ALL THE THEATRE IS A STAGE The Seldoms (above) set off their tenth year with
This Is Not a Dance Concert, a roving romp through the Harris Theater.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 2.1.12 through Tue 2.7.12:
galleries Corbett vs Dempsey
ALSO THIS WEEK: In the past, Scott Wolniak has exhibited crushed canvases and a painting that looked like someone threw a brick through it. We expect the unexpected from his second solo outing, opening 2/4 at Andrew Rafacz Gallery.
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Jon Steinhagen, the Signal Ensemble Theatre company member and Chicago Dramatists resident playwright who has not one but two new plays showing on Chicago stages this month: Dating Walter Dante, a brooding comedy that premieres 2/7 at Raven Theatre, and Blizzard ’67, a four-man drama running through 2/12 at Chicago Dramatists. And he’s playing Walter Franz in the Raven’s late-February production of Arthur Miller’s all-in-the-family drama The Price. And covering the occasional ticket-taking shift.
“On Friday, I’ll be learning my lines for The Price. It’s the first time I’ll have done any play by Arthur Miller and it's an emotionally heavy one, so it’s going to be intense. For some reason, when I’m studying a script I confine myself to the kitchen. I can’t seem to remember lines unless I’m there, pacing back and forth with the script propped on the counter.
“Saturday I have a rehearsal at Raven Theatre, then I’ll head to get some food at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro, where I usually order the special, no matter what it is. It’s around the corner from Signal Ensemble Theatre, where I’ll be running the box office that night for Motion, a new play by Ronan Marra that’s showing through March. After performances, Signal Ensemble people tend to head to Konak Pizza & Grill on Clark Street. It’s a local place with a small bar, good food, and a lounge in the back where you can play pool. Or lose at pool, as the case may be for me.
“I have another rehearsal Sunday, but other than that, my plans are up in the air. To me, a perfect Sunday would start with ham and eggs—maybe at the Golden Apple in Lake View. Then the rest of the day would be spent working on material, catching up on reading, and meeting friends. Signal Ensemble is having a Super Bowl party after an early matinee of Motion, but I might use the free evening to catch up with life. I hate to admit it, but I’m not really a football fan.”
—As told to Lena Singer
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
classical Civic Orchestra of Chicago
The CSO’s training orchestra performs an open rehearsal of César Franck’s Symphony in d with Maestro Muti. Or, you could pay anywhere from $23 to $201 to hear Muti conduct the A-team orchestra the next night. Your choice.
GO: 2/6 at 7. Tickets required; see website for details. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org
Photography: (The Seldoms) William Frederking; (Steinhagen) Bob Knuth