WBEZ | Garage Rep http://www.wbez.org/tags/garage-rep Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Caffeine Theatre shuts down http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-caffeine-theatre-shuts-down-101626 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Ricardo Gutierrez</strong></span></span> will take over at Teatro Vista&#39;s new artistic director, as founder and artistic director Edward Torres moves on &quot;to focus on independent projects.&quot; Torres and Gutierrez will artistic direct Teatro Vista through February to ease through the transition.&nbsp;&quot;We are thrilled that Eddie has found such tremendous success as a director and actor,&quot; said Teatro Vista Board President Joan Pantsios in a statement. &quot;His dedication to Teatro Vista over the decades has been invaluable, and Teatro Vista would not be what it is today - a nationally-recognized home of the best Latino theater - without his hard work and passion. Eddie has assured us that he will remain an active ensemble member and supporter of the theater.&quot; Gutierrez is currently an ensemble member and directing associate of the company.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/caffeine.jpg" style="height: 115px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Steppenwolf has announced the companies</strong></span></span> they&#39;re partnering with for their Garage Rep this year: Baliwick Chicago, Buzz22 Chicago and Theatre Seven. The ten-week run of their shows will start February 14 (THE DAY OF LOVE) and end April 21 (just a regular day) of 2013. They&#39;ll be staging&nbsp;<em>See What I Wanna See </em>by Michael John LaChiusa,&nbsp;<em>She Kills Monsters&nbsp;</em>By Qui Nguyen, and <em>BlackTop Sky&nbsp;</em>By Christina Anderson.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.caffeinetheatre.com/">Caffeine Theatre</a></strong></span></span> <a href="http://chicago.broadwayworld.com/article/Caffeine-Theatre-Announces-Closing-20120810">announced today</a> that it&#39;ll be shutting down, the latest in a bad year and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-more-info-backstage-theatres-closing-101595">a bad week</a> for storefront theaters.&nbsp;&ldquo;Our decision to close now is primarily due to human capital,&rdquo; said Artistic Director Beck, &ldquo;Our personnel is collectively experiencing a massive amount of life change which for some includes leaving Chicago. We felt it was the right time to end on our own terms and with our heads held high.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-caffeine-theatre-shuts-down-101626 Daily Rehearsal: 'Music & Stories Live!' at Simone's http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-28/daily-rehearsal-music-stories-live-simones-89775 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-28/bad dates.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://oracletheatre.org/">Oracle Productions</a> has switched up their leadership</strong></span></span>; Ben Fuchsen is taking over as Executive Producer, and Max Truax will be the new Artistic Director from Outreach Director. They've also promoted Stephanie Polt to Company Manager, Amy Hopkins to Company Production Manager, and Sam Newport to Technical Director. Oracle is currently playing&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/daily-rehearsal-trib-redesigns-their-theater-section-88824">Hamlet</a></em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/daily-rehearsal-trib-redesigns-their-theater-section-88824">&nbsp;</a>directed by Benno Nelson.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-28/vocalo.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 300px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Head to Simone's Bar in Pilsen tonight for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183081655088212"><em>Music &amp; Stories Live!</em></a></strong></span></span>, hosted by Vocalo. It will feature music and spoken word performances, interviews with the performers by Luis and Shantell, plus an open mic for those not on the roster. The best of the evening will make it on the radio, a sure sign that you've made it big. Stick around afterwards for some DJing by Jimmy Conyack &amp; Jesse De La Pena.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Two theater dudes weigh in (separately) on the role of social media</strong></span></span>; "In the past, producers and publicists had to concern themselves with crafting stories for professional journalists and preparing for traditional reviews, but in today's world, before the first review hits, public opinion can be persuaded by millions of tweets, Facebook posts and blogs," <a href="http://arts-marketing.blogspot.com/2011/07/affects-of-social-media-on-traditional.html">wrote&nbsp;</a>Chad M. Bauman, Director of Communications at Arena Stage in D.C. "In some cases, by the time the impartial and professional critic walks through the doors of a theater, the verdict in the court of public opinion has already been rendered." His prediction: "Many more traditional critics will start tweeting immediate critical reactions so that their responses are competitive in the fast paced environment of social media." But Howard Sherman, former Executive Director of the American Theater Wing, <a href="http://www.2amtheatre.com/2011/07/27/what-i%E2%80%99m-not-telling-you-2/">says</a>, "But what did I think of this show or that? Is my thumb up or down? Unless I’m enthusiastic and the show lesser known, I’ll remain silent or nibble around its edges only, as contrary as that is to my nature."</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-28/bad dates.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 209px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;Head out to the Fox Valley Reperatory for <em><a href="http://www.foxvalleyrep.org/BadDates/">Bad Dates</a></em></strong></span></span>,which claims, "If you like “Sex and the City” and&nbsp;<em>Bridget Jones’ Diary</em>, you’ll love this romantic one-woman comedy!" They've rated it PG-13, so bring your teenage daughter, but expect her to squirm. For a few laughs before you go, read their Bad Dates Blog Contest, where comments have written about some of their worst dates. There are a lot of them...</p><p>5. And&nbsp;Steppenwolf has announced their 2012 Garage Rep line-up;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-28/steppenwolf-announces-2012-garage-rep-89755" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">read Jonathan Abarbanel's take on it</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-28/daily-rehearsal-music-stories-live-simones-89775 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