Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences presented by The House Theatre of Chicago. The Magic Parlour is an elegant night out in the heart of downtown. This intimate magic show is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in a small suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.
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Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
What's left when everything is taken away? That's the question Mr. Burns asks...the same question on everyone's mind the past 16 months. Mr. Burns begins after life as we know it has ended. Small bands of survivors have banded together in pods to keep the pilot light of civilization burning. But their path to redemption is as unexpected as it is inevitable.
A fast-paced, music-filled romp with a cast that includes Matt Gall, Doug MacKechnie, Kate Young, musical accompaniment by Tom Bachtell, and sound effects/audio editing by George Zahora. In it, an inept politician is unwittingly engulfed in a financial scandal, a weary doctor attempts to help his anxiety-prone patient, and a world-renowned concert pianist is called to the rescue. Shaw himself stated that THE MUSIC CURE was "a piece of utter nonsense" and "not a serious play." Nonetheless, it is filled with Shaw's biting wit, brilliant language, and keen-eyed critical characterization of the privileged British ruling class. There is no charge to listen to THE MUSIC CURE (though donations are gladly accepted) and no end date has been set.
THIS NEWS MIGHT REQUIRE ALL-CAPS. The Second City's favorite lower-case stage is back, live and in-person! Join our raring-to-go cast of comedians for this laugh-packed adventure. From improv games to classic sketches from the archives, this experience is a great way for us all to laugh our way into the new normal. We can't wait to welcome you back to The Second City e.t.c, where laughs (and masks!) are mandatory.
The wonderful world of William Shakespeare gets blended with a shot of whiskey and is served fresh to audiences interested in BYOB drinking and learning a thing or two about the Bard. It's a comedic look at Shakespeare's use of Alcohol, Sex and Audience Interaction, plus everything else you might find at a Wrigleyville bar on a Friday night.
After rave reviews and extended engagements in Chicago, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. the award-winning production returns for its FINAL run. Created and performed by the fearlessly funny women of The Second City, this high-octane show satirizes the complexities of identifying as female in this wild world while roasting the patriarchy with scorching sketch comedy, hilarious original songs, and whip-smart improv. Don't miss your last chance to witness the Revue (Not "revolution" bc it sounds like we are giving up on the cause) that the Chicago Tribune calls "empowering entertainment", the Chicago Sun-Times calls "One of the funniest revues Second City has produced in the past 20 Years" and NOW Toronto deems "an essential show."
Of all the Spiegeltents in all the neighborhoods in all of Chicago, she walks into Caesar's joint, where Marco Antonio and his kitchen crew offer up a nightly feast. After 2000 years stuck inside the sarcophagus, will Cleopatra and her entourage find a new empire, true love and the delicious meal that they seek? Will there be love spice in the air? Guests are invited to join veteran comedians Frank Ferrante and Joe DePaul and an amazing cast of aerialists, acrobats, singers and dancers at Teatro ZinZanni to find out. Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune) calls Frank Ferrante's Caesar a performance "with so much wit and heart that you want him to sit down at your table and share your dinner," and one of the Top 10 Performances of the year. Described as the "Kit Kat Klub on acid," Teatro ZinZanni brings to Chicago an international cast of premier entertainers for its anticipated engagement. Teatro ZinZanni's founder Norm Langill will continue to direct the production. The menu will continue to be designed by Chicago's own Debbie Sharpe - The Goddess of The Goddess and Grocer. The included four-course gourmet feast features multiple entree selections, including vegan options. A fabulous à la carte cocktail menu, wine & beer list, and special occasion treats round out the dining experience.
In this sung-through musical by Australian composer/lyricist/playwright Jye Bryant, the four most important people in one man's life struggle to communicate meaningfully with him and really know him. We learn all about him through the disclosures of his wife, mother, father, and ex-boyfriend. In Bryant's 19 witty and touching original songs, the characters share intimate details about their life with Steven and the things they fail to tell him. Through their disclosures, we learn that Steven may have as much trouble knowing himself as the others have in understanding him.
On October 16, 1962, long-range Soviet missiles carrying nuclear warheads aimed at the United States were discovered in Cuba. For the next thirteen days, President John Kennedy maneuvered his way through conflicting counsel from his advisors, some of whom urged a military response likely to bring on World War III, ambiguous and sometimes deceitful information from the Soviet Union's representatives, and ever-shifting facts on the ground.
What happens when you put twelve people, very different people, in a room to deliberate and deliver a verdict in trial of someone charged with murder? You get the emotionally and intellectually charged play, "Twelve Angry Men/Twelve Angry Women." Set in 1959, our script begins once the trial has concluded and the jurors begin their deliberations. As the plot unfolds, each person is forced to face their own prejudices and personal baggage.
Anna Deavere Smith's performance piece TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992, directed by Tim Rhoze and featuring Jazzma Pryor, tells the story of the Los Angeles riots in the aftermath of the 1991 Rodney King beating, from a variety of perspectives. Smith has collected fragments of monologues derived for actual interviews that both invite and provoke conversation. This timely, powerful performance play raises questions about race, power, truth, and justice. It reveals how myths, misinformation, and misunderstanding can lead not only to prejudice and stereotyping but also violence.
Cabaret! Chicago! Kiss of the Spider Woman! New York, New York! Zorba! Funny Lady! THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND is a stunning celebration of the songbook from the multi-Tony award-winning team of John Kander and Fred Ebb. An all-star cast find themselves careening through the world of love, babies and coffee. The nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems, including "Mr. Cellophane," "Maybe This Time," "Cabaret" and "New York, New York," seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre.