Krannert's 2019-20 lineup hits notes from across the performing-arts world

To director Mike Ross, the aspect that makes Krannert Center's 2019-20 season special goes beyond the splashy names.

CU Ballet dancers put their all into 'Swan Lake' performance

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Urbana Ballet's production of "Swan Lake" delves into the passion of love — and its potential for tragedy.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed "Swan Lake" in 1875 and 1876, with its story based on several different tales.

It was not an immediate success, but is now considered one of the greatest ballets of all time.

John Frayne | Krannert's 50th season finishes on some high notes

The Krannert Center Debut Artist Concert in Foellinger Great Hall on April 14 had a historic significance. It was the final event during the Krannert Center's celebration of its 50th season.

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins/review | 'On the Exhale' will make you hug your children


In this Age of Cacophony with smartphones buzzing, beeping and ringing as they relentlessly vie for our attention, it is helpful to be reminded that less can be more.

Dustin Yocum's production of "On the Exhale," a 2017 play by Martin Zimmerman, appears to take "less is more" as its motto and employs it to quiet, poignant effect.

Art Theater hosting celebration of female jazz musicians Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — In honor of International Jazz Day, the Art Theater is hosting a celebration, "Women of Jazz: An Inside Look."

It will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the theater, 126 W. Church St., C.

It will be followed by an after-party at 7 p.m. at the Esquire Lounge, 106 N. Walnut St., C, featuring music by the Taco Belles.

Lyric Theatre's 'Crazy for You' a toe-tapping tribute to Gershwin tunes

URBANA — "I like a Gershwin tune, how about you?"

That's what one Broadway great, Cole Porter, composed about the Gershwin brothers.

Twin City's 'On the Exhale' a stark, topical one-woman show

CHAMPAIGN — Twin City Theatre Company's Kimberly Schofield is the entire cast in "On the Exhale," which opens Friday.

Martin Zimmerman's drama is directed by Dustin Yocum.

The play is connected to an explosive school shooting, and how it affects a liberal college professor in an unusual way.

What's it like for Schofield to be "the cast"?

Lyric Theatre at Illinois: Crazy For You

Lyric Theatre Illinois presents the music and lyrics George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's "Crazy For You" at Krannert Center, opening Thursday, April 25, 2019

Frank's Weekend Faves, April 21, 2019

The Iron Post is one of the best jazz venues around, but it's been known to rock from time to time as well. Such will be the case Thursday when it hosts a show featuring the Chicago-based rock duo OHMME, along with Mermaid Heaven and zzo.

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins/review | Adult comedy soars in Station's 'Bird'


In the dusty archives of a famed actors' club in St. Petersburg, Russia, a bust of the great dramatist Anton Chekhov peers down at mere mortals who sit at a table near the bookcase where he is perched. Why would this come to mind at Thursday night's opening of "Stupid _______ Bird" by Aaron Posner at the Station Theatre in Urbana?