Nick Diffatte has taken the scene by storm and is quickly becoming one of the most talked about and in demand comedy variety acts working today. His unique approach has been called a "breath of fresh air" and has led to appearances at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, The Late Late Show on CBS, has won multiple awards, and landed him in comedy clubs across the country. Nick takes the format of a standard "Magic Show" and turns it completely on its head and has audiences laughing uncontrollably from beginning to end.
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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.
It's influencer night at The Contumacious Pig, one of the city's hottest restaurants, and with folks like @VeganChic in attendance, it's bound to be an exciting evening. There's only one problem: the head Chef just called in sick and the Sous Chef might have taken the wrong pill to calm his nerves. The health inspector showed up unannounced, there's possibly a spy from CP's biggest competition in tow, and oh yeah, the busboy is hiding a wild pig. In the meantime, the GM is trying to hold it all together while keeping customers from tweeting negative reviews. Can this team of misfits join together to offer up a great dining experience, or will they end up (literally) with egg on their face? Conceived by Rick Bayless and Windy City Playhouse's artistic team, A RECIPE FOR DISASTER is a live experience that combines immersive theater, food, and farce. Guests are invited inside the restaurant to join us for "influencer night." The actors will not touch or talk to audience directly, allowing you to feel like a "fly on the wall" as the hilarity unfolds around you. Admission also includes six bite-sized tastings by Chef Rick Bayless, one cocktail sampling from Lanie Bayless, and two wine pairings.
A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.
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."
It's the 1590s and Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperately trying to write a hit play, yet somehow remain stuck in the shadow of a certain Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local fortune teller proclaims that the future of theatre mixes singing, acting, and dancing all at the same time, the Bottom brothers embark on an adventure to write the world's first musical. Hilarity ensues amidst a scandalous opening night and the realization that to truly reach the top one must remember: "to thine own self be true."
It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (PARADE, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love, and the choices that we make.
This tour-de-force performance celebrates the iconic work of Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas. Share in the unexpected encounters between these legendary divas and the ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame. Featuring such favorites as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Crazy," and "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," Songs for Nobodies illuminates the power of song to share a story, heal a heartbreak, and inspire a dream.
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.
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.
Lorraine, released from prison after twelve years inside, treks to her former cellmate Marie's new flat. Marie, dodgy and ashamed of their shared past, hesitates to welcome Lorraine back into her life. But no one makes Marie laugh like Lorraine. Can two friends, uniquely bonded by their former circumstances, find belonging in each other once more? This gutsy story of female friendship and winner of the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn prize is inspired by real accounts of women in a UK prison. This Wide Night holds and humanizes two formerly incarcerated women in an isolated studio that may or may not be equipped for real freedom.
As Steppenwolf prepares for their return to the stage, they are excited to share three new virtual projects for the 2021/22 season written by ensemble member Tracy Letts. These gripping pieces create the opening landscape of this season and will mark a bridge between where we have been and where we are going. Their virtual stage is a celebration of the profound connection that theatre-in whatever form it finds itself-offers us all.
It's about damn time. Together at Last is a non-stop celebration of how we have persisted and even thrived during these impossibly difficult times. From laughing at the sheer absurdity of our current reality to cheering for our tiny wins, nothing is off-limits: family dynamics, marriage & divorce, girls' nights out, working from home, and readjusting to society at large. Come laugh at what unites us all in a show that asks the question... is anyone out there going to save us?
Othello, the great Venetian general, unknowingly seals his fate when he fails to select his standard-bearer, Iago, for a military promotion. When his wife, Desdemona, is implicated in an affair, Othello is faced with a series of irreversible events that spell catastrophe for him and his country. Kelvin Roston, Jr. (Oedipus Rex, King Hedley II) returns to Court to star in this intimate new take on Shakespeare's complex tragedy about jealousy, ego, and betrayal. Directors Charles Newell and Gabrielle Randle-Bent and their team will rigorously interrogate how identity is constructed along personal, racial, and political lines.
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.
Meet Adalina and Xavier, an interracial Puerto Rican couple who have been accepted into a program that allows them to modify the genes of their unborn child. Excitement over their child's prospective life helps them forget the issues plaguing their relationship, until they get stuck on a question: what color skin should their child have? As they navigate the answer, larger problems are exposed, and divine intervention may be needed for the whole family to survive.