Station's 'Hir' is simultaneously 'hilarious, endearing, chaotic and heartbreaking'

URBANA — There's a certain slyness to "Hir," by Taylor Mac — themes the director says make the comedy especially relevant to our times.

The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre's newest production — it opens tonight — is about gender roles and family tension.

Illinois Theatre's 'Marat/Sade': 'I like the way it unsettles the audience'

Laura Hackman, the guest director of 'Marat/Sade,' and Kirsten Pullen, the head of Illinois Theatre, told Paul Wood about their Krannert production (opening tonight) of the still-shocking 1960s play.

Kirsten, what attracted you to this play? It's pretty controversial even now.

Student turned pit director puts music to Central-Centennial production of 'Shrek'

CHAMPAIGN — Normally, Patrick Duncker's gaze is directed away from the stage during Champaign Central's musicals. The all-state oboe player rarely misses a show as a member of the pit, which faces the audience.

But Central and Centennial's collaboration of "Shrek" this week didn't call for an oboe player. So instead, the Maroons' marching band drum major took the next logical step.

Illinois Theatre: 'Marat/Sade'

Directed by Laura Hackman, Illinois Theatre presents Peter Weiss' "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the directo of the Marquis de Sade." The play opens in Krannert Center's Studio Theatre on Nov. 1, 2018, and continues through Nov. 11.

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins/review | Check out 'Deathtrap' for a thrill and a laugh


You know it's getting to be the holidays when thrillers arrive on community stages.

At the Sodo Theatre in downtown Champaign, the Twin City Theatre Co. opened Ira Levin's classic take on the murder genre, "Deathtrap," on Friday night.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2018


This weekend


What: Ages 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Dress up in your favorite costume and join the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest. Take a walk through our spook-tacularly (family-friendly) Haunted House.Bring a bag to collect your goodies.

Lyric Theatre's 'La Boheme' sets things in motion

URBANA — The story of "La Boheme" revolves around four Bohemian artists.

But in the telling of the story of the Italian opera at Krannert Center, mechanics are heavily involved. Three motors power the automated sets, which move on and off the stage while the curtain is up and the audience watches a choreographed movement of actors and backdrops.

Lyric Theatre at Illinois: La Boheme

The opera classic La Boheme directed by Nathan Gunn, opens Thursday, October 25, 2018.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Oct. 21, 2018

Halloween — one of my favorite times of year — is more than a week away, but if you're one of those ghoulish types (like me!) for whom it's never too soon to get your spook on, you can't do any better — nor more old-school gothic — than a live stage performance of 'Dracula' in a century-old theater.

John Frayne | Foellinger audience enjoyed 'An Evening on Broadway'

"An Evening on Broadway" hit the boards of the Foellinger Great Hall on Oct. 6 with an evening of lively singing, organized and performed by Nathan and Julie Gunn and friends.