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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."
CHAMPAIGN — If you feel some theater and other performances are too long, head over to Parkland Theatre to see its latest production: Neo-Futurist plays from "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" — 30 plays in 60 minutes — and as a warm-up, Christopher Durang's short comedy "The Actor's Nightmare."
DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College's liberal arts division and the DACC Players will present "Hairspray" this upcoming weekend.
Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16-18, at Bremer Theater.
CHAMPAIGN — The exhibition, "A Bespoke Generation," on view starting Friday at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, will explore historical costumes from the University of Illinois and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts collection.
The opening reception will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Indi Go, 9 E. University Ave., C. The exhibition will remain on display through Nov. 21.
URBANA — After conducting Daniel Catan's opera "Rappaccini's Daughter" in 2009 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Eduardo Diazmunoz made a toast to Catan and Thomas Schleis, promising that he would conduct all of Catan's operas at Illinois.
CHAMPAIGN — The World Stage Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as a 1 p.m. matinee Friday, at the Stratford Park Bible Chapel, 2801 W. Kirby Ave.
PAXTON — The Tri-County Children's Theatre Workshop will present "Holka Polka!" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Market Street Theatre.
The presentation is the culmination of the Tri-County Players' first children's theater workshop, which has been meeting for months.
URBANA — Like many young folks who are active in high school theater, Jeri Hart loved it but figured she would never do it again after graduating.
She went on to major in elementary education at the University of Illinois but discovered quickly she couldn't leave theater behind.
It's in her blood.