Venue Details

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Chopin Theatre Studio
1543 W. Division Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
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Podhalanka, the marvelous Polish holeinthewall is right next door.
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Umbrella drinks from the bar were $5.
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Plenty of street parking
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Parking lot 1 block away
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.6 average rating
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142 reviews
91 stars
attended Dec 30 2011

Hypocrites are very high energy & great musical abilities. Each actor played at least 1 instrument and one guy played 4 (not at the same time obviously!) Lots of fun!!!!

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5 stars
attended Jan 08 2012

Great fun and a real taste of experimental theatre. A zany production.

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1 stars
attended Jan 06 2012

as another patron as I said to each other before the show, this is definitely not the way Lyric Opera would have done the "Pirates of Penzance." The women in the cast... continued

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Quotes & Highlights

Read about the production in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Read an interview with director Sean Graney in Time Out Chicago.
“In his giddy, ever-buoyant, freshly reinvented revival of the show for the Hypocrites, director Sean Graney has stepped up to the helm of this goofy classic and… turned it into the very model of a thoroughly hip and playfully modern piece of musical theater … The result is a zany delight.” -Chicago Sun-Times
“This is not your father’s Gilbert and Sullivan. I kept thinking about how much Gilbert would have liked it. And of all Graney’s many non-traditional creations in this town over the last few years, this is certainly among my favorites.” _ -Chicago Tribune_


_Please note:

Pirates of Penzance is presented in promenade style which means there is no fixed seating, and the audience physically moves around the space with the actors. There is seating in which to rest temporarily, but you will be asked to stand or move during the performance. It’s a lot of fun, but the producers caution against attending if you prefer not to participate in this type of theater experience._

About the Ticket Supplier: The Hypocrites

Their mission, which is ever-evolving to adapt to the growth of their organization, is to make a Theater of Honesty. They define a Theater of Honesty chiefly through two elements of their work: performance and presentation. In performance, their actors shall employ a genuine emotional vulnerability, rather than manufacturing a disconnected, intellectual version of emotion. In presentation, they shall acknowledge their presence in a theater and embrace high theatricality. Through this balance of an unyielding emotional honesty and accepting a concept of "play," they seek to strengthen the connection between artist and audience, enriching their audience's imaginative experience. Ultimately, they aim, perhaps somewhat naively, to spread understanding within society, thereby minimizing cruelty