Wednesday, September 12, 2018

REVIEW: Nasty, Brutish, and Short: A Puppet Cabaret and The Walls of Harrow House Opening at Chopin Theatre 10/11-11/3/18

ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar:

NOW Twice the Capacity in Dual Cabaret Rooms! 
Nasty, Brutish, and Short: A Puppet Cabaret @ Links Hall


I'd caught Nasty Brutish & Short several times in past years and first discovered them as part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. It was my great pleasure to see them again this September at Links Hall. Their shows were selling out so fast they've expanded to run half of the cabaret in both small theatre spaces simultaneously, with a swap at intermission. Sometimes the work is a bit uneven, ranging from brand new puppeteers to long time pros trying out new material, which is fine by me. I love that Chicago has an outlet that's open and inclusive, where performers with a range of levels and styles can play together. This time around the show was astonishingly polished and beyond excellent, with many breathtaking moments. It was especially fun to catch a sneak peek at scenes and characters from Rough House's upcoming Halloween show, and have a star of Harrow House as the MC! We can't wait to see what's next and will be saving the dates for upcoming Nasty, Brutish, and Short shows. Highly recommended!

Nasty Brutish & Short is an evening of contemporary short-form puppet and object based theater for adult audiences. The cabaret is a low risk environment for artists to perform new and experimental work and foster artistic exchange between puppet artists of different generations and mediums.

Presented by Links Hall and Curated by Grace Needlman and Maddy Low.

Christopher Knowlton as “Atticus Gluteus Maximus”
Rough House co-presents Nasty, Brutish, & Short, a quarterly puppet cabaret at Links Hall.

Contact us at or check out Roughhouse Theater's site HERE or Nasty Brutish & Short's Site HERE.

This event is funded in part by the Puppet Slam Network (a project of IBEX Puppetry)
Located at Links Hall
3111 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618


Next Up: The Walls of Harrow House 
**Recommended for audiences aged 14 and over. Runtime approximately one hour.**

You are invited to a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Harrow House, the secluded home and studio of Milton Harrow, the world’s most influential and reclusive architect. With no guide but your own instincts, you’ll be set loose in the infamous home to discover its secrets, free to pull on whatever threads you encounter and become entangled in the terrifying tale that unspools around you.

Through puppetry, environmental and sonic design, Harrow House will bring you face to face with cosmic horrors, nightmarish to behold and yet…uncannily familiar. Harrow House asks: can we not only face our fears, but meet them? Can we find empathy for those who frighten us?

The Walls of Harrow House
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - Sat, Nov 3 2018, 11:00 p.m.

Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642

The performance will start on time – no late entry.
Get your tickets and more info right HERE.

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