What seems like an innocent comedy about girlfriends takes an unexpected turn when it's discovered that there may be something darker than just chocolate in baker Caroline's desserts. Danger, frosting and manslaughter combine in a mad-capped tale of friendship, secrets and balls -- cake balls, that is -- written by and co-starring The Factory Theater casting director Stacie Barra. The female-driven comedy of Bridesmaids meets the mad science of Breaking Bad in this twisted tale of a baker, a blogger and something sinister hiding in a sugary confection.
Their signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its twenty-fifth year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago today. Too Much Light..., with its ever-changing "menu," is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty.
Follow the roller-coaster ride of a relationship -- complete with the humor, heartache, highs, lows and everything else in between -- in An Unscripted Romance, a two-act story that incorporates the real relationships of audience members into the play. Starring Derrick Aguis and Emily FitzPatrick as the modern-day couple, this heartwarming, hilarious and all-too-real production proves that like most relationships, there's no script to fall back on.
Halcyon Theatre at
Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church
In 1994 Sarajevo, in a bedroom brimming with bullet holes, Dahlia and Peter have a whirlwind romance. A famous writer reporting on the Bosnian War, he leaves her to return to his wife. In 2001 Kabul, in a bedroom with blacked out windows, an Afghan prostitute is having affair with a member of the Taliban religious police. Dahlia's book about Leila, Ash and the aftermath of their affair in Kabul makes her a famous writer in her own right. On her book tour, struggling with how we all profit from telling stories of war from a safe distance, Dahlia and Peter meet again.
The ship that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick and its crew met with tragedy on November 20, 1820, when it was sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Based on first-hand accounts of this event, this imaginative new play is an epic, ensemble tale of survival. Infused with authentic sea chanteys, THE WHALESHIP ESSEX revels in the common language shared by both the theatrical and the nautical worlds, and weaves an historic story of whaling with our modern-day quest for oil, the lifeblood of our economy.
What could be funnier than a good old-fashioned witch hunt? In the hands of Babes With Blades Theatre Company -- not much. Their new original show Witch Slap! finds mass hilarity amidst mass hysteria in a colonial town, as local witches band together to stop the madness of those who would hunt them. You're in good hands with Babes With Blades, who place exciting, strong, complex women and their stories center stage, developing theater that showcases their strength and vitality through the art of stage combat. Witch Slap! by Jeff Goode was the winner of their 2013-2014 Sword & Pen writing competition, which inspires playwrights to develop scripts featuring stage combat roles for women.
Confined to her room as part of a "rest cure" for her postpartum depression, a woman descends into madness in this modernized adaptation of the classic feminist gothic story The Yellow Wallpaper. This Mill Theatre production brings an experimental, movement-based style to bear in capturing the protagonist's fragile mental state, combining classic storytelling with visual spectacle. Set in a time when men had complete control over women's mental and physical health, this nightmarish story remains as timely as ever.