WBEZ | Gorilla Tango Theater http://www.wbez.org/tags/gorilla-tango-theater Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater news 4/18 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-18/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-418-85334 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-18/HearbreakHouse_Web_180x266.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-18/HearbreakHouse_Web_180x266.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 369px;" title=""></p><p>1. George Bernhard Shaw's <a href="http://www.writerstheatre.org/boxoffice/production?id=0080"><em>Heartbreak House</em></a> starts its run at the Writers' Theatre tomorrow night. If you can't tell from the title, it's an uplifting play, to say the least.</p><p>2. Profiles Theater <a href="http://www.profilestheatre.org/season.html">has announced</a> their 2011-2012 season and in the words of Artistic Director Joe &nbsp;Jahraus, they plan to "continue our ongoing pursuit to produce work from the most talented, unique female voices in the country." This includes productions of the world premiere of <em>Assisted Living</em> directed by&nbsp;Deirdre O’Connor, and <em>Bachelorette</em>, the Off-Broadway hit directed by&nbsp;Lesley Headland. <a href="http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/theater/reviews/27bachelorette.html"><em>The New York Times</em> called</a> <em>Bachelorette</em> "as witheringly funny as it is bitterly sad."</p><p>3. Rahm Emanuel, in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-05/lost-weekend-where-should-rahm-emanuel-party-next-84766">his neverending quest</a> to prove an adoration and support of the Chicago arts scene, <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/04/rahm-zod-take-in-carnage.html">was at</a> the Goodman production of <em>God of Carnage</em> on Saturday night.&nbsp;</p><p>4. Emanuel was <em>not</em>, however,<em>&nbsp;</em>at this weekend's production of <em>BOOBS and GOOMBAS: A Super Mario Burlesque</em> at the Gorilla Tango Theater, but you can be! Next <a href="http://www.gorillatango.com/cgi-bin/public/gttv2.cgi?location_number=2&amp;shows=yes">Friday at 8pm</a>, "This sexy burlesque tribute is a send-up of the famous Mario Bros. video games. Join us to discover whether the world's most adventurous plumbers will finally rescue the Princess and consummate years of amorous toil, or be seduced along the way by their alluring enemies." Not for kids (obviously), the show is produced by&nbsp;GTT/Geek Girl Burlesque.</p><p>5. Spend your Sundays a little less lethargically than usual, and hit up&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wesingyoulaugh.com/">Happy Karaoke Fun Time</a>.</em>&nbsp;At the&nbsp;<a href="http://annoyanceproductions.com/happykaraoke/index.shtml">Annoyance Theatre</a>, this production creates a musical as it progresses, but if you're not into audience involvement, this might not be the place for you.</p><h1 style="margin: 0px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; font-size: 17px; line-height: 19px; font-weight: bold; letter-spacing: -1px;">&nbsp;</h1><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vZ2bqfkTMfQ" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-18/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-418-85334 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater news 4/15 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-15/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-415-85234 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-15/poster_dirtyblonde_large.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="375" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-15/poster_dirtyblonde_large.jpg" title="" width="255"></p><p>1. <a href="http://www.bohotheatre.com/"><em>Dirty Blonde</em></a> at Theater Wit celebrates the legendary Mae West, and is playing all weekend. But if you can handle some delayed gratification, next Thursday's performance will be even more enlightening:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.filmspotting.net/" style="color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">Matty Robinson</a>,&nbsp;host of the podcast&nbsp;<em>Filmspotting </em>(which just so happens to air on WBEZ), will be speaking beforehand about Mae West and her legacy in Hollywood.</p><p>2. There have been so many Brecht chalk circles in Chicago lately it's like he's having his own mini-renaissance; <a href="http://www.theatremir.com/ccc.html"><em>The Caucasian Chalk Circle</em></a>, which just ended its run, and now <em><a href="http://www.statetheatrechicago.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=101&amp;Itemid=78">The Voodoo Chalk Circle</a>&nbsp;</em>which is in it's second week. Have Brecht-off and see them both. The circle will not be unbroken...or something like that.</p><p>3.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/Event_Details.aspx?ccpaid=124666"><em>The Best Little Whorehouse in Texa</em></a>s, seen last year at the Circle Theater, is being taken on bycollege kids, who I'm sure swear that they didn't do any outside research to get ready for their performances. It runs through this weekend and is sure to be particularly zesty.</p><p>4. An updated take on your favorite guilty pleasure musical <em>Mamma Mia!</em> will be performed at the Gorilla Tango Theater this Sunday, but this time it's called&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.vocalo.org/blogs/archive/201104/come-see-madre-mia-sketch-comedy-show-gorilla-tango-theater">Madre Mia!</a>&nbsp;</em>and seems to involve some men dressing in drag. Be warned: if you're looking for Meryl Streep, you will be very sad.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="237" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-15/Jordan%2C%20Jesse%2C%20Go%21%20with%20special%20guests%20My%20Brother%2C%20My%20Brother%20%26%20Me.jpg" title="" width="623"></p><p>5. Comedy duo Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris of the podcast&nbsp;<em>Jordan, Jesse, Go!</em> specialize in all that is being twentysomething, so if you are twentysomething and want to feel understood, or you want to understand the twentysomething in your life, go by Second City on Sunday. They're usually all distant from you, their tinny voices echoing on your iPod, but you'll be able to see them live and in the flesh now, so take advantage. You'll remember Jesse <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-13/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-413-85129">as the guy</a> that hosted <em>The Sound of Young America</em>&nbsp;(also at Second City), this past Wednesday. This show will also feature brothers Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy and their "advicecast" called <a href="http://mbmbam.wordpress.com/about/"><em>My Brother, My Brother, &amp; Me</em></a>. Don't waste your night watching HBO -- get some advice!</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org?subject=Morning%20Rehearsal%20Email">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-15/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-415-85234