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THE THEATRE OF THE ABSURD

         Because Waiting for Godot is a stunning example of “theater of the absurd,” and because this is the first “absurdist” play Independent Players has produced—other than Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano, which it produced in 2015 at the Elgin Fringe Festival—we thought it might be helpful to explain what Absurdism is and why playwrights …

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Waiting For Godot

         WELCOME BACK to INDEPENDENT PLAYERS!!  When our production of The Government Inspector was suddenly shut down on March 12, 2020, we thought that in May, or maybe as late as September, we would be back on stage. Optimistically, we hoped to resurrect TGI in March, 2022. Before that however, we are producing Waiting for …

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LOVE4: A Musical Revue Conceived And Directed By Doug Orlyk

Independent Players will officially open its 2015-2016 Season with an entertaining musical revue conceived and directed by Doug Orlyk entitled LOVE4 (LOVE to the 4th power). LOVE4 features a variety of songs from contemporary musical theatre.  So what’s with that title? Director Doug Orlyk explains: “The songs we’ve selected explore love.  It’s all about the most heartfelt of emotions …

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Independent Players brings The Bald Soprano to the Elgin Fringe Festival

In its first appearance at the Elgin Fringe Festival, Independent Players will present Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano (1950) a hilarious unique satire on the ordinary English middle class.  In this play, Mr. and Mrs.  Smith talk to each other at cross purposes, while their guests, Mr. and Mrs. Martin, fail to understand and the …

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