TimeLine Theatre announces 2010-11 season

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“Our 14th season builds on the success and excitement of TimeLine’s past year,” says TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers. “As we did with The History Boys and The Farnsworth Invention, we’ll feature the local premiere of a widely renowned play. We’ll present the first production of a brand-new script that we commissioned. And we will dig into Chicago’s past for a revival of one of our town’s most fun and beloved tales. Plus we will soon be announcing a fourth production. It’s a big, ambitious season that will tell the stories of big, ambitious people, and we can’t wait to get started.”


The 2010-11 TimeLine Theatre Season



by Peter Moran
directed by Louis Contey
Chicago Premiere
August 21 – October 10, 2010
takes audiences inside the real-life 1977 television interviews between journalist David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. It has been three years since Nixon resigned from office in disgrace. The Watergate scandal is still on the minds of many, but the former commander-in-chief has yet to break his silence about his role in those events. Now Nixon has agreed to be interviewed by the up-and-coming British broadcaster David Frost. Behind-the-scenes it’s a battle of egos for the upper hand in controlling history, but as the cameras roll, the world is riveted by a remarkably honest exchange between one man who has lost everything and another with everything to gain.


Mastering the Art
by William Brown and Doug Frew
directed by
William Brown
World Premiere
October 30 – December 19, 2010
  Commissioned by TimeLine Theatre Company in 2008 and developed here in 2010, Mastering The Art is a look at the lives of Julia and Paul Child as they meet, fall in love and embark on a transatlantic journey of discovery together. Visiting pivotal moments in their lives — from the table in France where Julia fell in love with food, wine and Paul, to the table in their home where Julia recreated everything she learned in cooking class, to an interrogation room where Paul was grilled by U.S. agents about alleged Communist contacts — this play unfolds the true story of a larger-than-life culinary icon as she and her husband struggle to find themselves as Americans abroad. Mastering the Art marks the first production commissioned by TimeLine to be produced on the company’s stage. The development of Mastering the Art has been partially supported by The Dramatists Guild Fund.


Play #3 – TBA (Jan 22 – March 20, 2011)


The Front Page
by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur
directed by Nick Bowling
April 16 – June 12, 2011
  The Front Page is a 1920’s classic Chicago comedy often considered responsible for defining the newspaper business. Drawn from Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s careers as journalists in Chicago, the play takes you inside the press room at Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building as a group of reporters cover a controversial execution and uncover the rampant corruption, scandal and hi-jinx associated with Chicago politics and journalism. TimeLine is thrilled to revive a quintessential Chicago classic and to highlight for audiences the wealth of local history embedded in this script.

Casting for all productions in TimeLine’s 2010-11 season is still to be determined.

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Ravinia concert schedule released – partial listing

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Ravinia has announced its complete lineup for 2010 featuring 117 events and more new faces than ever before. BUY TICKETS NOW by supporting* the not-for-profit festival. Public sales begins April 22 exclusively at www.ravinia.org

Here’s a partial listing of (possible) concerts/performances that theatre-goers might be interested in.  Entire schedule here.


JUNE Performances

Chicago Children’s Choir

Earth, Wind & Fire

6/10 and 6/11
Concert Dance, Inc./World Premieres

Steve Martin Performing With The Steep Canyon Rangers

Backstreet Boys

Bobby Mcferrin


JULY Performances

A Prairie Home Companion/Garrison Keillor

Cheap Trick/Squeeze

CSO/Gershwin Concerto In F/Copland
Appalachian Spring/Bernstein Symphony No. 2

The Swell Season from the Oscar-Winner Film Once

7/17 and  7/18
Sting / Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

Peter And Paul Pay Tribute To Mary

The B-52s

CSO/Eschenbach Plays Mozart/Hits From Bernstein’s Candide

The Music Of Abba (Lawn Screen)

CSO/Sondheim Hits/Patti Lupone, Audra Mcdonald, George Hearn, Michael Cerveris/Gala Concert


AUGUST Performances


Broadway Star Kelli O’Hara, One-Woman Show

CSO/Così Fan Tutte, Matinee

CSO/The Marriage Of Figaro, Matinee

CSO/Annie Get Your Gun

8/14 – 8/15  (3 separate shows)
Patti Lupone/Brian Stokes Mitchell

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Swingin Balladeer Tony Andriacchi

Carrie Underwood

An Evening With The Beach Boys

Labor Day Spectacular/"1812" with Cannons

Hershey Felder In Maestro: The Art And Music Of Leonard Bernstein

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Wednesday Wordplay: Miles Davis, Oprah and “cactus legs”


Your best shot at happiness, self-worth and personal satisfaction – the things that constitute real success – is not in earning as much as you can but in performing as well as you can something that you consider worthwhile.
            — William Raspberry

It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars.
            — Garrison Keillor, in Salon.com

It isn’t kind to cultivate a friendship just so one will have an audience.
            — Lawana Blackwell, The Courtship of the Vicar’s Daughter, 1998

The toughest question has always been, "How do you get your ideas?" How do you answer that? It’s like asking runners how they run, or singers how they sing. They just do it!
            — Lynn Johnston, Lynn on Ideas

My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.
            — Miles Davis

I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.
            — Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, December 2003

Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive… then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
            — Howard Thurman


Urban Dictionary

cactus legs

the feeling on a woman’s legs as a result of not having shaved.

–Steve is mad at me!
–cuz last nite, he wanted to touch my legs and i didnt let him
–cuz, i got cactus legs, i have shaved in a week