WBEZ | Curb Your Enthusiasm http://www.wbez.org/tags/curb-your-enthusiasm Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: A new face on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-02/daily-rehearsal-new-face-curb-your-enthusiasm-91453 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-02/98.ft_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://www.bailiwickchicago.com">Baliwick </a>and Teatro Luna are presenting</strong></span></span> a one-night only project entitled <em>North America Now&nbsp;</em>about, what else, the 9/11 attacks. Brian LaDuca and Alex Meda "will explore the subject of North American borders through performances and visual art as well as a town hall panel discussion with local politicians, cultural leaders and artists on current border issues and concerns."&nbsp;The panel discussion will feature none other than WBEZ's Alison cuddy, as well as NBC's Marcus Riley, stand-up comedian Mikey-O and others TBA. Chicago Urban Arts Society co-founder Lauren Pacheco&nbsp;will moderate. They'll be art all around and a cocktail hour. It's all September 7.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-02/45.asset_.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 211px;" title="Michele Ragusa and Timothy Gulan in 'For the Boys'"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2.. Read this in your most dramatic inward voice</strong></span></span>: "It was 1942. The world was at war and Eddie Sparks was on top. Nobody could out-sing, out-step, or out-charm Eddie, America’s premier entertainer…until Dixie Leonard came along."&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marriotttheatre.com/show.aspx?show=45"><em>For the Boys</em></a> is currently in its world premiere at the Marriott, but you've seen this tale before -- it's based on the 1991 Twentieth Century Fox film with Bette Midler and James Caan.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3.<em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ludicroustheatre.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=85&amp;Itemid=224">The&nbsp;</a></em><em><a href="http://www.ludicroustheatre.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=85&amp;Itemid=224" style="color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">Rocky Horror</a></em><a href="http://www.ludicroustheatre.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=85&amp;Itemid=224"><em>&nbsp;Show</em></a>&nbsp;is at Ludicrous Theatre this weekend</strong></span></span>. Artistic Director Wayne Shaw is a particularly big uber-fan;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ludicroustheatre.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=88:1st-week-of-rocky-horror-rehearsals&amp;catid=1:latest-news">he says</a>, "We chose Rocky because I have such a strong background with the show. I started seeing it when I was 17 (no I will not say how many years ago that was) and to date I have seen the movie in the theatre 475 times. At one time I belonged to the Rocky Horror Picture Show Fan Club.&nbsp;&nbsp;We are not doing anything “new” with the show. In fact, the stage script has been amended and edited to more closely resemble the movie.. think of it as a homage to the work of Jim Sharmen and his rendition of this classic piece of contemporary musical theatre. Needless to say our version will please the most die hard Rocky Horror movie fan." It won't be running through Halloween -- you have just until September 17 to see this.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Soon, the Bean won't be the only cloud gate</strong></span></span> in Chicago. The dance group Cloud Gate of Taiwan is coming to Columbia College in October, as well as opening the Dance Center's 2011-12 season by performing in their FamilyDance Matinee Series. Each performance during the residency will include words from director Lin Hwai-min, and there will be DanceMasters classes taught by company member Su I-ping. I haven't spoken to her about it, but I'm guessing our resident dance expert Laura Molzahn will be all over this soon.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-02/98.ft_.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 217px;" title="Pete Grosz"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Local Chicago comedy hilarious man person <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2003994/">Pete Grosz</a> </strong></span></span>will be on<em> Curb Your Enthusiasm</em>&nbsp;Sunday night. He's credited as "Minyan Man #2" on the upcoming episode entitled "Mister Softee." Congrats Pete! (You may remember him from his years with Second City and guest hosting <em>Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!</em>)</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-02/daily-rehearsal-new-face-curb-your-enthusiasm-91453 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 4/26 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-26/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-426-85688 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-26/ElNogalar_C.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-26/ElNogalar_C.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 292px;" title="The set of El Nogalar (Brian Sidney Bembridge)"></p><p>1. The Goodman <a href="http://goodman-theatre.blogspot.com/2011/04/planting-nogalar-on-owen-stage.html">tells us how</a> they make and utilize those beautiful trees you see onstage in <a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/season/Production.aspx?prod=117"><em>El Nogalar</em></a>. The secret is revealed; they are actual trees! The trees are actually slowly dying, and Assistant Production Manager Matt Chandler says that&nbsp;their branches have “begun to droop and we are constantly trimming them during the run."</p><p>2. <a href="http://www.infusiontheatre.com/soulsamurai.htm"><em>Soul Samurai</em></a> opened last night at Theater Wit. This midwest premiere by InFusion Theatre Company tells the story of "A young samurai girl and her sidekick fight through the mean streets of post-apocalyptic New York, featuring martial arts, a live DJ, multi-media, hip-hop, and vampires!" Bring the family!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="349" style="height: 349px; width: 560px;" width="560"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/_-mXOMQiX9A?version=3"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/_-mXOMQiX9A?version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560"></object></p><p style="text-align: left;">3. Fans of Larry David will be pleased, at least a little; for one week, <em>Curb Your Enthusiasm</em> co-star Jeff Garlin <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/04/jeff-garlin-is-coming-to-steppenwolf.html">will be at</a> the Steppenwolf Upstairs Theater, July 13-24. The show is called "No Sugar Tonight", and tickets will be on sale Friday. I'm sure you also remember Garlin from his vocal work in films like <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0307531/"><em>Toy Story 3</em> and&nbsp;</a><em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910970/">WALL·E</a></em>.</p><p>4. Though this is slightly outside of Chicago's scope, Kate Powers <a href="http://www.2amtheatre.com/2011/04/25/we-are-arthur/">writes about</a> Michael McKean <a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/boxoffice/productions/bio.aspx?id=425&amp;crewId=1815">of Steppenwolf</a> visiting&nbsp;the imprisoned men she works with through <a href="http://www.rta-arts.org/">Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA)</a>&nbsp;in New York. McKean originated the role of Arthur Przybyszewski in <em>Superior Donuts</em>, so Powers thought it would be a natural fit for him to come help out. McKean was drawn to the play himself because “redemption is our favorite story. Arthur exists without the kindness of the world, and he is able to find a way to redeem the 40 years he’s lost," which Powers said immediately resonated with the men.</p><p>5. <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Black-Dudes-And-An-Open-Microphone/233982727161?sk=wall">2 Black Dudes and an Open Mic</a> are at <a href="http://www.townhallpub.com/">Town Hall Pub</a> tonight at 9 pm (last Tuesday of the month people). Sign-up is at 8, so don't get carried away by the bar's self-proclaimed mantra that they've been "helping Chicago get drunk since 1969."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-26/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-426-85688