Sanity Break: 5-year needs a job before getting married!

Funny!!

 

Here is the story from YouTube:

I am a singer/songwriter and had been asked to go on National Television to sing one of my original so-ngs. My little 5 year old sister (she’s six now) was upset and feeling left out because her big sister was doing all these fun and interesting things. This 1 minute clip is part of a 15 minute video where she discusses her views on life and decides she isnt going to let anything come between her and her goals.

“Dirty Diamonds” – a gem for Factory Theater’s 15th Season!

Dirty Diamonds, by Mike Beyer and directed by Manny Tamayo, tells the story of a Las Vegas man who quickly gets tangled up with a femme fatale, who entices him into a plan to recover some buried diamonds. Together, along with the woman’s ex-boyfriend, they work to recover the diamonds in time to hand them over to a murderous drug kingpin. Little do they know the kingpin has other plans for them. This “dark, comic thriller” appears to be the perfect production to mark Factory Theater’s 15th season.  For example:

Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune concludes:

Dirty Diamonds may be populated by archetypes, but they are believable within the framework of Beyer’s script. The production is expertly directed by Manny Tamayo.) The play is pure genre — a square gets mixed up with a criminal element — but a genre done well can be blissfully entertaining.”
Read entire review.

Kudos to the folks at Factory Theater for this “dirty” gem!

“August: Osage County” racks up 6 Jeff Awards!

Osage County set

While director Anna Shapiro was busy in New York, in the middle of previews for Steppenwolf Theatre’s August: Osage CountyBroadway run, the original Chicago production handedly took home 6 Jeff Awards for the Tracy Letts’ play, including:

* Best Production
* Best Ensemble
* Best New Work: Tracy Letts
* Best Director: Anna D. Shapiro
* Best Actress in a Principal Role: Deanna Dunagan
* Best Scenic Design: Todd Rosenthal

Congratulations to Steppenwolf for these much-deserved awards!

Speaking of “August….”, Steppenwolf has posted a new video on YouTube – a rough interview with some of the ensemble members (Jeff Perry, Francis Guinan, Amy Morton and Mariann Mayberry) regarding the process of bringing the play to New York.  Check it out…

Ana Gasteyer talks to Chicago Tribune about “Passion”

Here’s a great interview with Ana Gasteyer, the lead in the Chicago Shakes‘ musical production Passion, by Stephen Sondheim.  The interview also includes Tony-award winning director Gary Griffin.

Fun video from Bailiwick’s “Zanna, Don’t”

Here’s a rough-ish recording of the bows and finale from “Zanna, Don’t!” at the Bailiwick.  I especially like the 3-part accapella section near the end of the clip.  Can’t wait to see it myself!

“Zanna’ trivia – Queer Eye star played lead

For most of the segments of “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” that I sat through, I often wondered “why the hell do they have this culture guy on?  He’s useless!”.  I was talking about Jai Rodriguez, the Queer Eye rep in charge of the vague “culture” aspect of straight-guy-reprogramming.  Anyway, it wasn’t until later that I found out that he was an accomplished singer/performer, playing the lead in “Zanna, Don’t!” during the Off-Broadway run of the show.  I dug up a montage of his performances.  Unlike the Off-Broadway cast recording, he seems to have taken some bad advice, plunging into an American-Idol-singing style.  Oh well….

GayCo video – “DaVinci Code” – the movie

Unfortunately, GayCo has not posted a video from their current production, iHole, but here’s a fun video from a past production.  Gives you a general idea of their style.