Monday, January 30, 2006


Playwright Wendy Wasserstein Has Died

Wendy Wasserstein, who spoke for a generation of smart, driven but sometimes unsatisfied women in a series of popular plays that included the long-running Pulitzer Prize winner The Heidi Chronicles, died today after a bout with lymphoma, Lincoln Center Theater announced. She was 55
(from The New York Times).

Saturday, January 28, 2006


Jim Zulevic Died Ealier this Month

Mr. Zulevic, 40, who parlayed his huge success at Second City into a broad career in comedy of all stripes, died Saturday in Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. According to Dan Falato, the producer of the Second City Radio Show on WCKG-FM, Mr. Zulevic collapsed and was rushed to hospital Saturday, just before he was scheduled to come to the studio and host his weekly show. No cause of death was released as of Sunday night
(from Chicago Tribune). I had him as a teacher once, and saw his work on stage and screen; he was talented at both, and I enjoyed all of his work.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


International Sketch Comedy Championship

The International Sketch Comedy Championship is going to be held in LA and is currently seeking submissions. This is all I know about this; caveat actor (and producer).


NY Industry Reaction to Red Light Winter

But there's a history here. Red Light Winter is a transfer from Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. There are no cast or designer changes. The one change? Tickets in Chicago were a mere $15 each [in NYC they are $65].
Over four times the price for the exact same thing! I'm sure the numbers work out. An open-ended New York run has a vastly different budget than a limited-run regional theatre production.
Meanwhile the lovely Curt and Mel have moved to Chicago and are paying a reasonable rent for a reasonable apartment [where in NYC they could not do so].
(from Mike Mariano's blog).

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Rental Opprotunity: Bailiwick Mainstage

Bailiwick Rep has 5 weeks of Prime Time Rental Available in May and June on the Mainstage. Also late nights all year in Mainstage and Studio. Contact General Manager Lee Peters, 773-883-1090 x 14.
This is all I know about this; caveat actor (or rather producer).


Thursday, January 19, 2006


List of Chicago Film Production Companies

If you subscribe to WaitingPatiently (which is always free) with a Yahoo ID, you can download (also for free) Bryson Engelen's list of Chicago Film Production Companies. It includes names, contact phone and fax numbers, mailing address, email address, website and description.

Sunday, January 15, 2006


Stage Acting: It's Nice Work if You Can Afford It

We are subsidizing the theater. Those words, addressed to an audience in a Lincoln Center auditorium last weekend, weren't spoken by a corporate suit bragging about slapping the company name on the fire escape at one of the city's often needy nonprofit theaters.
They were spoken by the actor Tim Blake Nelson to a group of 100 or so of his fellow performers at the National Congress of Actors and Acting Teachers. What did he mean? Essentially, that actors help keep the theater in business by supplementing their meager stage paychecks with other, more remunerative kinds of work - Law & Order guest spots, voice-overs, commercials, even that old standby, waiting tables
(from The New York Times).

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Saturday, January 14, 2006


The Seven Ages of Acting

When so many people want to act, just how hard is it to get a job? We continue our unique survey of the careers of performers
(from Guardian Unlimited).

Tuesday, January 03, 2006


20 longest-running Broadway shows as of Dec. 25, 2005

The Phantom of the Opera is about to become number one (from The Washington Post).