Critic's picks for Theater Week 2019
In this dark existential comedy from Kareem Bandealy, a traditional nuclear family receives a mysterious envelope informing them of a very special guest coming for dinner. As they scramble to welcome their cosmic visitor, things start to get just a wee bit absurd. Like any good dark comedy, this show is best suited for audience members who are 13 and up.
Second City’s 107th mainstage revue takes on the horrifying, exhilarating, entirely overwhelming experience of being alive in 2019. Featuring Second City cast members Ryan Asher, Tyler Davis, Jeffrey Murdoch, Emma Pope, Nate Varrone and Kimberly Michelle Vaughn, laughs are algorithmically guaranteed to ensue.
Whether or not you’re familiar with Ike Holter’s seven-play Chicago cycle, you should check out this newest entry. Directed by Jonathan Berry, Red Rex concerns a scrappy storefront theatre troupe that finds itself in an intense confrontation with locals who want them gone. Ideal for Chicago theatre obsessives who get why the color red in the title is funny.
Michael Frayn’s modern comedy classic about a dysfunctional theatre troupe is the speed metal of stage farce: When done well, the laughs come so hard and fast that it’s difficult to keep up. The good folks at Windy City Playhouse up the ante by adding a multi-stage layout that promises to immerse audiences in the action.