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Adventure Stage Chicago
AKA Vittum Theater 1012 North Noble Street Chicago, IL 60642
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"500 Clown Trapped"
19 ratings
4.6 average rating
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25 events
15 reviews
27 stars
attended May 06 2011

Although we arrived a little late, we opted to sit in the back row, as not to disturb the audience. Fortunately, we were able to pick up the plot of the story pretty quickly. Some of the acrobatics sprinkled in the scenes were very lively and...continued

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6 reviews
17 stars
attended May 06 2011

The event was completely indescribable, very unexpected and a ton of fun! There were so many kids around us who were cracking up the entire show, as was my 27-year-old partner! All around, a fabulous and unpredictable night. Highly recommend!

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23 reviews
8 stars
attended May 06 2011

Totally unknown and we are totally missing out; Adventure Stage Chicago is something to see!!

The theater Vittum, is the performing space for Adventure Stage Chicago and located in West Town neighborhood, the theater is part of the Northwestern...continued

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Learn more about 500 Clown at the company’s website.
“Bring someone who doesn’t like theater and watch them change their mind.” —New City (Recommended)
“Not only a new level of physical subtlety and precision … but emotional authenticity. Loved it.”   —Chicago Reader


Conceived by 500 Clown Producing Artistic Director Adrian Danzig

Directed by Paola Coletto

Starting the show in the guise of musicians, three clowns explore what it truly means to be trapped…and to be set free. Who sets these traps? Who benefits from them? Are they even real? Using slapstick mishaps, vaudevillian turns and untiring resilience, the clowns struggle to move beyond their own limitations as they search for the answers they need.

Adrian Danzig was driven to create 500 Clown Trapped because 500 Clown has been asked for a decade if it does children’s shows, and the answer has always been a resounding NO. But at a certain point, the 500 Clown members began to ask themselves…why not? Why not create a show specifically aimed at breaking the boundaries of age-based theater? (Why not humbly and excitedly stand atop the awesome shoulders of Looney Tunes, Chaplin and Keaton?) These questions, combined with a deep inquiry into the roots of traditional red-nose clown, are the foundation for this new work.

The partnership between 500 Clown and Adventure Stage Chicago sprang from a mutual affinity between two men as people, parents and artists. Danzig and Adventure Stage Producing Artistic Director Tom Arvetis first met as fathers in a cooperative child care center, so creative parenting and playful learning are at the heart of their relationship. The huge knowledge and high level of integrity that Adventure Stage has about shows for younger audiences provided 500 Clown a perfect opportunity for collaboration and experimentation.

500 Clown creates evening-length clown-theater performances using physical actions, improvisation and circus arts to tell dramatic stories. Its mission is to create a charged environment at each performance that allows performers and audience to celebrate the unpredictable power of the moment. Since 2000, 500 Clown has created 500 Clown Macbeth, 500 Clown Frankenstein, 500 Clown Christmas and 500 Clown and the Elephant Deal. Its productions tour throughout the United States, and the company teaches regularly in Chicago and on the road.

500 Clown Trapped is recommended for ages 5 and up. (Please note that children under age 5 will not be permitted in the theater.)

About the Ticket Supplier: Adventure Stage Chicago

Adventure Stage Chicago's mission is to create dynamic theatre for young audiences that activates the imagination, inspires dialogue and celebrates community among families, educators and artists. Adventure Stage Chicago recently won the national Outstanding New Children's Theatre Company Award from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education.