Theater Unspeakable presents The American Revolution, directed by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member Marc Frost, running May 7-20 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago. In this production, seven actors–confined to a 21-square-foot platform–recreate the American fight for independence, from Lexington to Yorktown. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor, fantastical feats of pantomime, and a dash of derring-do, The American Revolution displays the company’s signature brand of rowdy and imaginative theater. The family-friendly show is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Frost created Theater Unspeakable in 2010 as a platform for devising new physical theater projects. The physical theater practiced by the company draws upon the heavy influence of Marc’s time at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). The American Revolution, the company’s third work, expands the scope of TU’s work by collaborating with a design team for the first time. The costumes were designed by Chloe Cappuccilli, a graduating senior in the Columbia College Theatre Department’s Theatre Design BFA Program.
The American Revolution is presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival as part of its “Stages, Sights & Sounds” international performance festival for young audiences. Chicago’s Theater Unspeakable is featured alongside artists from Canada and Europe. For tickets, click here.
The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates the 85th birthday of composer Stephen Sondheim with We’re Still Here, playing at various venues May 16-24. We’re Still Here follows a classic boy-meets-boy love stor–the journey of meeting that special someone, falling in love, working through the disagreements and issues, and making it all work. These ups and downs include some gems from Sondheim’s greatest and most performed shows, newly arranged for the chorus, including Company, Follies, Anyone Can Whistle, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, and West Side Story. The company includes Casey Campbell, a major in the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department’s Acting BA Program.
We’re Still Here plays Saturday, May 16, at 8 PM at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd. in north suburban Skokie; Saturday, May 23, at 8 PM at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph in Chicago; and Sunday, May 24, at 3 PM at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago in south suburban Naperville.
Casey Campbell, a major in the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department’s Acting BA Program, is a member of the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus ensemble, and plays the lead role of “Bobby” in the May 23 performance at Chicago’s Harris Theater, singing the Sondheim tongue-twister “Getting Married Today.”
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