Tricia Stiller

Tricia Stiller

Review: Parkland's 'Kazam!' big on nostalgia

In celebration of Parkland College's arrival at the half-century milestone, faculty member Kerry Bean has penned a pun-filled, baby boomer homage to superheroes, dastardly deeds and espionage with his musical murder mystery melodrama, "Kazam! Intrepid Inspector Ingrid of Interpol and the Crimson-Caped Killer Caper." Whew — say that 10 times fast!

Review: Production lets audience get in on the act

Winter's arrival brings with it a kaleidoscope of emotions that, for many, are not always a celebration of dancing sugar plums. One's social media status, when it comes to the season, might read: "It's complicated."

Illustrating this truth exquisitely is the current production at the Station Theatre in Urbana, "Every Brilliant Thing" by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe.

Tricia Stiller/Review: 'Minotaur' gets a contemporary reboot

The fantastic, theatrical realm of Greek mythology is full of tales worthy of new exploration. The complex narratives that inspire more questions than answers are the key components in the artistic process.

How fitting to see "The Minotaur" get a contemporary reboot, courtesy of the lyrical pen of playwright Anna Ziegler.

Review: 'The Night Alive' has powerhouse performances

Playwright/poet Conor McPherson has a knack for exposing humanness in his writings; from the sort of highs to the abysmal lows, mankind's glorious imperfections are celebrated, and I can think of no better venue for this type of theatrical experience than the intimate black box of wonder known as the Celebration Company at the Station Theatre.

'Discord' sure to spark conversation

In his 1944 play “No Exit,” French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre observed that “Hell is other people.” Clearly, contemporary playwright Scott Carter agrees and sets forth to illustrate the point in his awkwardly named yet brilliant exploration, “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord.” The Celebration Company production is currently playing at

REVIEW: Performances you shouldn't miss

The University of Illinois 2015-2016 theater season, which intentionally provoked the conversation of public discourse throughout its well-planned season, will come to a resounding end at the conclusion of its current production, "In the Blood" by Suzan-Lori Parks. It is a theatrical experience you shouldn't miss.

Review: Show will put a smile on your face

By Tricia Stiller

It has been said that "love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise." It's hard to type that without adding a sigh of agreement, illustrated with raised eyebrows and a nod. And now, thanks to the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, maybe a toe tap or two.

Review: 'Drowsy Chaperone' offers evening of pure enjoyment

After a long and challenging work week, I treated myself to a musical comedy, and as I type this, I realize I am still smiling as I recall the highlights (and there were many) from Friday night's selection, a performance of "The Drowsy Chaperone" at the newly renovated Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College.

Review: 'Urinetown' an impressive ensemble effort

Despite its name, which can admittedly raise a few eyebrows among potential ticket buyers, "Urinetown" the musical is a well-structured, multiple-award-winning musical satire that takes a well-placed stab at a number of targets, including corporate corruption, local government, social responsibility and, believe it or not, musical theater!

Review: 'Awakening' an eye-opener

The united efforts of The University of Illinois departments of theatre, music and dance exploded on stage Thursday in a stellar opening-night performance of the multiple-Tony Award-winning musical, "Spring Awakening."