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Glen Ellyn theater to stage darkly comic 'Any Given Monday'

Village Theatre Guild opens latest show

GLEN ELLYN – Village Theatre Guild in Glen Ellyn continues its 57th season with “Any Given Monday” by Bruce Graham.

The show deals with Lenny, who is a great guy – a good teacher, an excellent father and a loving husband, a news release stated. So when his wife leaves him for a smooth-talking Lothario who builds Walmarts, his life is shattered.

While Lenny consoles himself with pizza and Monday Night Football, his best friend Mick takes matters into his own hands. Now Lenny must decide what he will stand up for and who he will stand up to. How far is too far to get back to happily ever after?

The production is directed by Jack T. Smith of Bloomingdale and produced by Debi Gits-Joseph of Wheaton. The cast features Linda Cunningham of La Grange as Risa, Rich Kropp of Glen Ellyn as Mick, Gary Charles Metz of La Grange Park as Lenny, and Kate Roberts of Lockport as Sarah.

Smith was excited by the prospect of directing the show.

“I have always been attracted to plays that are comedies, but also somewhat absurd and touch several emotions at the same time,” Smith said in the news release. “It takes great writing to do that, and the playwright, Bruce Graham, has a history of that amazing kind of storytelling.”

“Any Given Monday” opens Jan. 17 for a run of 12 performances through Feb. 8.

The cast was enthusiastic about being involved in the production.

“Acting in a show at VTG had been on my bucket list for quite some time, so I’m thrilled to be cast,” Cunningham said in the release.

“The passage of time has begun to age me out of playing some potentially great roles, so when the right ones come along, I try hard to clear time to audition for them. I fit the physical and professional profile of Lenny, and I like that Lenny has some distinctly different sides to play,” Metz said in the release.

“My part is hilarious and the play, overall, is fantastic. It’s the kind of part that doesn’t come around very often; I’m fortunate,” Kropp said in the release.

The cast and production staff believe that audience members will encounter meaning while being entertained by the play.

“This show is a dark and twisted take on classic morality stories. It raises a lot of provocative questions, and I think that it will stick with the audience for a long time,” Kropp said.

“Upon first read, Bruce Graham’s humor was what I was drawn to, but as rehearsals progress, the depth of his writing has become apparent due to Jack Smith’s skilled direction,” Gits-Joseph said.

“I want the audience to think about the moralities on display and put themselves into each of the characters’ shoes, comparing their own values and beliefs to them. I also, of course, want them to be surprised how they can laugh and cringe at such material as is presented in this dark comedy,” Smith said.

If you go

WHAT: “Any Given Monday”

WHERE: Village Theatre Guild, 2S720 Park Blvd., near northwest corner of Butterfield Road and Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn

WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Feb. 1, 7 and 8, and 3 p.m. various Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 19, 26 and Feb. 1 and 8

COST: $19.99

INFO: and box office at 630-469-823

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