New Works at Theater Works in Peoria: Push Delivers Laughs, Tears, Respect

The setup: Peoria's Theater Works is right in the middle of their first annual presentation of New Works, so we can't complain there's almost nothing to see this month. (Phoenix Theatre has moved its Hormel New Works Festival up to March for 2014, so we didn't get to enjoy the vicarious torture of 24-Hour Theatre Project, etc., this spring and summer.)

Most of TW's current series is being presented in staged-reading format, which can still be pretty gripping when solid actors and directors are involved. One play was selected for a full black-box production (so the performers aren't holding scripts, and there are specific costumes and set pieces, a lighting design, etc.). That's Mike Duhame's Push, a one-person show that presents vignettes of about 20 characters based on interviews with real people. It promotes itself as being about conception, pregnancy, and delivery.

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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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