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‘Rent’ embodies societal issues at State Farm Center

Sammy Ferber, playing Mark Cohen in

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Contributing writer

October 12, 2017

Twenty years after revolutionizing Broadway, Jonathan Larson’s "Rent" visited the State Farm Center. The musical filled the stage with passion as members of the show shared the story of impoverished New Yorkers searching for a silver lining, attempting to find community and purpose in a city trying to leave...

Budget impasse hits Parkland College

By Ashni Ghandi

March 9, 2016

The state budget impasse is proving increasingly troublesome for the Parkland College faculty, staff and student body, and the college's theater department may be experiencing the negative effects first.With $566,989 cut from the budget and 46 faculty positions eliminated, Parkland has been forced to el...

Box Office Report: “John Wick”

Box Office Report: “John Wick”

October 30, 2014

My thought process walking out (or escaping) the theater was to label “John Wick” as either bad or really bad depending on how pissed off traffic made me on the ride home. And I will say that I hit more red lights than I intended to.  The film concerns a retired hit man played by Keanu Reeves, who bre...

Circa’s stocking overflows in new show

From left, Mackenna Janz, Cole Bizarri and Joseph J. Baez perform in

By David Burke of the Quad-City Times

November 19, 2009

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is offering a huge buffet, overflowing with delicious favorites just in time for the holidays. And there’s food, too. Circa’s holiday revue, “Holly Jolly Christmas,” is a performance smorgasbord, numbering about 40 different songs (not to mention six to eight more ...