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July 25, 2008

The Next Big Thing

It’s happening right now in Los Angeles: Jeff Favre , contributing editor to The Lutheran is seeing his first full-length play, The Next Big Thing staged at the Art/Works Theatre in Hollywood. Readers of the magazine will recognize Jeff’s name from his by-line on the insightful and delightful profiles he produces most months on our Faces page. He regularly has done other reporting and writing from his LA base since he left our Chicago office in 1999 to pursue his dream of writing for the stage.

You can take a sneak peek at the show and read about it , too. It sounds like great fun—a “garage band musical” set his 1983, when Jeff was a student at Evanston Township High School. But I’m confident it will be more than just fun because I know Jeff who is, indeed, marvelous fun but much more. Here’s what he told a reporter doing an advance piece: “The core of the show is the relationship between mother and son. I didn’t want to make a cliched show about an 18-year-old, but I did want to tap into that feeling most of us had in high school where we think we know better, be we don’t really know better. That’s what I want to get across.”

Me, I’m hopping a jet plane with another staff member in the morning to see the play. And if you’re in the LA area, you might want to do the same. It continues through August 16.

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