Community theater group gives 'Company' a modern-day makeover

2014-01-20T00:00:00Z 2014-01-22T12:03:06Z Community theater group gives 'Company' a modern-day makeoverFor The Times
January 20, 2014 12:00 am  • 

UNIVERSITY PARK | "Sex in the City" meets classic Sondheim in this hilarious romp through the dating and married lives of five couples and a perpetual bachelor named Bobby.

It’s Stephen Sondheim’s "Company,"  presented by the Southland Area Theatre Ensemble, and it’s coming to a stage near you — the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University. Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 

Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Stephen Sondheim's "Company" is considered a landmark "concept" show that inaugurated the modern era of musical theater. Set in New York, the play tells the story of five couples and their mutual friend, Robert, on the night of his 35th birthday as he contemplates his unmarried state and eventually realizes that fairytale or not, life is better shared.

Director of Southland Area Theatre Ensemble, J.R. Rose, from Tinley Park, says “This will not be your traditional 1970‘s 'Company.' We will be re-imagining the traditional view of 'Company' in the contemporary 21st century.” Music is by Aaron Kaplan and choreography is by Becky Dedecker. The 13-member cast is all local, hailing from Crete, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Homewood, Flossmoor and Oak Lawn.

SLATE was established in 2009 as an artistic collaboration between the Center for Performing Arts, local theater educators, and veterans of area community theater companies. SLATE has produced five critically acclaimed summer productions, “Into the Woods” in 2009, “The Wedding Singer” in 2010, “Ragtime” in 2011, “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” in 2012, and “HAIR,” in 2013, as well as a number of cabaret performances, including Sondheim’s timeless “Assassins.”

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Center’s website at or by calling the box office at (708) 235-2222. This program is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council.

Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway. For more information about SLATE, visit


Nate Krug - Crete

Bonnie Johnson - Oak Lawn

Sarah Bright - Chicago

Nicole Bowles - Chicago

Annie Litchfield - Chicago

Fidel Calderon - Chicago

Meghan Hoyt - Dyer

Scott Boehm - Chicago

Regina Gadotti - Chicago Heights

Joseph Clair - Chicago

Ashley Raffauf - Homewood

De'Jah Perkins - Chicago

Chris Kelly - Flossmoor

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