Set in New York in 1982, This Is Our Youth follows forty-eight hours in the lives of three very lost young souls: Warren, a dejected nineteen year old who has just stolen $15,000 from his abusive, tycoon father; Dennis, his charismatic drug-dealing friend who helps Warren put the stolen money to good use; and Jessica, the anxiously insightful young woman who Warren yearns for. Funny, painful and compassionate, This Is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment when many young people go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers-far more sophisticated than their parents realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine.
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.
The classic computer game The Oregon Trail gets a delightfully faithful stage adaptation -- bandits, dysentery and all. Known for their witty wizardly mash-up A Very Potter Musical, StarKid Productions' latest musical comedy The Trail To Oregon! follows a dysfunctional pioneer family as they fight their way cross-country by covered wagon, hunting, fording rivers and battling snakes, measles, typhoid and other dangers every step of the way. While those who grew up playing the The Oregon Trail game will delight in seeing its unintentionally hilarious grim scenarios unfold onstage, everyone at this show will revel in StarKid's side-splitting show tunes and razor-sharp dialogue.
Tuneful, clever and uproarious, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows the story of six overachieving and quirky adolescents pitted against each other in the spelling challenge of a lifetime. To raise the comical bar, four audience members get the opportunity to participate in this quirky musical as onstage bee contestants. Through the ups and downs of the bee, the youngsters are forced to learn that winning isn't everything and losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.
Vaudezilla! Burlesque Cabaret is one of the hottest tickets in town, bringing you the best in Chicago burlesque and variety! Every week, the cast changes. Every month, the theme changes. But the one thing that never changes is how much fun you'll have every Saturday night! Each show features your favorite Vaudezilla performers, as well as burlesque, comedy, and musical performers from Chicago and all over the country. Join us and find out what everyone's ROARing about!
The mysterious Gabby Grayskull has turned the High Art world on its head with her provocative, Banksy-esque work, but the sudden auction of her art spurs an investigation into her private life? Who is she? Where did she come from? Is she just one person? Does she even exist?
We all loved The Wizard of Oz as kids. Some of us were obsessed with dreams of rainbow icons, others the talking animals and fantastical friends. And so it is for seven adult children who refused to grow up and quit playing make believe.
Join these Ozians in their musical sandbox as they travel the yellow brick road with the help of their favorite power ballads and rock anthems for the 80’s, 90’s and today. It’s like your favorite mix radio station but better…because it has witches and munchkins.