In the Media

The 2nd Act Players is getting attention in both the mainstream and online media. Here’s just a sampling of stories about us:


“Black Flag” reviewed by Julia W. Rath
July 7, 2021

“Pandemic Stories” reviewed by Julia W. Rath
May 4, 2021

Local theater group tells ‘Pandemic Stories’
Evanston Now
April 19, 2021

2nd Act Players Presents ‘Pandemic Stories: 7 Tales of Love, Life and Loss’
Evanston Roundtable
April 19, 2021

Long Island Playwright Cindi Sansone-Braff’s Work To Be Featured In Think Fast Festival And 2nd Act Players’ New Script Competition
April, 2021

Local arts collective aims to bring community together through performances
Daily Northwestern
March 2, 2021

Previews: Chicago Theaters Schedule New Works and Classics for Streamed Performances
Third Coast Reviews
March 1, 2021


Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives
Dec. 2, 2020

2nd Act Players to Present Online Production: ‘More Rivers Will I to Cross – A Look at Twin Pandemics – Racism & Covid-19’
Evanston Roundtable
June 24, 2020

Scenes from “Moving Boxes,” an Original Two-Act Play
March 15, 2020
Arts for Illinois


2nd Act Players to Present ‘Old Ringers’
Evanston Roundtable
August 21, 2019

Cast announced for 2nd Act Players’ OLD RINGERS
The Hawk Chicago
August 21, 2019

2nd Act Players’ Women’s Empowerment Play Festival
Evanston Patch
May 5, 2019

2nd Act Players’ Women’s Empowerment Play Festival
Evanston Now
April 25, 2019

The Institute Coming to Xavier
Xavier Alumninews
January 2019

Two Weeks Until The Institute
Xavier Alumninews
January 2019


Local theater company features #MeToo stories in annual play festival
Daily Northwestern
May 16, 2018

2nd Act Players to Host #MeToo Play Festival
Evanston Roundtable
May 16, 2018

Evanston Theater Company Hosts #MeToo Play Festival
Evanston Patch
May 17, 2018

Suburban theater hosts #MeToo play festival
Daily Herald
May 17, 2018

Evanston Live TV interviews Aayisha Ruby Humphrey
May 17, 2018

#MeToo Play festival producers on Playtime, WCGO radio
May 20,2018


2nd Act Players feature ETHS junior in world premiere play
October 7, 2017

Evanston’s 2nd Act Players to feature 7 new plays, Sept. 23-24
Sept. 8, 2017

Meet John Frank of 2nd Act Players in Evanston
July 18, 2017

Second Act
Evanston Magazine
July 31, 2017

Two New Plays for 2nd Act Players
Evanston Roundtable
March 9, 2017

Trending — John N. Frank
Evanston Magazine
March 2017

Evanston Library Readers Series profiles 2nd Act cofounder John N. Frank. 
March 6, 2017


The Institute’ Reminds Us to Come Together Despite Adversity
Loyola Phoenix, Nov. 3, 2016

‘The Institute’ recalls another era of national division
Chicago Tribune/Evanston Review Oct. 19, 2016


Not Your Typical Boys In The Basement
Loyola Phoenix, Nov. 10, 2015

‘Boys in the Basement’ tells divorced men’s stories
Chicago Tribune/Evanston Review, Nov. 9, 2015

‘Boys in the Basement’ takes provocative look at divorce
Evanston Now, Oct. 23, 2015

Local theater group to premiere play on divorce
Daily Northwestern, Nov. 4, 2015

Creatively Channeling the Pain of Divorceboysinthebasement_9-01
Daily North Shore, Oct. 23, 2015

Love Essentially: Evanston play offers insight into the divorced man
Chicago Tribune, Nov. 12, 2015

A Second Act for the Second Act Players’ Improv Group 
Evanston Now, Sept. 23, 2015


Talking with My Dad
Evanston Now, Sept.20, 2014