MAE 20 SECTION 1 DAILY HERALD Back Today's best bet • Chteagoland's Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, features all things pet related (9 a.m., $10). The event has both exhibitors and competitions. Today's birthdays Singer-actress Keely Smith, 76; singer Lloyd Price, 75; actress Joyce Van Patten, 74; actor-comedian Marty Ingels, 72; country singer Mickey Gilley, 72; singer Mark Lindsay, 66; ABC anchorman Charles Gibson, 65; rock musician Robin Trower, 63; singer Jeffrey Osbome, 60; The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band musician Jimmie Fadden, 60; actress Jaime Lyn Bauer, 59; editor and writer Michael Kinsley, 57; actor-director Lonny Price, 49; actress Linda Fiorentino, 48; actress Juliette Binoche, 44; rapper C- Murder, 37; actor Emmanuel Lewis, 37; actress Jean Louisa Kelly, 36; actor Kerr Smith, 36; rapper Chingy, 28; actor Matthew Gray Gubler, 28; actress Brittany Snow, 22; rapper Bow Wow, 21 ; actor Luis Armand Garcia, 16. SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 Timberlake sets his sights on TV Associated MEW NEW YORK — Justin Timberlake — who isn't exactly hurting from lack of attention from women — is producing an NBC pilot about a bachelor who strikes out with the ladies. The Grammy-winning pop star is an executive producer on "My Problem with Women," which follows thirtysome- thing Jose as he attempts to understand his romantic failures through therapy sessions, Reveille Studios announced Friday. The show is based on "Mi Problema con las Mujeres," a Peruvian TV comedy. Reveille, the production company headed by Ben Silverman before he became NBC's entertainment chief last year, developed the BBC series "The Office" for NBC and the Spanish- language telenova "Ugly Betty" for ABC. Timberlake, 27, keeps expanding his reach in Hollywood. The former boy-bander has released two ambitious solo albums; appeared in the films "Alpha Dog" and "Black Snake Moan;" and voiced a character in last year's animated blockbuster "Shrek the Third." Timberlake launched a record label last year, and co-founded the William Rast fashion line with friend Trace Ayala. Lawyers for rapper LJ1 Wayne have filed a motion in Yuma County, Ariz., superior court to reduce a charge of possession of drugs for sale. The 25-year- old rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was indicted last month on one count each of possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Carter's attorney James Tilson said Friday that the original complaint given to the grand jury stated his client was in possession of about 29 grams of cocaine when he was arrested in January. But Tilson contends a lab report shows that Carter had fewer than 8 grams, not including the weight of the packaging. In Arizona, there is a statutory presumption that possession of 9 grams or more means an intent to sell, Tilson said. It could also mean the difference between jail time and probation. Elizabeth Lanza and Jeremy Rill star as would-be lovers whose principles and professions and get in the way of their romance in Circle Theatre's production of Cole Porter's "Can-Can." Right, lively choreography and vibrant costumes define Circle Theatre's production of the Cole Porter musical "Can-Can." Can-do attitude Circle Theatre's space doesn 't stop 'Can-Can ' BY BARBARA VITELLO DAILY HERALD Game AT LARGE email@example.com You have to admire spunky Circle Theatre. The company's tiny Forest Park storefront doesn't allow artistic director Kevin Bellie to stage musicals on the same scale as some of his suburban counterparts, but darn if he doesn't manage to deliver a spectacle just the same. Case in point: Circle's enthusiastic, zestfully choreographed, gorgeously costumed production of Cole Porter's 1953 musical "Can- Can." Director/choreographer Bellie's large, youthful cast twirls, spins, high-kicks and cartwheels their way across the stage in a bold, exuberant display occupying every inch of the limited space. Once again, Bellie's choreography impresses for its mix of high-style and pop savvy, especially evident in the erotic "Garden of Eden Ballet" and the aggressively sexy "Apache Dance" from France's vaudeville era. Kudos to Jesus Perez for his vivid, period costumes and designer Bob Knuth for the set, which evokes a 19th century Parisian cafe and atelier with simplicity and charm. The show looks great thanks to them. It sounds good, too. Music director Allison Kane has assembled a young but sold ensemble, with a chirping female chorus that's especially delightful. Better still, Circle's "Can- Can" includes Jeremy Rill, a polished performer with a grand voice. Problem is, it's nearly an hour before he sings his first solo and then it takes only a couple of notes of the lovely "I Am in Love" before he has them eating out of his hand. He delivers a couple more tasty moments in the second act with the classic "It's All Right with Me" and a Lottery Saturday, March ft, mute: Midday Pick 3 2-1-8 Midday Pick 4 3-5-8-6 Evening Pick 3 7-7-6 Evening Pick 4 3-0-5-9 Little Lotto 2-4-15-22-26 ($100,000) Lotto 22-28-35-44-47-51 ($2 million) Powerball 17-29-31-34-49(16) Power Play: 2 ($200 million) "Can-Can" *** out of four Location: Circle Theatre, 7300 W.Madison St., Forest Park Times: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays through April 6 Running Time: About 2 hours 30 minutes, with intermission Tickets: $26, $24 Parking: Street parking, metered parking. Be aware, some lots are permit only after 8 p.m. Box office: (708) 771-0700 or circle-theatre.org Rating: For most audiences charming reprise of "Ce'Est Magnifique" with well- matched co-star Elizabeth Lanza, whose heartfelt rendition of the show's other familiar tune, "I Love Paris" could have used a little less drama and a little more swing. Aside from the aforementioned gems, this old-fashioned love story about opposites attracting belongs to the second-tier musically. The lyrics and score lack the Porter panache of a "Kiss Me Kate." And writer Abe Burrows ("Guys and Dolls") has produced better books. To its credit, its message condemning censorship and sexual repression and celebrating tolerance, is rather progressive. But that's not enough to make a not-bad show brilliant. Set in 1893 Paris among the Bohemian habitues of the city's cafes, "Can-Can" is essentially a battle of the sexes between Aristide (the polished, affably imperious Ml), a hard-nosed judge determined to shut down clubs violating decency standards by allowing dancers to perform the raucous can-can, and the equally"'' resolute cafe owner Pistache (a peppery Lanza), a sly businesswoman who makes money when her dancers lift their skirts. There's also a secondary story involving naive Claudine (Rachel Quinn) who supports her shiftless, no-talent artist boyfriend Boris (a broadly comic Robert Deason) at the same time she's being pursued by the dapper art critic Hilaire (Mat Labotka in Snidely Whiplash mode). While "Can-Can" doesn't rank among musical theater's finest, the can-do attitude of Bellie and his company kick it up a notch. And Rill makes it sing. IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL Mom was right—getting hurt ruins all the fun. When you're hurt or feeling sick, turn to Sherman's Immediate Care Centers which can handle most anything a hospital emergency room 4 can handle, including burns, broken bones, cuts, sprains, and more. And with four convenient locations there's sure to be a center close by when- ever you need it. ... 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