WBEZ | Clybourne Park http://www.wbez.org/tags/clybourne-park Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Bruce Norris revokes rights to 'Clybourne Park' for German theater http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-bruce-norris-revokes-rights-clybourne-park-german <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Steppenwolf&#39;s excited</strong></span></span> because&nbsp;<em>Who&rsquo;s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?</em> has been extended on Broadway through February 24, 2013.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The&nbsp;2013 Lookingglass <em>gglassquerade </em></strong></span></span>(woah.) will be hosted by Stephen Colbert on March 2, 2013 at 6 pm at the Four Seasons.&nbsp;&ldquo;The fact that Stephen is uncannily brilliant, desperately funny, and irritatingly good-looking is not particularly important, or something we should hold against him (but we do so anyway),&rdquo; said&nbsp;Artistic Director Andrew White, who went on to remind us that Colbert has had a long relationship with the theater. He&#39;ll also be getting a&nbsp;Lookingglass Civic Engagement Spirit Award.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- All <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-its-getting-be-spooky-season-103077">those Halloween show</a></strong></span></span> options have a lot of reviews, <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/halloween-shows-at-various-venues/Content?oid=7626343">courtesy of the <em>Reader</em></a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- For some humor, </strong></span></span>check out these <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23theatricalsitcoms&amp;src=hash">#theatricalsitcoms</a>, trending on Twitter. My personal favorite: &quot;Everybody Hates Hamlet.&quot; The internet party <a href="https://twitter.com/HESherman/status/258981743955152896">was launched by Howard Sherman</a>, unsurprisingly.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bruce%20blackface.jpg" style="float: left; height: 168px; width: 280px; " title="(Screenshot of the petition Against Black-Face Roles in German Theatre)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Bruce Norris released <a href="http://www.dramatistsguild.com/eventseducation/latestmedia.aspx">an open letter</a> </strong></span></span>via the Dramatist&#39;s League over a German theater company&#39;s decision to cast a white woman wearing blackface in a production of his play <em>Clybourne Park</em>.&nbsp;&quot;When we write plays, among other things, we are creating employment for working actors, and often we intend to employ a specific diverse body,&quot; writes Norris. &quot;Whatever rationale the German theatre establishment might offer for their brazenly discriminatory practice is of no interest to me.&quot; The entirety of his letter is worth a read, as is&nbsp;Kenneth Jones&#39; of Playbill, which includes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.playbill.com/news/article/171262-Pulitzer-Winner-Bruce-Norris-Retracts-Rights-to-German-Troupes-Clybourne-Park-Over-Blackface-Casting/pg2">some helpful context</a>&nbsp;as to how different theaters that may or may not have access to a diverse group of actors to cast in their productions make do. Additionally, the Guild explained their thought process behind publishing the letter:&quot;While we do not, as a general matter, allow members to use the Guild&rsquo;s communications network to advocate for their particular views, we are making this statement and petition available to the membership because it relates directly to an author&rsquo;s right of casting approval, which is a critical right reserved to authors and one at the heart of the Guild&rsquo;s purpose in advocating for authorial ownership and control of their work.&quot; You can sign the petition <a href="http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Against_BlackFace_Roles_in_German_Theatre/?crleCdb">&quot;Against Black-Face Roles in German Theatre</a>&quot; at the link</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-bruce-norris-revokes-rights-clybourne-park-german Daily Rehearsal: Bruce Norris calls himself 'an utter nincompoop' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-bruce-norris-calls-himself-utter-nincompoop-100254 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/bruce norris.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0BV2NBQzQ5A" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/13283629-421/bruce-norris-apologizes-to-steppenwolf-for-tony-clybourne-slight.html">&nbsp;</a></strong></span></span><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/13283629-421/bruce-norris-apologizes-to-steppenwolf-for-tony-clybourne-slight.html"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>Bruce Norris</strong></span></span> apologized</a> to Steppenwolf for leaving them out of his speech after winning<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/tony-awards-mostly-disappoint-performing-their-appointed-function"> a Tony for <em>Clybourne Park</em></a>, says the <em>Sun-Times</em>, who got a copy of the letter. &quot;And for whatever combination of stupidity, early-onset Alzheimer&rsquo;s or simply naked, quivering panic, I &shy; inadvertently, I swear on my mother&rsquo;s grave &shy;left Steppenwolf off of that list, compounding the error by naming a lot of other theaters I&sup1;ve recently worked with,&quot; Norris wrote. &quot;I offer no excuse, I am an utter nincompoop, and will make myself available at dunk tanks throughout the greater Chicago area this summer, where all of&nbsp;you who deserved proper thanks in a national forum can take your best shot at me.&quot; Very nice, but too little too late Bruce!</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Kristen Chenoweth&#39;s performance</strong></span></span> at <a href="http://www.kristin-chenoweth.com/news/kristin-chenoweth-tour-dates-rescheduled">the Chicago Cadillac Palac</a>e has found a new date; it&#39;s now Friday June 29. If you had a ticket before, you have one now.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The <em>Chicago Reader</em>&#39;s &quot;Best in Chicago&quot;</strong></span></span> issue is out; <em>Hit the Wall</em> unsurprisingly wins <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-new-play/BestOf?oid=6700846">Best New Play</a>, with runner-up going to&nbsp;<em>Peter Pan&#39;s Shadow</em>.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-new-theater-company/BestOf?oid=6701226">Best New Theater Company</a> goes to The Inconvenience, while Agency Theater Company comes in second. The alt-weekly&#39;s Twitter feed is chock full of other picks, some serious and some...<a href="https://twitter.com/Chicago_Reader/status/215515473352204288">not so much</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.khecari.org/">Khecari Dance Theater</a></strong></span></span> celebrates its 10th anniversary with <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/250620">performances </a>at Links Hall of &quot;The Clinking,&nbsp;Clanking Lowesleaf&quot; and &quot;Pales&quot; the weekends of July 20 and 26. These new pieces were choreographed by Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-bruce-norris-calls-himself-utter-nincompoop-100254 Daily Rehearsal: Hannibal Buress v. The Daily Eastern News http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-hannibal-buress-v-daily-eastern-news-99468 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/hannibal%20buress.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 303px; " title="Buress performing stand-up for a Comedy Central special." /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/college-newspaper-starts-war-with-hannibal-buress,75503/"><em>The A.V. Club </em></a>draws our attention to</strong></span></span>&nbsp;complaints made against Hannibal Buress by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dennews.com/opinion/buress-comments-unfair-skewed/article_8ba7c856-a3d1-11e1-bf0d-001a4bcf6878.html">Eastern Illinois University&#39;s school paper</a>, spurred by sections from Burress&#39; stand-up routine. In the routines, Buress apparently discusses <em>The Daily Eastern News&#39;</em>&nbsp;disclosure of how much he was paid to perform at the University<a href="http://www.library.eiu.edu/denpdfs/2009/03/09march27pg02.pdf"> in a 2009 article</a>, among other things: &quot;During his act, Buress admits to telling our reporter that his performances include jokes related to &#39;personal stories, current events, the streets and even food&#39;,&quot; the opinion piece reads. &quot;Buress then proceeded to mock The DEN for including this comment.&nbsp;However, the blame for such a portrayal lies explicitly on Buress. If he did not wish for us to include that he talks about &#39;the streets&#39; in his act, he should not have said it in his interview.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- David Schwimmer </strong></span></span>will star in <em>Detroit</em> at Playwright Horizons in New York the summer, the <em>Associated Press</em> reports, opposite Amy Ryan. The play <a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/About-Us/history/productions/index.aspx?id=503">premiered at Steppenwolf</a> in the fall of 2010.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.playbill.com/news/article/166251-Bernadette-Peters-Audra-McDonald-Ricky-Martin-Danny-Burstein-Norm-Lewis-Will-Be-Featured-on-Tonys">Here </a>are a</strong></span></span> few performances and appearances to look forward to at the Tony&#39;s.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Redmoon will be performing at Wicker Park Fest</strong></span></span>, as part of the festival&#39;s expanded arts line-up. Chicagoist says they&#39;ll be doing, &quot;a piece called The Sonic Boom, a massive battery powered vehicle, sculpture, and performance platform. Redmoon performers will activate the two hydraulic performance platforms and mobile DJ booth with spectacle performance and sound pieces, a portion of which will be fully composed in advance and a portion that will be structured for live improvisation during the event.&quot; No word on whether there will be fire, but they&#39;ll be there both <a href="http://wickerparkfest.com/music/">July 28 and 29th</a>, time TBD.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <em>Clybourne Park</em> </strong></span></span>has had a <a href="http://clybournepark.com/">month </a>added to its Broadway run; it now closes August 12.</p></p> Wed, 23 May 2012 11:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-hannibal-buress-v-daily-eastern-news-99468 Daily Rehearsal: Jeff non-equity award nominations announced http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-jeff-non-equity-award-nominations-announced-98532 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/piazza.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. The Jeff Award nominations (non-equity)</strong></span></span>&nbsp;have been <a href="http://www.jeffawards.org/News/detail.cfm?id=23110100">announced</a>, with lots of attention going to Theo Ubique for both <em>Pump Boys and Dinettes</em> and <em>The Light in the Piazza,</em>&nbsp;as well as Griffin Theater with<em> Punk Rock</em> and <em>Spring Awakening</em>. In people writing about the Jeff's, Best Headline about the awards goes to Tony Adler (or his web producer) with &nbsp;"<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/04/25/no-youre-not-on-the-list-this-time-either-non-equity-jeff-nominations-announced">No, you're not on the list this time, either: non-Equity Jeff nominations announced</a>."</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wWzC4H3n_Cg" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. President Obama is <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2012/04/key-peele-obama-fallon.html">a fan of <em>Key &amp; Peele</em></a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;("They've got a guy who imitates me pretty well," he says)&nbsp;which is good, given that Peele does a pretty mean imitation of him.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Saki will host the first <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/299960520076990/"><em>Creative Control</em></a></strong></span></span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/299960520076990/">,</a> from Joe McAdam of <em>The Late Live Show</em>. It's the last Friday of every month and starts this week and features Cameron Esposito, Joe Fernandez, Andrew Smreker (plus other comedy sketches), music from Mannequin Men, and videos by AJ Conover. It's free, at 7 PM, and BYOB. So, for the young amongst us.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Bob Bullen has a list</strong></span></span> of shows he will never go to, which isn't just a list of terrible shows, but largely a list of shows that are poorly coordinated by idiotic press people.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5<strong>. </strong>More on <em>Clybourne Park</em> in <em>New York </em></strong></span></span>(and New York), the most interesting component of which is when they <a href="http://nymag.com/arts/theater/features/clybourne-park-2012-4/">show you how the apartment the play takes place in ages</a>&nbsp;50 years during one 15 minute intermission.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-jeff-non-equity-award-nominations-announced-98532 Daily Rehearsal: 'Tigers Be Still' produces hip playbill art http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-tigers-be-still-produces-hip-playbill-art-98459 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/stacks_image_53.png" style="width: 620px; height: 180px; " title=""></div><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://www.theaterwit.org/plays/2011/tigers/index.html"><em>Tigers Be Still </em></a>opens at Theater Wit</strong></span></span> April 26: "Meet Sherry," the theater tells us, "a recent college graduate with a master's degree in art therapy. But like so many 20-somethings who find themselves back at home, here she sits, unemployed, overwhelmed and dealing with her crazy family. Happily, things begin to brighten up when she gets hired as a high school art teacher. Now if only the principal would leave his rifle at home, her sister would get off the couch, her mother would come downstairs, her first patient would just do one of his art therapy assignments, and someone would catch the damned tiger that just escaped from the local zoo, everything would be perfect." Very hip playbill art.</p><div style="clear:both;"><strong>2.&nbsp;The Michael Merritt Awards&nbsp;</strong><strong>and Theater Design Expo </strong>is May 7 at Chicago Shakes and lasts a whole five hours; it includes an exhibition of Chicago's new designers;<em>&nbsp;</em>A moderated discussion by Hedy Weiss with Costume Designer Mara Blumenfeld, Lighting Designer Lee Keenan, Projection Designer Mike Tutaj and Scenic and Costume designer Chelsea Warren; and a presentation of this year's awards, all of which will be presented with food and alcohol. <a href="http://http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,21,14">Tickets $20</a>. (For those not in the know, Michael Merritt was&nbsp;"a brilliant designer, inspirational teacher, and good friend who died in 1992 at the age of 47.")</div><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. As part of their <a href="http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/theater/reviews/clybourne-park-by-bruce-norris-at-walter-kerr-theater.html">sort-of exhaustive coverage</a></strong></span></span> of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-ask-carol-burnett-anything-joliet-98335"><em>Clybourne Park</em></a>, the <em>New York Times</em> has some nice slideshows.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. What's your improv group name?</strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/whats-your-improv-team-name-the-av-clubs-hilarious,72538"><em>The A.V. Club</em> helps you decide</a>. "How zany," notes one commenter.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. About Second City's 100th revue</strong></span></span><a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/15284551/who-do-we-think-we-are-comedy-review"> Jason Heidemann writes</a>, "It's an energetic and pleasing revue bolstered by a strong cast, while unfortunately breaking little new ground. Director Matt Hovde (<em>Absolute Best Friggin' Time of Your Life</em>,&nbsp;<em>Sky's the Limit</em>) is more interested in celebrating the Second City mold than challenging it...." Sounds like the performances were generally strong, though.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-tigers-be-still-produces-hip-playbill-art-98459 Daily Rehearsal: Ask Carol Burnett anything in Joliet http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-ask-carol-burnett-anything-joliet-98335 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/carol burnett.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Nina Metz seemed pleased</strong></span></span> with <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ent-0418-butcher-review-20120418,0,5682888.story"><em>The Butcher of Baraboo</em> at A Red Orchid</a>. Even though "the plot&nbsp;never quite comes together in the second act", she writes,&nbsp;"I found I was willing to overlook them all, thanks to [playwright&nbsp;Marisa]&nbsp;Wegrzyn's 'bring it' sensibility."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>Show Theodora</em> from Oh Theodora</strong></span></span> is the <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/show-theodora,72148/"><em>A.V. Club</em>'s latest pick</a> for their series The New Pollution, about events that you should go to but are less-than-famous. Describing the improv group as a "relatively young team [that] has quickly become one of the preeminent independent sketch groups in Chicago", the group has an open run at the Pub Theater every third Wednesday of the month. They're different, argues Matt Byrne, because they have a "no stand-up, no improv" rule, and invite performances from all other types of comedians.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. You might think that actors</strong></span></span> can subdivide their characters lives from their personal ones, but just like you get wrapped up in work drama, they do too. So argues this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/theater/clybourne-park-looks-at-race-relations-in-59-and-today.html?_r=1&amp;ref=theater"><em>New York Times</em> article</a> on the Broadway edition of<em> Clybourne Park</em> (which seems to have gone on<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-07/daily-rehearsal-jonathan-groff-sanaa-lathan-join-boss-96175"> despite all the fuss</a>). However, the<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/08/07/theater/20110807-clybourne-9.html"> attached slideshow</a> says&nbsp;<em>Clybourne Park</em> will be opening at Steppenwolf in September, when most of us <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-03/mpaact-and-steppenwolf-both-take-chicagos-history-segregation-92707">already saw it last fall</a>. Whoops. Anyway,&nbsp;“If somebody hurts your feelings, you remember that feeling — it lives in you,” actress Crystal A. Dickinson told the <em>Times </em>about dealing with racial epithets thrown around in the play.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. When nab someone like Tony Kushner for an interview</strong></span></span>, you want to include it all. In <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15263581/tony-kushner-interview-outtakes"><em>TimeOut</em>'s outtakes</a>, we learn that he loves <em>RuPaul's Drag Race </em>and considers the fact that the show is on a sign that things really have changed, for the better.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9gqQYuipF7U" width="480"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Carol Burnett </strong></span></span>will be at the <a href="http://www.rialtosquare.com/carol_burnett.asp">Rialto </a>in Joliet May 8th and 9th for<em>&nbsp;Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett: A Conversation with Carol Where the Audience Asks the Questions.</em></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 09:11:50 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-ask-carol-burnett-anything-joliet-98335 Daily Rehearsal: Jonathan Groff, Sanaa Lathan join 'Boss' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-07/daily-rehearsal-jonathan-groff-sanaa-lathan-join-boss-96175 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-07/AP070604043771.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Clybourne Park</em> will apparently go on</strong></span></span>;&nbsp;Jordan Roth (president of Jujamcyn Theaters, owner of the Walter Kerr theater)&nbsp;released a statement last week <a href="http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/02/03/clybourne-park-moves-ahead/">where he said</a> “It is a true privilege for all of us at Jujamcyn to bring such a fiercely provocative and wildly funny work to Broadway audiences.&nbsp;Clybourne Park&nbsp;is on. We’ll see you there!” Cool.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-07/AP070604043771.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 200px;" title="Groff with Lea Michele in 'Spring Awakening' (AP /Jeffrey Richards Associates, Monique Carboni)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Relatively recent addition to Luna Negra</strong></span></span>, artistic director&nbsp;Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, was <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/February-2012/Meet-Gustavo-Ramirez-Sansano-Luna-Negras-New-Artistic-Director/">profiled in <em>Chicago Magazine</em></a>. Laura Molzahn points out that Sansano's had a big role in pushing the company to a more European style from their original Latin American flare under founder&nbsp;Eduardo Vilaro. You can see Sansano's influence&nbsp;featured in Luna Negra's first big piece,&nbsp;<em>Carmen.maquia</em>, at the Harris Theater in March.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>Boss </em>has hired from the theatrical poo</strong></span></span><strong>l again</strong>, but one that's larger than the city it shoots in. Jonathan Groff (of <em>Glee</em>, <em>Spring Awakening</em>) and Sanaa Lathan (of looking beautiful, especially with Simon Baker in <em>Something New</em>)<a href="http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2012/02/jonathan-groff-signs-on-to-boss.html"> join as</a> Kelsey Grammer's staffer and chief of staff, respectively. Where will they hang out upon a move, temporary or not, to the second city? Where should they hang out?</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <em>I Made America</em> will be at the aptly named and appropriately chosen Rebel Bar and Grill</strong></span></span> on February 17 (the Friday before President's Day) celebrating George Washington, with Thomas Jefferson making an appearance. What is <em><a href="http://imadeamerica.com/events/george-washingtons-birthday-party-with-hosted-bar-from-8-9pm/">I Made America</a></em>? "A&nbsp;transmedia comedy show&nbsp;about six founding fathers kidnapped from their time to be used as props in the upcoming 2012 election. After discovering the differences between these men and today’s politicians (on top of their foolishness) they are cut off, leaving them penniless, unemployed and alone in Chicago." Highjincks insue.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RL6Qoz2YDg0?modestbranding=0&amp;showinfo=0&amp;showsearch=0&amp;wmode=opaque&amp;playlist=JKj5Km18KQ0,tn2tYD8ohx4,aIHPF1Xyass,aIHPF1Xyass" width="576" frameborder="0" height="354"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5.&nbsp;Black Box Acting has started a second school</strong></span></span>, joining The Studio, called The Academy, a nine-month acting conservatory program. Applications accepted starting today through April 20, for class in September.&nbsp;"The Academy is nine-months of blood, sweat and tears that will revolutionize a student's acting process,"&nbsp;said Black Box Co-Founder&nbsp;Audrey Francis in a statement. Well alright then.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 16:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-07/daily-rehearsal-jonathan-groff-sanaa-lathan-join-boss-96175 Daily Rehearsal: Rift between Rudin and Norris threatens B'way run of 'Clybourne Park' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-01/daily-rehearsal-rift-between-rudin-and-norris-threatens-bway-run-cl <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-03/ClybournePark.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago</strong></span></span> has received a 2012 Joyce Award, which they'll use to pay for <em>(project) Moseses Project</em>, by choreographer Reggie Wilson. The grant is $50,000; The Dance Center says they're the only dance organization to receive two Joyce Awards. The last one they won was in 2004, for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan's <em>Wild Cursive</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Excellent PR copy:</strong></span></span> "For any Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, tickets to a hot night of contemporary ballet make an excellent gift from any forward-thinking romantic partner." The bottom line -- see the Joffrey Ballet' <em>Winter Fire</em> starting February 15.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Northlight Theatre will put up <em>The Odd Couple</em></strong></span></span> in November, casting Second City alums Tim Kazurinsky and George Wendt as Felix and Oscar, respectively. "My history with George and Tim goes back decades and their own particular chemistry is a national joy," says director BJ Jones. This should be good.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-03/ClybournePark.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 282px; height: 400px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Scott Rudin has <a href="http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/exclusive-scott-rudin-replies-to-david-denbys-embargo-break-of-dragon-tattoo-in-the-new-yorker#">done it again</a></strong></span></span> -- but this time he's brought Chicagoan Bruce Norris into the mix. <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/the_wrath_of_rudin_2FsRNIorYvtJGww4L432tK">Michael Riedel</a> (who is no stranger to controversy himself) reports that according to anonymous sources, the partnership between Rudin and Norris, which was resulting in an acting gig for Norris in the HBO TV show <em>The Corrections</em>, as well as Rudin producing Clybourne Park for Broadway, has ended nastily. On Monday, Norris reportedly said he wouldn't do <em>The Corrections</em> anymore (“I don’t like to do pilots.”) and Rudin responded by refusing to produce <em>Clybourne Park</em> anymore, as well as two other planned Norris plays. Norris <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/broadway-run-for-clybourne-park-in-jeopardy/?ref=theater">told the <em>New York Times</em></a> that he wants to focus on writing, not acting, which is why he left the TV project, and that he wasn't sure what would happen to the show.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>5. Timothy Douglas has written a long essay on HowlRound</strong></span></span> called "<a href="http://www.howlround.com/the-benefits-of-slavery-by-timothy-douglas/">The Benefits of Slavery</a>", which is not as controversial as it sounds, for those who need a history lesson. The former Artistic Director of Remy Bumppo, whom our own <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-26/black-and-white-and-read-all-over-95836">Kelly Kleiman spoke to</a> about the role of race in his relationship with the company, has some interesting insights from his years as an actor playing the "other" parts. "When pressed for details by the media and the genuinely curious here in Chicago on how race may have impacted my departure [from Remy Bumppo], I answer in this way: If you liken my creative-self to a gumbo, the specificity of my race and primary cultural influence is the equivalent of a dominant spice," writes Douglas. It's a worthy and well-thought out read.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 17:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-01/daily-rehearsal-rift-between-rudin-and-norris-threatens-bway-run-cl Daily Rehearsal: Holiday planning http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-14/daily-rehearsal-holiday-planning-94020 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-14/11-21-11Ned.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. This super late, but if you missed the Sex issue of <em>TimeOut</em></strong></span></span>, (a clear yearly highlight in Chicago media) there's a article <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14986907/chicago-theater-artists%E2%80%99-stories-of-sex-and-nudity-onstage">full of fun stories</a> where performers talk about the most awkward time they had to simulate sex onstage. Eric Roach, a Factory Theater ensemble member, said his was a time when he&nbsp;"had to make out with and grope my director’s wife every night for a few months [in&nbsp;<em>Dead Wrong</em>, 2009]. Oh, and my wife was the assistant director. We called it the 'Summer of Divorce.'" Reviewer Kerry Reid talks about being asked about when she lost her virginity during a Neo-Futurist performance, when performer Greg Allen didn't realize until it was too late that she was a reviewer. Also if I wrote about this issue, call me out on it, because it feels super familiar, but search indicates that I'm good.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Speaking of naked/exciting times</strong></span></span>, does Joan Curto not look naked in <a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/11/13/joan-curto-offers-something-new-at-davenports/">this photo</a>? More importantly than objectifying her, she blew some people out of the water during <a href="http://www.joancurto.com/calendar.html">her cabaret show</a> over the weekend.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-14/11-21-11Ned.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 300px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Get a jump on what you're supposed to take the in-laws to</strong></span></span> this holiday season with <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/news.php?articleID=664">this roundup of the best shows</a>. And here's <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/holidayplays.php">a fuller list </a>of every holiday show, for those who don't like their decisions made for them. There are A LOT of them.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. And more on holiday-related affairs</strong></span></span>, <em>You, Me, Them, Everybody</em> will host <a href="http://www.youmethemeverybody.com/events/">a&nbsp;free holiday show</a>&nbsp;on November 21 at the&nbsp;Hungry Brain. There will be many holiday songs, and comedy.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Kelly Kleiman told me she and Don Hall</strong></span></span> got into a heated discussion about <em>Clybourne Park</em> last week. <a href="http://donhall.blogspot.com/2011/11/thoughts-on-clybourne-park.html">Here are his thoughts</a>: Hall says when watching it, he was reminded of a Second City sketch he saw a few years back that touched accurately on race relations in Chicago. Hall had hoped <em>Clybourne Park</em> would have "the same hot sauce in it to offend me, make me laugh, teach me something, make me argue, make me think for another twenty years. But it didn't."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-14/daily-rehearsal-holiday-planning-94020 Daily Rehearsal: Playwright Unit participants announced http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-12/daily-rehearsal-playwright-unit-participants-announced-93089 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-12/dawkins2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-12/dawkins2.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 150px; height: 212px; " title="Philip Dawkins (Photo by Nicole Radja)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Look into <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ent-1012-fear-city-review-20111011,0,3061353.column">Fear City with Chris Jones</a></strong></span></span>; "Halloween will be the last day for a remarkable new walk-though attraction that goes far, far beyond the typical theme-park, chain-saw grottoes or the suburban warehouses full of fake fog and cliched gore." My interest is piqued! "You may have seen scarier haunted houses than Fear City — although, on several occasions, I jumped halfway to the ceiling — but I very much doubt you seen a more artful or fully realized Halloween milieu." Open at 7 (at night of course).&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The Goodman has announced their second annual</strong></span></span>, season-long Playwrights' Unit participants; they include Philip Dawkins, Nambi E. Kelley, Elaine Romero and Martin Zimmerman. At least one name shouldn't sound too unfamiliar; Dawkins you'll know from his show <em>The Homosexuals</em>. The point of the residency is to develop new plays, which they'll read in the spring. Get writing, y'all.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <a href="http://www.lifelinetheatre.com/performances/11-12/13clocks/index.shtml"><em>The 13 Clocks</em></a> opens at Lifeline Theatre</strong></span></span> this weekend. It's a fairytale, but not one I've heard before: "Once upon a time, in a gloomy castle on a lonely hill, where there were thirteen clocks that wouldn’t go, there lived a cold, aggressive Duke, and his niece, the Princess Saralinda...." "Agressive"?</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-12/Cinematic Titanic photo_1_full.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 240px; " title="Cinematic Titanic"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;Steppenwolf’s <em>Clybourne Park</em></strong></span></span> is&nbsp;now playing through November 13. New tickets for November 8 through the new, real end, go on sale this Friday at 11 am.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5.&nbsp;Elgin Community College Arts Center is putting on "Cinematic Titanic"</strong></span></span>, a "feature-length LIVE movie" from those that brought you <em>Mystery Science Theater 3000</em>.&nbsp;<em>Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks</em> is at 7:30 pm, and <em>Blood of the Vampires</em> at 10 pm. I don't know which is better, so use your best judgment, or read the following blurbs. The former is "chock-full of angry villagers, grave robbers and (obviously) skinny dippers", and the latter has "blood-soaked action for the guys, tender romance for the ladies and unleashed demonic rage for the frightened child within us all." Wear your costume, they'll have the popcorn.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-12/daily-rehearsal-playwright-unit-participants-announced-93089