One of the last emails I received from Roger Ebert came Feb. 9. Characteristically, it was about someone he was promoting, both as one of his "Far Flung Correspondents" — FFCs, the bloggers from around the world that he featured on his website — and filmmaker.
URBANA — The public is invited to "Landscapes: Performing Space & Culture: A Graduate Conference," taking place Friday and Saturday at the University of Illinois.
The conference was organized by graduate students in the UI's theater history and criticism program and the Theatre Student Organization.
MONTICELLO — The Monticello Theatre Association will have open auditions for the comedy "The Hallelujah Girls" at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St.
CHAMPAIGN — Thomas Nicol and members of Zoo Improv will present an interactive theater production on Friday evening to raise money for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Champaign County.
DANVILLE — The Danville Area Community College Players, who are part of the college's Liberal Arts Division, will present the revue "Stage Door," written by Edna Ferber and George Kaufman, next weekend.
The performances, open to the general public, will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday in the Bremer Theater on the DACC campus.
DANVILLE — The Red Mask Players will present the murder-mystery, "Zara, Or Who Killed the Queen of the Silent Screen?," the next two weekends at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.
URBANA — IJPAN, the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network, will present on Monday evening a webcast of a staged reading of "Strolling Invader," a new play being performed at the Japan Society of New York.
By Audrey Wells
The painful subject of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart" is no reason not to see the exquisite production of it by the University of Illinois Department of Theatre at the Krannert Center of the Performing Arts. Grab your hanky and go.
By Audrey Wells
The opening-night audience at The Celebration Company's production of "Or," by Liz Duffy Adams had an unambiguously wonderful time. The Station Theatre hosted a full house, and the cheerful pre-curtain buzz was backed by the bouncy Herman's Hermits' song "I'm Into Something Good."
And indeed we were.