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Playtime with Bill Turck & Kerri Kendall is a radio show dedicated entirely to the arts. We cover it all: Visual arts, music, photography, theater, poetry, film, dance, writing, and comedy. Each show features conversations with celebrity guests, new and working artists, practical ideas, and more from around the world. Playtime with Bill Turck and Kerri…

A Raisin in the Sun by Invictus Theatre Company — Highly Recommended

The full report on Invictus Theatre Company‘s A Raisin in the Sun will be included in the February 23rd, Playtime Chicago Theater Report on WCGO.  However, given the timing of this show’s premiere, I wanted to offer a very strong recommendation now, allowing our readers and listeners to make plans to attend and get tickets while…

Chicago Theater Report: February 16, 2020

A lightly edited transcript of the Chicago Theater Report from the February 16, 2020 edition of Playtime with Bill Turck & Kerri Kendall on WCGO 1590 AM & 95.9 FM in Chicago. Facebook video. (Chicago theater report starts at around the -56:00 mark.) Chicago Theater Report: Raven’s Theater Camps, Lyric’s New Season, and The Joffrey’s…

Chicago Theater Report: Mlima’s Tale and Madama Butterfly

Below is a lightly edited transcript of Playtime’s Chicago Theater report for February 9th, 2020. Audio archives of the show will be added to this post as they become available: Facebook Livestream (around the -48:51 mark) Soundcloud (around the 55:10 mark) MLIMA’S TALE BY GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to launch its…

Theater Report: PLANO, Here Lies Henry, Theater Transportation Options

PHOTO CREDIT: Scott Sawa in a publicity image for Interrobang Theatre Project’s revival of Here Lies Henry. Photo by Salar Ardebili. Below is a lightly-edited transcript of the Playtime Chicago Theater Report for February 3rd, 2020. Audio archives can be found on Facebook (at about the -48.05 mark), at WCGORadio.com (February 2nd, 2020 episode, starting around 51:23), and Soundcloud. Playtime…

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Releases 2020-2021 Schedule

Photo credit: Jordan Fischer from Chicago [CC BY] The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has announced its 2020-2021 programming schedule. A press release, including a full schedule of events, can be found here. The schedule is extensive, as it includes touring events as well as concerts at venues other than Symphony Center. Highlights include: Concert for…

Chicago Theater Report for January 26, 2020

Note: Due to scheduling issues, the January 19th, 2020 Chicago Theater Report did not run during that day’s show. Segments of that report are interspersed throughout the January 26th report. Below is a transcript for the 1-26-2020 report and are not reflected in the transcript below. You can view the original transcript for the 19th’s…

January 19, 2020 Playtime Radio Show

  Show Date: January 19, 2020 Show Notes: Guests included tenor John Matthew Myers, singer Josephine Beavers, pianist Ed Vodicka, authors Marvin Mason and Cassie Rogers with B. Love Publications,  Ron Romero of the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66, photographer Jim Summaria and author Mark Plotnick talk about their book Classic Rock:…

1.19.2020 Playtime Chicago Theater Report Transcript

Below is a lightly edited transcript of Lainie Petersen’s Playtime Chicago Theater Report. Due to a scheduling issue, the audio was not aired on the January 19th episode of Playtime. Some segments from this report were interspersed within the January 26th report, which can be found at: Listen to the show: WCGO Radio Site (scroll…

January 12, 2020 Playtime Radio Show

Show date: January 12, 2020 Show Notes:  Bob Benenson talking sustainable, delicious and healthy food with Nancy Bishop from Third Coast Review. We got jazz with Chris Greene, theater with Victoria Reeves, galleries with Megan Williamson and a musical comeback with our buddy Ray Grant, plus Lainie Petersen’s Theater Report, and our general tomfoolery!  …