Showing posts with label Links Hall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Links Hall. Show all posts

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.

Friday, September 8, 2017

TOP WEEKEND PICKS: Surprise! Death Is Not The End at Links Hall

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

Tonight my son and I will be ChiILin' at Chi, IL's Links Hall. We are thrilled to be able to catch this sold out inaugural weekend. Want tickets? Show up early for possible floor seating Saturday & Sunday. Check back soon for our original photo filled recap and review. 

Links Hall
3111 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL
All shows sold out online

For an early heads up on future productions, join the Curious Community on Facebook
Featuring the world premieres of...


The Death and Life of Billy the Kid
written by Seth Bockley
music by Liz Chidester
directed by Frank Maugeri with Dexter Ellis


Behold Where Stands the
Usurper's Cursed Head
written by Mickle Maher
directed by Vanessa Stalling
inspired by Frank Maugeri

the triumphant return of a puppetry classic:

Laika's Coffin
written and conceived by Seth Bockley and Frank Maugeri
music by Kevin O'Donnell
directed by Kasey Foster


The Deep Dark
created by Laura Heit
with original live music by Angela James and Annie Higgins

Artistic collaborators and performers include
Time Brickey, Cynthia Castiglione, Liz Chidester, Greg Hardigan, Annie Higgins, Angela James, Lynne Jordan, Nicole Laurenzi, Danielle Nicholas, Mike Oleon, Andy Sjostrom, Samuel Taylor, Lindsey Noel Whiting, and Andrew Yearick

Puppet and object design by
Evan Barr, Mike Coon, Kass Copeland, Coco Ree Lemery, Andres Lemus-Spont, Jesse Mooney-Bullock, Tom Robinson, Ellie Terrell, and Jackie Valdez

Generous Support From
The Jim Henson Foundation and Puppeteers of America

Support CoCE
Frank Maugeri, former 20 year producing artistic director of Redmoon and current Chicago Children's Theatre Community Programs Artistic Director, has created a new artistic enterprise defined by an ever evolving collective who share in common the ambition to create intimate and experimental events, design unusual and celebratory interactive equipment, and develop stunning and relevant object work. Our mission is new ritual, new celebrations and new experiences.

We need your help to realize our goals of service and beauty. If you can make a donation or cannot attend the event, and would like to support CoCE's mission nonetheless please email Frank Maugeri directly.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chi, IL Live Dance-Multicultural-"From the Arctic to the Middle East (Broken Narratives by an American Flamenco Dancer)"

Shows on our radar this week:
This sounds like an amazing collaboration.   Check it out for 3 nights only!   Seating is limited and all proceeds will benefit Clinard Dance Theatre, a not-for-profit organization.

Clinard Dance Theatre is proud to present "From the Arctic to the Middle East (Broken Narratives by an American Flamenco Dancer)" on April 20 and 21 at 8:00 p.m. (CST), and April 22 at 7:00 p.m. (CST) at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Avenue, Suite 207, in Chicago.

Artistic Director Wendy Clinard will lead audiences on a journey inspired by travels with her daughter to Syria while reading the Arctic travel epic, "Kaloona" The work fuses connections between the ancient and the modern, the spiritual and the physical and those between the essences of struggle and celebration. Clinard questions the forces that shape human history and interdependence.

From the Arctic to the Middle East (Broken Narratives by an American Flamenco Dancer) is an interdisciplinary multimedia work that includes an original score by composer and music director Steve Gibons, performed on contrabass, guitar, oud, percussion, violin and voice. The work presents contemporary flamenco dancers in unique context with live video projections by Marco Ferrari.

From the Arctic to the Middle East (Broken Narratives by an American Flamenco Dancer) uses the timeless tools of story, song, music and dance to provide an odyssey and a sense of transcendence, which gives the feeling that the journey has just begun.

Find out why Lucia Mauro of the Chicago Tribune says "Clinard places the intricate presentational aspects of flamenco in a vital, contemporary context."

Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors and students and are available through the Clinard Dance Theatre and Links Hall Websites.

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