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at N Troy St 3502 N. Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
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Chief O'Neill's is a good place to eat before or after the show. Or stop by for a Guinness.
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I went to the matinee and parked half a block away on the street. Dress varied. I liked that benches and seats were available for waiting before the doors opened for admission.
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"Toast of the Town"
8 ratings
3.9 average rating
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1 stars
attended Nov 03 2012

this play was really great and extremely funny! All of the actors and actresses were very professional and play their roles to a tee. I especially enjoyed the intimacy of the theater venue. I enjoyed the play immensely! The cast gets an A for...continued

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Scott S.
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4 stars
attended Dec 01 2012

very well done - some very funny scenes, really enjoyed. would recommend.

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38 reviews
13 stars
attended Nov 02 2012

Great energy but a bit too frenetic for our taste. Some lines were funny but delivered so quick it was hard to absorb. Terrific group of actors and staff though made for a nice evening out!

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Quotes & Highlights

“Scott OKen and Ernie Deak’s high-energy farce, first produced by the Factory Theater in 2005, works its comic chops on a number of levels … Toast of the Town is equally an homage to old-school comedy, with tips of the hat to fast-talking funnymen from the Marx Brothers to Benny Hill.” —Time Out Chicago (3 stars)
Toast of the Town is unapologetically loud and consciously over-the-top, and it works well that way. Kudos to the cast for keeping the high energy going for the entire duration of the play….You are riveted to the oddball happenings on stage and find yourself rooting for the characters, as they are all essentially good people. Go watch Toast of the Town if you enjoy laugh-a-minute humor and happy, if improbable, endings. Be prepared, however, for a lingering feeling of wishing that the theater industry in reality could be filled with this much affability and changes of heart.” —Chicago Theater Beat (3 stars)


Directed by Nick Digilio

Written by Ernie Deak and Scott OKen

This play contains mild adult situations.

About the Ticket Supplier: Factory Theater

Founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1992, Factory Theater is a theater organization dedicated to the writing, directing, performance and production of original works written by ensemble members that are accessible to inexperienced as well as seasoned theatergoers. Since 1992 the Factory has produced more than 60 productions that have been enjoyed by both critics and audience members.

Factory Theater bridges the gap between critical acclaim and audience accessibility. Most of their shows have received rave reviews and awards by various publications including The Reader, New City, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, and L.A. Weekly, among others.

In 1998, Factory Theater opened a branch company in Los Angeles, California, and many of their ensemble members relocated out west to pursue careers in film, television and screenwriting and to help create a national presence for the company. Factory Theater has also taken trips out to New York on two separate occasions - in 1998 their After-Dark award winning production of The Vinyl Shop was the hit of the Fringe Festival, and in 2001 Factory was invited to the H.E.R.E. space in Soho by PSNBC to perform The Death And Life Of Barb Budonovich, a short version of their production Varations On Death.

The Factory attributes its success to hard work, dedication, and love for theater. Those attributes continue on in the Factory's vision of writing and producing new works to provide their ever-growing audience with laughter and inspiration.