> director</strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/blogs/archive/201202/invisible-man-discussion-director-christopher-mcelroen">Christopher&nbsp;McElroen last week </a>and I'm just now getting to it but you should, too.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Andddd Hammerstein's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lyricopera.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=10258"><em>Show Boat</em></a> opens tonight</strong></span></span> at Lyric Opera with Nathan Gunn, Angela Renee Simpson, Alyson Cambridge, Morris Robinson and Ashley Brown, among others.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-10/daily-rehearsal-everything-air-morning-was-about-performance-96267 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 4/27 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-27/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-427-85740 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-27/Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="300" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-27/Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.jpg" title="Tracy Letts &amp; Amy Morton (Michael Brosilow)" width="426"></p><p>1.&nbsp;Steppenwolf's&nbsp;<em>Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/whos-afraid-of-virginia-wolf-returning-to-broadway/?partner=rss&amp;emc=rss" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none; ">is moving to Broadway</a>, a relatively surprising move, considering the show was revived on Broadway seven years ago. But it is timely; the show will open on the 50th anniversary of its original opening night. It's adding producers as well, in the form of the dream team&nbsp;Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, who also helmed&nbsp;<em>August: Orange County</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Superior Donuts</em>.&nbsp;<em>Virginia Woolf</em>'s move to New York is not a throughly surprising move however; the show has been one of the best reviewed in recent Chicago history.</p><p>2. The New Leaf's Treehouse Reading series will be performing <a href="http://newleaftheatre.org/treehouse.php"><em>How We Got On</em></a> at 7 pm tonight. The play is written by&nbsp;Idris Goodwin, and narrated by a DJ, who "samples and loops us through the lvies of three Midwestern teen rappers." Admission is free, and there should be an interesting discussion afterwards. Goodwin is currently a member ofmember of the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa.&nbsp;</p><p>3.&nbsp;The Chicago Improv Festival will be long over, but <a href="http://www.justforlaughschicago.com/">TBS's Just for Laughs Chicago</a> will create its own, less off-the-beaten track lineup from June 14 to 19. Highlights include Demetri Martin &amp; Special Guests Who Are Also Comedians And Are Friends Of His (one of whom is apparently Kristen Schaal), Joel McHale &amp; Friends and Acquantices, Louis CK &amp; Three Very Special Guests (I'm sensing a theme here...), Seth Meyers, Steve Martin and Martin Short in a Very Stupid Conversation and, if it's your thing, George Lopez. So TBS is...very funny? (Clip below is from Ellen DeGeneres at Just for Laughs a few years back, and she is indeed, very funny.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="349" style="height: 349px; width: 560px;" width="560"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FESSoL-iWv8?version=3"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FESSoL-iWv8?version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560"></object></p><p>4. <a href="http://www.broadwayinchicago.com/shows_dyn.php?cmd=display_current&amp;display_showtag=working11"><em>Working</em> </a>is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-11/dueling-critics-studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-classic-tome-working-gets-musical-treatme#">still running</a> at the Broadway Playhouse, but will be wrapping up in June which means that if April ever ends, your opportunity to see it is slipping away. The musical is based on Studs Terkel's book&nbsp;<em><span>Working: People Talk About What They Do all Day and How They Feel About What They Do.</span></em></p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" height="395" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-27/Picture.jpg" title="" width="250"></p><p>5.&nbsp;Tomorrow is the last Thursday of the month, so The Town Hall Pub will host&nbsp;<a href="http://www.laurenmaul.org/connies-corner.html" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none; ">The Connie Howe Showe &amp; Open Mic</a>&nbsp;at 10 pm. Or, if you can't make the event, just subscribe to comedian&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/TheConnieHowe" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none; ">Lauren Maul's twitter</a>, because it's funnnnnny.</p></p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 14:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-27/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-427-85740 Chicagoans map out priorities for Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-23/chicagoans-map-out-priorities-mayor-elect-rahm-emanuel-82783 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/live-broadcast-848.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel will be joined by some new faces at City Council. And 14 aldermanic races appear to be headed for April runoffs. We know some of the winners and losers, but what does it all mean? To find out <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by a group of engaged and informed listeners, and a panel of political experts. The panel included <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uic.edu/las/latamst/directory/torres.shtml">Maria de Los Angeles Torres</a>, director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-chicagolive-rick-kogan,0,2823905.htmlstory">Rick Kogan</a> of the <em>Chicago Tribune </em>and WGN, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/pols/faculty/dicksimpson.html">Dick Simpson</a> from the University of Illinois at Chicago's Department of Political Science, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/kyles-files/">Kyra Kyles</a> from <em>Chicago Tribune's</em> Red Eye.<br /><br />After the live broadcast ended at 10 a.m., the conversation continued in our Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio.&nbsp;Listen to the extended conversation above.</p> <div style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 375px; width: 500px;" class="daylife_smartgalleries_container"><iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%;" src="http://galleries.wbez.org/gallery_slideshow/1298482235308?width=500&amp;disable_link_to_hosted_page=0&amp;height=375&amp;show_related=0" class="daylife_smartgalleries_frame"></iframe></div></p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 19:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-23/chicagoans-map-out-priorities-mayor-elect-rahm-emanuel-82783