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A tall tale about telling the truth

Showing at the Chopin Theatre March 28 through May 19, 2019!


“The best puppet in town.” Chicago Tribune

“It's a Pinocchio for our time.” Chicago Reader 

“The production boasts The House Theatre of Chicago's customary skill, creativity and panache.” Windy City Times

“[The] House has created these moving, richly wrought relationships and this is one of their great ones.” Chicago Tribune

“All heart and full sincerity...this show truly comes to life.” NewCity Stage

The House brings to life the classic fairy tale of a wooden boy who wishes to become real. Carved from an enchanted stump from a charred Forest, toy-shop owner Geppetto's puppet child flourishes. The growing Pinocchio devours books and the complex worlds they reveal. He relishes musicals and the emotional ride they offer. And he longs to sink his adolescent teeth into real relationships and conversations beyond the walls of his storefront home. There must be more out there! But his protective father keeps Pinocchio's wild branches trimmed back, and forbids venturing out. A method sure to inspire rebellion in this precocious, curious not-quite-real young man. 

Our character of Pinocchio will be portrayed by an evocative, life-size Bunraku-inspired puppet, created and crafted by Chicago Puppet Studios.

Funny, imaginative, and moving, Pinocchio explores how the lies we tell ourselves hurt those we love.

Pinocchio World Premiere Play Musical


Based on the works of Carlo Collodi
Adapted for the stage by Company Members Joseph Steakley and Ben Lobpries
Directed by Company Member Chris Mathews

Production Sponsors: Scott Hughes, David Shapiro, The Elizabeth F Cheney Foundation, The Pauls Foundation


Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642

RUN DATES: March 28 - May 19, 2019
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm, though Sunday 3/31 and 4/7 are at 7:00pm only.
PRICES: $20-$50
BOX OFFICE: 773-769-3832

AGES: Recommended for adults and ages 11 and up - Read the Parent’s Guide
RUN TIME: 2 hours including one 15 minute intermission.

GROUPS: Save 15% or more when you bring 10+ people!


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS EVENT,pre-show on Thursday, April 11

Getting a group of friends together for an evening of festivities is hard enough—let us do the planning! Enjoy a pre-show happy hour with playwrights Ben Lobpries and Joey Steakley before embarking on Pinocchio’s tall tale. One drink and food generously provided by Whole Foods Lakeview are included with your ticket to the 8pm show for just $35!

THEATRE THURSDAY, Thursday April 18

Take pride in the unique, risky, bold, and incredible new work happening on Chicago stages year-round. Each Theatre Thursday event features an inside look at the creative process behind a never-before-seen production.

Before the show at 6:30pm, professional dramaturg Derek Matson hosts an Insider Intro with playwrights Joseph Steakley and Ben Lobpries. We’ll hear them reveal their process of adapting this story, and personalizing Pinocchio's journey.

Snacks will be generously provided by Whole Foods Lakeview!

Tickets are just $30 inclusive for the pre-show event, food, and show!
Use code THTH at checkout so we know you are attending the pre-show event.


Friday, May 3, 2019: PINOCCHIO Open Captioned performance (8pm)

Sunday, May 5, 2019: PINOCCHIO Touch Tour (2pm) and Audio Described performance (3pm)

Discounted tickets for Sensory-Friendly, Open Caption, and Audio Description are offered with code “ACCESS”. Questions? Call us at 773.769.3832 or email us at

Learn more about ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES here.

Now on sale through July 2019!


"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!


Or call (773)769-3832
Want to request a private event? Start here!


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 - $89
AGES: Recommended for adults and youth ages 12 and up
RUN TIME: This is a 90-minute experience.
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!