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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Mistaken Identity Russian Style: Gogol Satirizes Soviet Life 

*Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cdc has requested we cancel our shows for the time being * What happens when an unlucky nobody is mistaken for a powerful Russian government official by a group of corrupt small town officials? Find out when INDEPENDENT PLAYERS presents Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector Fridays and Saturdays, March …

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INDEPENDENT PLAYERS presents RCLPC Theater’s Morning’s at Seven in Elgin

For three consecutive years, INDEPENDENT PLAYERS has taken a production from its current season to Crystal Lake and presented it for one weekend of RCLPC Theater’s Summer Season. Blythe Spirit, Tartuffe and Present Laughter experienced a new audience, and IP’s directors and actors loved being given the chance to perform each of these shows three more times. …

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Independent Players to Reprise Present Laughter in Crystal Lake

For the third time in three years, Independent Players is transporting one of its current season’s shows north to Crystal Lake in July-early August where it is co-sponsored by Right Center Left Production Company Theater’s Dinner Theater Extravaganza “Eat, Play, Give! 2019”.  Having previously exported Blithe Spirit and Tartuffe in the past two seasons, it has selected …

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THE BIG MEAL:  60 Years in the Life of an American Family in 90 minutes!

Purchase Tickets Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant, on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet—and sparks fly.  So begins a tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to last goodbye. The Big Meal by Dan LeFranc tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family!  This statement succinctly captures …

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Noel Coward Returns to the Independent Players Stage

Matinee stars, affairs both amorous and numerous—what is a man to do? Find out when Independent Players presents Noel Coward’s delightful comedy Present Laughter at the Elgin Art Showcase, Fridays and Saturdays, March 1-16. Curtain time is 7:30 PM. Based on a song in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in which the Bard says “present mirth hath present …

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