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Potted Potter

Broadway Playhouse
175 East Chestnut Street Chicago

Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!

Dec 5 - Feb 20, 2020

Show Times TBA

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 800-775-2000

Running Time: 1hr, 10mins

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  Potted Potter Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Considering that Clarkson and Turner have been puttering with this Potter parody since 2005, it's remarkable that the show still feels fresh and spontaneous. Both men understand that a large part of the show's charm lies in letting us see them as overgrown nerds who are eager to please the audience even as they end up covered in Silly String and cake. "Potted Potter" takes good-natured potshots at the excesses of its source material while still letting the Muggles in on the fun."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Clarkson and Turner know their Potter backward and forward, a fact that left my 11-year-old daughter and many other well-versed fans giggling throughout the show. The duo have that strong comic chemistry one associates with teams like the Smothers Brothers, Martin & Lewis, and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore."
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Jack Helbig

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Recommended

"...Duo Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner star in this zany, wacky yet surprisingly funny parody where they race through all seven books in 70 minutes; 80 for us and I will tell you why soon. These two have been playing too sold-out crowds all over the world and won the 2012 Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment & Family show with this unauthorized Harry Potter production."
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Rick and Brenda McCain

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...“Potted Potter: The unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff” is absolutely hilarious. I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt! It doesn’t matter if you’ve read the Harry Potter books or not, Dan and Jeff will put you smack in the middle of the Hogwarts story – sometimes literally! “Potted Potter” is a terrific family friendly holiday option."
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Carol Moore

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The show culminates in a lounge act-style duet between He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and the Boy Wizard sung to the tune "I Will Survive." It's corny, goofy, and, like the entire production, a whole lot of fun. There may very well be a direct relationship between your enjoyment of the original Harry Potter series and this parody. I, for example, consider myself a casual fan and thought it rather good. My twelve year old daughter, a Potter fanatic, considered it amazing. Only a true Muggle, though, would walk out without a smile."
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Noel Schecter

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...The sets, props and costumes aren’t terribly elaborate (except for one very funny Golden Snitch outfit). Wigs, puppets, a simple video presentation and silly string sometimes take the place of any real innovative comedy. But still, this show is entertaining and often quite funny, primarily because of its two energetic, charismatic writer/performers. In the end, the show does what it set out to accomplish: while poking fun at the Potterheads in the audience, the production celebrates what makes the Harry Potter series so wonderful and unforgettable, and may even motivate some theatergoers to finally pick up the books and discover the Boy Wizard firsthand."
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Colin Douglas

Chicago Theater Beat - Highly Recommended

"...Potted Potter is a fast romp embedded with uproarious energy, and a testament to the power of creativity. With only a few props and costumes, a little over an hour and their own madcap humor, Clarkson and Turner transport audience members young and old to a world of wizardry. Hop on the Hogwarts train (platform nine and three-quarters, remember) and make a trip to the Broadway Playhouse this month. Whether you’re a hardcore Harry Potter fan or an unfamiliar newbie, you’ll laugh from beginning to end."

Lauren Whalen

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...The high-energy, cheap jokes make a modern-day Panto, created and performed by two-time Olivier Award-nominated Brits, Daniel Clarkson (the short one, primarily portraying the bespectacled protagonist) and Jefferson Turner (the tall one, playing the rest, including Ron Weasley, the “Ginger Ninja,” and Hermione Granger, “returning from a UN speech about women”). They wear Potter 1 and Potter 2 T-shirts, like Seuss’s Thing 1 and Thing 2."
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Karin McKie

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...This duo works together easily and smoothly, and they should: this is a show they created and they’ve been touring with it for years. No matter what happens they don’t seem to be able to be flustered by it. Opening night presented them with several difficulties even beyond the insanity of the Quidditch match, but they were able to work through it in such a way that it probably made the show even funnier and, as they did with the match, turn it into a running joke for the remainder of the evening. Clarkson’s banter to the audience during the Quidditch match was often hilarious as was their banter with each other. They played off each other beautifully, seasoned performers that they are."
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Karen Topham

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...Clarkson and Turner have been doing Potted Potter for over 12 years, and their performance still feels completely fresh and new. Their stage chemistry and shared comedic timing is spot-on, which helps the improvised elements sell even more. There are moments that Clarkson or Turner breaks into uncontrollable laughter because of a joke the other made. While in any other play this might be seen as “breaking character,” that quality only pushes this particular show over the top. Even with a space as large as Broadway Playhouse, Clarkson and Turner create a comfortable and intimate setting for the audience, which not only allows the entire house to have fun together, but also helps ensure enthusiastic audience participation."
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