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By JEFFREY ERIC JENKINSThere is an unwritten rule that professional theater critics do not participate in standing ovations at the end of performances.To some extent, this is due to the "American Idol"-ization of this country, in which the end of a performance has become a signal for audiences to automatically jump to their feet and cheer.

By JEFFREY ERIC JENKINSWhenever Edward Albee was asked what a play of his was about, he would unfailingly answer, "about two hours." Who knew that the Grand Man of American Drama was fond of "Dad jokes"?Despite Albee's mischievous reply, though, it is a really good question for young directors to ask themselves: What is this play about?

Topping our arts-and-entertainment expert's chart this week: CobraFest in Tolono, Strawberry Jam in Urbana and 'local and regional' troubadours at the Rose Bowl.

Now that the concert halls have mostly fallen silent for the next four months, it's time to look back at selected highlights of the fall 2018 season at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

The last offering this semester of Lyric Theatre at Illinois was the 1993 musical "Crazy for You," with songs by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin, largely from their 1935 musical "Girl Crazy." This production ran from April 25 to a matinee performance on April 28, which I attended.

EVENTSThis weekendSPRING CRAFT AND PLANT SALEWhat: Several vendors with handcrafted items and a variety of plants will be for sale plus a bake sale. Sponsored by Champaign County Home and Community EducationWhen: 4 to 8 p.m. May 3.Where: Champaign County Farm Bureau Auditorium, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.Cost: Entry fee, $1; children, free.

By JEFFREY ERIC JENKINSIn 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.