Playtime Radio: A Play Asks, Shall We Say the Word N? Plus Lenny Bruce, Two New Books and Music, Music

We collaborate with Playtime with Bill Turck and Kerri Kendall and appear on their Sunday afternoon arts radio show occasionally. Playtime broadcasts on WCGO, 1590AM and 95.9FM, each Sunday from 1 to 3pm and streams on Facebook. You can listen to each week’s Playtime here on our site. Here’s host Bill Turck’s description of what you’ll hear on Playtime’s latest edition.

An undated photo of Lenny Bruce.(Museum of Television and Radio)

In the first hour, the great Robert Berry talks about the tour and the new album(s). We catch up with Third Coast Review, and what’s trending in music, film, visual arts and food. Award winning, critically acclaimed playwright David Alex tells us about his new play N, which has generated controversy in post-curtain talkbacks.  Bill has a conversation with actor/writer Ronnie Marmo. His new play—I’m Not a Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce—is coming to Chicago after soldout runs in LA and New York. Plus music from Alliance, Robert Berry, The Claudettes and Chad Quist.

In the second hour, we have Blame Bill, your radio catharsis. Lainie Petersen gives us her Theater Report. Rocker and writer Greg Kihn returns to the show. We talk about his book Rubber Soul and the late great Eddie Money. Lou Macaluso’s new book, The Greatest Escape, is a powerful recreation of a true story of escape from Soviet East Berlin. Also the art, the mystery and a mummy walk with Christopher Woods, director of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. Plus music from East Berlin, Greg Kihn, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes with Ringo before he was a Beatle, and the Claudettes. And don’t forget to catch current replays of the podcast while perusing your weekend choices every Thursday at Playtime’s official on-line partner,

Nancy S Bishop
Nancy S Bishop

Nancy S. Bishop is publisher and Stages editor of Third Coast Review. She’s a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and a 2014 Fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. You can read her personal writing on pop culture at, and follow her on Twitter @nsbishop. She also writes about film, books, art, architecture and design.

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