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Hangin' The The Baze! with Eric and Andy!

Mark BazerIf you know anything about Eric and Andy, then you know that we love The Vampire Diaries on television! Through a generous donation from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, we were recently invited to tour the set and meet some of these L.A. stars! Well, while we were there, who did we run into? None other than the host of.... Read More

 

Hell On Wheels: Rolling with The Jammer

The JammerWe think of America in the 1950s as a sedentary age, when the upheaval of two world wars and the Great Depression gave way to an atmosphere of placid security. This impression, it must be noted, is chiefly based in commercial images spawned by the boom economy and promoted by an advertising industry coming into its own as.... Read More

 

Filament Finds Its Rhythm Traveling Hank Williams' Lost Highway

Hank Williams Lost HighwayA little over a stone's throw down Lincoln Avenue from where the Apollo Theatre's evergreen production of Million Dollar Quartet is running, another musical will begin playing for Chicago audiences who can't get enough of that show's mix of familiar vintage songs and music star biographies. That's when the Filament Theatre Ensemble's production of Hank Williams: Lost.... Read More

 

Highlights from Eric & Andy Live at the Jeff Awards

Live From The Jeff AwardsEric and Andy were LIVE From the 39th Anniversary Non-Equity Jeff Awards Ceremony that took place at the Park West in Chicago on Monday, June 4. If you missed the show don't worry, you can watch the full show below.                                    .... Read More

 

2012 Non-Equity Jeff Award Recipients

Jeff AwardsAt the Non-Equity Jeff Awards held at Park West on Monday, June 4, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre took most awards with 6 honors for their jewel box production of A Light in the Piazza" including Production-Musical, Director-Musical for Fred Anzevino and Brenda Didier, Principal Actress for Kelli Harrington, Supporting Actor for Justin Adair, Music Director for Jeremy Ramey.... Read More

 

Eric and Andy Live From The Jeff Awards

Eric And Andy Live From The JeffsEric Roach and Anderson Lawfer, interviewers for TheatreInChicago and curators and founders of the insider Chicago Theatre blog Reviews You Can Iews!, will be holding a "Red Carpet" style event from the Park West Theater at the 39th annual Joseph Jefferson Awards on June 4th, 2012 that will be streamed live and can be seen right here at.... Read More

 

Seven Years Of What? Breaking Mirrors in Timon of Athens

Timon of AthensIn Shakespeare's play, our hero, Timon of Athens, has been abandoned by those he thought were his friends, so what he does is to throw one last party, where he tells them all to go to hell, trashes the table in a clatter of silver plates and cutlery, and finishes his tirade by snatching up a piece.... Read More

 

Harris Banks On Beverly! With Eric and Andy!

Ricky HarrisRicky Harris is new to the scene. He is hard to miss because he is about 6'3" and the laugh of someone twice his size. This bodes well for his career choice as a musician and actor, because once you hear this guy's voice, you will never forget it. We ran into the generally jovial Ricky Harris on.... Read More

 

Stage Directing: Kimberly Senior listens, and success follows

Kimberly SeniorIt was an illness that led Kimberly Senior to the first principle of successful stage directing: Be a good listener. Senior has carved a prominent place on Chicago's theater scene since arriving here straight out of Connecticut College in 1995. But her revelation came just two seasons ago while she was directing Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman" at Redtwist.... Read More

 

Racial Politics With A Beat: Silk Road Rising's Re-Spiced Cabaret

Re-Spiced CabaretMusical revues usually strive for easy-on-the-ears melodies, warbled by attractive vocalists, often with an emphasis on romantic ballads—but when your theme's satirical edge centers on the oft-distorted portrayal of ethnic minorities by chauvinistic host countries, the score runs the risk of incensing audiences, even when performed by representatives of the very cultures described therein.

Some selections in Silk Road.... Read More

 

Rise Of The Numberless! Eric and Andy!

Evan Linder and Nikki KlixIn the world of Chicago Storefront Theater, one name stands alone. The New Colony has been on the forefront for 4 years, dedicating their lives to the the craft of collaboration in creating new aesthetics. Now, they open "Rise of the Numberless," a co-production with the venerable Bailiwick Theater. Billed as an underground rock.... Read More

 

Tough Guys In Love: Steve Pickering Plays It Romantic

Steve PickeringWhen you're cast as Stanley Kowalski in high school (an all-boy's school yet!), you quickly abandon hopes of someday playing Romeo, or Hamlet—or any role where you get to kiss the girl, for that matter. Steve Pickering has made a career of playing tough guys—Iago in Othello (twice), Kent in King Lear, Harry Brock in Born Yesterday. "When.... Read More

 

Jeff Awards Non-Equity Nominations Announced

Jeff AwardsThe Jeff Awards announced 124 nominations in 25 categories for Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2011, and March 31, 2012. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff Awards judges covered opening nights of 154 productions offered by 71 Non-Equity producing organizations. The judges recommended 64 of.... Read More

 

Connecticut Countryside Inside A Box: Scenic Design In A Moon For The Misbegotten

A Moon For The MisbegottenRealism in scenic design was a response to the formal wing-and-border stage decor of the 17th and 18th century, replacing artificial symmetry with more natural arrangements. The theaters of the 19th and early 20th century were much more spacious than those today, however—certainly larger than the 23 X 34-foot classroom in the Irish-American Heritage Center that houses the.... Read More

 

Brandon Bruce Boldly Bounces Back! With Eric & Andy!

Brandon BruceNew Artistic Directors are a celebrated people in Chicago. They become our leaders of organizations and have a hand in the direction of the Chicago Theatre Scene, the largest subculture in the continental United States. We had a chance to meet with the brand new Artistic Director of Strawdog Theatre, the great Brandon Bruce on a spacecraft made.... Read More

 

Broadway In Chicago's 2012-2013 Season

Broadway In Chicago 2012-2013 SeasonBroadway In Chicago announced the complete 2012-2013 subscription series. The upcoming season will include I Love Lucy Live on Stage, Kinky Boots, Sister Act, Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, War Horse and Peter Pan. Off-season specials include Stuffed And Unstrung, Rock Of Ages, Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles and Les Miserables..... Read More

 

Mike Beyer Occupies Chicago! With Eric and Andy!

Mike BeyerFor almost 20 years, Mike Beyer has been a prolific Chicago playwright. Writing only comedies and working exclusively at The Factory Theatre, Beyer is taking a step forward. His new piece, "Johnny Theatre" (co-written with Kirk Pynchon) is being produced at Chicago's laugh sanctuary Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Theater. The Factory Theatre is also re-producing his 16 year old.... Read More

 

Stage Directing: Ron OJ Parson comes to work as a team player

Ron OJ ParsonWhen Ron OJ Parson, resident artist at Court Theatre, looks in the mirror, he sees an athlete forever young in the guise of a middle-aged stage director. "The discipline you learn in sports definitely carries over into theater," declares Parson, who at fiftysomething still chases down fly balls in the Chicago Theater Softball League.

The Buffalo (NY).... Read More

 

Bread and Circuses: Kitchen Magic With Chef Bayless at Lookingglass Theatre

Rick Bayless In CascabelIt's not uncommon for Hollywood to shape movies around non-acting celebrities—swimming stories for Esther Williams, opera stories for Luciano Pavorotti—and in theater, the currently-running Death and Harry Houdini at House Theatre was created to showcase the company's resident illusionist, Dennis Watkins. The hero of Lookingglass Theatre's Rick Bayless In Cascabel, however, is a cook. Not just any.... Read More

 

Gene Weygandt: Not Just Another Thieving Republican! With Eric and Andy!

Gene WeygandtSome people are just touched by God. They are amiable, kind, and relentlessly watchable onstage. One of our heroes in Chicago is the great Gene Weygandt. A man who got his start in theatre in Chicago and has moved his way up to performing one of the classic roles of our time, "The Wizard" in Stephen Schwartz's musical.... Read More

 

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