Theatre Reviews

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11:46 am
Thu July 16, 2015

"Secret Garden" delivers a high-quality production

Set in the early 1900s, “The Secret Garden” tells the story of an orphaned girl, sent to live with her widowed uncle in England. A production at Corn Stock Theatre features Broadway actor and Peoria native Bart Shatto. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

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11:59 am
Wed June 24, 2015

"Dixie Swim Club" explores relationships among five college friends

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The relationships that form among five women in college form the basis of the play “The Dixie Swim Club.” Stan Strickler has this review of a production at Corn Stock Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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6:43 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Review - "Brigadoon"

  Last Friday, Corn Stock Theatre opened its production of the classic Lerner and Lowe musical “Brigadoon.” Stan Strickler has this review, for Peoria Public Radio and the Peoria Live Theatre League.

Stan Strickler reviewed Corn Stock Theatre’s production of “Brigadoon.” Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of WCBU or the Peoria Live Theatre League. All of our theatre reviews are available on our web site at Peoria Public Radio DOT ORG.

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12:54 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Review - "Damn Yankees"

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One baseball fan’s lament, and an actual “deal with the Devil,” set off the action in the musical, “Damn Yankees.” A production is currently underway at Peoria Players Theatre. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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11:05 am
Wed March 18, 2015

"Pirates of Penzance" is lively and "comically fun"

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Peoria Players Theatre continues its season with a production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta that brings together orphans, musical pirates and a modern major-general. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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11:03 am
Wed January 28, 2015

"Other Desert Cities" offers nuanced performances

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Corn Stock Theatre’s production of 2015 is “Other Desert Cities,” a 2011 family drama written by Jon Robin Baitz. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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11:09 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Review - "The Sound of Music"

Peoria Players Theatre presents “The Sound of Music” as it final production in 2014. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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6:29 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

"November" hits close to home

David Mamet’s play “November” offers a blistering satire of American politics, in its depiction of a U-S President. Marty Lynch reviews a production, now on stage at Corn Stock Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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6:31 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Corn Stock production anchored by strong ensemble

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The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse opens its new season with a production of “Bare: The musical.” Douglas Okey [OAK-ee] has this review, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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7:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Social issues, music of "Ragtime" strike chord with today's audience

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Peoria Players Theatre kicks off their 96th season of shows with the powerful musical "Ragtime". While the show takes place in the early 1900’s, many of the complex social issues raised in the production…still resonate today. Stan Strickler has this review for the Live Theatre League of Peoria. 

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11:42 am
Wed August 27, 2014

"Spamalot" delivers silliness and hearty laughs

Corn Stock Theatre closes its summer season with a production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

School is back in session, but summer is still going strong at Corn Stock Theatre, where Monty Python’s Spamalot, the summer season’s last show opened last Friday.

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6:05 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Strong performances drive production of "Frog and Toad"

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A series of children’s books forms the basis of the musical “A Year with Frog and Toad,”which opened last weekend at Corn Stock Theatre. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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3:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Character interactions and two strong debuts anchor "Guys and Dolls"

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Corn Stock Theatre continues its summer season with a production of “Guys and Dolls.” Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Summer is in full swing, and that can only mean theatre is thriving at Corn Stock Theatre again.  Guys & Dolls opened last night in weather that was just as wonderful as the show.

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12:12 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Corn Stock production "strikes gold" with young performers

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Neil Simon’s play, “Lost in Yonkers” uses the playwright’s sharp humor to underscore a turbulent moment in the life of one American family. Douglas Okey has this review of a production at Corn Stock Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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5:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Corn Stock season opens with "Funny Girl"

Corn Stock Theatre opens its summer season with the musical “Funny Girl.” Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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6:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Peoria Players finds a home for "Shrek: The Musical"

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Peoria Players Theatre is staging the first Central Illinois production of “Shrek: The Musical,” based on the animated films Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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4:58 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

"Humpty Dumpty" provides intense theatre experience

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Illinois Central College closes its current theatre season with Humpty Dumpty,” which uses the children’s nursery rhyme as a metaphor for contemporary life. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall”

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8:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Players production strikes "dramatic gold"

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The play, “The Miracle Worker” re-tells the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Douglas Oakey has this review of a production at Peoria Players Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Peoria Players Theatre dusts off William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” this spring, directed by Charles Killen.  Good news: The play retains all of its charm and emotional power. 

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7:59 am
Wed March 5, 2014

ICC production presents a cross-section of work in America

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The musical “Working” presents a multi-faceted look at work and its role in American life. A production of the musical is now on stage at Illinois Central College. Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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7:55 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Corn Stock production examines art, relationships

The purchase of a piece of modern art escalates into a conflict among three friends, in the play “Art.” A production is now on stage on Corn Stock Theatre. Douglas Oakey  has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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7:30 am
Wed January 22, 2014

"A Piece of My Heart" Provides Cathartic Look at War (Review)

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The play, “A Piece of My Heart” presents a different perspective on the Vietnam War, telling the stories of six women who served. Douglas Oakey has this review of a production at Corn Stock Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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4:58 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Review - "Meet Me In St. Louis"

The 1940s film “Meet Me in St. Louis” is best known for introducing the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Peoria Players Theatre is currently presenting the stage adaptation of the film. Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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8:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Review - "The Graduate"

The 1967 film “The Graduate” introduced the world to “Mrs. Robinson” and launched the career of actor Dustin Hoffman. A stage adaptation of the film is now playing at Corn Stock

Theatre. Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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8:32 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Review - "Evil Dead: The Musical"

Just in time for Halloween, a musical at Corn Stock Theatre parodies the standard tropes of horror movies, with its production of “Evil Dead: The Musical.” Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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12:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Review - "Scapin"

Illinois Central College opens its theatre season with the comedy Scapin. An adaptation of the story by Moliere adds contemporary flavor to classic character types. Douglas Oakey has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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8:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Review - "Les Miserables"

Peoria Players Theatre opens its 95th season with the musical “Les Miserables.” Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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7:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Review - "Company"

Stephen Sondheim’s Company is a musical that highlights the complexity of human relationships. The desires for love and companionship are accompanied by memorable music under the tent at Corn Stock Theatre. Doug Oakey has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League.

Doug Oakey reviewed Corn Stock Theatre’s production of “Company”.  Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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7:38 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Review - "The Wiz"

Corn Stock Theatre’s summer season is currently presenting “The Wiz.” Brian “Fox” Ellis has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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12:55 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Review - "The Music Man"

Arc Light Productions is currently presenting the musical “The Music Man.” Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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7:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Review - "Anything Goes"

Corn Stock Theatre is presenting the musical “Anything Goes,” as part of its summer season. Douglas Okey has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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