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Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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"500 Clown Frankenstein"
19 ratings
4.2 average rating
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22 reviews
3 stars
attended Jul 06 2007

This was a terrific show; not quite as tight as 500 Clown Macbeth, but still very entertaining. Super talented performers.

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7 reviews
2 stars
attended Jun 14 2007

A one-of-a-kind experience - moments of genius mixed with slapstick humor - not to be missed!

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1 review
0 stars
attended Jun 17 2007

I've seen 500 Clown perform before and as always this performance was great. I can't wait to see 500 Clown Mcbeth!

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Quotes & Highlights

“A work of psychic combat and power games that will have you laughing and holding your breath all at the same time.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Singularly inventive, highly amusing and entirely dangerous.” —Chicago Tribune


500 Clown Theatre, founded in 2000, presents 500 Clown Frankenstein, a wildly physical, comical and powerful reimagining of Mary Shelley’s _Frankenstein. _The show brings a clown’s-eye view to the themes of creation and abandonment.

The plot involves three clowns who embark on a madcap journey to construct Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. Stymied by elaborate and exaggerated period costumes, the clowns are propelled into acrobatic feats in an extended battle with an unruly table. Comic mayhem takes a sharp turn to a devastating climax when one clown is forced to play the role of the creature and suffer abuse.

The physical theatre artists of 500 Clown deliver their distinctive brand of deconstructed texts (based on Shelley) through physical action and clowning improvisation inspired by the immediate energy of each audience. Last seen in Chicago in 2004, this updated version of 500 Clown Frankenstein includes production revisions from three years of performing these pieces on tour, presenting a honed show with crisp storytelling and a powerful ending.

Inspired by vaudevillians honing their acts on the road, 500 Clown continues tweaking each production after each performance. 500 Clown has toured in Birmingham, England; Michigan (Acorn Theatre); Maryland (Creative Alliance and Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center); Pennsylvania (Franklin & Marshall College); and goes to New York City in winter 2007.

<em>Straight White Men</em> <em>My Fair Lady</em> <em>The Rosenkranz Mysteries</em> <em>Waiting to Inhale</em>