Tricia Stiller

Tricia Stiller

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."

Review: 'How to Succeed' clearly succeeds

The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company has kicked off off its 22nd Season with the musical satire, "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying," now playing at the Parkland College Theatre.

'Jackson' is a high-voltage show

The "People's President," Ol' Hickory himself, gets a rockin' tribute in the brazen musical satire "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," now playing at Urbana's Station Theatre.

Double dose of hilarity at Parkland

Fans of the absurd are in for a double dose of hilarity courtesy of the Parkland College Department of Fine and Applied Arts and their current offerings: Christopher Durang's "The Actor's Nightmare" and the Neo-Futurist Acting Company's "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind."

Perfect timing for 'Dracula'

As All Hallows Eve looms on the horizon, thoughts of things that go bump in the night disturb our slumber and cause us to question what we believe to be real.

Was that just the wind? Is it cold in here? Have I gone mad?

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