Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Arts at ICC Goes for the Absurd, Mysterious, Scary and Grungy in Theater for 2016-17

I haven't seen an official announcement, but I've pieced together Illinois Central College's upcoming theater season by using their monthly calendar for Arts at ICC events. Here's what I've found on the schedule for theater at ICC in 2016 and 2017:

The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare
September 23-25 and 30; October 1-2
"John Guare's poignant Obie Award-winning comedy unfolds in New York City on the day the Pope is expected to visit. Hearts are palpitating in the sleepy borough of Queens, but not entirely on account of His Holiness. Bunny Flingus, a femme fatale from Flushing (or thereabouts) is stirring things up in the quiet, unfulfilled life of aspiring songwriter Artie Shaughnessy. Artie longs to leave his unhappy marriage, elope with Bunny, and write a hit song that will top the charts."

Murder at Café Noir by David Landau
November 11-13 and 15-20
"The most popular mystery dinner show in the country, Murder at Café Noir has enjoyed weekly productions coast to coast since its premiere in 1989. This forties detective story come to life features Rick Archer, P.I., out to find a curvaceous runaway on the forgotten island of Mustique, a place stuck in a black and white era. The owner of the Cafe Noir has washed ashore, murdered, and Rick's quarry was the last person seen with him. He employs his hard boiled talents to find the killer. Was it the French madame and club manager, the voodoo priestess, the shyster British attorney, the black marketeer or the femme fatale? The audience votes twice on what they want Rick to do next and these decisions change the flow of this comic tribute to the Bogart era."

The Bone House by Marty Chan
February 24-26 and March 3-5
"An audience comes to hear a lecture about serial killers. Self-proclaimed mind hunter, Eugene Crowley, recreates gruesome murders to convince the audience that a serial killer is on the loose. As the lecture progresses, the audiences suspects Crowley might actually be the killer himself. But before they can act, members of the audience are shuffled throughout the lecture hall so that they sit beside strangers. Crowley presents his final proof, an inkblot that the audience must scrutinize for a full minute. The lights are turned off and the negative image of the inkblot forms the face of the killer. However, in the blackout, the true killer makes his presence known and proceeds to eviscerate Crowley, leaving the audience’s imaginations to create the picture to go along with the sounds and sensations in the dark. This play is a psychological experiment about the nature of fear, imagination, and deification of serial killers."

Suburbia by Eric Bogosian
April 14-15 and 18-23
"In the parking lot of a convenience store in the suburban town of Burnfield, a group of 20-year-olds get together one autumn night to welcome an old pal, now a star returning from a successful national tour with his rock band. His arrival in a limousine replete with entourage precipitates an all-night whirlwind of drinking, sex, and violence. As the sun rises over the convenience store parking lot, tragedy and comedy have laced through these nine young lives and changed them forever, some of the group have found their way out of Burnfield while the rest are left to deal with a tragedy and its lasting consequences."

House of Blue Leaves, Murder at Cafe Noir and The Bone House will be performed on the Main Stage in the ICC Center for the Performing Arts in East Peoria, while Suburbia will be performed in the Studio Theatre in the CPA. For ticket information, visit Arts at ICC's online ticketing page or call the box office at 309-694-5136.

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