WBEZ | Comedy Sportz Theatre http://www.wbez.org/tags/comedy-sportz-theatre Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Your favorite 'Mean Girls' cast member hits Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-12/daily-rehearsal-your-favorite-mean-girls-cast-member-hits-chicago-9 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-13/screen-shot-2011-07-30-at-12-53-29-am[1].png" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-12/FRAT400x400.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 200px; height: 200px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Go back to college with The New Colony's <a href="http://thenewcolony.org/view/frat"><em>Frat</em></a>.</strong></span></span> It opens in previews this weekend, after a run in 2009. Writer&nbsp;Evan Linder's wrote the play after interviewing members of Southern fraternities, but the previous version wasn't worth seeing for that. Rather, "see&nbsp;<i>Frat</i>&nbsp;for (a) a robust environmental staging, with nothing but sharp performances; (b) an insight into the group-think, psychological cruelty, and desperate need to belong that make frat life possible; and (c) the beer, of course, available from a bar in the performance area," <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/Event?oid=990019">wrote Tony Adler</a>. Not sure what's changed, but hopefully it's not the beer.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>SNL </em>alum Tim Meadows </strong></span></span><a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/posts/195"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>will be joined</strong></span></span> by</a> Joe Canale and Brad Morris at iO for two shows in a row this Sunday, bringing the whole crew back together for what was once called Uncle Brother. Can we get <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2i0wlDBsOI">a round of</a> "Oh hell yes! I did indeed leave the southside for this!"</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-12/ImprovMinions.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 225px; height: 300px;" title="Nick Semar as Dr. Ne'er-Do-Well"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Early October brings <a href="http://www.comedysportzchicago.com/">Comedy Sportz Theatre</a>'s</strong></span></span><em> Improv Minions with Dr. Rubius Ne'er-Do-Well</em>. If you go, you'll "Enjoy an extra helping of fun and games where eight improvisers are put through the 'tortures' of comedy's self-proclaimed greatest mad scientist 'ever ever ever ever ever.' Who will win Dr. Ne'er-Do-Well's 'Prettiest Little Bird' award?" Dr. Ne'er-Do-Well is played by Nick Semar.</p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Franklin Gothic Book';"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. This week in "not this weekend but the weekend after,"</strong></span></span> Cerqua Rivera Dance and Inaside Chicago Dance bring us “Constant Motion" at the Harris Theater. It's jazz dance, accompanied by live music and vocals, which always adds a bit of spice to things. More potential mistakes, more fun.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Shattered Globe Theatre will be at the new Stage 773 </strong></span></span>space for their 2011-12 season, which happens to be their 20th. This will include a "Greatest Hits" series of stage readings of past works, as well as full-fleshed plays <em>Orpheus Descending </em>and <em>Her Naked Skin</em>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-12/daily-rehearsal-your-favorite-mean-girls-cast-member-hits-chicago-9 Comedian and writer Jeff Garlin returns to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-07/comedian-and-writer-jeff-garlin-returns-chicago-88821 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-07/jeff_bio.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>One of the Chicago area’s greatest exports is perhaps <a href="http://www.jeffgarlin.com/bio.html" target="_blank">Jeff Garlin</a>. He’s a writer, producer, director, actor and stand-up comedian. He co-stars and executive produces the long-running HBO series <em>Curb Your Enthusiasm</em>. But this summer, Garlin is coming back to Chicago for a special run at<a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/" target="_blank"> Steppenwolf Theatre</a>. His one-man show is called <em><a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/boxoffice/productions/index.aspx?id=538" target="_blank">No Sugar Tonight</a></em> and it kicks off July 13. But his trips home are bittersweet. He returns regularly to visit his parents who are both currently undergoing treatment for cancer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em>'s Jason Marck recently talked to him about his life and career in Chicago-and the time after he left.</p><p><em>Music Button: Luciano Michelin, "Frolic" (theme from Curb Your Enthusiasm)</em></p></p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 13:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-07/comedian-and-writer-jeff-garlin-returns-chicago-88821 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago Theater 4/19 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-19/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-419-85388 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-19/Arms and the Man.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="594" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-19/110040783.jpg" title="(Getty/Ian Gavan)" width="395"></p><ol><li>Pulitzer's were announced yesterday, and Chicago wrapped one up! Well, Bruce Norris did, for <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14725483/clybourne-park-wins-pulitzer-prize-for-drama"><em>Clybourne Park</em></a>. Surprisingly, the play has not, however, been performed here yet; after a run through several cities, including New York, it will open in September for Steppenwolf's 2011-2012 season.</li><li>Chicago Theater Addict has written "<a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/04/18/five-essential-rules-for-startup-storefront-theatre-companies/">5 Essential Rules for startup storefront theatre companies</a>." The gist is: think it through.</li><li>Director Rebecca Zellar, part of the recently dissolved <a href="http://www.greyzelda.blogspot.com/">Grey Zelda Theatre Group</a>, was <a href="http://www.2amtheatre.com/2011/04/18/spotlight-rebecca-zellar-director/">interviewed</a> by 2amt as part of their director-to-director series of interviews. She said, "I think the idea of the Director Is GOD ideal has changed as we move into experimenting on devised/collaborative work. There seems to be moresupport/respect for all the facets of a production."</li><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-18/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-418-85334">MORE </a>George Bernhard Shaw: This past weekend, <a href="http://www.dcatheater.org/shows/show/arms_and_the_man1/"><em>Arms and the Man</em></a> premiered at DCA Theater, put on by ShawChicago. Since 1994, ShawChicago has put on every single one of Shaw's plays except for <em>Saint Joa</em>n, who is probably feeling a little left out right now. There are post-show discussions scheduled for April 23rd and 30th.</li><li>This Wednesday, combine your love of attempting to be funny to those around you and attempting to be as talented as your favorite sports stars at <a href="http://www.comedysportzchicago.com/">The Comedy Sportz Theatre</a>. They call what they do "<i><b>improv comedy played as a sport</b>"</i>, and are available for your next corporate retreat. Go see them tomorrow and make sure you know what you're getting yourself into.</li></ol><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org</p></p> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-19/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-419-85388