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Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 02:20 pm

“Oliver!” at New Salem, the 1800s in Lincoln, and plays for the short attention span. Plus, a confession . . .

OK, I admit it: I saw Muni Opera's The Wizard of Oz three times. It was just one of those special productions in which the audience and the actors each contribute to making an uncommon theatrical even...
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003 02:20 pm

Another “Oz” opens at the Muni, “Distant Thunder” closes at New Salem, and poets return to the parlor of the Vachel Lindsay Home

Some shows keep coming back every few summers--Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, Peter Pan. This summer it's The Wizard of Oz at the Springfield Muni, opening this weekend and running through August 17. ...
Thursday, July 17, 2003 02:20 pm

“Abraham!” returns to New Salem, “My Fair Lady” at the Muni, and something in the water at Rushville

This week marks the return of the Ken Bradbury and Robert Crowe musical Abraham!, playing July 18 through 27 in the outdoor amphitheater at Lincoln's New Salem. Now in its seventh year, Abraham! follo...
Thursday, June 26, 2003 02:20 pm

“Big” doings at the Muni—plus three fresh shows at New Salem

Summer has started on a high note, with some memorable performances so far: Cynda Wrightsman's "Lizzie Curry" in New Salem's 110 in the Shade was heartbreaking and moving; and Titanic at the Mu...
Thursday, June 26, 2003 02:20 pm
Last week the new theater season took off with Rich McCoy's production of The Hobbit at the Springfield Theatre Centre. The show has three more performances this weekend, January 17-19. Jason Goodre...
Thursday, June 5, 2003 02:20 pm

Theater in and around Springfield

The Springfield Muni Opera opens this weekend with the Broadway show Titanic: the Musical (June 6-8 and 11-15). With a score by Maury Yeston (Phantom), Titanic won five Tony Awards six years ago, incl...
Thursday, May 29, 2003 02:20 pm
Summer theater has experienced a bit of a boom in central Illinois over the past few years, with more eclectic choices offering something for everyone. Springfield's Muni Opera breaks new ground wit...
Thursday, May 15, 2003 02:20 pm
Theater has always held a mirror up to society, and the view is often unflattering. The old Shubert Theatre in Chicago usually hosts traveling musicals, but this weekend wraps up The Exonerated, a pow...
Tuesday, May 13, 2003 02:20 pm

How Eve Ensler’s body stories became an international phenomenon

Eve Ensler, the 49-year-old author and sometime performer of The Vagina Monologues, is on a pay phone at the Denver International Airport. She's about to board a transpacific flight bound for Melbourn...
Thursday, May 8, 2003 02:20 pm

“Charlotte’s Web,” “A Walk in the Woods,” and a serious play for young people.

If you're planning to take in Charlotte's Web at the Springfield Theatre Centre over the next two weekends (May 9 to 11, and 16 to 18) you might consider going twice. Director Nancy Miller has cast th...


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