Melissa Merli/review | 'Sweat' reflects rage, ruin of blue-collar workers

URBANA — After playwright Lynn Nottage read in 2011 a New York Times article about Reading, Pa., population 88,000, being the poorest city of its size in the country, she set out to get to know the town.

Rosemary Laughlin/review | CUTC's 'Annie' a tail-wagging, toe-tapping good time


We have another golden oldie! This one comes with a1977 Tony Award for Best Musical. The current performance by the Champaign Urbana Theater Company allows all ages to enjoy its music and local actors.As you read this, there is one performance left of "Annie." If your Sunday afternoon schedule is free, go and fill it with delight.

Plenty of stuff to 'Sweat' in Station's new play

URBANA — A play based on hard times for working people opens tonight at the Station Theatre.

"Sweat" is directed by Mathew Green.

A Pulitzer Prize winner, the drama's inspiration comes from real events between 2000 and 2008 in the factory town of Reading, Pa.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 2-9, 2018


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Frank's Weekend Faves, July 29, 2018

Does the summer heat have you seeing mirages of parrots and palm trees? Don't just sit there wasting away in Margaritaville; weigh anchor and set your course for downtown Champaign this Saturday for the 14th annual C-U in the Prairibbean — and support local programs and services for the developmentally disabled while you're at it.

Entertainment listings, July 26-Aug. 2, 2018


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Top of the Morning, July 25, 2018

Among the discussion items on tap at today's Champaign Park District board meeting:

Should the Virginia Theatre add mixed drinks to its ever-expanding menu?

Since 2013, the district-owned theater in downtown Champaign has served beer and wine to favorable reviews.

At Japan House, Offerman's gazebo no longer off the beaten path

URBANA — A gazebo tucked in the woods near the University of Illinois Japan House may be famous because of its creator — actor and UI theater alumnus Nick Offerman — but until now, it was quite literally off the beaten path.

Entertainment listings, July 19-26, 2018


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Wired In: Mark Van den Avont

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. Meet MARK VAN DEN AVONT, a sophomore at the University of Illinois. He decided to create a product, HexNest, to prevent a dangerous problem that affected him — he's OK now — and people in the same situation. The UI has been a big help, he says.