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Happy Halloween from Chicago Stage Review!

Here’s a few Chicago Stage Review Frightening Features!

Stories from a Haunted Stage – Chicago Stage Review

The Curse of Macbeth – Chicago Stage Review

Images of a Haunting Stage – Chicago Stage Review

FEAR ON STAGE – Chicago Stage Review

Blood Wedding’s Visual Descent Into Madness & Hell – Chicago Stage Review

Inside the Dream of Redmoon’s “The Cabinet” – Chicago Stage Review

Images by Venus Zarris.


A rollicking, bodice-ripping comedy about Restoration poet and spy Aphra Behn. Aphra is trying to write her first professional play to keep herself out of debtor’s prison, but she is interrupted by a tryst between her friends (and sometimes lovers!) actress Nell Gwynne and King Charles II. Meanwhile she must also foil an assassination plot by he former fellow double-agent William Scot! Caffeine presents the Midwest premiere of Liz Duffy Adams’ hilarious play. Directed by Catherine Weidner.

Presented by Caffeine Theatre

Thru – Dec 4, 2011

@ Flat Iron Arts Building

1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 312-409-4778

Caffeine Theatre – Or,

By Venus Zarris

“There are more things in heaven and earth … than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” … from Shakespeare’s Hamlet

First Folio Theatre has made its excellent reputation by offering Shakespeare under the stars on the grounds of the beautiful Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oakbrook. It has also expanded its repertory by renovating the chapel in the gothic Peabody mansion and offering exceptional theater in this second unique setting.

Now, First Folio expands its scope even further, past the pastoral grounds and antiquated interiors at the Mayslake Peabody Estate to a place beyond the corporal world and into the realms of historical apparition. … There ARE ghosts in this house.

Playwright Chrissie Howorth has encapsulated the haunted legacy of the Peabody mansion with beautifully characterized prose, creating an eerie poetic walk through this real haunted house. Director Alison C. Vessely brings together a talented cast of specters to guide you through this homage to the haunted history.

I went with a friend who grew up in the neighborhood of the estate and, as a child, was frightened by the peculiar rumors of ghosts and mysterious monks. For her, it was a way to come face-to-face with the place of chilling childhood legend. For me, it was a chance to see the decaying opulence of a coal baron’s mansion and experience the dark lore first hand.

This is not your average haunted house experience with mechanical monsters, strobe lights and costumed creatures; rather it unlocks doors and takes you through the strangely sinister corridors of the past. Searching for Peabody’s Tomb is a chance to visit the very real haunted history of a Chicagoland landmark through the wickedly charming imagination of First Folio Theatre. It is also a dark and delightful addition to your Halloween.


(“Searching for Peabody’s Tomb” runs through October 31 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 West 31st Street, Oakbrook. Reservations are encouraged. 630-986-8067)

First Folio Theatre ~ Searching for Peabody’s Tomb

Peabody Estate images by Venus Zarris.

* Visit Theatre In Chicago for more information on this show. Searching For Peabody’s Tomb – First Folio Theatre – Play Detail – Theatre In Chicago

Screams in the Park at Rosemont

Have you ever imagined yourself dismembered? Just what is your capacity for fear? Maybe it’s time we find out! Let us take you on a journey of one disturbing nightmare after another…until we make you SCREAM!

Secret passageways, torture chambers, and vats of deadly acid…
In 1895, Chicago Police unearthed horrific evidence of torture and multiple murders at the sprawling castle of H.H. Holmes. (The Devil in the White City) Masquerading under the guise of caring doctor and loving husband, Dr. Holmes was America’s first serial killer–who designed his home solely for the torture and disposal of human bodies.

Join us this October, as the leaves fall and the sun sets, at Chicagoland’s newest Grand Haunted Halloween Attraction. Let our wickedly creative minds take over as we tell the story of H.H. Holmes unleashing his evil once again.
Just remember–victims can run and victims can hide, but what if there is…nowhere else to go?

Thru October 31, 2011

@ 9730 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont



Temple Of Boobs: An Indiana Jones Burlesque

Our heroes, Indiana Jones and lovely companion Shortround, find themselves stuck in a foreign land where the sacred statue of the village goddess has been stolen by High Priestess Pincha Nippol and her creepy cohort Mola Ram. The villagers refuse to work, eat or even dress in solidarity with their disgraced goddess. Even more scandalous it’s rumored that Pincha Nippol has been stealing villagers in the night and forcing them to bump, grind and shimmy to power her evil rituals! Can Indiana Jones recover the statue and save the villagers? Will Pincha Nippol force Indiana to drink the poison of Boobie-Ma? Will Shortround strip? Only the Geek Girls of Gorilla Tango Burlesque will reveal all…

Thru – Dec 16, 2011 ~ Fridays: 11:00pm

@ Gorilla Tango Theatre

1919 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Show Type: Performance Art

Box Office: 773-598-4549

Gorilla Tango Theatre

Sleeping Beauty

Will Princess Lily really sleep for 100 years, or can her true love save her with a kiss? Join the wacky, storytelling, singing fairies as we follow this tale of misunderstandings, forgiveness and true love. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is for kids aged 2 to 12.

Presented by Chicago Kids Company

Thru – Nov 18, 2011

@ St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater

5900 W. Belmont, Chicago

Show Type: Childrens

Box Office: 773-282-8844

Chicago Kids Company

Momma’s Boyz

A humorous, dark, but ultimately uplifting look at what happens when a young man turns back the hands of time to save the life of his friend from the violence of dealing drugs.

Presented by Teatro Vista

Thru – Dec 4, 2011

@ Chicago Dramatists

1105 W Chicago, Chicago

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 312-666-4659

Momma’s Boys

The Sound Of Music

THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the enchanting story of Maria, a spirited young nun who leaves the convent to become a governess for the seven children of the widowed Captain von Trapp. Maria endears herself to the mischievous children by teaching them to sing and leading them on adventures through the Austrian countryside, eventually capturing the stern Captain’s heart.

Thru – Jan 8, 2012

@ Drury Lane Oakbrook

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 630-530-0111

Drury Lane Oakbrook – Now Playing at Drury Lane Theatre


GayCo’s full company unites to scare the shots out of you!

GayCo Productions’ men, women, gays, straights (and all points in between) come together once again for one creepy and hilarious evening of Halloween comedy, music and drinking!

THE BIG GAYCO HALLOWEEN SHOW is a Halloween-themed variety show featuring the many bizarre and disturbing talents of our full company. There will be original songs, scary stories, character monologues, dancing, comedy bits, and even an escape act. Once again at Andersonville’s The Call, THE BIG GAYCO HALLOWEEN SHOW is a cabaret-style evening of sheer delight … and terror!

GayCo plans to scare the pee out of you ~ By making you laugh!

Music, comedy, costume contest, raffle prizes!

$12 admission includes drink ticket.

October 27, 2011 – Show runs from 8-9pm. Stay after for party time!

@ The Call

1547 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago


GayCo Productions – Chicago’s Gay Comedy Ensemble

A Macbeth


At 7:00 p.m. on October 31st at The Galway Arms in Lincoln Park, 2442 N. Clark Street, in advance of a planned 2012 production, The AstonRep Theatre Company will present a staged-reading of A Macbeth,” a re-envisioned take on the Shakespeare text as developed by John Napier (the designer of Cats) and adapted by Jeff Helgeson.

Originally commissioned for a theatre festival in 1969, and later produced at The Open Space Theater in London, England, A Macbethpresents a reworking of William Shakespeare’s tragedy that creates a new theatrical experience through the reordering of the text and the reassigning familiar passages to emphasize the gothic powers within the play and heighten its inherent sense of demonic manipulation.

Economizing upon the size of the cast and intensifying the play’s compelling moments of heightened action, A Macbethhas been envisioned as a timeless “gothic” theatrical experience that will engage and entertain a contemporary audience, re-enlivening the play and disengaging it from the academic accumulations that have accrued over the past three hundred years.

Presented by the AstonRep Theatre Co

7:00 p.m. October 31st

@ The Galway Arms

2442 N. Clark Street, Chicago (second floor)

$5.00 donation at the door

Goth” attire optional, yet highly recommended; it is Halloween, after all.

AstonRep Theatre Co

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