Monday, December 31, 2007


No Smoking in Chicago

I don't think Chicago actors can smoke on stage, or backstage, starting tomorrow. In a few hours, at 12:01 AM January 1st 2008, the Smoke Free Illinois Act goes into effect. It bans smoking in public places and places of employment, specifically:
No person shall smoke in a public place or in any place of employment or within 15 feet of any entrance to a public place or place of employment
(from Section 15 of Public Act 095-0017).
And defines these places as follows:
"Place of employment" means any area under the control of a public or private employer that employees are required to enter, leave, or pass through during the course of employment...
A "public place" includes, but is not limited to, hospitals, restaurants, retail stores, offices, commercial establishments, elevators, indoor theaters, libraries...
(emphasis added, from Section 5 of Public Act 095-0017).

I think this means no smoking while acting in character on stage or in a studio. I can find no exemption for actors anywhere in the act itself or in news coverage about it. I also think this means no smoking in green rooms or near stage doors. I don't know how many, if any, currently open plays or on-camera projects this may affect.


Sunday, December 23, 2007


Day Job: Acting Teacher

Noble Fool Theatricals is expanding our very successful Performing Arts Academy and is seeking experienced instructors for the following areas:
Dance, Choreography, Movement, Singing, and Audition Technique.
NFT offers a variety of workshops for ages 5 to adults in the evenings and on Saturdays. During the summer and spring break we also offer weekday classes.
Candidates must be very reliable, professional and love working with kids. Instructors are paid per class as an independent contractor, and compensation is commensurate with experience. Work is part-time and based on enrollments.
Qualified candidates please email cover letter, acting resume, vitae and non-theatre work resume (if applicable) to
This is all I know about this; caveat actor.


Monday, December 10, 2007


Nederlander to Own Broadway in Chicago

On Nov. 6, the entertainment company Live Nation reported as part of its statement of third-quarter financial results that it was selling its 50 percent share of Broadway in Chicago - which it owned in conjunction with the Nederlander Organization - to entities controlled by James L. Nederlander for $60 million.
In other words, Broadway in Chicago (which presents the Chicago productions of such Broadway shows as "Wicked" and "Jersey Boys") will now be owned by a partnership consisting of the Nederlander Organization and James L. Nederlander. So will the historic LaSalle Bank, Oriental and Cadillac Palace Theatres, all in downtown Chicago
(from Chicago Tribune).

Labels: ,

Saturday, December 01, 2007


Steppenwolf Online Video

Steppenwolf has a trailer for Good Boys and True on MySpace. This is the first time I've seen a big theatre in town use online video for promoting a show. Perhaps others will follow suit.

Labels: ,