Audiences are recommending Talking with My Dad

Roughly 84% of audience members filling out evaluation forms on Talking with My Dad during our first weekend of performances would recommend it to others, a ringing endorsement for the show. Also, an incredible 98% thought the cast worked together well and 91% liked the pacing of the story. The positives went on — 86% […]

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The audience has spoken: Talking with My Dad is a hit!!!!!

Audience evaluations from the first weekend of performances of Talking with my Dad, a dramatic new one-act play form the Evanston 2nd Act Players, were overwhelming positive. The play’s emotional messages reached people on a variety fo levels. Those who have lost loved ones said the play’s dramatic moments brought tears to their eyes while […]

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A special audience talk-back Sunday at Talking with My Dad

Among those in what is expected to be a sell-out crowd for Sunday’s 3 p.m. matinĂ©e performances of Talking with My Dad will be several members of the Mended Hearts Club, a heart disease support group from Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. They and all audience members will be invited to stay after the performance to […]

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Opening Night is Tonight

Talking with My Dad opens tonight, Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston. If you still don’t have tickets, click here now and buy them before we’re sold out at all our six performances Nov. 15, 16, 22 an 23rd. Tonight’s shows are at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Each performance will be […]

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Watch for us in the Evanston Review

You can read more about our production of Talking with My Dad today in the Evanston Review, our hometown suburban Chicago newspaper. The reporter involved interviewed me, our director Molly, and star Chris. We’re all wondering what she’ll put in the final story. As a journalist myself, I’m more accustomed to asking the questions than […]

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Talking with My Dad: Meet Chris

Chris is another Actors Training Center alum who last year brought an uncle of mine back to live in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House. When cousins saw his performance, they said to me, “oh yeah, that’s Uncle Weeddie,” (called Sonny in the play). But while New Year’s Eve was very much an ensemble production, […]

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Talking with MY Dad: Meet Loren

Loren and I also met at an Actors Training Center class in Wilmette. We did a scene together in our second class and bonded as actors do in such situations. Loren took on the tricky assignment of playing a character based on my father in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, the Evanston 2nd Act […]

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Talking with My Dad: Meet Janice

Janice and I first met at an Actors Training Center class in Wilmette and have been friends ever since. I always enjoy watching her perform, such as in her turn as the cop in a female Odd Couple. So we were very excited when she agreed to play the female lead in our story. Come […]

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Talking with My Dad: Meet Randy

Randy is another alum of my Piven Theatre workshop voice class. He revealed himself as a king of improv in that class as well and I was excited when he said he would be available to do Talking with My Dad. His character, Nurse James, is perhaps the most ethereal of us all, working many […]

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Talking with My Dad: Meet Amanda

Amanda and I met at a Piven Theatre Workshop class dealing with an actor’s use of voice and bodily movement. It was a fantastic class and it was there Amanda’s love of Shakespeare revealed itself to us all, as she did a Shakespearean monologue, a massive challenge for any actor. I have since seen the […]

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