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  Burning Bluebeard at The Den Theatre

Burning Bluebeard

The Den Theatre
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Chicago

Inspired by the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, BURNING BLUEBEARD is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time, they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. BURNING BLUEBEARD is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance. Each night is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history.

Thru - Jan 10, 2016

Price: $36

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-697-3830

Running Time: 1hr, 35mins

  Burning Bluebeard Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Directed by Halena Kays, this coproduction from the Hypocrites and the Ruffians masterfully pivots between gallows humor and paralyzing moments of awe; it's unpredictable, musical, and manipulative in the best way. Pam Chermansky doesn't quite create the layers of depth originated by Dean Evans as a sinister clown fixated on the story's many true-fact tragic ironies, but nonetheless it's a critical piece of local history told by a collective exemplifying style on the Chicago stage."
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Dan Jakes

Splash Magazine - Highly Recommended

"...Onstage The Ruffians provide a smattering of circus acts but mostly rely on their acting chops to bring the material to life. Pamela Chermansky as Fancy Clown impresses as the somewhat sinister, worldly performer who grasps the theatrical implications of the greater story. Standout performances also include Leah Urzendowski (Nellie Reed)and Ryan Walters (Eddie Foy) who humanize what was lost by two of the original Mr. Bluebeard cast members. And Anthony Courser as Henry Gilfoil (the actor portraying Mr. Bluebeard) projects the right amount of earnest intent which foreshadows the coming tragedy."
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Noel Schecter

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