Sunday Night Sondheim – "Good Thing Going" and "Company"

Regarding this wonderful video:

  • Songs: “Good Thing Going” from “Merrily We Roll Along” by Stephen Sondheim, incredible vocal arrangement and performance by The Tonics. There is also a short bit of “Company” from the musical “Company”.
  • The Tonics” performed together for six years in the late 1980s/early 1990s.
  • A young (22yo?) Jason Robert Brown wrote the orchestrations, conducted the orchestra and can be seen accompanying them on piano. JRB was the musical director for The Tonics for several years.
  • Singers (from left to right) are Cortes Alexander, Brian Lane Green, Lindy Robbins and Gene Reed.

Holiday Sing-Along with Porchlight Music Theatre

Celebrate the Holidays through a rousing sing-a-long with Porchlight actors, singing their favorite holiday tunes!!

Porchlight Holiday Sing-Along

Holiday Story-Telling Festival at Village Players

Village Players Performing Arts Center presents

‘Tis The Season

A Holiday Storytelling Festival

Village Players’ popular and crowd-pleasing Storytelling series continues with a four night festival of holiday storytelling, featuring different performances every night.  National and local tellers will create a celebration of seasonal tales: Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa – from true tales to folktales, humorous to heartwarming.

Handily, there will be four shows; four different “packages” of tellers:


Saturday, December 13 7:30 pm
Margaret Burk
Linda Gorham
Joshua Safford
Susan Stone
Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 pm
Sue Black
Jim May
Janet Thompson
Oba William-King
Saturday, December 20 7:30 pm
Greg Weiss – A Christmas Carol
Sunday, December 21 at 2:30 pm
Judith Heineman
Marie Ringenberg
Ben Rosenfeld
Jane Stenson

‘Tis the Season: A Holiday Storytelling Festival performs December 13, 14, 20 & 21.. Show times are Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $20 per show or 3 shows for $45 (a savings of $15!).

Presented in the Blackbox Theater of the newly renovated Village Players Performing Arts Center located at 1010 Madison St., Oak Park (map). Plenty of parking is available on the street. The theater is handicap accessible; please call ahead to arrange for special seating. More information is available at or 866-764-1010.


In addition, Village Players will present a two separate concerts:

A Rock’N’Roll Christmas – Friday, December 19

Board President Paul McKenna is coming out of the office and onstage for one night only! McKenna, owner of popular Forest Park eatery Starship Restaurant, will bring in all his favorite friends, including The Paw Minnow Band, for an evening of great music. This is a Christmas concert for anyone who thinks a little guitar is instrumental for some Christmas cheer.

We Need A Little Christmas – Saturday, December 20

This Village Players Christmas concert will unite some old friends and some new faces for an evening of traditional and classy Christmas music. Dale Calandra, direct from the national tour of Hairspray, will host the evening as his hilarious alter ego Aunt Lola Cabana. Featured performers include renowned Chicago jazz singer Denny Englemen as well as Village Players favorites Laurie Marchese (The Full Monty) and Jack Crowe (Chad Morton’s TV Christmas Miracle).

"The Screwtape Letters" to celebrate C.S. Lewis’ 110th Birthday

screwtapeletters The Screwtape Letters, the hit drama based on C.S. Lewis class novel of the same name, now playing at the Mercury Theater, will host a birthday celebration in honor of Lewis’s 110th birthday on Thursday, December 4th.  Following the 8pm performance, a panel of leading C.S. Lewis experts will discuss his influence as on of the most provocative theologians of all time.  Following the talk, audience members (and that could be you!) will be invited to enjoy birthday cake and coffee provided by Cullen’s Bar and Grill.  Yum!

Chicago Theaters offer up stocking-full of Christmas Shows

A Wonderful Life  (info)   A Christmas Story  (info)
Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN   Noble Fool Theatre, St. Charles
Nov 17 – Dec 14   Nov 15 – Dec 27
Snowflake Tim’s Big Holiday Adventure  (info)   A Very Neo-Futurist Christmas Carol  (info)
Lifeline Theatre, Chicago   The Neo-Futurists, Chicago
Dec 14 – Jan 4   Nov 22 – Dec 23
A Christmas Carol  (info)   Dublin Carol  (info)
Goodman Theatre, Chicago   Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
Nov 21 – Dec 31    Half-Off Tickets!   Nov 19 – Jan 9
Radio City Christmas Spectacular  (info)   Anung’s First American Christmas  (info)
Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont   Vitalist Theatre, Chicago
Nov 19 – Dec 21   Nov 18 – Jan 4
Meet Me In St. Louis  (info)    500 Clown Christmas  (info)
Drury Lane Water Tower, Chicago    North Central College, Naperville
Nov 20 – Dec 7   Dec 18 – Dec 23
Christmas Schooner  (info)    The Santaland Diaries  (info)
Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago   Theatre Wit, Chicago
Nov 28 – Jan 4   Nov 22 – Dec 28
Tommy Guns Garage Holiday Show  (info)    A Christmas Memory; The Thanksgiving Visitor  (info)
2114 S. Wabash, Chicago   Provision Theater, Chicago
Nov 28 – Dec 31   Nov 10 – Dec 21
 Snow Queen  (info)    Black Nativity (info)
Victory Gardens, Chicago   Congo Square Theatre, Chicago
Nov 28 – Dec 28    $15 Tickets!   Nov 21 – Dec 28
 Winter Pageant Redux  (info)   2nd City’s Holiday Show  (info)
Redmoon Theater, Chicago   Second City Improv, Chicago
Nov 10 – Dec 21   24-hours non-stop, Dec 9 – 10
Jacob Marley’s Xmas Carol    Holiday Sing-Along  (info)
Theatre Wit, Chicago (info)   Porchlight Music Theatre, Chicago
Nov 22 – Dec 28   December 15th, 7:30pm
A Holiday Evening of Mime    A White Christmas (info)
The Mime Company, Chicago (info)   Village Players Theatre, Oak Park
December 11 – 28   December 13 – 14
Sexy Santa’s Spectacular    A Christmas Carol    (more info)
Gorilla Tango Theatre, Chicago   Writers’ Theatre, Glencoe
Nov 28 – Dec 20    (more info)   Dec 13 – Dec 23         Tickets for $14 !

After 30 fruitful years, Arlene Credson stepping down from Pegasus Players

Arlene Crewdson After a very fruitful 30-year run as artistic director (and founder) of Pegasus Players, Arlene Crewdson is stepping down (but will never be far away, I’m assuming!).  From PerformInk’s interview;

“We’re 30 years old, we don’t have a deficit, there’s money in the bank, and most important of all, I’m going to be a grandma.”

Best of luck Granny!!

Lookingglass Theatre extends "The Brothers Karamazov"

Due to popular ticket demand, Lookingglass Theatre will be extending their mainstage play The Brothers Karamazov, written and directed by Heidi Stillman (adapted from the novel written by Fyodor Dostoevsky).      [hat-tip to]