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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…

Hell in a Handbag, Raven Theatre, and Invictus Classes — 6.28.2020

This a lightly edited transcript from Playtime’s Chicago Theater Report for June 28, 2020. The show aired on WCGO Radio, 1590 AM, 95.9 FM in the Chicago area. Audio Archives (links will be added as the show goes live on platforms): Facebook (Chicago Theater Report starts at around 1:02 mark) WCGO Soundcloud Invictus Theatre Company Shakespeare…

Chicago Theater Report for March 1st, 2020

Chicago Theater Report for March 1st, 2020 (lightly edited transcript below) Audio recordings (links active as shows are made available): WCGO Facebook (starts at about -53.25) WCGORadio.com SoundCloud.com A reminder that this is the time of year when theater companies announce their new seasons and put season tickets on offer. Season tickets are a great way…

Chicago Theater Report for February 23, 2020

Below is a lightly edited transcript of the Chicago Theater Report that aired on Playtime with Bill Turck and Kerri Kendall on WCGO, 1590 AM, 95.9 FM in Chicago. You can listen to the show archives at the links below (will become active as the recordings are made available): WCGO Radio Soundcloud This past week,…

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.) Soundcloud (starts around 52:30 mark) Chicago Theater Report: Raven’s Theater Camps, Lyric’s New…

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…