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Audiences Rave about “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House,” Come See Why

Audiences have been raving about the 2nd Act Players production of the all-new New Year's Eve at Grandma's House with 85% of those filling out audience satisfaction surveys during the first two weeks of performances saying they would recommend the show to a friend. Audience members also gave the play high marks for character and ...

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, ...

Two Generations — Clashing Dreams — Come see New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Immigrants traditionally have come to the United States in search of a better life. And they've brought with them their old-world ways as they try to fit into this very new world. Arriving immigrants have taken on the lowliest jobs, worked multiple jobs, done all they had to so their families, and particularly their children ...

Tickets now on sale for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY IN 1960 -- TWO GENERATIONS -- CLASHING DREAMS.   Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Act Players' fall show, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. Buy tickets in advance to secure the online $5 per ticket discount. Tickets are $17 in advance, $22 at the door. Simply click here to ...

A Columbus Day reminder of the discrimination, hatred Italian immigrants faced

Whop, guinea, daggo, greaseball – you’ll hear those derogatory terms and more In New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, a poignant drama about the immigrant experience produced by Evanston’s own 2nd Act Players, November 3-18. In the play, those horrible words sting Sonny, oldest son of an immigrant Italian mother. "The crap I took. ‘Hay ...

Immigration discussions to follow 2nd Act Players fall performances

The 2nd Act Players will host discussions on immigration issues following the first two Sunday matinée performances of its fall play, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. Three speakers active in the immigrant rights arena already have agreed to take part and more have been contacted to participate in the discussions which will follow shows ...

Move-in Day for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Saturday was move-in day for the 2nd Act Players' fall production of New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. That meant four board members and a volunteer helper spent the morning transporting furniture from our garage workshop to our theater. "This will be the most elaborate set we've ever had," says 2nd Act Cofounder John N. ...

2nd Act Players plan first major ad effort for “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”

The 2nd Act Players' fall production of the all-new New Year's Eve at Grandma's House will be supported by the five-year-old theater's first integrated advertising and marketing campaign. Ads for the show will start appearing at the CTA's Davis Street L station in October. Print advertising will include the Chicago Tribune's fall play preview and ...

The 2nd Act Players are headed to New York in 2019!!!

The 2nd Act Players' will be mounting a weekend of staged readings of Cofounder John N. Frank's play The Institute next January in New York City. The performances, tentatively scheduled for Jan 25-26, will take place at Frank's high school, Xavier, which serves as the inspiration for the setting of the play itself. "To see ...

Coming this November: “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”

Join the 2nd Act Players this November for a unique look at the American immigrant experience in this all-new, two-act drama, New Year’ Eve at Grandma’s House. An Italian-American family gathers to celebrate New Year’s Eve 1960, its first without the family patriarch. The country is changing with the election of the first Catholic president ...