Windy City Playhouse today announced their critically-acclaimed immersive production of Mart Crowley’s “The Boys in the Band” has been extended through May 17 at their flagship location (3014 W Irving Park Rd). Fresh off its Tony Award-winning Broadway revival, this landmark play premiered in January 2020 for the first time in in Chicago in 20 years. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at windycityplayhouse.com or by calling 773-891-8985.
Directed by Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Carl Menninger, “The Boys in the Band” invites audience members to sit inches from the iconic characters who helped spark a revolution during the pre-Pride era. Set in a New York City apartment in 1968, the play takes place at a 32nd birthday party. The party is all jokes and quips until the host proposes a harmless game of truth or dare. Suddenly, each must reckon with his sexual identity -- out, closeted, flamboyant, or "passing" -- in an oppressive world where self-love is a luxury.
Awarding the production three and a half stars, Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune hails “The Boys in the Band” as a play “for the critical thinking soul, for the person who craves to understand who we are and where we came from, the person who sees that hatred still flairs up, inside and out of ourselves.” Reviewing for the Chicago Reader, Albert Williams wrote, “Windy City Playhouse's superb new production reveals Mart Crowley's 1968 drama also to be a durable emotional powerhouse, as potent and poignant today as ever.”
The stellar cast includes Sam Bell Gurwitz as Harold, Christian Edwin Cook as Alan, Jordan Dell Harris as Donald, Jackson Evans as Michael, James Lee as Larry, William Marquez as Emory, Kyle Patrick as Cowboy, Ryan Reilly as Hank and Denzel Tsopnang as Bernard.
In true Playhouse fashion, guests are welcome to sit on the various couches, chairs and love seats that make up the quintessentially mid-Century, sunken living room in which the show takes place. Guests are offered small cocktail samplings (with non-alcoholic options available) and party snacks are available for the taking throughout the show.
The creative team includes William Boles (Scenic Designer), Uriel Gomez (Costume Designer), Erik Barry (Lighting Designer), Sarah Espinoza (Sound Designer), Mealah Heidenreich (Properties Designer & Set Dressing), Max Fabian (Violence & Intimacy Diretor), Jenniffer Thusing (Production Stage Manager), Spencer Fritz (Assistant Stage Manager), Jonah White (Master Electrician), Jonathan Schleyer (Technical Director) and Ellen White (Production Manager).
The performance schedule for “The Boys in the Band” is as follows: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets ($75-$95) are on sale now.
About Windy City Playhouse
Windy City Playhouse is a professional theater and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located on Chicago's northwest side. Premiering in March of 2015 with a mission to present contemporary, relevant, and approach art, the Playhouse has quickly become a mainstay of the Chicago theater scene. In 2018, its runaway hit, the immersive SOUTHERN GOTHIC, solidified the Playhouse as the first choice in Chicago theater for one-of-a-kind audience experience. "Experience driven. Audience first."
For more information, visit WindyCityPlayhouse.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
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