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THE MAGIC PARLOUR

Now in its 6th smash hit year, performances happen all summer long!
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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Our upcoming Season 16 is announced!
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Join us this summer for a sneak peek at new work being developed at The House!
We are thrilled to host and support 15 original works of theatre in the Chicago area this summer!

On August 5, you have the opportunity to experience a few of these exciting new shows in one afternoon!

RSVP for this FREE event: August 5th at 4pm

 

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Now on sale through October 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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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
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!

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Join us this summer for a sneak peek at new work being developed at The House! We are thrilled to host and support 15 original works of theatre in the Chicago area this summer!

 

On August 5, you have the opportunity to experience a few of these exciting new shows in one afternoon!

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 at 4:00pm

Chicago Performance Lab

University of Chicago

915 E. 60th St

Chicago, IL 60637

 

FREE! You can RSVP here.

 

Check out some of the projects that are in process with us this summer!

 

Verboten

By Brett Neveu and Jason Narducy

Directed by Nathan Allen

The story of how punk rock saved a lost kid's present and future life. It’s 1982. After making the long flight from Seattle, Dave and his parents head to his cousin Tracey’s home in Evanston for a summertime visit. Tracey and her teenage bandmates, all serious punk rockers stuck in suburbia, blow Dave away with their stories, their brashness, their ability to overcome damaging family crap with their overall punk excellentness as they head toward playing a make-or-break show.

 

Ellen Bond, Union Spy

By Jenni Lamb

Conceived and Directed by Jess McLeod

APPEARING IN OUR SEASON 16 - SPRING 2018

Mary Bowser is the (real!) freedwoman who risked it all to go undercover as "Ellen Bond, dim-witted but able" house slave to Jefferson and Varina Davis in the Confederate White House. In workshop this summer, we explore the script and intergration of bad-ass dance to illuminate Mary's fantasies and visions for a free and equal America where she can be Vice President to her idol, Frederick Douglass.

 

 

Hatfield & McCoy

By Shawn Pfautsch, with music by Matt Kahler and Shawn Pfautsch

Directed by Matt Hawkins

APPEARING IN SEASON 16 - WINTER 2018

Shawn Pfautsch’s love letter to R and J in a philosophically polarized America was originally produced in Season 4. Inspired by the true story of the famous families at war. Workshops this summer dive back into the script, and develop new bluegrass tunes with our band.

 

Little Girl, Don't Fall

By Jesse Roth, with music by Matthew Muñiz

An adaptation of the Bluebeard fairytale, Little Girl, Don’t Fall is a heroine’s journey, a gothic ghost-story, and a fairytale mash-up musical for young women who don’t know how to fall in love–and are too chippy to listen to those who try to tell them.

 

 

Nova to Lodestar

By Nathan Allen, Lee Keenan, Sandor Weisz

Nova to Lodestar is a live, asymmetric, cooperative game played by two teams in two separate rooms. Two mining space ships have collided, and only if they work together can they jump through hyperspace to homebase.

 

Jeff Award Winner 2016 for
BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (midsize) and BEST ENSEMBLE

United Flight 232

“The very great artistic worth of this piece, beautifully toned and staged by Stalling, lies in its ability to make you think about what really matters in your life without going through such a harrowing day yourself. How better to honor those who lost their lives?” - Chicago Tribune

”This is a daring story to bring to the theater, but one that despite the tragic event will give you a feeling of warmth and hopefulness.”  - Around the City

“I love you, hurry home. I love you.” On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for O’Hare with 296 aboard is paralyzed mid-air. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended towards an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux City Gateway airport. To the astonishment of all who witnessed the event, 184 of 296 passengers and crew survived. Drawing on the interviews and research conducted by Evanston author Laurence Gonzales for his critically acclaimed book, Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, this award-winning original play, United Flight 232, is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges.

Showing at the Chopin Theatre September 1-October 21, 2017!

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Interested in Group Tickets? Start here.

 

RUN DATES: September 1- October 21, 2017 
PRICES: $15-$45
GROUPS: 10+ people? Start here to save up to 30%!
AGES: Recommended for adults and teens
RUN TIME: 80 minutes, no intermission 
LOCATION: 
The Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642