Tricia Stiller

Tricia Stiller

Tricia Stiller/review | Parkland students do a fine job with Neil Simon's earliest work

Late last summer, we said goodbye to beloved playwright Neil Simon, who died peacefully at the age of 91. Simon is remembered as a prolific writer, an insightful humorist who penned more than 30 plays and just as many screenplays (though those were mostly screen adaptations of his plays).

Tricia Stiller/review | Illinois Theatre's powerful 'Hit the Wall' was worth the drive

I drove through white-out conditions — another round of the dreaded "polar vortex" — to attend the opening performance of Ike Holter's "Hit the Wall," now at the Krannert Center. The evening's offering was not only worthy of the terrifying drive, the experience is one I would willingly repeat in order to see this powerful production.

Tricia Stiller/review | Cast delivers high-octane performance in Station's 'Mamma Mia'

For fans of a certain age, the music of Swedish pop sensation ABBA resurrects memories of disco balls, platform shoes and dancing 'till dawn.

To newer audiences, hits like "Dancing Queen" and "The Winner Takes it All" are songs on the soundtrack of a smash Broadway jukebox musical that eventually got the Hollywood treatment.

Tricia Stiller/review | Illinois Theatre's 'Forum' stands up to test of time

Can a comedy inspired by an ancient Roman playwright still appeal to audiences some 2,000 years later? You bet it can, because funny is funny.

That statement was proven Thursday night at the opening performance of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," now playing at the Krannert Center's Colwell Playhouse.

Trica Stiller/review | 'American Daughter' will enlighten some, enrage others

Though written at the tail end of the 20th century in 1996 for the mathematically squeamish, Wendy Wasserstein's award-winning play, "An American Daughter," could easily have been inspired by today's turbulent political climate, especially as it pertains to the roles and abilities of women and the impossible standards they can be held to, when compared to those applied to men.

Rachel Fuller | A story that will stay with you


Elizabeth Acevedo's bestselling young adult novel "The Poet X" follows Xiomara Batista, a young girl in Harlem who feels unheard but is yearning to develop her own voice. Her voice, she finds, can be hard to share while also living with(in) the expectations of family.

Tricia Stiller/review | SoDo Theatre's 'Mountaintop' features honest performances

In his final speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed his followers and inspired them to "stand with a greater determination," to "move on, in these powerful days of challenge, and make America what It ought to be."

On the very next day, April 4, 1968, King was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

Tricia Stiller/review | Play examines defining moments

Michael Bartlett's award-winning, serio-comedy might have a title that offends a few people, "Cock." But if you can get past that (and really, you should), you'll find a thoughtful exploration of self that is well-timed in this rapidly changing world.

Tricia Stiller: Station's 'Silent Sky' a shining example of breaking down barriers

For centuries, women have been raising social consciousness, which though once set at a constant and steady simmer has more recently erupted in a full rolling boil.

Tricia Stiller/review: Parkland's 'Only You' a slice of life in all its messy glory

William Shakespeare once said, "The course of true love never did run smooth." In Timothy Mason's "Only You," now playing at Parkland College Second Stage Theatre, that seems like a hideous understatement.