Posts tagged "Theatre"

Listen to Your Mother: The beauty of backstage

Listen to Your Mother is an annual event that in 2014 extended to 32 cities. The Listen to Your Mother shows have the same common goal: “giving motherhood a microphone” by giving a chance for anyone who is a mother, has a mother, or knows a mother to read an essay about motherhood in front... Read more »

Listen to Your Mother Show: Be careful what you wish for

I am honored to have been selected for the cast of Listen to Your Mother Chicago 2014. I’m honored and nervous but perhaps not for the reason others in the cast may be nervous. I’m not nervous about being on stage. I’ve been doing theatre on and off for more than 30 years. I’m more... Read more »

Bob Fosse grew up in Chicago, but why should I care?

I’ve been reading Fosse by Sam Wasson. This biography of acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and director Bob Fosse includes several chapters about his childhood years in Chicago. Bob Fosse grew up very near to where I live now, and I felt a little tinge of something (joy? pride? recognition?) whenever a familiar landmark or intersection was... Read more »

Five reasons why blogging is like theatre

I started blogging because I no longer had time to write plays. Even though blogging may seem like an ideal fit for someone who has spent most of her lifetime writing and working on computers I held a long disdain for blogging. (I even included “blog” in my list of the least sexy words.)  But... Read more »

Manual Cinema and Theater Oobleck animate at the Pivot Arts Festival

Two unique, dark and captivating shows are being performed at the Pivot Multi-Arts Festival through June 16, and they are conveniently paired together in as a single ticket. Manual Cinema’s Ada/Ava and Theatre Oobleck’s Possession: Baudelaire in a Box, Episode #5 each utilize methods of manual animation giving both shows an old-school cinematic feel. This is... Read more »

Tony Awards highlights from Neil Patrick Harris, winning musicals and more!

Opening Number<br><iframe width="500" height="281" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>As usual Neil Patrick Harris proves he is a truly talented showman.
Staying up to watch the Tony Awards last night was well worth it for me. Below is a video gallery featuring some of my favorite Tony Awards highlights, including numbers from the best new musical (Kinky Boots) and best revival of a musical (Pippin). Of course, there are also a few numbers from brilliant host... Read more »

Tony Award winners: Ladies make history and Chicago shows win

Among the 2013 Tony Award winners were some history makers, largely women. Cyndi Lauper, Pam MacKinnon, Diane Paulus, and Patina Miller each broke barriers for women in theatre. Meanwhile Kinky Boots and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? both of which originated in Chicago won top awards for best musical and best revival of a play,... Read more »

Who is Tracy Letts and why is he so f'ing talented?

Will Tracy Letts win the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play on Sunday, June 9? It wouldn’t be his first Tony Award, but it would be his first for acting. He previously won for writing August: Osage County, a play that also won him a Drama Desk Award and a little thing called a Pulitzer Prize!... Read more »

Are best actress awards sexist? Could a chick beat Tom Hanks?

Are best actress awards sexist? Could a chick beat Tom Hanks?
Are best actress awards sexist? I never thought about that until I wrote my post about Cyndi Lauper’s chances of becoming the first solo woman to win the Tony Award for best original score. In referencing which awards have not been won by women I used this phrase: “Other than the male acting awards…” That... Read more »

Tony Awards: Cyndi Lauper could be the first woman to win Best Score

The Tony Awards are on Sunday, June 9, and I want Cyndi Lauper to win Best Original Score. I don’t want Cyndi Lauper to win because I think the music from Kinky Boots is incredible. Actually, I haven’t heard more than a few snippets of it. I want Cyndi Lauper to win simply because she’d... Read more »