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Midsommer Flight announces its fifth season presenting free Shakespeare productions, returning to Chicago parks this summer with the delightful comedy As You Like It. All performances will be presented free of charge (donations gratefully accepted). In addition, live music will be presented 30 minutes prior to each performance. Audiences are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic to enjoy this free programming.
Midsommer Flight's As You Like It features a cast of 16 and original music. When Rosalind is banished by the evil Duke, she and her cousin Celia set out to the Forest of Arden to make a new life, disguised for safety as a brother and sister. As fate would have it, Orlando, whom Rosalind loves, also flees the evil Duke to the Forest of Arden. But disguised as a boy, Rosalind cannot reveal herself to him. Will true love win out?
The stage is set, the cast is ready, and the audience is seated for Craftworks Theater Company's Broadway Producer preview of their new original musical "Big Break." The opening number is going beautifully when the lights unexpectedly go black, a crash is heard, and the leading man cries out. He's broken his leg center stage.
In MCL Chicago's new original musical join the fictional Craftworks Theater ensemble as they scramble to replace their leading man before sabotage and big corporate money swoop in to take over the space.
Success isn't always scripted, sometimes you've got to make it up along the way.
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.
From Connie's Pizza on the South Side of Chicago to the biggest stages in the world, join four Chicago Boys on their journey to fame and back. On the road to success they meet smarmy producers, money-hungry managers, an aging diva and even "Roy Orbeson." Through the joys and struggles of a life on tour, the Chicago Boys have to stick together to make it to the top.
MCL Chicago honors the jukebox musical (Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, That Thing You Do) with this production. This hybrid musical weaves together improvised premieres, a cappella covers, and original songs that are soon-to-be American standards all while being accompanied by a four piece band.
Four men. Four mics. Four-part-harmony.
With a wink and nod to Mystery Science Theater 3,000 and RiffTrax, Cinema Sacrifice Theater humorously skewers the best of the worst movies. On the last Tuesday of every month, we invite you to come and enjoy the jabs in person, in a live theatre setting!
A group of friends find an evil RedBox, "DreadBox," who is hell bent on world domination, and has already partially succeeded with the vanquishing of video stores. To keep "DreadBox" at bay, the friends must watch and sacrifice a different terrible movie each month.
A hilarious 90-minute improv comedy show in which two teams create comedy scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on your suggestions. You choose the winner and the show is never the same twice! It's clean, smart comedy for families and all ages! There are over 100+ games in the ComedySportz book - and nobody knows what will be played next!
There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare—75 if you count the black ill-favored fly killed in Titus Andronicus. From the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony and Cleopatra. And then there's the pie that Titus serves his guests. Spymonkey will perform them all—sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, but always hysterically. The four "seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns" (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.
This hilarious result of collaboration between Writers Theatre and Chicago's world-renowned comedy theatre, The Second City, asks the intriguing question: What happens when the most recognizable characters from some of the greatest American plays of the 20th century suddenly find themselves sharing the same stage?
In her new high-drama and explosive comedy, Karen Zacarías explores race, gender and class politics through the lens of the Latin American telenovela, one of the world's most popular storytelling genres. On a stormy night in a Mexican hospital, two baby girls are born―one into a life of privilege, the other to an impoverished family. But when the girls are deliberately swapped, the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny. Destiny of Desire is a smart, stylish and sexy comedy that dishes a lot of dirt and even more surprises.
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs 'em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that's anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!
Good friends should be there for one another - no matter what. However, when Bea returns home to England after five years abroad, having made a bold choice about her life, old friends struggle to support her or even to understand. One night in Brighton, things threaten to slide into chaos...The Distance is a painfully funny play about motherhood and fatherhood, about keeping control and about letting go.
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!
Second City is proud to present this in-your-face indictment of the modern condition. Millennial social media dilemmas, D-bags on dates, and auto-tuned relationships are just a few of the targets this amazingly talented ensemble takes on. The struggle is fake, folks, but the comedy is oh so real. Buy tickets and chill.
Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu takes you on an uproarious exploration of intuition. Have you been here before? Should you do anything different? Or are mistakes what make us grow? In this ever changing world there are still significant transformations to be made. Take a gleeful glance into funny mothers, millennials, christian media and contemporary nostalgia as you get fooled twice and come back to be fooled again.
The God-fearing children of Cypress, Texas spend their after-school hours practicing Christian Puppet Ministry at the local church. When one devout young boy discovers that his hand puppet has a life of its own, all hell breaks loose. Literally. In this hilarious and lightning-paced comedy, Tyrone, a stinging and witty satanic sock puppet soon shows the children, minister, and school bully who's really in charge. Declared "flat-out hilarious" by The New York Times; Hand to God by Robert Askins and directed by Dexter Bullard makes its Chicago premiere after thrilling audiences on Broadway and receiving a Tony nomination for Best New Play last season.
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, gun play, 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?
You know your favorite adult party card games? The terrible apple mad lib f*ucktionary incorrect against humanity game that you love so much! We love them too! When you walk in the door you get three cards that fill in the blank. During the show if you have a good card that matches the main card pulled by our judge raise your hand and come up on stage! We will do improvisation based on the combinations. Be aware this show is dirty, ridiculous, offensive, and horrible. Are you ready to be horrible with us?
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.
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.
Let's say you have a friend, and that friend has a friend, and that friend of a friend does not have any pet allergies, and then let's then say that you have just read 'Night, Mother' by Marsha Norman for the two hundredth time and you are now inspired to write a two person show of your own. For yourself and Mike Hamilton. And a few adorable guinea pigs. And one spectacular flare gun. Seriously, let's say that. Call it Mike Mother.
Exploring the tension between fiction and non-fiction, Jessica Anne's Mike Mother weaves theatre, writing and film into the lies that cripple memories, the truth that haunts our tales, and all the gaps in between.
Next of Kin is an audience-participatory comedy. It's like a live action version of the game, "Clue". Everything from arguments to clues to the murders happen right smack dab in the middle of the audience so they can participate and witness every action first hand. None of the dialogue is scripted--it's all improvised--to better allow for audience involvement as well. Your guests will actively solve the case by asking the suspects questions, following them, eavesdropping on their conversations--whatever it takes to figure out who-dunit.
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.
The acclaimed director of American Blues Theater's Hank Williams: Lost Highway helms Kaufman and Hart's 1930 comedy classic. Jerry, May, and George quit vaudeville to take advantage of everyone who is taking advantage of California's latest gold rush: Talking Pictures. An epic satire of greed run amok that is as timely now as ever.
May (Kathleen McDonnell), Jerry (Mike Dailey) and George (Scott Danielson) are giving up vaudeville and leaving New York to cash in on California's latest gold rush: talking pictures. Kaufman and Hart's 1930 comedy classic about Hollywood and the quest for fame is a love letter to the theatre with thirteen actors playing over forty characters. Damon Kiely, the acclaimed director of American Blues Theatre's Hank Williams: Lost Highway and author of How to Read a Play: Script Analysis for Directors directs this epic satire of greed run amok.
A dazzling and award-winning success from London to Broadway, One Man, Two Guv'nors transforms Goldini's 18th century Commedia dell'Arte classic Servant of Two Masters into a modern comedy full of satire and slapstick.
The Really Awesome Improv Show is Second City's action-packed improvised kids' show! Every show is new and exciting because it's based on your suggestions. The Really Awesome Improv Show will have audiences of all ages rolling in the aisles!
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life's tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news. This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.
Our favorite feline, Skippyjon Jones, canon-blasts into his imagination and discovers an extraordinary circus world. Upon reuniting with his Chihuahua chums, the gang takes turns performing circus stunts, with Skippyjon to perform the daring final act. Taken from the best-selling book series, this captivating tale of trapeze dreams and flying machines is cherished by all.
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!
UP Comedy Club has combined two of Chicago's favorite things: brunch & comedy, for the ultimate Sunday Funday. Join us every Sunday at 11:00am for a delicious brunch followed by our hilarious improv comedy show at noon. Your belly will thank you.
Buffet Style Brunch Menu:
Scrambled eggs (of course!) & multiple stations Including:
* Carving Station: get it hot!
* Pastrypalooza: Danishes, bagels and croissants oh my!
* Chicken & Waffle Bar: Crispy warm waffles complete with toppings galore.
Go ahead, pile a little bit of everything on. We won't judge.
The Neo-Futurists' signature show, performed since 1988, is the longest-running production in Chicago history. Too Much Light... is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. Each week the ensemble adds between two and twelve new plays to the menu. Every performance creates an inimitable, living-newspaper collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental.
Chicago's summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks returns with a free 75-minute abridged production of Twelfth Night, coming to neighborhood parks across the city. At each tour location, a specially equipped truck rolls into each park, a stage unfolds, and a company of professional actors shares the delight of Shakespeare with families and neighbors of all ages. This year's production tells the tale of a young girl named Viola, who is separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck. Resilient, she adopts a male disguise and enters into the service of Duke Orsino—only to find herself in the middle of a triangle of unrequited love. Since the inception of the program five years ago, more than 80,000 Chicagoans have experienced free Shakespeare in their communities.
VAMP is a twice-weekly showcase of Chicago's strongest musical comedy talent. Each week hosts Keenan Camp and Brandon C. Price along with cast member key holders and house band Doc McCullough & The Vampers present, BYOB drinks in hand, a hilarious night of audience interactive music comedy. It's like Whose Line Is It Anyway, but everyone is Wayne Brady. #JoinTheClub
Justin Tanner's comedy Voice Lessons, is about the unlikely romance between a deluded community theater actress and the over-educated vocal coach she hires to make her a star.
Bachelor Nation, are you ready for guilty pleasures, gutless backstabbing and fairy tale love stories? Then join us for an unforgettable journey in Season Four of Will You Accept This Rose?, An Improvised Parody of The Bachelor We're bringing you more special guests, more unbelievable characters and more ugly tears than ever before. Watch as as our ensemble of improvisers combines the structure of The Bachelor with inspiration from a special guest's love life to make every week the most dramatic episode ever. Oh, won't you go on this helicopter ride with us?