All posts by John N. Frank

‘The Institute’ opens in New York Jan. 25!!!

The 2nd Act Players are taking their original drama The Institute to New York for staged readings January 25 and January 26 at the school which inspired the play, Xavier High School in Manhattan. The 2nd Act Players will be co-producing the play with Xavier Theatre and Film of Brooklyn, whose mission is "creating new works ...

Audiences loved ‘New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House’ 85% recommend it

New Year's Eve at Grandma's House garnered an 85% positive ranking from those who saw it during its three-week run this November, saying they would recommend it to a friend. Also, 96% said in audience feedback forms that they found the characters true-to-life and 99% said they found the story of an immigrant family struggling ...

Shop Amazon this holiday season, help the 2nd Act Players

Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season. If you're planning to shop at Amazon, do it through this link to Amazon Smile where a percentage of every purchase will be donated to the 2nd Act Players! It's a simple and painless way to support local theater, really. Nothing could be simpler and ...

Your last chance to see ‘New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House’

This weekend will be the final two performances of New Year's Eve at Grandma's House by the 2nd Act Players at Northminster Church, Evanston. Audiences so far have loved it, with 85% saying they'd recommend it to a friend. We're hoping to see some of those friends at this weekends shows, Saturday at 7 and ...

Audiences Rave about “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House,” Come See Why

Audiences have been raving about the 2nd Act Players production of the all-new New Year's Eve at Grandma's House with 85% of those filling out audience satisfaction surveys during the first two weeks of performances saying they would recommend the show to a friend. Audience members also gave the play high marks for character and ...

The fashions of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House — Act II

Act II of New Year's Eve at Grandma's House takes place at the end of 1961, a time when fashion was changing thanks to the style influences of then First Lady Jackie Kennedy. 2nd Act Cofounder and costume designer Carolyn Calzavara sought to reflect that in her choices for women's dresses in Act II. Hear ...

The fashions of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House — Act I

New Year's Eve at Grandma's House spans two fashion decades, the 1950s and the 1960s, each very different and distinct in the looks it became remembered for. 2nd Act Players' Cofounder Carolyn Calzavara took on the monumental task of creating outfits for the women in New Year's Eve that would represent each of these decades. ...

Watch Liz Lauren talk about her character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Stella is an outsider to the clanish Smaldone family who you'll meet in New Year's Eve at Grandma's House.She's not Italian, as the family is, so she has to constantly fight to be taken seriously as the wife of the oldest son in the family, sonny. But she has plans to change her situation. Listen ...

Watch Melissa Reeves talk about her character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Del is the oldest sister in the Smaldone family, who you'll meet in the 2nd Act Players' production of New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. There's a lot of pressure on her to live up to her parents' expectations. Life has not worked out as she hoped. Hear Melissa Reeves talk about her character, Del: ...

Watch Phil Troyk talk about his character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Phil Troyk plays Sonny in New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. Sonny is momma's oldest son, a big, blustery man who revels in telling of his glory days as an amateur boxer. Sonny wants to be accepted as American despite his Italian roots. But the price he will have to pay for that may be ...