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2nd Act Players announce first fund-raiser — a night of all-star improv

The 2nd Act Players will hold a night of all-star improv at Little Ricky's in downtown Winnetka, Thursday, August 20 beginning at 9 p.m. Featured improv groups will include Wizards & Oz and Snow, along with the 2nd Act Players improv wing. All three groups wowed the crowds at the 2015 Piven Theatre improv showcase ...

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2nd Act Players to be featured on 1680AM Saturday, July 25

2nd Act Players cofounders John Frank and Carolyn Calzavara will be special guests Saturday, July 25 on Flabby Hoffman's Radio Extravagonzo on 1680am at http://que4.org. The pair will tell the inspirational story of how John's near fatal heart problems led him to seek out his life's second act and so turn to his twin passions ...

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2nd Act Players announces its inaugural season

The 2nd Act Players, the North Shore’s showcase for emerging stage talent, is kicking off its inaugural season with two dynamic new plays by emerging Chicago-area playwrights. John N. Frank’s original new work, Boys in the Basement, a dramedy which examines how men cope with the painful loss of family brought on by divorce, will ...

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“Boys in the Basement” — a tale of broken men and their shattered dreams

Boys in the Basement is the 2nd Act Players' November, 2015 production. The play deals with an apartment house populated by divorced men struggling to find their way after losing their families and the dreams they had for them. Performances will take place the weekends of Nov. 7-8 and Nov. 14-15, so save the dates ...

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Who is this guy? Find out at Boys in the Basement this November

Who puts a Hawaiian shirt on his beer bottle? It must be one of the Boys in the Basement characters in the new play that will be performed this November by the 2nd Act Players. Boys in the Basement is a funny yet poignant story of men coping with the heartbreak of divorce. Men cope ...

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Chicago stage veteran Mary Reynard to direct “Boys in the Basement”

Widely acclaimed Chicago theater and screen veteran Mary Reynard is joining the 2nd Act Players as director of its planned November, 2015 production of the emotionally charged new play, Boys in the Basement. Reynard carries an impressive directing resume, having received rave reviews for her work on such plays as A Body of Water at ...

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Our 2015 production is coming! Watch for Boys in the Basement this November!

The 2nd Act Players will open its 2015 season this November with Boys in the Basement, an original two-act play by 2nd Act Players creative director John N. Frank. Boys in the Basement tells the until-now untold story of how men cope with the heartache of divorce. Each night, this rag-tag group of misfits gathers ...

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Support the 2nd Act Players

The 2nd Act Players could not exist without the generous support of our sponsors and patrons. And now we've made it easier than ever to join our extended family and to support the growth of the performing arts in our various plays and other endeavors. Simply click through here to our new donation page and ...

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Our theatrical troupe

The 2nd Act Players evolved out of a class taken at the Actors’ Training Center in Wilmette, Ill., in 2012. Our mission is to feature newly emerging talent and the works of emerging and established playwrights that touch on key turning points in people's lives. The creative bonds formed in our first class grew as ...

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Only two days left to buy your tickets, see what audiences raved about

We've written already about the positive audience response to the first weekend of performances for Talking with My Dad. Those came from evaluation forms which roughly half of all attendees at our first three performances filled out. In addition to answering questions, we also asked them to supply comments. Here's a sampling of what they ...

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