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October 15, 2015
The musical “The Addams Family” is based on the familiar presents a new story with familiar characters dating back to the 1920s. Stan Strickler reviews a production now on stage at Peoria Players Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. Charles Addams was a master of macabre, dark humor. His work has been translated into a television show, a couple of movies,
August 26, 2015
Corn Stock Theatre closes its summer season with the regional premiere of “The Color Purple.” It’s a musical adaptation of the best-selling novel. Stan Strickler has this review of a production at Corn Stock Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. The Color Purple did not just open on Friday night at Corn Stock Theatre; it exploded with great force and power
July 16, 2015
Set in the early 1900s, “The Secret Garden” tells the story of an orphaned girl, sent to live with her widowed uncle in England. A production at Corn Stock Theatre features Broadway actor and Peoria native Bart Shatto. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. In my email I get countless offers to see Broadway in Chicago, but one doesn’t
June 24, 2015
The relationships that form among five women in college form the basis of the play “The Dixie Swim Club.” Stan Strickler has this review of a production at Corn Stock Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. Rarely do men get together to talk and socialize. Women however, can congregate, converse, and just be together. The Dixie Swim Club currently playing at
June 3, 2015
Last Friday, Corn Stock Theatre opened its production of the classic Lerner and Lowe musical “Brigadoon.” Stan Strickler has this review, for Peoria Public Radio and the Peoria Live Theatre League. Stan Strickler reviewed Corn Stock Theatre’s production of “Brigadoon.” Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of WCBU or the Peoria Live Theatre League. All of our theatre reviews are available on our web site at Peoria Public Radio DOT ORG.
May 7, 2015
One baseball fan’s lament, and an actual “deal with the Devil,” set off the action in the musical, “Damn Yankees.” A production is currently underway at Peoria Players Theatre. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. Damn Yankees opened appropriately on Friday at Peoria Players just as baseball season is beginning. The show is a
March 18, 2015
Peoria Players Theatre continues its season with a production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta that brings together orphans, musical pirates and a modern major-general. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. Do you remember when Victoria was Queen and the sun never set on the British Empire and all was
January 28, 2015
Corn Stock Theatre’s production of 2015 is “Other Desert Cities,” a 2011 family drama written by Jon Robin Baitz. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. Sometimes, I am astounded by the talent on Peoria area stages, and “Other Desert Cities” -- currently playing at Corn Stock Winter Playhouse -- is an excellent example. The cast is
December 10, 2014
Peoria Players Theatre presents “The Sound of Music” as it final production in 2014. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. Having me review The Sound of Music is a bit like asking a vegan to review the most popular steakhouse in town. While it is a much beloved musical, to me it seems dated and tired and much too sweet. The characters
October 21, 2014
David Mamet’s play “November” offers a blistering satire of American politics, in its depiction of a U-S President. Marty Lynch reviews a production, now on stage at Corn Stock Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. Elections are coming up, and what better way could Corn Stock Winter Playhouse celebrate than with a production of November ? David Mamet plies
September 30, 2014
The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse opens its new season with a production of “Bare: The musical.” Douglas Okey [OAK-ee] 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. There’s something oddly refreshing about “bare: the musical.” To be sure, the show does not explore new themes. It blazes no unexplored trails, musically speaking. And yet watching the show Friday evening
September 10, 2014
Peoria Players Theatre kicks off their 96th season of shows with the powerful musical "Ragtime". While the show takes place in the early 1900’s, many of the complex social issues raised in the production…still resonate today. Stan Strickler has this review for the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. As the French proverb says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” certainly
August 27, 2014
Corn Stock Theatre closes its summer season with a production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot .” Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. School is back in session, but summer is still going strong at Corn Stock Theatre, where Monty Python’s Spamalot , the summer season’s last show opened last Friday. The silliness of Monty Python always seems
August 5, 2014
A series of children’s books forms the basis of the musical “A Year with Frog and Toad,”which opened last weekend at Corn Stock Theatre. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. Not often do people go to the theater and leave feeling as if they have just been given a warm hug, but such was the case at “A Year with Frog and Toad” currently
July 15, 2014
Corn Stock Theatre continues its summer season with a production of “Guys and Dolls.” Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. Summer is in full swing, and that can only mean theatre is thriving at Corn Stock Theatre again. Guys & Dolls opened last night in weather that was just as wonderful as the show. This is a show that lots of
June 25, 2014
Neil Simon’s play, “Lost in Yonkers” uses the playwright’s sharp humor to underscore a turbulent moment in the life of one American family. Douglas Okey has this review of a production at Corn Stock 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. Neil Simon today is the theatrical equivalent of comfort food. We turn to him when we need something familiar and reassuring. He is
June 3, 2014
Corn Stock Theatre opens its summer season with the musical “Funny Girl.” Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. When I was a young man I used to listen to the original cast album of “Funny Girl” until I almost wore a hole through the record. I had memorized most of the songs and I associated them with Barbra Streissand, the original
May 6, 2014
Peoria Players Theatre is staging the first Central Illinois production of “Shrek: The Musical,” based on the animated films Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. Once in a while Broadway comes up with a show that’s just not like the others. Shrek: The Musical is one of those shows that just do not belong on the Broadway. Peoria feels
April 23, 2014
Illinois Central College closes its current theatre season with Humpty Dumpty,” which uses the children’s nursery rhyme as a metaphor for contemporary life. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall” We are all familiar with the childhood nursery rhyme, and Eric Bogasian uses
March 19, 2014
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. Peoria Players Theatre dusts off William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” this spring, directed by Charles Killen. Good news: The play retains all of its charm and emotional power. For
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