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Coming to a living room near you: Are You There, George?

Are you there George?

During the talkback following the first public performance Are You There, George?, a one-woman play designed to be performed in living rooms, one audience member brought up the bygone concept of the “drawing room play.” In Victorian times, playwrights would write plays with small casts and simple production needs so that people could perform them […]

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Slaughter City opens Thursday at the UI Theatre Building

Slaughter City

The theatre has provided a forum for exploring labor issues ever since the heyday of the “workers’ theatre” movement in the 1920s and ’30s. Many plays during this period were influenced by the theories of German playwright Bertolt Brecht, who believed that theatre should engage audiences intellectually in order to inspire them to act after the curtain falls. In 1935, Clifford Odets ended his play Waiting for Lefty by having the actors urge the audience to leave the theatre shouting, “Strike! Strike!” […]

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The Stage: Dazzling debuts this month in theatre

The Whipping Man

The holidays are over, school is back in session and local theatres have seemingly decided to declare Jan. 24 as “Play Premiere Day.” Boot up your Google Calendars to make room in your schedule for these productions. The Whipping Man Dreamwell Theatre It’s April 1865. A Jewish Confederate soldier returns home after the end of […]

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