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Suburban theater artists discuss their work and the community

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Carol Stream resident Cory Goodrich stars in Mercury Theater's "Barnum."

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James Farruggio, right, co-stars with Hillary Clemens in Gift Theatre's "Vigils."

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Libertyville native Marti Lyons directs "Maria/Stuart" at Sideshow Theatre Company.

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Steve Schine stars in Lifeline Theatre's "The City and The City."

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Aurora's Andy Herren tried improv on a whim.

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Hollywood isn't the only Mecca enticing suburban talent. Case in point: Suburban theater artists -- natives and transplants alike -- who stay right here to create their own Mecca. We caught up with a few of them to talk about where they came from, what they're working on and why they stay.
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    • Carol Stream resident Cory Goodrich stars in Mercury Theater's “Barnum.”
    • James Farruggio, right, co-stars with Hillary Clemens in Gift Theatre’s “Vigils.”
    • Libertyville native Marti Lyons directs “Maria/Stuart” at Sideshow Theatre Company.
    • Steve Schine stars in Lifeline Theatre’s “The City and The City.”
    • Aurora’s Andy Herren tried improv on a whim.
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