URBANA — As Liz Duffy Adam's play, "Or," opens, the real-life character Aphra Behn, the first commercially successful female playwright in the Western tradition, languishes in debtors' jail, having not been paid for her work as a spy for King Charles II.
URBANA — The University of Illinois Department of Theatre will present the groundbreaking AIDS drama "The Normal Heart," written by Larry Kramer. The play opens Thursday and runs through April 7 in the Studio Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
URBANA — The newly formed Illini Student Musicals group will present "Little Shop of Horrors" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the newly renovated Lincoln Hall Theater on the University of Illinois campus.
Seth Valentine directs the production. Choreography is by Lauren Welton, and music directors are Aaron Kaplan and Stephen Boyer.
CISSNA PARK — The Country Theatre Workshop will have auditions Friday and Saturday and again in April and May for its 2013 season.
The auditions are for people interested in acting on stage or helping back stage. The auditions for the comedies "Come Blow Your Horn" and "Stealing Home" will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.
URBANA — The city Public Arts Commission has selected recipients of the 2013 Urbana Arts Grants.
Among them is the Common Ground Food Co-op at Lincoln Square Village, which will receive a total of $5,000 from the city and the Urbana Business Association to start an art gallery. That is the largest amount given to any recipient.
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.
But the actors love that world — and the singing and dancing within it
CHAMPAIGN — Viewed through a modern lens, the Broadway hit musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is chauvinistic and offensive.