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On a relatively modest budget, the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove stages an emotional production of Alan Menken’s Beauty and the Beast. more

Dec 5, 2017 3:19 PM Theater

It was a pleasantly warm weekend’s trip out to Elm Grove this past weekend for the Sunset Playhouse’s most recent bug in a rug Children’s Theatre show. The series opens theatrical shows to even the youngest theatergoers. This past weekend’s show w.. more

Feb 13, 2017 12:00 PM Theater

Breaking the mold of what many may expect when they think of dining in Elm Grove, the recently opened, Wall Street Drink Exchange, is a pleasant surprise. Mural-covered walls with images of New York streets and modern furnishings lend a cos... more

Dec 13, 2016 4:21 PM Dining Out

Barbara Robinson’s 1971 kid’s book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has secured a special place in the popular consciousness. The story about a church Christmas show gone wrong makes it to the stage in a popular adaptation again this holiday .. more

Oct 10, 2016 12:59 PM Theater

Sunset Playhouse’s staging of Cole Porter’s delightful musical comedy Anything Goes is firmly planted in Porter’s energy. more

Jul 19, 2016 4:43 PM Theater 1 Comments

The Little Red Hen is a folktale that goes back many, many years. A hen finds a grain of wheat. She wants to plant it, but requires some help. Being a bird, she’s not terribly well-constructed anatomically to be able to properly plant a seed.. more

May 7, 2016 11:00 AM Theater

It’s a professional performing opportunity on a nice, spacious stage in Elm Grove. On the last day of the month, Sunset Playhouse will be holding auditions for Rising Stars at the Sunset Playhouse. Four rehearsals. Two performances days. S.. more

Apr 21, 2016 11:00 AM Theater

It can be kind of uncomfortable watching grown actors pretend to play kids. Even college students playing high school students onstage can feel weird and awkward at best. At worst, it’s strange and vaguely disturbing. Next week, the Sunset P.. more

Apr 12, 2016 11:00 AM Theater

Elm Grove’s Sunset Playhouse has been around for over 60 years. That’s like...8 million years in local theater time. This company has been through a few major local theatre epochs and mass extinctions and things. The company continues its sa.. more

Mar 18, 2016 11:00 AM Theater

Laurie Friedman’s 2006 children’s book Love, Ruby Valentine is a sweet, little premise. Aided by her trusty parrot Lovebird, a little girl spends all her time before Valentine’s Day making cards and treats to give a little love to everyone.. more

Feb 2, 2016 12:00 PM Theater

It’s a speakeasy in Chicago in the ’20s, but it’s also a theatre in Elm Grove this coming weekend. It’ll be at the Sunset, but it’ll start after sunset as it starts at 7:30 p.m. (Sunset is at 5:01 p.m. on Saturday at Sunset. That's when the su.. more

Jan 25, 2016 7:14 PM Theater

Feeling perhaps that the character was stifling him from more serious literary work, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle attempted to kill of Sherlock Holmes in the 1893 short story The Final Problem . The character lived on most immediately in works t.. more

Sep 6, 2015 11:00 AM Theater

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Sunset Christmas Carol

Sunset Playhouse will be adding its voice to the holiday season this year with an Elm Grove production of the John Jakes stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. The show runs Dec. 3 - 27 on Sunset’s main stage. Suns.. more

Aug 31, 2015 11:00 AM Theater

Sunset Playhouse hosts its annual Sunset Fund Raiser this weekend with Revenge at the Reunion - A Murder Mystery Comedy. The “Norman Bates Memorial High School” reunion is kind of a clever setting for a whodunnit. It offers a plausible space to.. more

Aug 22, 2015 11:00 AM Theater

Sunset Playhouse’s Bug In A Rug Children’s Theatre is one of the more unique theatre experiences in town. As it is open to children of almost any age, it’s largely the type of experience limited to parents and kids far too young to appreciate .. more

Aug 20, 2015 11:00 AM Theater


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The Sunset Playhouse spoofs a classic spy story as it stages The 39 Steps with a sharp sense of comedy. more

Apr 28, 2015 11:16 PM Theater


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It takes a tremendous amount of personality and ambition to decide to put together a one-person performance. Ryan Capp appears to have more than enough personality to fill a show. He’s a choreographer and singer and a dancer AND an actor. Early ne.. more

Mar 28, 2015 11:00 AM Theater 2 Comments


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Quite a few years before Jack Nicholson took up the iconic role at the center of the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, there was a stage adaptation of Ken Kesey’s book that debuted on Broadway. The Sunset Playhouse brings the story to the stag.. more

Jan 22, 2015 1:00 PM Theater 3 Comments