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Lovers meet and find their true selves in this new take on a Shakespearean classic. Join cousins Rosalind and Celia as they flee the restrictive rule of Duke Fredrick to find freedom and love in the magical and transformative forest of Arden. A romantic romp filled with laughter and an affectionate rumination on the nature of human identity, you'll fall in love with As You Like It.
What exactly does a recent college graduate do with a BA in English? Well, if that graduate also happens to be a puppet, they move to Avenue Q, of course. There he'll find others like him trying to make sense of their "purpose" in life dealing with careers and relationships. Tony winner for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, this musical is stuffed with an upbeat and incredibly witty score. Avenue Q does not intersect with that other famous Street where puppets live, as this show is entertaining, touching, and hilarious, but definitely not one for the kids.
Mature audiences only – explicit lyrics & content – Rated R
Back by popular demand, Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies returns to the Athenaeum Theatre after last season's successful four-week run featuring "a fascinating look at Davis's life and career" (Chicago Theater and Arts). Commissioned by the Athenaeum for a repeat performance, now in the full-length version of the show, experience for yourself the actress and writer, Jessica Sherr, "whose Davis isn't quite like any you've seen, adding a bright comic energy" —Chicago Reader. Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies is a one-woman show about 1930s icon Bette Davis on the night of the 1939 Academy Awards.
You bring the news, we break it! Our talented ensemble will perform improv based on local and national news articles.
Bull in a China Shop is a play about Mary Woolley and her partner, Jeanette Marks. The two of them reimagined and revolutionized women's education at the turn of the 20th century. This fast-moving feminist comedy chronicles the growth of the women's suffrage movement as well as Mary and Jeanette's romantic relationship. Bull in a China Shop examines the strength it takes to find your voice, be brave, and feel less at odds with the world.
Bye Bye Liver is a series of outrageous sketches, all centered around the one thing that connects all of Chicago…Alcohol! Whether it's the girl that should never, ever drink liquor…or that one guy that confuses courage with shots of Jameson, we've all known them…or been them. This is the hilarious romp that satirizes all of those fun times and f*ck ups we've all had when we had just one too many. Interspersed with hilarious, interactive social games, you'll laugh until you cry at Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play.
The popular improvisers behind Clued In: An Improvised Murder Mystery are returning to the Blackout Cabaret in the Second City Training Center Thursdays in April and May bringing back their thrilling and fast-paced "whodunit" in the style of some of the greatest mystery writers of our time.
After getting a single suggestion from the audience, a cast of six professional comedians will designate a detective and create a tale of crime, secrets, and scandals right before your eyes...but watch closely, the performers will keep track of facts, follow leads, and come to a conclusion unlike any comedy experience you've seen before, all while using the tropes, character archetypes, and influences of Agatha Christie and other defining detective genre devices.
Originally created for the comic style of the great Phil Silvers and Nancy Walker, Do Re Mi is the story of "Hubie Cram," a minor-league con man endlessly scheming to win big who, at the urging of his long-suffering wife, Kay, decides to go (somewhat) straight by moving into the jukebox and music promotion business as he concocts his biggest score ever. Featuring the hits "Make Someone Happy," "Fireworks," and "I Know About Love."
In the dangerous back channels of international resource politics, a wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts, leaving us wondering: whose side are we supposed to be on...and who will save Africa? This new American farce is a hilarious, irreverent and timely look at the back-room deals that shape our world and the unlikely cast of characters who make them.
Now in its second smash year at the Greenhouse Theater Center, EL Stories stages the real life experiences of CTA commuters from across the city. Adapted verbatim from hundreds of first-person interviews, the Waltzing Mechanics perform a kaleidoscope of the commuting public's most memorable and hilarious encounters. Recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of the "Best of the Fringe in 2011," EL Stories also gives you a chance each week to have your own transit tale played back live. Don't miss our train!
It starts with an audience suggestion. Then the players create a full-length thriller in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. There could be murder, car chases, gunplay, beautiful women, exciting music, and drinks…plenty of drinks. Since this is high-class crime, the stage is complete with a wet bar, and the actors will be forced to partake as the plot develops. By the end of the show, you might not be able to stand the suspense, and the actors might not be able to stand at all.
The show will also feature a live jazz band and a few parlor games so the audience may join in on the "refreshments."
With the tagline, "Action so tense, you'll have to get tight," how can you go wrong?
See Chicago's finest improvisers under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier in an evening of unscripted and unequaled improvisational comedy. This show is highly interactive, hilarious and thoroughly original.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
Midnight Blue is 60 minute show where, late at night, the ComedySportz Ensemble gathers to do improv with no fouls, no rules, and no subject matter too taboo. We invite you to ditch the kids and hang out after the 10:00pm ComedySportz match. We'll keep the bar open and tear this place apart.
Come to what is sure to be a thrilling and unique night of theatre, and you create it!
Every Saturday night we open our doors at 10PM and accept the first 15 original acts that walk through the door. Scenes, Poems, Dances, Magic Tricks, Stand-Up, Sketch, Improv, Puppets, Songs, Juggling, Mime, Acrobatics and/or General Shenanigans - whatever floats your proverbial boat.
1. All material must be original
2. Performances should be no more than five minutes in length
3. You can't break anything--not yourself, not the theatre--and you can't break any laws
No Shame Theatre focuses on immediacy, originality and brevity. So, whether you're coming to perform, watch or both, together we'll create a show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Sharon is Midwestern nice. But to Robyn, her new roommate from the Bronx, that just means nosy and very, very talkative. A comical mismatch leads to a surprising and touching friendship in The Roommate, a new comedy about how early-life choices lead to midlife challenges and the unexpected rewards of bridging the divide.
From the creators of Talk Hard (named Chicago's "Best Sketch Troupe" of 2013 by The Chicago Reader), Spiked Punch is one part gameshow, ALL parts PARTY! The show features two teams of Chicago's sharpest comedians who are forced to make you laugh or suffer the hilarious consequences. We provide the set-ups, and it's up to them to deliver the punchlines . . . or pay the price! No preparation. No hesitation. And plenty of libations!
Support Group for Men is a hilarious exploration of what happens when society's new normal doesn't seem so normal to everyone. Thursday night in Wrigleyville is "Guys' Night" for a group of longtime pals. Instead of letting off steam over baseball, they've formed a support group — with its "no ladies" policy strictly enforced — in which they can vent about dashed romances, stalled careers, and other middle-age maladies. But when an unexpected visitor crashes their party, the guys' traditional notions of masculinity are exploded. This topical, Chicago-flavored comedy gleefully dissects the ever-changing role of gender in today's culture — and proves that understanding is sometimes found in the least likely of places.