Theatre | WGLT

Theatre

Rhys Lovell directs Bob Kinsella and Connie Blick
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

It was the door slam heard around the world.

When Nora, the protagonist of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” walked out on her husband, her children, and the sham of a life she’d been leading, the closing of the door ended the play, but opened greater opportunities for women in theater to play a rich, dynamic character.

Three people posed in an art gallery
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Hear five stories about the moon and lunacy from people in Bloomington-Normal.

Courtesy of Community Players

What happens to Cinderella after she marries her prince? Who is Rapunzel’s real mother? Is every witch bad? Is every hero good?

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Community Players in Bloomington takes 37 Shakespeare plays, adds three actors, a little audience participation and comes up with a hilarious romp for a cold, winter's night.

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The Penguin Project of McLean County is staging the musical James and the Giant Peach, Jr. this weekend in U-High's Stroud Auditorium.

wikimedia.commons

She disguised herself as a male hoping to study at a university. Her personal collection of books is said to have numbered 4,000. She once said women "can perfectly well philosophize while cooking supper. "

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz was a 17th century Mexican nun who wrote poetry and plays and championed a woman's right to study, learn and think for herself.

Skylight Opera Theater

Theaters all over the nation are making a statement by using the image of the Ghostlight to fight against intolerance as the nation prepares for a new President.

Gregory Hicks is the Assistant Artistic Director for New Route Theater in Bloomington-Normal, which has held one such vigil. Seedling Theater and Illinois Voices Theater Project Joined the effort.

Sangamon Auditorium

In 2007, a low budget sleeper film called "Once" about a Dublin street singer and a Czech woman who begin to write songs together gained a cult following.

In 2012, "Once" was first staged as a Broadway musical, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. It was an unusual film and musical in that there's very little plot and character development.

The show's popularity stems from its staple of pop-style songs. "Once" is coming to Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium this Sunday, October 10

John Atherton / Flickr via Creative Commons

The new season at Community Players kicks off with a comedy that asks, 'Coffee, tea or me?'  It's Boeing, Boeing, a classic French farce from the swinging '60's.  The show has a preview Thursday, Sept. 1, with the opening on Friday the 2nd.  The show runs through Sept. 11.

goldstar.com

The Twin Cities outdoor musical theater season comes to a close this weekend with a quintessential show about adolescent angst.

Tony-winning "Bye Bye Birdie" is on stage through Sunday at  Bloomington's Miller Park.

The show opened on Broadway in 1960, a time when teens didn't "hook up," they "went steady." They telephoned instead of texting.

Director Tricia Stiller says despite many changes in culture, some things don't disappear, including the longings and insecurities of adolescence, the struggle to fit in, and clashes between teens and their parents.

Pete Guither / Illinois Shakespeare Festival

We all know the story of Peter Pan.  Or do we?  The Illinois Shakespeare Festival peels back the legend to reveal an imaginative and funny origin story for the iconic character. Adapted from the popular 2006 novel, 'Peter and the Starcatcher' was a huge hit on Broadway .  Director Any Park describes it as the 'Wicked' of the Peter Pan story, letting audiences in on how an orphan boy became Peter Pan. 

Pete Guither / Illinois Shakespeare Festival

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is shaking things up this season with a production of "Hamlet" that features a gender switch.  Casting a woman to play the melancholy Dane can help the audience and actors alike see an old favorite in a new way.

Illinois Shakespeare Festival

The 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival is just getting underway, and for one stalwart performer, this season marks an even dozen times he's trod the boards at the theater at Ewing.  Actor Tom Quinn has portrayed a wide variety of characters, from a king to a musketeer.  So in honor of his twelfth season, which includes a turn as Feste in "Twelfth Night," Tom has pulled back the curtain to share twelve secrets of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

  Get a preview of "Noises Off," the new show at Community Players in Bloomington.