Venue Details

Mercury Theater
3745 N. Southport Avenue Chicago, IL 60613
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 39 members
Review from Double D
46 events 25 reviews

Houdini Box at Mercury Theatre. I was
pleasantly surprised at the seating we received via Goldstar. THE PLAY WAS absolutely wonderful and I've seen many family plays. Stage settings were entertaining and actors and costuming was so...continued

reviewed Feb 26 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from T
8 events 5 reviews

Outstanding! Everything from the set, to the actors & their singing, to the use of puppets, to the live musicians. Great that it was a 1 hour performance. It kept the full attention of three boys ages 6, 8, & 10. (Two of them were familiar with...continued

reviewed Feb 19 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Lindaj0706
9 events 5 reviews

The show was brief enough for even the youngest in the audience to remain interested. (I believe it was over in about one hour.) Nice mixture of puppetry, live actors, and some singing. My son, aged 7, really enjoyed it and so did we. We...continued

reviewed Feb 19 2012 report as inappropriate
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Named a “Top Ten Show to Watch For in 2012” by the Chicago Tribune.


As famed escape artist Harry Houdini circles the globe performing one incredible stunt after another, Victor, a young devotee goes through his own rigorous magician’s training – locking himself in closets, holding his breath under water and walking into walls. After a chance encounter with his hero, Victor receives a special box that just might contain the secrets of Houdini’s great success.

Directed by famed large-scale spectacle and puppetry artist Blair Thomas, The Houdini Box is a musical adaptation of the popular children’s book of the same name by Brian Selznick, famous for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the basis of the hit movie Hugo.

Recommended for children ages 5 and older.

The show runs one hour with no intermission.

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