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Chicago Theatre Off Book is the new voice of community collaboration on CHIRP. Every week, Off Book features Chicago leaders in performing arts entertainment. From small storefronts to the big warhorses, Off Book focuses on what’s happening on the Chicagoland theatrical landscape. With reviews, interviews and one-minute audio-plays, Off Book showcases the local talents driving Chicago’s dynamic theatre force. Hosted by Actor Joshua J. Volkers and Reviewer Katy Walsh from The Fourth Walsh, Off Book is where Chicago meets to discuss artistic innovation.

Chicago Theatre Off Book Chicago Theatre Off Book: May 31, 2013 Ed.

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is joined by our friends and fellow theatre critics; Dan Jakes, Oliver Sava and Anderson Lawfer, to predict the 2013 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards. The Jeff Awards will be announced on Monday, June 3rd at the Park West ceremony extravaganza.

This show was a fun way to finish our Chicago Theatre Off Book run. Thank you to all our listeners, Oliver, Dan, Anderson, our past guests, Elliot, Tommy, Paul, CHIRP, Clarence, and the entire Chicago theatre community. We had a blast and we'll see you soon at the theatre.

Shot phrase of the day: Jeff Committee

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Chicago Theatre Off Book Chicago Theatre Off Book: May 17, 2013 Ed.

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews "Still Alice" at Lookingglass Theatre  and "Lake Effect" at Silk Road Rising. Our special guest is Joshua Aaron Weinstein, Executive Director at LiveWire Chicago Theatre.

This May 17th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by Marty's Martini Bar.

Shot word of the day:  fascinating

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Chicago Theatre Off Book Chicago Theatre Off Book: May 10, 2013 Ed.

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews "The Mother" at Oracle Theatre and "My Pal Joey" at Porchlight Music Theatre. Our special guest is Robert Tobin, Artistic Director at AstonRep Theatre.

This May 10th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by Marty's Martini Bar.

Shot word of the day:  dance

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Chicago Theatre Off Book Chicago Theatre Off Book: April 26, 2013 Ed.

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews "In A Garden" at A Red Orchid Theatre and "Let Them Eat Chaos" at Second City.  Our special guests are Erica Daniels, Associate Artistic Director at Steppenwolf Theatre and Bob Mason, Artistic Associate/Casting Director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

This April 26th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by Marty's Martini Bar.

Shot word of the day:  Actor

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Chicago Theatre Off Book Chicago Theatre Off Book: April 19, 2013 Ed.

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews "A Permanent Image" at LiveWire Chicago Theatre and "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at The Royal George Theatre. Our special guests are Sydney Charles and Vasily Deris, who are performing in the successful remount of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at The Royal George Theatre.

This April 19th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by Marty's Martini Bar.

Shot word of the day:  Smokey

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