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 […]

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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. […]

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Hear about the costumes for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

The costumes for the 2nd Act Players’ fall premiere of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House are the most elaborate the theater has done in its five years in existence. 2nd Act Players’ Cofounder Carolyn Calzavara has made dresses for all the women in the Smaldone family who you’ll meet in our story. The time […]

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Opening Weekend Audiences Rave about New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Opening weekend audiences were almost universal in their praise for the new 2nd Act Players’ show, New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House. Comments such as “Great, it was great!” and “The acting was really good,” were common on audience feedback forms during the first two shows Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. Other comments: “Timely, serious, […]

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Hear about New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House on WFMT

The 2nd Act Players, in its ongoing efforts to reach a wider audience with its dynamic new works for the stage, this season is advertising on Chicago classical station WFMT, in addition to running ads in the Pioneer Press north suburban papers, in the Chicago Tribune, on Evanston’s own WCGO and with the CTA. Our […]

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Watch Ryan Hall discuss his character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Ryan Hall this year finds himself playing a character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House who is based on the father of the character he played last year in the 2nd Act Players’ drama Moving Boxes.It’s not often an actor gets to play two generations of characters from the same family. Watch what Ryan […]

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Watch Anne Tracy talk about her character, Faye

Faye is one of the Smaldone sisters you’ll meet when you come to see New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, a look at the American immigrant experience through the eyes of an Italian-American family in 1960 and 1961. Faye tries to honor her father’s wishes even after his death, but doing so comes with a […]

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Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Momma

The family matriarch, momma (Julie Mitre) has been slowed by strokes and cataracts from the days when she led her church rosary society in a wide range of church activities. She’s raised eight children through some of the most difficult times in U.S. history but as the party begins in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s […]

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Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Sal

Sal, like so many men of his generation, went off to fight in World War II and came backed changed forever because of the horrors he saw. Also like his peers, he keeps those horrors bottled up inside, trying to spare his wife and family what he had seen and experienced. But a crisis that […]

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