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Daily Rehearsal: Help out a friend, like Judy Fabjance, at Second City

Raven by Eiko and Komo (Photo by Edwin Adhiputra)
1. Eiko & Koma bring Regeneration to the MCA this weekend, with live music by Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal. The MCA is used to doing collaborative pieces, and this is no exception; Eiko & Koma:Time Is Not Even, Space Is Not Empty is at the galleries as well, which includes photos and videos of their work, as well as set and props. Most impressively, there is an installation of the nest from their work Naked.

2. Love, Loss, and What I Wore wasn't judged so highly by the Sun-Times - their headline labels it a "Great premise squandered." Citing little "cohesion and excitment," Hedy Weiss writes that "the Chicago edition of this show (essentially a 90-minute staged concert reading by five actresses), frequently feels under-rehearsed, with Nora Dunn, that veteran of stage and screen, the weakest link." She adds that "the price of a ticket would be better spent ordering Beckerman’s book and heading to your favorite shoe emporium for a new pair of heels." Ouch. (This is all part of Weiss' extensive coverage of this show, that I feel may have come to a close, but hopefully not.)

3. Redtwist brings us Elling this weekend, and there's such a history to it that they've outlined it in bullet points. I don't even have to do any reseach!:

  • Blood Brothers, a novel written by Ingvar Ambjornsen (1996)
  • Elling, a film adapted from the novel into a screenplay by Axel Hellstenius & Petter Naess (2001)
  • Elling, a stage play adapted into English by Simon Bent (2007), premiered at Bush Theatre, then West End

4. Tomorrow night, The Second City Training Center will be hosting a celebration and fundraiser. Longtime teacher and member of the comedy troupe GayCo, Judy Fabjance, is trying to "kick cancer's ass," and you can help her do it, by attending Lift Them Up Where They Belong. Expect performances and appearances by the Chicago glitterati like Alderman Ed Bus, as well as food and drink. Tickets are $25, and it starts at 6 pm. Once you get there, show your support by participating in fun things like a raffle! Who doesn't love a raffle.

5. Today at 2 pm, former Saturday Night Live castmember Nora Dunn will be at Second City (Again with the SC, I know, I know), I assume talking to the youth about her wise, wise words.

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