The Last Defender House Theatre of Chicago

Extended again!. Now until June 12th.  Showtimes Wed 630p, 830p; Thu-Fri 7p, 9p; Sat 2p, 4p, 7p, 9p; Sun 430p, 7p

 

Artistic Director Nathan Allen and Company Member and D.C. Comics artist Chris Burnham, team up with some of Chicago’s best loved puzzle and game designers in this world premiere. Together, they create a wholly new experiment in immersive story and stagecraft. It’s part performance, part puzzle hunt, and part live action game.

 

Tickets: $40-$45

Tickets/More Infor 773-769-3832, House Theatre Chicago 

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Discovering Poland The Polish Book Institute

Tue May 10th - OPENING GALA - Join us for a very special evening to welcome the leading lights of Polish literature to Chicago -- Krystyna Dabrowska, Artur Domoslawski, Dorota Maslowska, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, and Magdalena Tulli as they read from their work and reflect upon the power of literature.  The program will be introduced by a representative of The Polish Book Institute with special remarks by Chad W. Post, publisher and founder of Open Letter Books at the University of Rochester and the Three Percent website, home to the Translation Database, the Three Percent Podcast, and the Best Translated Book Awards (BTBAs).   Complimentary reception courtesy of Chopin Theatre.


Free & open to the public; limited seating. 

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Every Picture Tells a Story: Illustrated Art from Poland The Polish Book Institute

Wed May 11th - If a picture can tell a thousand words, today’s artists, illustrators and designers have a lot to say!  Join the best-selling and incredibly talented husband and wife team Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński, authors, illustrators, and creators of the hugely successful Maps book series and design superstars Malgorzata Gurowska and Joanna Ruszczyk, the creative team behind The Locomotive, Poland’s most innovative and controversial new book based on Julian Tuwim’s famous Polish children’s poem.  Together with Richard Reeder, President of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, and author of the illustrated memoir, Chicago Sketches, they will explore the nuances of using art as a tool for storytelling, how unusual design formats can often drive the narrative, and whether you truly can judge a book by its cover.  Book signing to follow. Participants: Daniel Mizieliński, Aleksandra Mizielińska, Malgorzata Gurowska and Joanna Ruszczyk. Moderated by Richard Reeder.

 

Free & open to the public; limited seating. 


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Ian & Gabriel Ian Maksin & Chopin Theatre

Tue May 24th - From Bach to Bossanova and from Django Reinhardt to Eric Clapton - Ian Maksin (Russia) and Gabriel Datcu (Romania) play it all. Taking the cello+guitar combo to an all new level, they have created a unique concept and style encompassing and blending every genre possible: swing, classical, R&B, jazz, classic rock, French and Latin pop and much more..  Tix $20-25; $30 at door.



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Death & Harry Houdini House Theatre of Chicago

 

After playing sold-out crowds in Chicago and Miami from January through August of 2012 and again in the summer of 2013, we're thrilled to bring back this dynamic, award-winning, magic-filled production.
 
A ringmaster leads us through the events of Harry’s life, all told through stunning magic, poignent dialogue and original music. We travel from the untimely passing of his father, through his first tent shows with his younger brother Theo, meeting his wife Bess, and beginning a journey towards fame on the Vaudeville circuit. All the while, Harry feels Death close on his heels and he won’t rest until he’s conquered him once and for all. Harry will walk on broken glass, swallow razor blades and risk his life in the Water Torture Cell, but will he pull off an escape from Death? Marvel with us as Houdini battles Death once more.

May - Aug'2016 - After playing sold-out crowds in Chicago and Miami from January through August of 2012 and again in the summer of 2013, we're thrilled to bring back this dynamic, award-winning, magic-filled production. 

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