Tricia Stiller/review | Illinois Theatre's 'Forum' stands up to test of time

Can a comedy inspired by an ancient Roman playwright still appeal to audiences some 2,000 years later? You bet it can, because funny is funny.

That statement was proven Thursday night at the opening performance of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," now playing at the Krannert Center's Colwell Playhouse.

Krannert the perfect 'Forum' for new take on classic musical

CHAMPAIGN — A funny thing is happening on the way to Krannert Center.

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" is directed by longtime theater Professor J.W. Morrissette.

And there are plenty of funny things in the musical classic.

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Illinois Theatre: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The classic farce Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by J.W.Morrisette opens in Thursday, October 18 in the Colwell Playhouse.

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Jeffrey Eric Jenkins/review | Station production explores gendered history


When playwright Jaclyn Backhaus began writing "Men on Boats," the story of an 1869 expedition to chart the geography of the Green and Colorado rivers, she paused to consider why she was writing on this topic, which had long fascinated her.

Trica Stiller/review | 'American Daughter' will enlighten some, enrage others

Though written at the tail end of the 20th century in 1996 for the mathematically squeamish, Wendy Wasserstein's award-winning play, "An American Daughter," could easily have been inspired by today's turbulent political climate, especially as it pertains to the roles and abilities of women and the impossible standards they can be held to, when compared to those applied to men.

'Men on Boats': A grand experiment

URBANA — There are a lot of surprises in "Men On Boats," including who the men are.

The play premieres tonight at the Station Theatre.

Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus, like many who've been to the Grand Canyon, grew up hearing the story of John Wesley Powell and the nine men who navigated the Colorado River. The one-armed Civil War veteran mapped it for the government.

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'A sense of perspective'

In "An American Daughter," the late playwright Wendy Wasserstein writes about situations that are still in the news, including the roles women play in politics.

Paul Wood asked director TOM MITCHELL to let us know more about the play, which opens tonight at Krannert Center.

Why did you choose this play?