WBEZ | iO http://www.wbez.org/tags/io Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Second City Chicago pushes for diverse voices on stage http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/second-city-chicago-pushes-diverse-voices-stage-110094 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Bob%20Curry%20Fellows.JPG" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="For the first time in the history of the Second City, a special fellowship was created this year named after Bob Curry, the first African American to perform on The Second City’s mainstage in 1966. (WBEZ/Mariam Sobh)" /></p><p>Another late night talk show host is leaving CBS.</p><p>Craig Ferguson of <em>The Late Late Show</em> is expected to sign off at the end of the year.</p><p>This news comes just after the network announced Stephen Colbert will replace the retiring David Letterman.</p><p>The announcement raised questions again about why all the networks&#39; late night comics are white males.</p><p>Part of the answer takes us to Chicago, where many of the comedy stars of the last few decades learned their trade &ndash; including Stephen Colbert who studied improv at The Second City.</p><p>While some inroads have been made, comedy is still seen as a predominantly white male art form. Particularly when it comes to the art of improvisation and sketch comedy.</p><p>Improvisation was founded in 1955 at the University of Chicago and since then it has been slow to transition to an art form that is available to the masses.</p><p>While efforts have been made to be more inclusive of women, the LGBT community, and actors of color, there is still a lot of work to do.</p><p>Full disclosure, I&rsquo;m the first Muslim woman wearing the headscarf to graduate and perform at the Second City Training Center&rsquo;s conservatory.</p><p>Diversity is an issue that big improv institutions are keenly aware of.</p><p>Andrew Alexander, CEO, of the Second City has been grappling with this for the last 20 years.</p><p>He said he noticed the problem back in 1992.</p><p>&ldquo;I was in Los Angeles during the L.A. riots and I happened to fly back one of those evenings and I came to Chicago and I went straight to the theater,&quot; Alexander said. &quot;And our actors were 6 or 7 white actors who were struggling to figure out how to sort of deal with the riots in L.A. and it became quite apparent to me that the point of view just wasn&rsquo;t strong. And from that moment on I made a decision to really embrace how can we improve our diversity.&rdquo;</p><p>But, more than two decades later, there is only one person of color on the main stage at Second City.<br /><br />Why is that?</p><p>Anne Libera, director of Comedy Studies at Columbia College and an instructor at the Second City Training Center said it&rsquo;s difficult to cultivate diversity in general.</p><p>&ldquo;You both need people who want to do it, but for people to want to do it, you need them to see representation above them,&rdquo; Libera said.</p><p>For the first time in the history of the Second City, a special fellowship was created this year named after Bob Curry, the first African American to perform on The Second City&rsquo;s mainstage in 1966.</p><p>The fellowship is an intense training program that has accepted only 16 minority students who already have some experience on stage.</p><p>The goal is to mold them into exactly what the Second City is looking for.</p><p>Matt Hovde, the artistic director at the Second City Training Center, said he&rsquo;s confident this program will open the door for more voices.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s the first time in a long time that I feel like it will directly translate into a bigger pool of diverse talent at Second City that are working and can work,&quot; Hovde said. &quot;So to me it&rsquo;s a great leap forward.&rdquo;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147285183&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>One of the Bob Curry Fellows, Patrick Rowland, is also a member of 3Peat, an all black improv team that plays weekly at iO, another comedy institution.</p><p>Rowland said when he took classes back in 2006 he was always the odd man out.</p><p>&ldquo;Every class I was in I was the only black person or person of color,&quot; Rowland said. &quot;There was a tall lanky white guy, a chubby white guy, a white girl who thought she was Tina Fey and then there was me.&rdquo;</p><p>Rowland said that since then, he has seen some changes.</p><p>&ldquo;Nowadays...it&rsquo;s not a lot but to me it&rsquo;s like an explosion of black people,&quot; Rowland said. &quot;And by explosion I mean that you you can count them on two hands.&rdquo;</p><p>3 Peat member John Thibodeaux said he&#39;s slowly seeing a paradigm shift.</p><p>&ldquo;The dominant voices you see in the media, if you&rsquo;re like a black actor in movies or television, you&rsquo;re gonna be the guy who&rsquo;s always the black guy and not just the guy. You don&rsquo;t see a lot of black protagonists in movies. And that&rsquo;s something that can be really inspiring to people coming up. Because I know I don&rsquo;t personally see a lot of people who look like me in the media, telling a story similar to mine. And that&rsquo;s why I like especially playing with this group because when you walk into a scene you know you&rsquo;re not going to be just a black guy. You&rsquo;re just going to be another improviser on stage which is refreshing.&rdquo;</p><p>Thibodeaux and the other members of 3Peat agree that in order for more minorities to get involved, they have to pave the way.</p><p>Which is something I&rsquo;m also now aware of.</p><p>I wrote a blackout sketch for my conservatory graduation show at the Second City Training Center that satirized being a Muslim woman and a person&rsquo;s fear that I was going to blow them up.</p><p>I was playing off a stereotype and people laughed.</p><p>But it&rsquo;s not always funny.</p><p>I was once in a class where the instructor thought it would be amazing if I came out on stage with an American flag and Indian music playing in the background.</p><p>I was confused, because I&rsquo;m not Indian.</p><p>Stereotypes are often another challenge for diverse performers.</p><p>3Peat member Nnamdi Ngwe is all too familiar with this and said he experienced it during an improv class.</p><p>&ldquo;I was actually told, in one of my classes, can you blacken it up,&quot; Ngwe said. &quot;He didn&rsquo;t use exactly those words, but he did want me to essentially blacken it up. I was like no thank you. I wanna do me.&rdquo;</p><p>The process of diversification is complex. But there have been some gains.</p><p>The Second City&rsquo;s smaller stage is now made up of half white and half minority actors.</p><p>But true diversity on the bigger stages promises to be a long term project made more difficult by the fact that it&rsquo;s so competitive.</p><p>The Second City for example may have only one or&nbsp;two positions open in any given year.</p><p><em>Mariam Sobh is Midday Host and reporter at WBEZ. Follow her<a href="http://twitter.com/triciabobeda"> </a><a href="https://twitter.com/mariamsobh">@mariamsobh</a></em></p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/second-city-chicago-pushes-diverse-voices-stage-110094 Morning Shift: Is data overload more info or more spam? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-24/morning-shift-data-overload-more-info-or-more-spam <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/info overload flickr Sean MacEntee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Americans have access to more information at fast speeds than ever before. But is instant info always a good thing? We debate it out with a digital junkie and an analog enthusiast. (Photo: Flickr/Sean MacEntee)</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-death-by-data-bombardment/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-death-by-data-bombardment.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-death-by-data-bombardment" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Is data overload more info or more spam? " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 08:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-24/morning-shift-data-overload-more-info-or-more-spam 'Delocated' star Jon Glaser gets dumb http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-05/delocated-star-jon-glaser-gets-dumb-99280 <p><p>You may know actor/writer Jon Glaser from his Adult Swim show <em>Delocated</em>, if not his days in Chicago: He was part of Second City&#39;s legendary show <em>Pinata Full of Bees.</em></p><p>He joined me on <em>the Interview Show</em> recently to talk about his career, as well as the baby girl he and his wife recently adopted.</p><p>Stick around for the end; you&#39;ll be rewarded with his story about opening for the metal band Slipknot.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GqxHGHhkOh0" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 18 May 2012 08:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-05/delocated-star-jon-glaser-gets-dumb-99280 Daily Rehearsal: All about 'Penelope' (and its program) http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-12/daily-rehearsal-all-about-penelope-and-its-program-94827 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-12/steppenwolf penelope.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-12/steppenwolf penelope.JPG" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 299px; height: 400px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. The opening of <em>Penelope </em>at Steppenwolf was last night</strong></span></span>. Instead of talking about the mixed bag of a production, let's talk about the <em>program</em>, which was clearly printed before <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-23/daily-rehearsal-john-mahoney-out-steppenwolfs-penelope-94322">John Mahoney unfortunately had to leave the production due to a death in the family</a> -- he's still featured prominently on the cover. Other than that, my seating partner remarked that it was the thickest program he'd ever seen. So let's give a round of applause to the company for not wasting trees on a reprint.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. And more on <em>Penelope</em>, from others</strong></span></span>: Find out about how the play, written by&nbsp;Enda Walsh, was adapted from the Greek epic you know and maybe finished in high school, in <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/9306532-421/penelope-playwright-reinvents-epic-greek-poem.html">this profile from the<em> Sun-Times</em></a>. And The Fourth Walsh starts her review off with this statement: "I love men. Wars, Nascar, fantasy football... I don’t always *get* men but I love them."<a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/the-fourth-walsh/2011/12/penelope-steppenwolf-theatre-the-ugly-side-of-men/"> Read more</a>&nbsp;of these comments that become less personal and more review-y.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. What is <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/">the private event at iO this Thursday</a> </strong></span></span>WHY IS IT CLOSED? What shows will you be missing? The Classy D, the Collectibles, Michael Pizza and The Scene at the Cabaret; The 'Verse: Another Firefly Story and Ugly &amp; Delicious presents Ragamuffins JODY.&nbsp;Someone please clear up this pressing improv-related matter.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Read a beautiful homage to Merce Cunningham by <em>New York Times</em></strong></span></span> critic Alastair Macaulay, where he laments the loss of this troupe. "Cunningham extended dance, radically; he also extended our minds," <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/arts/dance/merce-cunningham-troupes-last-us-repertory-night-review.html?_r=1">writes Maculay</a>. "A Cunningham season could be fun, drama, challenge, poetry and therapy. For many of us there was no greater adventure. It is hard to start putting this into the past tense."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. ATC's </strong></span></span><em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>It’s a Wonderful Life</strong></span></span>: The Radio Play </em>has been extended through December 30.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-12/daily-rehearsal-all-about-penelope-and-its-program-94827 5 Machete Questions with comedian Kate Duffy http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-07/5-machete-questions-comedian-kate-duffy-92900 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-06/kateduffy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Kate Duffy is one of the busiest and funniest performers currently working in the Chicago sketch and improv scene. A Second City regular and a member iO's seminal team Deep Schwa, Duffy is making her <em>Machete </em>debut this weekend.</p><p><strong>1. What's stuck in your craw this week, and how will you be approaching it in the <em>Machete</em>?</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-06/muppet1.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 274px; " title=""></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-06/muppet 2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 348px; " title=""></p><div><div id="yiv1672358477"><div><div><div><a href="http://www.muppetcentral.com/news/2002/091702.shtml">This </a>and <a href="http://www.thirdage.com/news/new-muppet-named-lily-to-appear-on-sesame-street-to-highlight-poverty_10-05-2011">this</a>.&nbsp;Why do muppets have to be so sad lately?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>2. If you could do anything else on this Saturday afternoon besides perform against your will in <em>The Paper Machete</em>, it would be...</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Eat strawberry frosted pop tarts and watch <em>Breaking Bad</em>. &nbsp;I am obsessed with both of these things right now.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>3. In your entire schooling, what was the subject you in which you performed most poorly? Have you been required to demonstrate knowledge of that subject since?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Math. Occasionally I still volunteer to figure out the bar tab or dinner bill, but usually it doesn't go well. Most of the time, I have to call in reinforcements - other friends or a calculator. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>4. a) Name your favorite Kardashian or Haagen Dasz flavor, and give at least one sentence of explanation. b) Name your least favorite&nbsp;Kardashian or Haagen Dasz flavor,&nbsp;and give at least one sentence of explanation.</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>a.) My personal favorite Kardashian is the one that looks like a drag queen, Kloe. She seems to be smarter and funnier than the others, probably because she got picked on in her awkward years.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>b.) Least favorite Kardashian, by proxy, is Courtney's boyfriend Scott. He's a huge douche bag! I saw a clip of him shoving money in the MOUTH of a restaurant host. &nbsp;I just can't forgive that behavior.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>5. As a member of the Chicago performance-art community, what lucrative career do you now wish you'd chosen to pursue instead?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I just googled "most lucrative jobs" and every single job except one was some kind of doctor. I pass out when I see blood so that doesn't seem viable. The other job was CEO and I'm sure there would be a math requirement, so, a teacher.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 pm, it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Listen to the most recent&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-05/paper-machete-radio-magazine-america-war-92856" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); ">here</a>, or download it from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div></div></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-07/5-machete-questions-comedian-kate-duffy-92900 Daily Rehearsal: Jeff Award nominations are out http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-31/daily-rehearsal-jeff-award-nominations-are-out-91314 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-31/jeff_awards[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://www.jeffawards.org/Nominees/recipients_n.cfm">Jeff Awards' nominations</a> were announced</strong></span></span>. I'm not going to rundown all of them, because you can <a href="http://www.jeffawards.org/Nominees/recipients_n.cfm">look at them yourself</a> and there are <em>a lot</em>, but here are some brief noticings: the Marriott Theatre's got a bunch of nominations for<em> A Chorus Line</em>, <em>42nd Street</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Shout!. </em>Theater companies hit up for multiple awards include<em>&nbsp;</em>Porchlight, Timeline, Goodman, Remy Bumppo, and Writers' Theatre. And lots of love to actors in <em>Porgy and Bess</em> as well as <em>The Homosexuals.</em> And Mike Tutaj was involved in the behind-the-scenes work that earned the nominations for a few of those awards, so read Laura Molzahn's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-31/mike-tutaj-crazy-good-projections-designer-sweeney-todd-91290">timely piece about him</a> published today.&nbsp;The Jeff award ceremony will be held November 7.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-31/thumb_murderers-web.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 225px; height: 300px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Head to iO's Del Close theater for <em>Murderers </em></strong></span></span>("improvised tales through a somewhat twisted lens") tonight at 10:30. What's it about? "Made up of improv veterans from all over town, this new show focuses on the dark parts of humanity, telling completely improvised tales through a somewhat twisted lens. No more kids play. This is improv left for dead."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;Hamburger Mary's</strong></span></span>, home of the former lesbian nightclub called Star Gaze in Andersonville, <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14919823/hamburger-marys-owners-eyeing-new-theater-venue-in-andersonville">might be turned into a performance space</a> again. Justin Kaufmann (full disclosure: obviously my boss) tells us about the space's former use before it was either Hamburger Mary's or Star Gaze. "Before it was Star Gaze (a lesbian night club), it was a Serbian bar/grill called Café Ashe," <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-08-31/it-corrupt-cash-your-unused-vacation-time-91309">Kaufmann writes</a>. "And it had a little stage in the back that hosted comedy by a new company called The Playground. This was 1997. And Playground had a hard time filling the midnight slot, so they gave it to a brand new comedy group to do weekly sketch. Yep, it was Schadenfreude (my comedy group). We did 10-15 shows there before moving on to the Heartland Studio Theater. Note to Hell in a Handbag: Ask us back for the grand opening. Let's recreate the sketch show we did there. Lots of Godzilla jokes and I believe a sketch about a napalm train derailment in Gary? Current events."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;Halcyon Theatre and Caffeine Theatre</strong></span></span>&nbsp;are doing a reading on September 11, about September 11. Called <a href="http://halcyontheatre.org/blog/tony/2011/08/upcoming-reading-911"><em>Return to the Upright Position</em></a>, the piece, to be read at Greenhouse, was written in the six months following the terrorist attacks online by a plethora of writers. The whole project was conceived and edited by <a href="http://caridadsvich.com/">Caridad Svich</a>, a New York-based playwright who has written works like <em>The House of Spirits</em> and <em>In the Time of Butterflies.</em></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-31/3872608045_aed485efb8.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 200px;" title="Jon Lovitz at Wrigley Field repping the Cubs in 2009 (Flickr/Matt Janicki)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Jon Lovitz will be at <a href="http://www.improv.com/ComedyClub/Chicago">the Improv Comedy Club</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;this weekend Friday through Sunday. You may remember Lovitz from his seminal scene in the television show <em>Friends</em>, during which he played, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrJIeI7JdPE">on two occasions</a>, a wacky, friend of Phoebe's who seems constantly in a shame spiral. Or, you may not remember that role. Your loss.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-31/daily-rehearsal-jeff-award-nominations-are-out-91314 Daily Rehearsal: Next Theatre gets a new managing director http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-03/daily-rehearsal-next-theatre-gets-new-managing-director-90085 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-03/JonArndt1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-03/JonArndt1.jpg" style="width: 267px; height: 400px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="Jon Arndt"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Evanston's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nexttheatre.org/">Next Theatre</a> has announced that their new managing director</strong></span></span> will be Jon Arndt. Arndt comes from the Chicago Children's Theater, and is replacing&nbsp;Jim Davis, who had been the interim managing director, but is going back to production manager.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Internship offer, for those who are younger readers</strong></span></span>, or older readers trying to relive their youth. <a href="http://www.emeraldcitytheatre.com/">Emerald City Theatre</a> is looking for an education intern, who will assistant&nbsp;teach their Fall 2011 classes at their&nbsp;Theatre School, and also at After School programs throughout the&nbsp;city. It'll probably be throughout the fall, and you gotta like kids.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Wonderbat, Old People, and Carl &amp; the Passions</strong></span></span> are all at <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/">iO tonight</a> at 8 pm. They all have awesome names, so you should go.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. The Apollo Theatre has yet another Greek drama</strong></span></span>;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.apollochicago.com/details.php?recordID=113"><em>The Trojan War:&nbsp;Or, How One BAD Apple Spoiled the World </em></a>opens next week.<em>&nbsp;"</em>Sex, arrogance, pride and jealousy all combined to cause the fall of Troy, but what of the gods who sparked the fire?" says the release. "Trapped by their decisions, Aphrodite, Helen, Eris, and Paris endlessly replay the conflict seeking absolution." That sounds like...a recipe for disaster or hilarity.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Signal Ensemble Theater has <a href="http://www.signalensemble.com/productions/nextseason.html">announced the first production</a></strong></span></span> of their&nbsp;ninth season. It's a pair of one-acts;<em> East of Berlin</em> and <em>The Russian Play</em>. They're about Nazis and gravediggers (perfect pair) and it opens in October.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 20:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-03/daily-rehearsal-next-theatre-gets-new-managing-director-90085 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 7/23/11: The Al Fresco edition http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-26/paper-machete-radio-magazine-72311-al-fresco-edition-89658 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-28/kris vire.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-28/kris vire.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; " title="Theater critic Kris Vire (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><p>It was a thousand degrees in Chicago during this week's <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/"><em>The Paper Machete</em></a> episode, so why not celebrate the outdoors? TimeOut's <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater">Kris Vire</a> comments on <em>en route</em>, the new Chicago play with more walking than one might normally expect.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-22/paper-machete-interview-learning-nothing-about-oprah-julienne-bilke">Julienne Bilker</a> talks about looking up Marilyn Monroe's skirt in downtown Chicago. Let's take it back, by digging into the archives and listening to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-01/opening-day-video-chicagos-1-cubs-fan-or-least-drunkest-84624">Kate James</a> with a sports report about the infamous drunk Cubs fan. And as you're leaving, <a href="http://goodevening.bandcamp.com/track/the-blues">Good Evening</a> will serenade you. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483577-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-07-23-thepapermachete-radio-mag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This weekend's line-up includes an original play entitled Radio Play from <a href="http://www.thefactorytheater.com/">The Factory Theater</a> that takes place at Lollapalooza, slam poet <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mental-Graffiti/42614196497">John Paul Davis</a> finally talks about Amy Winehouse, <a href="http://www.secondcity.com/training/chicago/faculty/detail/1403/">Brooke Breit</a> of Second City whines about the Netflix price hike, and sketch comedy duo <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AggieandIrene">Irene Marquette&nbsp;and Aggie Hewitt</a> go on about Elizabeth Smart's new television gig. iO's <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/performers/825">Conner O’Malley</a> and Scott Levy from <a href="http://www.bestchurchofgod.org/.god/">Best Church of God</a> will also be there. But come for what you don't know will happen, which will be a lot.</p></p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-26/paper-machete-radio-magazine-72311-al-fresco-edition-89658 Daily Rehearsal: Dan Savage at 'The Homosexuals' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-11/daily-rehearsal-dan-savage-homosexuals-88956 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-11/dansavage.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-11/dansavage.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="Dan Savage at the 2011 Webby Awards (AP/Charles Sykes)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">1. Dan Savage was seen at <a href="http://aboutfacetheatre.com/?pg=homosexuals"><em>The Homosexuals</em></a>&nbsp;on Saturday night</span></strong></span>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>The Night Roars Cabaret</em> is at the <a href="http://www.darkroombar.com/">darkroom </a>tonight.</strong></span></span> Their will &nbsp;be nine performances, each only five minutes long, which means you can be out in the time it takes to watch an episode of CSI. Presented by Striding Lion, it will include work by&nbsp;<a href="http://honeypotperformance.com/">The Ladies Ring Shout</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/thecatamo%E2%80%8Bunts">The Catamounts</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.synapsearts.com">Synapse Arts' Factor Ricochet Ensemble</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/HarlotryA%E2%80%8BndNecromancy">The Harlotry &amp; Necromancy Appreciation Society</a>, several Striding Lion Performance Groups,&nbsp;and others.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">3. <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/io/shows/3"><em>The&nbsp;Armando Diaz Experience</em></a> is at 8:30 and 10:30 tonight at iO</span></strong></span>. The show, which they call Chicago's longest running comedy show (who keeps track of these things? Is that even true? Is there some board with the records for this information?) and if you're lucky, some big-wig who started the show (Adam McKay,&nbsp;Dave Koechner or&nbsp;Armando Diaz himself) will be there to entertain you.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-11/ExTposter.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 196px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">4.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatre-y.com/Theatre_Y/Home.html" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">The Exiled Trilogy</a>&nbsp;continues on by Theater Y</span></strong></span>, with Albert Camus'&nbsp;<em>The Misunderstanding&nbsp;</em>wrapping up this summer's season on the 19th<em>.&nbsp;</em>It's at the Lacuna Artists Lofts in Pilsen. Be warned: this is not an uplifting play.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5. Hannibal Burress <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ent-0711-hannibal-buress-review-20110710,0,4404028.column">did well</a> at his Saturday night show at Zanies</span></strong></span>, where he'll be until July 17. Don't expect him to do anything particularly Chicago-centric through -- <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/hannibal-buress,58218/">he told The A.V. Club</a> that "I’m trying a few new things, but I’ll also do some stuff that works. I’ve got some new stuff that I haven’t done in Chicago yet that’s pretty solid and works, but I’ll also try a few new things. I’ll still be sure to keep it a good show."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-11/daily-rehearsal-dan-savage-homosexuals-88956 Daily Rehearsal: Chicago theater 6/22 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-22/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theater-622-88196 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-22/educatingrita.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>1. Steppenwolf's oh-so-frequent blog has <a href="http://blog.steppenwolf.org/2011/06/21/public-and-private-through-the-architects-eyes/">a new post</a>! It's by Steppenwolf patron and architect&nbsp;Joseph Altshuler. He's written about public and private spaces, his de[FENCING] project for his firm, and <em>Detriot</em>, which closed in November. Let me know if you understand the rest of it, because it's a little esoteric and it's going over my head.</p><p>2.&nbsp;<em>WE LIVE HERE</em> starts rehearsals this weekend; Margot Bordelon and Cassy Sanders of <a href="http://theatreseven.org/index.php">Theatre Seven</a>&nbsp;culled together stories from writers in Chicago to shape their play. It was workshopped at&nbsp;<a href="http://lookingglasstheatre.org/content/box_office/11-12-season" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none; ">Lookingglass</a>&nbsp;last year, and they're bringing it back starting in August, at least <a href="http://scottbarsotti.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/3-plays-coming-up-year-of-the-short-continues/">according to Scott Barsotti</a>, whose piece is part of the eight author series.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" height="261" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-22/educatingrita.jpg" title="" width="455"></p><p>3.&nbsp;<em>Educating Rita</em> opened in previews yesterday at Chicago Dramatists, and opens for real this weekend. Presented by <a href="http://www.shatteredglobe.org/index.html">Shattered Globe Theatre</a>, which works to bring global theater to the US, Willy Russell's play looks at a British student who finds an interest for her professor and in school at the same time.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PQrKXzZwiQo" width="560"></iframe></p><p>4. If you missed <em>Avenue Q</em>, see <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/io/shows/10"><em>Felt </em></a>at iO tonight -- more puppets, and it's also not suitable for children.</p><p>5. Tomorrow at Annoyance is&nbsp;<i>Messing With A Friend</i>, and it's literally Susan Messing with a different friend every time. You'll see "a fearless long-form show inspired by a single audience suggestion," <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/events/messing-with-a-friend,233897/">says The A.V. Club</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 15:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-22/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theater-622-88196