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Facing the Realities of Elderly Life over a Card Game

Posted: July 3, 2017

Life can be like a game of cards and there will come a time in everyone’s life that they will have to deal with the cards that they were dealt. Whether you were dealt a great, average or poor hand in life, you will have to come to the realization and…


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‘The Gin Game’ deals a cutting hand to two lonely seniors

Posted: July 2, 2017

It is worth heading to the Drury Lane Theatre production of D.L. Coburn’s two-character play “The Gin Game” simply to watch the countless variations actor John Reeger can bring to the act of dealing cards, and to listen as Paula Scrofano absentminded…


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Dealt a Rotten Hand

Posted: July 1, 2017

It’s Sunday, another Visitors Day at the Bentley Home for the Aged, but out in the enclosed sunroom no one has come to visit either Weller or Fonsia. In fact, no one ever comes to visit these two lonely senior citizens. Because of different circumsta…


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The First Couple of Chicago Theatre Returns in The Gin Game

Posted: June 22, 2017

With these two names on the marquee, the Drury Lane Theatre’s production boasts theatre royalty.


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Drury Lane to Rock Out with ROCK OF AGES

Posted: June 19, 2017

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2017-2018 season with the regional premiere of the powerhouse musical tribute to the 1980s, Rock of Ages, with book by Chris D'Arienzo, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp, and directed by Scott Weinstein. R…


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Be good to Mama this Mother's Day with Drury Lane play

Posted: May 9, 2017

According to the National Restaurant Association, six in ten Americans will celebrate Mother's Day by dining out. That translates into a lot of busy eateries. But in Oakbrook Terrace, consumers can skip waiting for a table by securing seats to Drury …


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"Chicago" review: All that jazz with a lot of razzle dazzle

Posted: May 6, 2017

Chicago that wonderful town with the numerous nicknames “The Windy City,” The "City of Big Shoulders" and "Hog Butcher to the World," is also known as the third largest city in the United States. People around the world come to Chicago to see its won…


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Casting announced for 'Chicago' at Drury Lane

Posted: March 16, 2017

Casting announced for CHICAGO at Drury Lane


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'Chicago' coming to Drury Lane Theatre next year

Posted: May 25, 2016

Come springtime next year, Drury Lane Theatre will be the first local company to produce "Chicago" in decades, the Oak Brook Terrace-based theater announced Wednesday.


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Drury Lane Theatre to Stage DEATHTRAP, 6/9-8/14

Posted: May 16, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2016-2017 season with Ira Levin's popular murder mystery, Deathtrap, directed by Artistic Director William Osetek.


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Curtain Call — Theater previews, openings April 6-12, 2018

Posted: April 4, 2018

Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions. Here are highlights of theater/dance performances and opening nights for April 6 to 12, 2018. “The Aristophanesathon”: Sean Graney’s four-hour adaptation of the 11 existing comedies of Aristopha…


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Conversations with Ed Tracy, De Usuris column item

Posted: March 29, 2018

March came in like a lion and out like a wolf in Chicago - a Loyola Wolf, that is! The Ramblers are headed to the NCAA Final Four this weekend. Buckle up for a BIG game on Saturday!


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Themes of 'South Pacific' are more timely than ever

Posted: March 28, 2018

Amilestone Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that's as timely today as when it was first staged comes to Drury Lane this spring. "South Pacific" is a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Tales From the South…


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Theater spotlight: Put down your smartphone for Metropolis' 'Internet Ate My Brain'

Posted: March 27, 2018

Comedian/writer Bill Dyszel, author of "Microsoft Outlook for Dummies," examines our reliance on technology while skewering online romance and selfie addiction in his one-man show "The Internet Ate My Brain." Dyszel performs his multimedia sendup at …


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URGENT Enthusiastic 'Joseph' nears the end of its run at Drury Lane

Posted: March 23, 2018

Audience members expecting the traditional production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" when the curtain goes up nightly at Drury Lane Theatre are in for a surprise. But, it's a pleasant surprise. The new rendition of "Joseph and t…


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‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ – a new and different kind of dream

Posted: January 28, 2018

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED The first thing to know about the ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ production at Drury Lane Oakbrook is this isn’t the Sunday School version. Unlike the customary fare from the west suburban playhouse, it’s not eve…


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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Posted: January 28, 2018

Where Some Dreams Should Stay Just A Dream!


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Any Dream Will Do

Posted: January 27, 2018

It appears that Drury Lane Oakbrook has turned into Chicago’s venue of reinvention. Beginning with their recent production of “42nd Street,” and continuing with this current offering, artistic leaders William Osetek and Kyle DeSantis have been encour…


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'Joseph' a flaming triumph

Posted: January 27, 2018

The opening night reminder for the Drury Lane's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat came with a caveat: "( T )his production of 'Joseph' includes adult content." Anyone passingly familiar with the squeaky-clean retelling of the Old Testament…


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No, No, No, Joseph: A Review of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Drury Lane

Posted: January 27, 2018

When I arrived to see Drury Lane’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” I anticipated writing the sort of review where I express that while it isn’t my cup of tea, some people are into musical adaptations of Bible stories and…


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