WBEZ | Eifman http://www.wbez.org/tags/eifman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 4/22 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-22/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-422-85549 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-22/Alexis Armstrong, David Geinosky, PJ Samorian.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: left;">Looking ahead: On Monday, the 14th Chicago Improv Festival begins. Nina Metz at the <em>Tribune </em>has the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/ct-ott-0422-chicago-improv-fest-20110421-6,0,7110984.story">highlights</a>&nbsp;(which include some bodypainting experiments)&nbsp;but the <a href="http://www.chicagoimprovfestival.org/web/cif_home.php">full schedule</a> is also worth perusing so you don't miss a thing. Additionally,&nbsp;Bassprov members Joe Bill and Mark Sutton, former artistic director of the festival, <a href="http://vocalo.org/amp/2011-04/friday-funday-0">spoke to</a> Vocalo's Molly Adams in the Morning AMp today (and can be seen performing below).</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="368" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/10026629?title=0&amp;byline=0" width="490"></iframe></p><p>2. The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg <a href="http://auditoriumtheatre.org/wb/pages/home/performances-events/performances.php?event_id=296&amp;wb_session_id=4a94a35ddbb2ad45c8371bf6f015a9cf">presents </a><em>Don Quixote, or Fantasies of a Madman. </em>The production was<i>&nbsp;</i>at Roosevelt University last night, but there will be a matinee performance on Saturday. Choreographed by the aforementioned Boris Eifman, with music by Ludwig Minkus, the ballet sounds a little bit like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112883/"><em>Don Juan Demarco</em></a> with Johnny Depp<em>:&nbsp;</em>a man locked in an asylum believes he is Don Quixote, and inspires those around him with his fantasies.</p><p>3. <a href="http://urbantheaterchicago.org/"><em>Sonnets For An Old Century</em></a> is wrapping up its run this weekend at Steppenwolf's Garage Rep. <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/sonnets-for-an-old-century,52247/">The A.V. Club called</a>&nbsp;<em>Sonnets</em><i>"</i>a captivating examination of life and death from a promising young company." From UrbanTheater Company, the play takes place in the waiting room of the afterlife, which I can't imagine is particularly lighthearted, but is probably enlightening.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="333" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-22/Alexis%20Armstrong%2C%20David%20Geinosky%2C%20PJ%20Samorian_0.jpg" title="Alexis Armstrong, David Geinosky, PJ Samorian " width="350"></p><p>4. Opening this weekend is <a href="http://www.bignoise.org/chaperone.html"><em>The Drowsy Chaperone </em></a>by The Big Noise Theatre Company, which if past productions count for anything, promises to be particularly feel-good. The show had a successful revival on Broadway in 2006; as musicals go, it's funny and relatively harmless.</p><p>5. It was announced just&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/4957772-421/chicago-actor-director-will-head-porchlight.html">yesterday</a>&nbsp;that&nbsp;Michael Weber is the new artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre. As you'll recall, <em>The King and I</em> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-21/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-421-85493">just opened there</a>.&nbsp;Weber will begin his work June 1, and takes the place of L. Walter Stearns, who has moved to the Mercury Theatre.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-22/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-422-85549