Theater Thursday: ‘5th of July’

Thursday, July 2

5th of July by Lanford Wilson
Oak Park Festival Theatre
Austin Gardens, Oak Park

5thofjulypicKick off the 4th of July holiday weekend a day early with Lanford Wilson‘s sequel to Talley’s Folly. A compassionate ensemble portrait of a generation trying to decide how to cope with the idealism of the 60’s. At once poignant and marvelously funny.  Prior to the performance there will be an opportunity to meet and talk with actors from the production, with appetizers courtesy of Wishbone Restaurant.

Event begins at 6:45 p.m.

Show begins at 8 p.m.

TICKETS ONLY $22 for adults, $17 for students and seniors
For reservations call 708.445.4440 and mention "Theater Thursdays" or buy online at http://oakparkfestival.org with code "ThTh."

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Chicago Theater tidbits: Batsheva Dance Company, Village Players, "Don’t Dress for Dinner"

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A post-performance chat with Batsheva Dance Company Artistic Director Ohad Naharin will be held immediately following the Feb. 7 (opening night) performance at the Auditorium Theatre. Dance critic Lucia Mauro will moderate. Returning to Chicago for the first time in 15 years, Batsheva Dance Company of Israel will present Naharin’s signature work “Deca Dance”.  The renowned company will perform for 2 evenings only, Feb 7th and 8th.  Tickets: thru Ticketmaster or calling 312.902.1500.  (See pics above)
   

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Don’t worry, although I have my YouTube series “Sunday Night Sondheim”, I won’t add “Monday Morning Pope“.
   

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The world-premier musical “Far From Freud”, presented by Oak Park’s Village Players, has added one final performance – Friday, January 30th at 8pm.  “Far From Freud” is written by Phil Riegle and directed by Christopher Pazdernik.  [Listen to one of the show’s songs “How It’s Gonna Be” by clicking here.]
   

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On this day in history (January 27th): In 1885 stage and screen composer Jerome Kern was born in New York.  And it just so happens that another composer was also born on the 27th: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born in Salzburg in 1756.
   

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Darren Pettie will join the cast of British Stage Company’s screwball comedy Don’t Dress for Dinner“, by Marc Camoletti and directed by John Tilling. Other members of the ensemble include Mark Harelik (Light In The Piazza) and Patricia Kalember of “thirtysomething” and “Sisters“. Running through February at The Royal George, more info can be found at the show’s website.
   

Video Clip from ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’

Theater tidbits….Freud, Reinventing Seattle, and an Evening of Holiday Mime

Village Players of Oak Park will present the new musical Far From Freud, by Phil Riegle and directed by Christopher Pazdernik.  Running for 2 weekends, January 17th – January 25th, Far From Freud will feature Stephanie Foster, James Gavin, Sydney Genco, Michael Jeija, Jennifer Noble, Laura MacGregor, Erin Marie O’She, Andrew Toniolo, and Joe Zordan.  Production team includes Dominic Clemente and pianist Kimberly Widmer.   More info here.

 

Reflect. Reinvent. React. Reconnect:  Join more than 1600 arts professionals to learn and reflect in 50 educational sessions, reinvent with eight Innovators, react to one of 17 ARTventures, and reconnect with colleagues across the country for three days in Seattle, all part of Americans for the Arts 2009 Annual Convention.  All info can be found here.

 

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The Mime Company is extending their A Holiday Evening of Mimeat the Raven Theatre studio space.  Receiving glowing reviews, the show will now continue through December 28th.  More info here.

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 www.village-players.org or 866-764-1010.

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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).

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 !

Wassup at *Village Players* ??

Due to popular demand, world-premier musical The Medium at Large, starring Tony & Jeff Award Nominee John Herrera, has added an extra weekend of shows, extending the run through Sunday, Novebmer 23rd. The production is co-written by Julia Cameron (international best-selling author of The Artist’s Way) and Emma Lively; directed by Carl Occhipinti. (blog aside: Carl is my neighbor! Hey Carl, when are you going to return that Tupperware I loaned you?)

 

Betrayal, by Harold Pinter, is also currently running in the black box space at Village Players Performing Arts Center.

Also at the Village PlayersAt Large! will be presented in their black box space November 20-23. This one-woman show, which tackles weight issues head on, is written and performed by Keri Marcouillier, and directed by Christopher Pazdernik

For more information, including tickets, call 866-764-1010 or visit www.village-players.org