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Iron Stag King Part 1
A myth of crowns and country
Featuring Company Members Cliff Chamberlain and Joey Steakley
“An , affair! …an and new production …an and piece of original theater”
- Chicago Tribune
“Performed with and , it whets our appetite for the next installment.”
Time Out Chicago
"The action sequences are and . The costumes, lighting and puppetry are and often -! "
– NewCity Stage
From the writer/director of ‘Death and Harry Houdini’ comes a new epic journey filled with heated battles and life-size puppets.
Our unsuspecting hero, Casper Kent, is the son of a poor farmer. When an old storyteller reveals that Casper is the rightful heir to the throne, his life is threatened from all sides. Young Casper must escape the crownless, choose compatriots and question what is good and right for the land. Join him on his quest to lift the magical hammer that will unite or destroy them all.
a myth of crowns and country
a magician’s legacy is passed on
a concert of folk tales
our fantastical expansion of a holiday classic returns
at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Click here for our past coverage and show details including our video interview with Dennis Watkins, star of The House Theatre's ongoing Friday night Magic Parlour show now in an open run at Palmer House.
Metamorphoses at Lookingglass Theatre-now extended through Dec. 16th-Highly recommended!
Do NOT miss this truly transformative theatre. This show will change you and leave ripples for years to come. The deepest archtypal characters emerge from the subconscious of Lookingglass Theatre's reflecting pool and morph into flowers, trees, gold, and melt back into water again.
With the true skill of an alchemist, Mary Zimmerman brings forth the myths of Ovid and transforms them into storyteller's gold.
Click here for our review and show details.
ChiIL Live Shows had a chance to check out opening night and this musical adaptation is a hoot! It's tame enough for the kids and a time travel trip for the elder generations. There are in jokes, plenty of show references, and even a game show segment where members of the audience compete on I Love Lucy trivia. However, the show also stands alone as a funny, fun piece, even if you've never see an original I Love Lucy episode.
Even though I wasn't born when the episodes initially aired, I do remember seeing most, if not all of them in daytime TV reruns, as a child in the 70's. Just about the only time we were allowed to watch endless TV was when we were out of school sick. So I Love Lucy is like comfort food to me. I equate the amusing black and white episodes, Lucy's over the top facial expressions and quirky conundrums, and Ricky's Cubanglish and bongos with chicken soup, feather comforters, a big box of tissues, and a Lazy Boy recliner.
Broadway's version does a great job of recreating the naive plots, physical comedy and hilarity of the original, and even the technology of the times--with 1950's mics, cameras, and ads. The studio singers who belt out all the sponsor jingles to soft shoe routines are homage and fodder simultaneously.
The intimate Broadway Playhouse space is perfect to simulate a studio audience situation, and this nostalgic nugget is a welcome respite from the complicated chaos of this century.