URBANA — When former Urbana High School theater Director Tim Broeker left the school in the spring, co-director Alyssa Pavlakis and students from Broeker’s time at the school put together a variety show for him over Zoom, recording their favorite songs and monologues to perform for the outgo…
This week's lineup: Allison Semmes on Ollie Watts Davis; Carol Marin on Joe Wenzel; Michael Kelly on Heywood ‘Woody’ Sanders; Roxanne Decyk on Emily Watts; Carol Ross Barney on Jack Baker; Grace Hou-Ovnik on Louis Liebovich; Amber McReynolds on Brian Gaines; Scott Atlas on Gilbert Haight; Susan Avery on Marvin Geller; and Arielle Gross Samuels on Paul Braun.
At a university known for its accessibility, the renovation to Krannert Center was a much-needed update.
URBANA — As Illinois Theatre Professor Tom Mitchell dug through files of Tennessee Williams’ archives at the University of Texas six years ago, he found 75 disorganized pages of a story that surprised him.
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Created by 'We Make Events,' which describes itself as 'a coalition of trade bodies, businesses, unions and live-events workers,' the event included over 1,500 buildings across the country to raise awareness for unemployed workers.
The Champaign Park District said Friday it has suspended public and private events at the Virginia Theatre through April 2021 due to coronavirus concerns.
Mike Ross: 'As far as I can tell, unless criteria change, it’s hard to be able to imagine going into larger gatherings until that vaccine is out there and showing effective results.'
With the state set to enter Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, staff writer Anthony Zilis examines what various of University of Illinois venues are anticipating will change once students and visitors return.
'We were in the process of becoming a temporary drive-thru restaurant if we were not allowed to open as a theater for the time being, so we could survive until the restrictions were lifted.'
Who out there could use a good laugh right about now? We reached out to 100 stars of stand-up comedy and others in the funny business and asked them to make us laugh.
CHAMPAIGN — Playing at Parkland College’s Second Stage Theatre over the next four days: “Steel Magnolias,” a production of the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company.
For the last four years, Schlarman grad Daniel Hampel has worked to bring the show to State Farm Center. His efforts will become reality at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The reality of the situation is clear to Jaclyn Loewenstein, who is involved with several local groups: The value of space in downtown Champaign is on the rise, while local nonprofit troupes can’t pay steep prices and are hurting for space.
The stories are connected by the theme laid out in the title, love that slipped away. The play also includes original music by Scott Knier, who plays the guitar and sings between readings.
This production, skillfully directed by Latrelle Bright, features impressive performances by Corey Barlow as the Emcee, Connor Kamradt as Cliff, Erica Cruz-Hernandez as Frau Schneider, and Anna Benoit as Sally Bowles.
After the opportunity to rent a version of the title vehicle fell through, a team led by the father of one the leads, who took a week off work, spent a combined 150 hours creating 'almost the exact replica of it' based on a picture from the classic film.
A show of this scale isn't common, but as part of Krannert's multiyear 50th anniversary celebration, Illinois Theatre, Lyric Theatre at Illinois and Dance at Illinois decided to create something larger than they each could produce on their own.
Wendell Diller reminds me of why I began writing about audio 44 years ago. Diller, the marketing manager for Magnepan speakers, exudes the now rare passion, enthusiasm and expertise, once common in the speaker business. Diller, although eligible for social security, continues touring the cou…
The national director of That’s What She Said, owner of Key Light Consulting, Girl Scout troop co-leader and co-founder of The Family Room opened up to staff writer Alexandria Kobryn.
Playwright Sarah DeLappe paints an endearing portrait of female adolescence with her inaugural play, “The Wolves,” now playing at the Studio Theatre at Krannert Center for Performing Arts.
What was it about the 1990s that inspired playwrights to make legendary (and troubled) actor John Barrymore a central figure in no fewer than four plays?
So far, it has showcased a Gospel Explosion, Spittin’ Figures, a discussion of the Tuskegee Airmen and World War II), Soul Train Karaoke and bowling at the Illini Union. At 7:30 p.m. tonight, the group will host its annual fashion show.
Despite its name — 'I Hate Hamlet' — audience members may walk out of the Station Theatre's new play with a greater appreciation for Shakespeare. It debuts tonight at the Urbana theater and runs for the next three weeks.