Theatre http://peoriapublicradio.org en Players production strikes "dramatic gold" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/players-production-strikes-dramatic-gold <p>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.</p><p>Peoria Players Theatre dusts off William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” this spring, directed by Charles Killen.&nbsp; Good news: The play retains all of its charm and emotional power.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 20446 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Players production strikes "dramatic gold" Peoria Players production tells the remarkable story of Helen Keller http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-players-production-tells-remarkable-story-helen-keller <p>This week, we're talking with Charles Killen, director of Peoria Players Theatre's upcoming production of "The Miracle Worker." He talks about his own history with the play, about casting the two principal roles, and about the subject matter of the show remains relevant in 2014. "The Miracle Worker" runs March 14th through 23rd at Peoria Players.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 19882 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria Players production tells the remarkable story of Helen Keller ICC production presents a cross-section of work in America http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/icc-production-presents-cross-section-work-america <p>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 <a href="http://artsaticc.com/">Illinois Central College</a>. Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the <a href="http://peorialivetheatre.com/">Live Theatre League of Peoria</a>. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:59:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 19782 at http://peoriapublicradio.org ICC production presents a cross-section of work in America Director sees humor and humanity in "Clybourne Park" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/director-sees-humor-and-humanity-clybourne-park <p>This week, we're talking with Egla Birmingham, director of <a href="http://www.bradley.edu/theatre/">Bradley University Theatre's</a> production of "Clybourne Park." Set in the same house as "A Raisin in the Sun," the play offers a perspective on how race and family have changed over the past fifty years. Birmingham talks about what she finds appealing in the script, and about working with young actors to bring the text to life. "Clybourne Park" continues through Sunday, March 9th.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 19593 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Director sees humor and humanity in "Clybourne Park" Corn Stock production asks "What is art?" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/corn-stock-production-asks-what-art <p>This week, we're talking with Cindy Hoey, <a href="http://cornstocktheatre.com">Corn Stock Theatre</a> Manager, about their production of "Art." The play tells the story of three friends, whose friendships are upended when one of them acquires a piece of modern art. She talks about the three actors who make up the cast, and about what the show has to say about both art and relationships. She also talks about an art exhibit Corn Stock is hosting in conjunction with the production.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:04:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 19258 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Corn Stock production asks "What is art?" Corn Stock production examines art, relationships http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/corn-stock-production-examines-art-relationships <p></p><p>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&nbsp; 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.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 19158 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Corn Stock production examines art, relationships "Oliver!" takes to the stage at Peoria Players http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/oliver-takes-stage-peoria-players <p>This week, we're talking with Chip Joyce, who plays Fagin in <a href="http://www.peoriaplayers.org/">Peoria Players</a>' upcoming production of the musical "Oliver!" Joyce says it's one of a handful of roles on his "bucket list." The role requires a fair amount of stage makeup, and adopting a specific voice and gait. "Oliver!" opens tonight, and runs through February 16th at Peoria Players Theatre.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 18613 at http://peoriapublicradio.org "Oliver!" takes to the stage at Peoria Players "A Piece of My Heart" Provides Cathartic Look at War (Review) http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/piece-my-heart-provides-cathartic-look-war-review <p></p><p>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 <a href="http://cornstocktheatre.com">Corn Stock Theatre</a>, for Peoria Public Radio and the <a href="http://www.peorialivetheatre.com/">Live Theatre League</a>. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 17855 at http://peoriapublicradio.org "A Piece of My Heart" Provides Cathartic Look at War (Review) Corn Stock production presents unique perspective on wartime http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/corn-stock-production-presents-unique-perspective-wartime <p>This week, we're talking with Cindy Hoey, manager of <a href="http://www.cornstocktheatre.com/">Corn Stock Theatre</a>.&nbsp; Their latest production, "A Piece of My Heart," recounts the stories of six women during the Vietnam War. Hoey talks about the cast director Amy Williams has assembled for the production, about the play's resonance at a time when more women are involved in and affected by wartime service, and about the theatre's desire to stage a production with multiple strong roles for women. "A Piece of My Heart" opens Friday night, and continues through January 26th.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:59:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 17688 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Corn Stock production presents unique perspective on wartime Out and About - November 15, 2013 http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/out-and-about-november-15-2013 <p>This week, we're talking with Blake Stubbs, from Corn Stock Theatre. He's one of three directors in their upcoming production, "Relatively Speaking," a set of three one-act plays. He talks about the "act" he's directing, about collaborating with the other two directors and about what he's learned as a first-time director. "Relatively Speaking" runs next weekend, with performances Thursday through Sunday at the Winter Playhouse.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 14944 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Out and About - November 15, 2013