WBEZ | Allison Lackey http://www.wbez.org/tags/allison-lackey Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 4/29 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-29/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-429-85842 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-29/night_and_her_stars.gif" alt="" /><p><p>1. The Chicago Humanities Festival isn't all lectures and talks. The <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/chicago-humanities-festival/Content?oid=3684373">theater showcas</a>e begins next week, so keep a weather eye open.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="599" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-29/night_and_her_stars.gif" title="" width="440"></p><p>2. A few weeks back,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thegifttheatre.org/now.html"><em>Night and Her Stars</em></a> at the Gift Theatre was extended, but it is wrapping up this weekend.The play is a look behind-the-scenes of the 1952 gameshow <em>21 </em>(not real), where a privileged contestant is given help in order to beat out his working-class Jewish competitor. During this Sunday's closing matinee performance, you can "Come Closer" to the production and compete in the game show, plus attend in a reception afterwards with the cast and crew. The whole thing is in keeping with the 1950s theme too, so perhaps it'll keep you tied over until <em>Mad Me</em>n comes back...oh wait...that's the 60s...nevermind.</p><p>3. <a href="http://www.latenitecatechism.info/"><em>Late Night Catechism</em></a> is, as usual, Thursdays and Saturdays at the Royal George Theatre. Pretend you're in Catholic school all over again, or replace those painful memories with something a little more uplifting.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="343" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-29/the-metal-children.jpg" title="" width="288"></p><p>4. On Sunday, <a href="http://www.2ndstory.com/whatis/when.php">2nd Story teams up</a> with Next Theater at SPACE in Evanston to discuss and perform based off of Adam Rapp's <a href="http://www.nexttheatre.org/the-metal-children-shows-3.php"><em>The Metal Children</em></a> (which is in the middle of its run at Next). Don't expect lighthearted fare though; the play explores what responsibility artists have for their art, as a writer deals with the censorship of his book in small town America. Do expect to jump right in -- 2nd Story is one part storytelling session, one part performance.</p><p>5. It's not exactly theater, but it is a spectacle; early in the wee morning hours, Chicagoans watched the Royal Wedding all over town, and WBEZ's Tony Arnold went to the Globe Pub and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-04-29/chicagoans-raise-their-glasses-british-royal-wedding-85830">got their thoughts</a>. Additionally, TimeOut <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/this-week-in-chicago/14743279/five-questions-for-a-will-and-kate-fanatic">interviewed </a>the ultimate Royal Family fanatic, and it's Chicagoan Allison Lackey, a 24 year old who lives in Lakeview and whose apartment is plastered with memorabilia and overdue library books. The funnest fact: in college, she set up Google alerts for members of the Royal Family. Lackey was recently seen on the BBC show <em><a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/428/royally-mad.jsp">Royally Mad</a>&nbsp;</em>celebrating her obsession.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 14:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-29/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-429-85842