Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins/review | Absurdity, realism clash to provoke laughs in 'Hir'

By JEFFREY ERIC JENKINS

"Words matter."

It is a simple but eloquent phrase that arose in conversation with a friend a few hours before the opening night performance of "Hir" by Taylor Mac. As the inspired lunacy of Mac's play unfolded Thursday night at the Station Theatre, the matter of words haunted the air.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Nov. 4, 2018

My favorite local music concert this week? No surprise here. That would be hometown heroes REO Speedwagon's triumphant return to the Virginia Theatre in Champaign on Saturday. These guys really do keep pushin' on!

Yes, I've seen Kevin Cronin, Neal Dougherty, Bruce Hall and friends light up the stage on quite a few previous occasions. That's no less reason to want to see them again.

Who lives here? Nov. 3, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 3, 2018

I asked BARRINGTON COLEMAN if he's rusty ahead of tonight's return to the stage after a year's sabbatical. Stupid question.

"Not rusty at all," the longtime director of the UI's Varsity Men's Glee Club said. "They made me work too hard while I was gone."

Illinois Theatre's 'Marat/Sade': 'I like the way it unsettles the audience'

Laura Hackman, the guest director of 'Marat/Sade,' and Kirsten Pullen, the head of Illinois Theatre, told Paul Wood about their Krannert production (opening tonight) of the still-shocking 1960s play.

Kirsten, what attracted you to this play? It's pretty controversial even now.

Station's 'Hir' is simultaneously 'hilarious, endearing, chaotic and heartbreaking'

URBANA — There's a certain slyness to "Hir," by Taylor Mac — themes the director says make the comedy especially relevant to our times.

The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre's newest production — it opens tonight — is about gender roles and family tension.

Frank's Faves: Epic movies

"The clock will tick away the hours one by one, then the time will come when all the waiting's done ... If it takes forever, I will wait for you." — Jacques Demy

The Screening Room | 'Bohemian Rhapsody' missing a few vital notes

It is with great regret that I report that "Bohemian Rhapsody" is not the film Queen fans have been waiting for, nor is it the one the band deserves.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 1-8, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: A Klose Knit Fashion Show — Where Knitting Meets Passion. Silent auction and raffle. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

Where: held in the back hallway of Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, behind Common Ground Food Co-op, 300 S. Broadway Ave., #166, downtown Urbana.

Illinois Theatre: 'Marat/Sade'

Directed by Laura Hackman, Illinois Theatre presents Peter Weiss' "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the directo of the Marquis de Sade." The play opens in Krannert Center's Studio Theatre on Nov. 1, 2018, and continues through Nov. 11.

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