Improv for Bibliophiles

150517-DKBC_04-WEBrezHave you ever wanted to see how two people could act out the final scene of Charlotte’s Web, or if a grown man can imitate Holden Caulfield’s teenaged nonchalance accurately? No? Just me? Even if you haven’t, you should check out Dan & Kate’s Book Club.

It’s a two-person improv show based around classic stories and the ludicrous idea that they can be told within a very short time period. Dan Jackson and Kate Yeagle take suggestions from the audience, and do their best to comically and accurately break down the plots of books both known and unknown to them. Apparently Chica Chica Boom Boom is not a children’s book but a harrowing tale of murder and adventure that eventually degenerates into Dan getting mad at Kate for involving his brother in illicit activities.

With an organized chaos, Dan and Kate are able to balance the silliness of their literary interpretations and the more serious “storyline” of their own characters on stage. This book-lover’s dream can be experienced at The Annoyance Theatre and Bar running every Friday until October 16. The show begins at 7 PM, and tickets cost a wonderful $6 each. You can purchase them here. See you all there!

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The Living Life of Ludwig


We know you’re all pumped for our first mainstage production, Lend Me a Tenor. But what would a theatre experience be if we didn’t dig a little deeper to see what went into creating such captivating tales in the first place? Let’s take a look at exactly how this production’s playwright got to make his classic farce!

Ken Ludwig is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose limited household background spurred the creativity and humor he is known for today. Ludwig was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1950 and when he saw his first production at six years old, he pleaded to be a part of the stage. His mother was an avid theatre enthusiast and would often take the family to Broadway shows. After being exposed to the theatre world, he became increasingly interested in pursuing a career as a playwright. However, his father was a physician and urged Ludwig to explore a practical career path. Nevertheless, Ludwig enrolled in Haverford College to study music theory and composition. After he graduated in 1972 with a B.A., magna cum laude, Ludwig was perplexed with his future.

He then decided to heed his father’s advice and enrolled at Harvard Law School. Luidwig did take a year off from law school to study English Literature at Trinity College at Cambridge University in England, but he finished his degree in 1976,. Following his graduation, Ludwig worked as an attorney in international business and entertainment law until 1989.

After leaving the law firm in 1989, Ludwig went on to write his first Broadway production: Lend Me A Tenor. This two-time Tony winning British farce was critically acclaimed by the New York Times as “one of the two great farces by a living writer” and described as “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by the Washington Post. His other best-known Broadway and West End shows include Crazy For You (5 years on Broadway, Tony and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo, Leading Ladies, Twentieth Century, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, Midsummer/Jersey, The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

You too can experience Ludwig’s greatest work–a comedic tale of mistaken identity centered about a hot-headed opera house manager who books an acclaimed singer in hopes of saving the business. Max, the manager’s neurotic assistant, leads this colorful cast of eccentric individuals through a web of romantic pursuits and zany antics in this farce set in the mid-1930s. 

tenor1Get your tickets for Lend Me A Tenor today! The show runs SEP 25- OCT 4 | Thurs. – Sat. 7:30 PM / Sun. 2 PM | Newhart Family Theatre

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Muti Conducts Ravel’s Boléro at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ever heard someone play the harp? Remember the angelic sounds, the graceful notes, the beautiful tunes? Well, time to forget what you thought you knew about this classic instrument. For in Muti Conducts Ravel’s Boléro, harp genius, Xavier de Maistre, takes this stringed beauty and transforms it into a percussive and exciting sound for all to enjoy! Just take a look at this talented muisician playing the third movement of the Ginastera Harp Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic:

Riccardo Muti, famed conductor and director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will be conducting this piece along with Emmanuel Chabrier’s España, Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, and more! Tickets will be sold at $15 for students. For more information on this discount, click here.

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