A cast of six quick-change their way through nearly 40 characters as the classic novel is reinvented as a fast-paced theatrical feat. An orphan is plucked from poverty and thrust into the upper class, his benefactor's identity and motives hidden by lawyers and other minions. As Pip tries to find love and a living in his radically changed circumstances, he untangles a fascinating web of secret identities and hidden pasts.
Jason Gerace, the critically acclaimed director of Redtwist Theatre's Opus, makes his Strawdog debut.
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“★★★½ If you're tired of the mutterings of old Ebenezer and yet still crave some of that Dickensian moral pudding, then consider the unexpected sleeper of a new show at the Strawdog Theatre. Therein, six fine actors tell the multicharacter tale … Gale Childs Daly's exceptional new adaptation is uncommonly tight and suspenseful. With their multiple plots, Dickens novels often are tough to adapt. This one keeps the storytelling, and the hero, front and center. Truly, it's a riveting cutting and shaping that is never dull for a moment. Much of that is due to Jason Gerace's direction; the staging hardly is pretentious, but the stakes are thrillingly high throughout. ”
— Chicago Tribune
“★★★★★ … The venerable storefront ensemble's new adaptation of Dickens's Great Expectations, performed by six actors, is an unexpected pleasure … Daly's lithe adaptation smartly trims Dickens's expansive plot and cast without feeling like it sacrifices too much. It's a great pleasure watching strong young Chicago talents … embody numerous characters, transmuting in front of you … Strawdog's compelling production greatly exceeds expectations. ”
— Time Out Chicago
“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED… What makes the crucial difference in Strawdog Theatre's magnificent production of "Great Expectations" - easily among the finest shows of the year - is that its supremely gifted ensemble of six actors not only captures all the superficial qualities of Dickens' marvelous characters (and they play about 40 of them), but they furrow deep into their hearts and souls. The many individual quirks are unquestionably amusing, revealing and richly theatrical, but there is something far greater going on here. Along with Gale Childs Daly's flawless adaptation and Jason W. Gerace's diamond-cut direction, it is this emotional undertow that makes this production soar. The show is a stunner on every level. ”
— Chicago Sun-Times
Music: "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore
The term “battle of the sexes” gets a whole new meaning when a group of brides-to-be on the run from the altar face down their jilted grooms at an Italian villa. Strawdog Artistic Associate Matt Hawkins, director of The House Theatre’s Cyrano and Strawdog’s award-winning smash hit Red Noses returns (triumphantly) to our mainstage with Mee’s poetic, madcap riff on love, violence and gender roles. If you’ve never seen what Mr. Hawkins can do with an epic fight scene, don’t miss this. If you have, that goes double.
photos by Chris Ocken of Ocken Photography
Desperate heroes—Hamlet, Juliet, Romeo, Falstaff, Othello—must hunt down a reclusive wizard, their one hope against the allied malevolence of Iago, Richard III and Lady Macbeth. The wizard's name? Shakespeare.
March 4-26, 2013
adapted from the graphic novel by Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery
directed by Anderson Lawfer
Performing in Hugen Hall at Strawdog Theatre (3829 N. Broadway, Chicago)
Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. Sundays at noon.
featuring: Bryan Bosque, Kate Harris, Nikki Klix, BF Helman, Brian Amidei, Conor Burke, Caleb Probst,
Steve Herson + James Anthony Zocolli
projections + scenic Michelle Underwood
original score Seth Boustead
sound Gregor Mortis
ass't director + dramaturge Beth Schmeski
production manager Morgan Gire
Unnerved by teen addiction to an online video game, a control-obsessed neighborhood in a nameless American town starts to feel dangerous. Strawdog is thrilled to let Joanie Schultz, the directing talent behind Steppenwolf’s fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life, Steep Theatre’s The Receptionist, and About Face’s The Kid Thing, introduce Chicago to this sharp, dark blend of satire and suspense that took the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival by storm in 2008.
Original Music by Thomas Dixon.
A deadly virus infects a small town. The hit horror film sees its first time on stage in Chicago, in Strawdog's Hugen Hall.
Adapted by Tony Burgess
from his novel Pontypool Changes Everything and the Bruce McDonald film Pontypool
directed by Anderson Lawfer
featuring: Jamie Vann, Nikki Klix,
Elizabeth Dowling + Carmine Grisolia
with Michael Dailey + Adam Schulmerich
stage manager Morgan Gire
lights Jordan Kardasz
sound Gregor Mortis
costumes Aly Renee Amidei
props Paige Reilly
set Carmine Grisolia
dramaturgy Josh Sobel
combat John Moran
October 13 – November 4
Fridays & Saturdays 11pm | Sundays 8pm
Halloween Show Wednesday, Oct 31, 8pm