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20 Star Starred
Trap Door Theatre
1655 West Cortland Street Chicago, IL 60622
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214 events
69 reviews
21 stars
The Armitage bus stops directly in front of the theater. As for parking, you can find metered and unmetered spots within easy walking distance of the theater.
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98 events
20 reviews
7 stars
You can dine at Jane's Restaurant and merely walk through the back door into the theater's tiny lobby. Easy.
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12 events
10 reviews
9 stars
attended Oct 12 2013

Male nudity! The Trap Door is reaching now! It pays to advertise?

Genet is difficult and a nice guide--ANYTHING--in the program would have been appreciated.

I take the train. Even when I drive there is no problem with parking.

Jane's is...continued

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Goldstar Member
1 events
1 review
2 stars
attended Sep 21 2013

Would have left if there was an intermission. Not engaging. From the reviews around Chicago, expected more, but maybe I just don't think wearing pony ears is that raunchy (characters fulfill their customers' fantasies).

Theater has charm, though!

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Jean Genet (December 19, 1910 – April 15, 1986) was a prominent and controversial French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Genet’s mother was a prostitute who raised him for a year before giving him up for adoption. In and out of prison for much of his early life, he was a vagabond, petty criminal, and prostitute – experiences that informed much of his writing. His major works include the novels Querelle of Brest, The Thief’s Journal and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Blacks, The Maids and The Screens.

Written by: Jean Genet 

Translated by: Bernard Frechtman 

Directed by: Max Truax 

Cast: Antonio Brunetti, Simina Contras, David A. Holcombe, John Kahara, Meghan Lewis, Michelle Oliver, Thom Pasculli, Alzan Pelesic, Ann Sonneville, David Steiger, Nicole Wiesner and Carl Wisniewski. 

About the Ticket Supplier: Trap Door Theatre

Trap Door Theatre maintains a family of artists, loyal to each other, the art, and their own artistic integrity.

Incorporated in March of 1994, Trap Door Theatre took their three-year tradition of touring European Theatres and Festivals and transferred it to Chicago’s world renowned Off-Loop Theatre scene. Residing in it’s permanent home, which is a 45 seat, 900 square foot converted performance space in Bucktown, Trap Door has presented over sixty productions on the cusp of its ninth season, winning the praise of critics and patrons that catapults a whirlwind of activity, keeping the doors open five days a week.