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Inspired by 70'S sitcoms and the political incorrectness of "jiggle television," 3C is a hilarious and horrifying look at identity and what lies beneath the perky veneer. Brad lands in L.A. to start a new life. A wild night of partying finds him passed out in Connie and Linda's kitchen and the three strike a deal that raises the suspicions of the landlords. Complications spiral out of control, taking the show from farce to something…unexpected
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 Chicago Magic Lounge is a close-up magic show inspired by the long lost "magic bars" of Chicago. Schulien's, New York Lounge, Little Bit O' Magic, and many more clubs were once at the forefront of Chicago's nightlife scene. The Magic Lounge takes the best elements of these lost venues, and brings close-up magic to the tables, the bar, and the stage at the Uptown Underground. We recreate the wonder of a style of magic that dates back to the 1920's, simply known as "Chicago-Style" Magic.
Ever seen Hamlet in 10 seconds in reverse? If you like Shakespeare, you'll love this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you'll love this show. Three actors present all the Bard's 37 plays in 97 minutes, making it an irreverent, fast-paced romp that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter!
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.
The Drag Queens of Comedy brings nine of the most outrageous drag comediennes in Chicago to one stage for two shows only!
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!
Forty-two Stories is a comedy about life in a Lake Shore Drive high-rise condo building where a professional student from the University of Chicago is moonlighting as a janitor, a stressed-out apartment manager is at odds with the residents and on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and a motley assortment of other staff members struggle with survival in the face of urban pandemonium — and with the fact that one of them may be breaking into the units and stealing women's underwear.
Get ready for a no-holds-barred vocal competition and music comedy show! Four contestants compete in a four-week voice contest, singing their best cover songs based on weekly themes and challenges. They climb through the ranks — determined by weekly audience voting — with one emerging as the season's winner!
In addition to the featured vocalists, there's a professional music improv ensemble on hand. They entertain viewers with improvised songs born from audience suggestions. Audience members themselves can volunteer to get up and sing as well!
An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (senior) boys in a British boarding school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university — generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling.
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?
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.
Driven by the character of Dorante, The Liar is constantly reinventing his life and telling wild, compelling stories. This play by David Ives takes Pierre Corneille's classic farce and revives it with fresh, modern language that pulls conventions and linguistic stylings from the past while creating a dynamic new rendition of the story.
Grace Harkaway, who considers herself immune to love, is marrying elderly Sir Harcourt Courtly for his money. Then she meets his son. Then Sir harcourt meets horse-riding virago Lady Gay Spanker, who enters in her leather-trimmed hunting suit wielding a riding crop, and goes on to complicate the already complicated romantic entanglements of the play. The comedy sensation of 1841 has been produced repeatedly in New York and London up to the present day, including National Theatre Live's worldwide broadcast in 2010, but has not been seen on a Chicago stage for 120 years. City Lit's production will feature Cameron Feagin as Lady Gay and Kingsley Day as Sir Harcourt.
Under the Gun Theater is proud to present Love Stories, a Valentine's Day-themed improvised comedy show! Each week, a new guest host tells a true and personal story about the trials and tribulations of love. From there, the UTG ensemble launches into a show of highly creative comedic whimsy. This critically acclaimed cast has honed an idiosyncratic style that is completely unique in the Chicago comedy scene. Come get a healthy dose of laughs, awws, and of course, Valentine's-themed cocktails.
King Ferdinand of Navarre's "no fun" edict includes scholarly endeavors, quiet contemplation and complete commitment to chastity for three entire years. His closest courtiers reluctantly sign on. But this is a comedy and it doesn't take long for everyone to figure out that the whole thing is a bad idea and rules are meant to be broken—especially when the French Princess and her beautiful entourage arrive on the scene. The young men's studies soon give way to secret letters and amorous vows as the women set out to teach the men a thing or two about love. The puns fly and the playwright's wordplay take flight in this witty satire about young love with a surprising conclusion where real-life lessons are suddenly revealed.
Madagascar — A Musical Adventure is a twist on the blockbuster DreamWorks motion picture Madagascar. Audiences join zoo escapees and embark on a unique and "crack-a-lackin'" adventure as the animals enjoy freedom for the very first time after spending their entire lives in captivity. This special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) is filled with larger-than-life characters, nonstop adventure, and an upbeat score. Each performance is followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
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.
A town's proud history, the legend of a local hero, the coveted privilege of reserved parking: Nothing is sacred during the town council meeting at the heart of this new play. Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, this razor-sharp comedy turns from hilarious to chilling as petty policy matters give way to the truth roiling just beneath the surface of the town's historical mythology.
A Night of Bottom Shelf Theatre: Reasons Why I Drink is an evening of 5- to 10-minute scenes of intentionally bad, epically terrible, and downright dumb theater. It's better when you drink, so your ticket will include all-you-can-drink domestic beer, wine, and well beverages. Oh, and appetizers to soak it all up.
But wait, there's more! Since the show falls on St. Patrick's week, there'll be leprechauns, fun raffle prizes, and even a pot of gold!
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.
Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the continuation of the fourth season of Porchlight Revisits, a staged concert series of hit "lost" musicals. Up next is Little Me, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, and a book by Neil Simon based on the novel by Patrick Dennis.
Matthew's wife, Lisa, is having an affair with Adrian, a British director. Or perhaps the affair is part of a play being rehearsed. Or perhaps Matthew has imagined it all. But a mysterious woman who seems to shadow the others brings the story to its surprising conclusion…or does she? The audience plays the role of detective in this hilarious, multi-layered comedy of suspicion about love, lust, and the power of deception in which nothing is ever quite what it seems.
The Woman's Club of Evanston has been making people laugh for a good cause for over 60 years in their annual benefit show. This year's 66th revue, Reading Between the Lines, is no exception.
Members of The Woman's Club of Evanston and this year's beneficiary, Literature for All of Us, write, direct, choreograph, and perform an entertaining variety show to benefit this important nonprofit. Cast members perform parodies of popular songs that feature a variety of subjects ranging from literature to social media to other current topics.
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!
Directed by Paul Stroili, a cast member in the original Chicago production, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding is a hilariously interactive production that is guaranteed to make guests feel like they are truly friends and family of the bride and groom. From the wedding ceremony to the high-energy reception, complete with an Italian-style meal, champagne toast and wedding cake, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate alongside this larger-than-life couple and their family members.
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.
In a dystopian metropolis, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Northwestern University alumnus Scott Weinstein (Into the Woods) directs this hilarious Tony Award-winning musical praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be.
Vamp is a twice-weekly showcase of some of the top musical comedy talent in Chicago. Each week, cast member Key Holders and house band the Vampers present, BYOB drinks in hand, a hilarious night of interactive music comedy. It's like Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, but everyone is Wayne Brady.
The Winner…of Our Discontent asks if it's broken, should we fix it? No matter the answer, this cast will have you cracking up and splitting your sides. The country's premier sketch comedy troupe delivers a post-election shot in the arm that'll heal you with big laughs. So whether you voted for the Right, the Left, or the wrong (Independent), you'll love watching The Second City pick up the pieces in a comedy that shows our differences are what makes America truly great.