There’s nothing that says family-friendly more than a play titled The Dead Prince. The Strange Tree Group has concocted yet another strange performance and this world premiere is not only entertaining, but family-friendly as well — despite the title.
Parents should not fear from the title of this play nor should they fear they will not be able to find anything entertaining for the kids over this holiday season. The Dead Prince will entertain and delight the whole family as it tells the story of a young princess striving to be with her beloved although they’ve never met and he is already dead.
The young princess has quite a lot of courage as her journey is no small feat, but how far will she go for the one she loves…or thinks she loves?
This performance will be playing Thursdays through Saturdays from November 22 to December 22 (Thanksgiving excluded). This performance was written by award winning playwright Emily Schwartz and directed by Paul Holmquist and will be held at The Storefront Theater in Chicago. To buy your tickets, click here!
The Neo-Futurists will be partaking in a blast from the past to celebrate the upcoming silver anniversary of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. In 1988, The Neos debuted this performance at Stage Left Theatre, now transformed to Chicago Comics.
On Monday, December 2 at 8 PM The Neos will be bringing back the debut performance for one night only in the original building (thanks to the support of Chicago Comics). Another exciting twist to this unique performance is that it is written and performed by Neo cast members spanning from the past 25 years.
Buying advanced tickets is EXTREMELY recommended as space is limited. However, The Neos will be holding several tickets outside of Chicago Comics right before the show begins – so get there fast!
Patrons should anticipate standing for the duration of the performance, but it’s oh-so-worth-it to see this smashing performance. Don’t miss out! More information is available here.
Twelfth Night is a very metatheatrical play, meaning that it continuously calls attention to the fact that it is a play, even at times poking fun at itself. For example Fabian, one of the plays clowns states, “if this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction” (Act III Scene IV). There are theories that every soliloquy in Shakespeare was meant to be a direct address to the audience, and even in our play, we’re always finding ways to directly involve the audience in the production. For this reason it was very important for us to find a parallel between theatre of Shakespeare’s times and the popular forms of theatre at the turn of the century.
We found that the most popular form of entertainment between 1910 and 1920 was vaudeville, which gave us a lot to work with. It’s been really fun to incorporate vaudeville style performance into our show, which we’ve done by adding various entr’actes. There are already moments of song and dance built into the script and we’ve been able to bring those to life in a really unique and fun way.
In doing research we discovered some interesting similarities between Shakespeare’s humor and that of vaudeville comedians. The clowns in Twelfth Night engage other characters in quick back and forth comedic exchanges rich with turns of phrase and plays on words. The following video, a routine by vaudeville legends Shaw and Lee, demonstrates a comedic style incorporating similar tactics.
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