Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is a moving, vital, and extremely relevant play, which The Other Theater Company knows exactly how to utilize. This production takes the work’s strong cry for empathy and runs with it – we are forced to really look at the victims and to re-evaluate (more than once) our stances on these still very present issues.
When West Side Story first premiered in 1957, it established itself as a landmark piece not because of innovation in style or technique but because of its exploration of serious issues like bigotry, rape, and murder. Unfortunately, in 2015, the once-progressive script falls short of truly questioning racial prejudice as an important social issue, and the innovative, thought-provoking production that this racially charged musical desperately needs is nowhere to be found in Rachel Rockwell’s production at Drury Lane.
Upon hearing the Stephen Karam's newest play would debut in Chicago, every storefront theatre fan in the city collectively gasped. He may not be a household name across the country, but to those who regularly read or see contemporary theatre, he has quickly become one of the most exciting names around.
American Theatre Company collaborates with Karam often - the playwright grew up with ATC's Artistic Director, PJ Paparelli - and though the results have been incredibly diverse, they never disappoint. In addition to two wildly hilarious productions of Karam's Speech & Debate, there was also the smash-hit drama columbinus and the touching Sons of the Prophet. Not only is The Humans comfortably at home amidst these other works, it may be Karam's best, and most cohesive, play yet.
Village Theatre Guild will present the poignant comedy drama, “The Outgoing Tide” beginning January 16, 2015. In this powerful play written by Bruce Graham, Gunner, the former owner of a small trucking company is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. His wife, Peg, wants to move, with him, to an assisted living facility, but Gunner has other plans. Peg asks their son, Jack, who is in the middle of a divorce, for help. As winter approaches, the three must quickly find a common ground.
“This is a brilliant script that laces a deadly (as it were) serious topic with sharp humor” says director Craig Gustafson of Lombard. “Anybody who had had to watch a loved one deal with a debilitating disease knows that you’d better keep your sense of humor or you’re through; so I think people will be surprised at how many laughs are in this show. It’s not TV situation comedy, but it’s also not a Disease Movie of the Week. It’s about real people dealing with the inevitable.” He adds, “We have great actors in a sharp production of a terrific play. It’s worth getting out of the house in the winter to come to VTG and experience this play.”
The cast features Dennis D. Stewart of Streamwood as Gunner, Julane Sullivan of Batavia plays Peg and Jack T. Smith of Lombard plays the role of Jack. Traci A. Cidlik of Wheeling is the show’s producer.
The show runs from January 16 through February 7, 2015. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00. Sunday matinees are January 18 and 25, beginning at 3:00. A special Thursday evening performance will take place on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8:00. Tickets are $18. The Village Theatre Guild is located near the northwest corner of Park Blvd. and Butterfield Rd. in Glen Ellyn. For tickets call 630-469-8230 or visit the VTG website at www.villagetheatreguild.org
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