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“Blithe Spirit,” the NIU School of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming Mainstage Series production, is what director Patricia Ridge calls “a classic.” The supernatural comedy will open Thursday, April 7, at the Huntley Middle School auditorium, 1515 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb. “Noel Coward wrote this play in 1941, at the worst of the bombing by...
“The Lucky Chance”
The NIU School of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming Mainstage Series production is a Restoration comedy about three young women who find ways to bypass the rules of courtship and marriage. Opening Thursday, Feb. 25, “The Lucky Chance” by Aphra Behn, is the story of three friends: one woman already married and two others about to...
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“It’s about an old world dying and a new one being born,” Director Patricia Skarbinski says about the NIU School of Theatre and Dance upcoming play, “Three Sisters,” by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Opening Thursday, Oct. 22, “Three Sisters” tells the story of the Prozorov sisters – Olga, Masha and Irina – and their brother,...
DVD cover: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
The Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance opens its 2015-2016 Mainstage Series season Thursday, Sept. 24, with a theatrical production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee. Faculty member Kendra Holton will direct the 20th century dramatic comedy that many critics have hailed as containing the best dialogue written for the...
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Edward Albee, Tom Stoppard, Noel Coward and Anton Chekov are a just a few of the world’s best-known playwrights featured in the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming 2015-2016 Mainstage and Studio Series season schedules. The Mainstage Series begins Thursday, Sept. 24, with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Albee’s hilarious yet disturbing...
It took a British playwright and satirist named Peter Barnes to find humor in one of the darkest events in all of human history. Opening Thursday, March 26, the NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents Barnes’ “Red Noses,” a darkly comedic take on the five-year period when the Bubonic Plague, or Black Death, decimated...
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“Wickedly funny and intensely dark,” is how director Kay Martinovich describes the upcoming Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance production of Martin McDonagh’s “A Skull in Connemara,” opening Thursday, Jan. 29. Faculty member Martinovich is well-suited to direct a play by an Irish playwright, as she has spent the majority of her professional...
Marquis de Sade portrait, circal 1760
Ready for a bit of musical theater insanity? The Tony Award-winning musical by Peter Weiss, “Marat/Sade,” which opens Thursday, Oct. 23, presents the story of inmates in a lunatic asylum who want to present a play about an assassination. Several years after the end of the French Revolution, the inmates of the lunatic asylum of...
Time Stands Still
For its first offering of its 2014-15 Mainstage Series season, the NIU School of Theatre and Dance will present “Time Stands Still” by Pulitzer-winning playwright David Margulies. Directed by faculty member Patricia Ridge, “Time Stands Still” takes place against a backdrop of the war in Iraq, though it is not a story about warfare or...
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Presenting the fifth production of its seven-show 2012-2013 Mainstage Series, the NIU School of Theatre and Dance will stage an early play by Tennessee Williams. “Not About Nightingales” opens Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Stevens Building O’Connell Theatre. Williams’ fourth play, “Not About Nightingales” is not as well-known as many of his later plays, because...