Mum's the word
Who ARE these masked men and women? At 3 p.m. Sunday on the stage of the U of I at Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium, they'll be Mummenschanz, the legendary Swiss mask-puppet-shadow theater three-some, in their first Central Illinois pass in more than 20 years. The tour is called you & me, and features the troupe's trademark objects, mask-objects and bodies evolving against a black background as they communicate through what they call "para-language": One that can be understood by all. Tickets are $27-$43 at 800-207-6960.
Nashville-based Christian alt-rockers Red are headed to the Castle Theatre in Bloomington this weekend for a 7 p.m. Sunday show, with co-headliner Lacey Sturm and openers Righteous Vendetta. Over the course of their 15-year run, the trio has amassed no fewer than six Dove Awards, with a dozen more nominations, all of them in the rock song/rock album categories. Sturm, meanwhile, is famous as the former atheist who became a Christian, and has maintained that stance through her rock career, both while fronting her former band Flyleaf and, currently, as a solo performer.
Throne off balance
It had to happen sooner or later. The "Game of Thrones" galaxy has spawned its own touring theatrical parody edition, dubbed Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire!, running hot and cold through the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 7 p.m. Sunday. We're promised all seven seasons of the HBO hit condensed into "90 minutes of hilarity," including "magical locations (if you close your eyes) ... bloodthirsty musical theater comics ... notorious violence ... power struggles ... manipulation ... sex ... plus, worst yet, a ballad or two."