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the great and terrible wizard of oz

March 18 - May 7, 2017

A twister lands our teenage Dorothy in Munchkinland, right atop a wicked witch. When Glinda and the Munchkins can't convince her to stick around and be their fabled "Witch Slayer," they send her off to Emerald City wearing magical boots soaked in the red blood of the slain witch. Teaming up with a one-day-old Scarecrow, a heartbroken Tin Woodsman and a guilt-ridden Cowardly Lion, Dorothy may have to live up to her violent and vengeful new nickname in exchange for a return ticket to Kansas. 

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THE MAGIC PARLOUR

Every Friday and Saturday
 

An intimate evening of classic magic with Houdini himself, in the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences.

 

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A modern twist down the yellow brick road

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Flying Monkeys
and Monsters
and Music.. oh my!

★★★★ - Time Out Chicago Recommended

This "fresh interpretation offers plenty to recommend it. The House is at it's best when it makes us believe in wizardry while we're seeing behind the curtain." 
- Kris Vire

★★★ - Chicago Tribune Recommended

"An emotional contemporary telling... Very hip, cleverly theatrical, and quite potent in its imaginative power." - Chris Jones

A twister lands our teenage Dorothy and her house in Munchkinland. Right on top of a wicked witch.  Her phone won't work, her dog is scared, and she's desperate to get home to what little family she has left.  But the town's residents are gleefully celebrating Dorothy's powers as the fabled Witch Slayer. When Glinda and the munchkins can't convince her to stick around and be their new hero, they send her off on the road of yellow brick wearing magical boots soaked in the red blood of the slain witch. A favor from the fabled all-powerful Wizard will be her only chance to get out of Oz.

Unsure about her path forward, Dorothy teams up with a one-day-old Scarecrow, a heartbroken Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion. Her boots, and their friendships, guard against lots of danger on their way to the Emerald City. But the Wizard will ask the Witch Slayer to live up to her violent and vengeful new name in exchange for a return ticket to her old life.  If she can get home, Kansas may never be the same.

The creatures of Oz come to life with puppets large and small by Jesse Mooney-Bullock (The Hammer Trinity), and music from company member Kevin O'Donnell. With fighting monkeys flying in the air overhead, and enveloping projections on all sides of the theatre, you will walk right alongside Dorothy on this adventure.

Showing at the Chopin Theatre March 18 - May 7, 2017!

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RUN DATES: March 18 - May 7, 2017
TIMES: Thursdays & Fridays 7:30, Saturdays 3pm & 7:30, Sundays 3pm & 7pm
PRICES: Previews March 18 - 26: $15, Regular Run April 1 - May 7: $25 - $45
GROUPS: Save up to 30% with GroupTix
AGES: With a few dark turns down the yellow brick road, this production is recommended for ages 10 and up. Read the Parents' Guide.
LOCATION:
The Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642

 

Jeff Awards Recommended!

RECOMMENDED - New City 
"The pleasures increase exponentially!"

RECOMMENDED - Chicago Reader 
"Inventive, amusing, and familiar"

RECOMMENDED - The Fourth Walsh 
"Equally impressive and intense!"

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Chicago Theatre Review 
"Be prepared to be astounded."

Now on sale through July 2017!

 
"A SOPHISTICATED NIGHT-CAP. You’ll be mightily impressed!"
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“A perfect evening of illusion and laughter… The Magic Parlour TRANSFORMED a roomful of tired adults into WIDE-EYED, WIDE AWAKE innocents. And that in itself is Watkins’ most impressive trick."
Chicago Theater Beat
“This late-night magic show is exactly what it should be: funny, lively, intimate, and UTTERLY BAFFLING.”
The Chicago Reader

An intimate evening of classic magic 

Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences. Experience the premier magic show in Chicago, featuring mystifying feats of prestidigitation, sleight of hand, mentalism, and more!

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RUN DATES: An open run continues on Fridays and Saturdays, with more performances this year than ever before!
TIMES: Fridays 7:30 & 9:30pm, Saturdays 4:30, 7:30 & 9:30pm. 
PRICE: $79
AGES: Recommended for adults and youth ages 12 and up
RUN TIME: The performance runs about 75 minutes. 
LOCATION:
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago IL 60603
*Guests convene at Potter's on the lobby level and will be escorted to the private performance venue*

Check out our TripAdvisor and Yelp reviews for more glowing recommendations from mystified patrons!