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Lookingglass launches its 30th season with the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times.
A Dickensian carnival of characters inhabits the streets of smoke-choked Coketown: Grim Mr. Gradgrind's school churns out joyless students; poor Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines; and mill owner Mr. Bounderby, full of bluster and bombast, presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and young orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through.
Artistic director Heidi Stillman adapts and directs this timeless love letter to the power of beauty, hope, and imagination.
Amazing and amusing, Marc's theatrical creations have been hailed as "Not to be missed!" by ABC News and "A surefire 'you-gotta-see-this-show' show!" by Variety. Both fascinating and psychological, his performances have been enjoyed by millions around the world from Broadway and the West End to the Sydney Opera House and Singapore, earning him the name "The King of the Mind-Readers" by Time Out.
Marc's mystifying techniques and quick wit "break the lock" on the minds of randomly selected audience members. He has had the pleasure of outwitting such well-known celebrities as Sting, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Donald Trump, Arthur Miller, Paul Newman, Prince Andrew, Judi Dench, Ronald Reagan!
What would you hold sacred if everything you knew was destroyed? In three acts, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play is the story of survival and reinvention in a post-apocalyptic world. What starts as a group of friends casually recounting a Simpsons episode morphs — over the course of more than 80 years — into a completely new form of storytelling.
In 1930s South Side Chicago, Bigger Thomas lands a job with a wealthy white family, but his fate is sealed when a violent act unleashes a chain of events that cannot be undone. This adaption of Richard Wright's groundbreaking novel Native Son by Theatre School alumna Nambi E. Kelley explores the systemic racism and poverty that oppressed Bigger Thomas from birth. Recommended for mature audiences.
A Texas matriarch, bless her heart, discovers that the history of the ancestral home is, well…complicated. When she reveals the news to her Southern belle daughters, tempers rage hotter than the devil's armpit and pandemonium runs amok on the pristine plantation…and that's before the other set of sisters arrive.
Lookingglass ensemble member and playwright Kevin Douglas (Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure) returns with a sharp pen and sharper wit to slash into America's thorniest underbrush and most enduring conundrum. Ensemble member David Schwimmer directs this world premiere black (and white) comedy.
The Prozorov sisters dream of returning to Moscow, but are unable to wake to their provincial reality. Each sister questions her own place in the world after the arrival of members of the Russian military. Olga, Masha, Irina, and their brother Andrey search for meaning in Chekhov's tragicomic masterpiece about broken dreams, inertia, and missed opportunities.
Returning for its fourth and final year at MCL Chicago, this hilarious musical parody of the holiday classic Die Hard invites audiences to the annual Nakatomi Christmas Eve party on the 30th floor of Nakatomi Plaza. Grizzled New York cop Bruce McClane is there to rekindle love between his estranged wife and '80s businesswoman Holly Generic. Everything is going swimmingly until fashion-obsessed Hans Solo and his group of German terrorists take everyone hostage...everyone except McClane.
Filled with hysterical musical numbers, farcical fight sequences, explosions, machine guns, and more Christmas snow than Los Angeles ever gets, there is a reason Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Christmas Musical has quickly become a Chicago holiday tradition.