A Compilation of Information and Thoughts about THIRD from the Artistic Director

Presently (May 13-28), INDEPENDENT PLAYERS is presenting Wendy Wasserstein’s last play Third at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, Elgin Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM. Directed by Larry Boller, it stars Lori Rohr, Ben Slabik, JoAnn Smith, Molly Wagner and Richard Westphal. Larry has assembled an exemplary cast–all are excellent!–and they are presenting …

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The Octette Bridge Club to open on March 4, 2016

Independent Players continues its 38th Season with The Octette Bridge Club by P. J. Barry, a thoroughly delightful chronicle of family life, set in 1934, which Allan Wallach, in Newsday, called “a sentimental group portrait … as nostalgic as a Saturday Evening Post cover.”  The play concerns eight Irish-American and very Roman Catholic sisters in …

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Reflections on Independent Players performances of Love4

When the cast finished its successful run of LOVE4  on Saturday, October 10 with a standing ovation, INDEPENDENT PLAYERS had successfully presented its first musical revue since 1994.  From the solid response it received from its audiences throughout the run, everyone involved knew that this had been a very special three weeks.  Praise for the talent …

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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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