Director Mary Reynard discusses Boys in the Basement

Chicago theater veteran Mary Reynard says Boys in the Basement is about a “very under-served topic,” namely what men go through when they get divorced. Watch Mary discuss what she’s learned about men by directing the 2nd Act Players production of Boys in the basement this Nov. 6-15. Mary Reynard on Boys in the Basement […]

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Why are the boys in a basement?

I would eventually meet other divorced men and we would create new friendships. I often wished we could all sit around together in the evenings and talk about our struggles, but we lived in widely spread out locations.

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Less than a month to go — buy your tickets today!

Boys in the Basement opens Nov. 6, less than a month away. Tickets are already selling and the production, which focuses on the heartbreak of divorce from the male perspective, is getting media attention. So buy your tickets today, waiting might mean you won’t be able to see this ground-breaking original work from the 2nd […]

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Boys in the Basement and the children of divorce

Children are the victims of divorce, caught in events totally beyond their control and scarred by them nonetheless. Boys in the Basement looks at how men think about their children in divorce. Some men struggle to stay involved in tier children’s lives after divorce, others can not bear the pain and simply disappear, leaving children […]

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Boys in the Basement looks at divorce in 1993

Boys in the Basement looks at divorce circa 1993, before the Internet and before online dating, in the United States. By way fo comparison, 1993 was the busiest year on record for divorce in the U.K., according to the inforgraphic below. It saw 165,018 couples getting divorces there. Boys in the Basement centers around the 1993 divorce of […]

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Boys in the Basement show program a big draw for sponsors

Boys in the Basement opens Friday, Nov. 6 and when it does, it’s show program will be filled with a record-number of sponsor ads. “Basically we sold out the program,” says 2nd Act Players cofounder John N. Frank. “We’d have to add more pages at this point to accommodate any additional sponsors for this show.” […]

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Special tickets for divorced theater-goers

“This is the least we can do for anyone who has suffered the living hell of a divorce,” says playwright John N. Frank, himself the survivor of a divorce in 1993.

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