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  Flanagan's Wake at Chicago Theatre Works

Flanagan's Wake

Chicago Theatre Works
1113 W. Belmont Chicago

The irreverent interactive funeral of Flanagan's Wake transports you to the fictional Irish village of Grapplin, where local roustabout Flanagan has died. The villagers have gathered to grieve as only the Irish can -- with a quick stop at the pub first. Gather 'round and meet an eclectic cast of characters and participate in this partially improvised comedic memorial with plenty o' pints, crazy sing-alongs and witty tales based on your suggestions. After 16 successful years in Chicago and a run off-Broadway, Flanagan's Wake returns to Chicago Theater Works.

Feb 24 - Mar 24, 2018

Half Price Tickets

Sat, Feb 24: 8:00pm
Fri, Mar 2: 8:00pm
Sat, Mar 3: 8:00pm
Fri, Mar 9: 8:00pm
Sat, Mar 10: 8:00pm
Fri, Mar 16: 8:00pm
Sat, Mar 17: 8:00pm
Sun, Mar 18: 4:00pm
Fri, Mar 23: 8:00pm
Sat, Mar 24: 8:00pm

Show Type: Comedy

Running Time: 1hr, 50mins; one intermission

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  Flanagan's Wake Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"... But the seven improvisers make gracious accommodation for delightfully dopey audience participation, giving the evening a refreshingly communal feel. On the night I attended, they even managed to turn one audience member’s perfectly inept rendition of “Danny Boy” into the show’s emotional highlight.
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Justin Hayford

ChicagoCritic - Not Recommended

"...Flanagan is dead, but don't be sad because remembering his life is all about laughs! Unfortunately, in this show the laughs are few. The problems with this improv are many. From the extremely bad acoustics in the hall that makes much of the dialogue difficult to hear or understand (a real problem when punch-lines are spoken) to the combination of the actors speaking much too fast with their thick authentic Irish brogues - rendering much of the words spoken as inaudible. It is hard to laugh when you can either hear or understand what is being said."
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Tom Williams

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...If you’re looking for an evening of interactive improv with a theme, then “Flanagan’s Wake” is the show for you! It’s a relaxed atmosphere at, with plenty of adult beverages available. As is expected at an Irish wake, you’ll be saluting the deceased Flanagan with a libation. It’s not the best show I’ve ever seen, but I had fun."
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Carol Moore

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Recommended

"..."Flanagan's Wake," like "Tony and Tina's Wedding," is a perfect date night for millennials and even for General X types who just want to kick back and have a good time. Political correctness is a non-starter for this show, but I suspect customers with Irish roots were laughing the loudest throughout the evening."

Dan Zeff

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...Through all the twists and turns the funny Flanagan's Wake takes, the farcical funeral is a function of familic, flippant fadoodle, and audiences will enjoy every moment of it."
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Ian Rigg

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...An Irish show wouldn't be complete without a few Irish references thrown in there - a leprechaun and a drunken rendition of Danny Boy, to name a few. Overall, the show is what you'd expect from a comedy show about an Irish wake. The cast is fun and engaging and with its improv structure, no two shows will ever be the same."
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Alexis Bugajski

Chicago Theater and Arts - Somewhat Recommended

"...This is not high humor or great theater but if you are looking for an alternative to a sports bar, maybe a date night or just some good laughs with a few friends, what can be funnier than attending an Irish wake, at least if it is Flanagan's Wake."
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Jodie Jacobs

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