SHOWS AND TICKETS
- Magic Show
- Performance Art
- Solo Performance
- Stand-up/Sketch Comedy
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Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers navigating the corporate world of the late 1970s concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy, and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy — giving their boss the boot! Based on the seminal 1980 hit movie starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin, 9 to 5 features music by Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick.
As a family gathers for an overdue dinner, a mysterious envelope arrives with astonishing news. They soon find themselves scrambling to welcome a visitor of cosmic proportion. Absurdity reigns as ancient fissures open wide and long-held certainties crumble. Will this nuclear family explode? Lookingglass Theatre ensemble member Kareem Bandealy unleashes the existential dark comedy Act(s) of God, directed by artistic director Heidi Stillman (Cascabel, Hard Times).
When a cheerleading squad is called upon to save the parallel universe of Lej, they must summon their collective team spirit to destroy the evil spirit stick, save the citizens of Lametown, and be back in time for the state championship. Jill Oliver's debut play asks the question, "Ummm…there's an evil stick in this play?"
Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl — no musical puts it on stage better than Anything Goes! A hilarious shipboard romance of the 1930s, with these Cole Porter classics: "I Get a Kick Out of You," "It's De-Lovely," "Friendship," and "You're the Top".
George Bernard Shaw makes his City Lit debut, staged by the director of this past season's hit J.B. Captain Bluntschli, a mercenary soldier who is fonder of chocolates than of bullets, hides in the bedroom of heiress Raina Petkoff while escaping from battle — a development that disturbs her fiancé, Major Sergius Saranoff, a swaggering cavalry officer from the other side. Raina calls Bluntschli "my chocolate cream soldier." Shaw calls Arms and the Man "an anti-romantic comedy." We call it the funniest play ever written about the Serbo-Bulgarian War.
You bring the news, we break it! Our talented ensemble will perform improv based on local and national news articles.
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.
As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people who she abandoned.
In A Doll's House, Part 2, Lucas Hnath's bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen's revolutionary masterpiece, the story unfolds in a series of bristling stand-offs that reveal in Nora's world, much like our own, behind every opinion there is a person, and a slamming door isn't just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning.
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.
Passions run high as leading lady Lilli and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred, battle onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes high jinks, Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Chris Causer, combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. The famous musical numbers include "So In Love," "Too Darn Hot," "Always True to You (In My Fashion)," and other beloved Cole Porter standards.
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.
He's charismatic and charming — no wonder con man Harold Hill assumes he can easily fleece the stubborn citizens of River City, Iowa with the grand promise of a marching band. But the smooth-talking swindler can't tell a trombone from a treble clef and Marian, the local librarian, knows it. In his attempt to steal her heart (and save his hide), Harold learns a thing or two about moral responsibility and unexpectedly enriches the town with a love of music.
Mary Zimmerman (Wonderful Town) brings her magic touch to The Music Man and creates a joyous musical masterpiece at the Goodman Theatre. With music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and a book by Willson and Franklin Lacey, enjoy memorable songs, including "Goodnight My Someone," "76 Trombones," "Gary, Indiana," and "Till There Was You."
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.
Set in the Ukrainian Holodomor, Abbey Fenbert's Sickle explores Joseph Stalin's Soviet genocide through a man-made famine that killed millions of people. Five female characters struggle against a tyrannical oppressor. Winner of a Jeff Award foe best adaptation and the 2013 Mark Twain Prize for comic playwriting, the powerfully written Sickle is an important reminder of the 1930s genocide.
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!
Strong as steel, fragile as magnolias. The six Southern women of Chinquapin, Louisiana, show more steel than delicacy as they face life's ups and downs together. A home beauty parlor is their gathering place, where they gossip, needle, and jab each other with good-humored zingers. But when push comes to shove, these friends are there for one another, especially in the darkest of times. Robert Harling's hilarious and heartwarming Steel Magnolias inspired the 1989 film which starred Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Dolly Parton.
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.
The Devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benet
Trial by Jury by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Directed by Terry McCabe
Music directed by Daniel Robinson
Come for the greatest orator of early America arguing contract law with Satan, stay for the riotous musical farce with a plot too ridiculous to summarize. Although the story of The Devil and Daniel Webster is well-known, few people have actually seen it onstage, because not many theaters do one-acts anymore. We're here to remedy this, as it is one of the great American plays. The 19 actors in it will then turn around after intermission and perform Trial by Jury, the equally great but completely different 30-minute operetta that launched Gilbert and Sullivan's career as the English stage's finest satirists.
Wild Women of Planet Wongo is an immersive sci-fi musical comedy that spoofs 1960s B movies. The audience is in the middle of the action for the three-act, two-intermission production that features dancing, music, games, prizes, and all-around zaniness when two bumbling astronauts land on Wongo, a planet run by warrior women. While the male astronauts think they've discovered paradise, hilarity ensues as the Wongo women plan surprises for their captive guests.
Jealousy can drive one wild in William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. Following his celebrated productions of King Lear and Measure for Measure, director Robert Falls reimagines one of Shakespeare's most wildly theatrical tales. A paranoid king accuses his queen of infidelity, setting off a calamitous series of events spanning 16 years. But what begins as tragedy unexpectedly evolves into romantic comedy, filled with song and dance, magic and metamorphosis — and an appearance from Shakespeare's most iconic furry beast.