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Huron Club at the SoHo Playhouse
15 Vandam St. New York City, NY 10013
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"Flanagan's Wake"
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attended Nov 17 2007

I absolutely loved this show!!! It was so much fun and a great bargain. The cast was excellent, they really made it so much fun for the audience. The venue was so small and intimate- it was a very unique theater experiece. I would definitly...continued

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attended Jan 20 2008

When you arrive at the theatre they start immediately by "involving" you in the plot but they NEVER mention that you're to speak only when spoken to - so there was an audience of people who got blasted by the hag at the back bar telling them they...continued

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attended Jan 10 2008

From the moment you arrive at the Wake, you forget that these are just extremely talented actors. Instead, you find yourself getting caught up in the hilarious antics both onstage and in the audience. It was an outstanding value and a great time.

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“One of the funniest shows you’ll ever see” —NBC
“A great party” —Chicago Tribune
“A hoot!” —The Boston Globe


Flanagan’s Wake is the hilarious interactive Irish wake that has been running in Chicago for 13 smash years! Set in the fictional town of Grapplin, in the real county of Sligo, Ireland, the whole town (read: the audience) has come to mourn (read: sing, dance, drink and celebrate) the passing of good old Flanagan at his favorite pub. With the Mayor tending bar, town folk eulogize Flanagan (with the help of all in attendance) and celebrate a life well-lived. Of course, it wouldn’t be a wake without a disputed will. In Flanagan’s Wake, you’ll be transported to the Emerald Isle to grieve as only the Irish can!

The New York production brings two of the original creators in Bonnie Shadrake (musical director) and Amy Binns-Calvey (director).

Bonnie Shadrake composed the score and acted as music director for Flanagan’s Wake in Chicago and other cities nationwide. She was a co-founder of the Noble Fool Theater Company in Chicago, where she co-created all incarnations of the popular Christmas show Roasting Chestnuts and the full-length musical Vikings! A Musical in Two Axe. She is also the composer, arranger, and pianist for the popular cabaret act, The Weird Sisters, and a co-founder of Cabarah, a comedy cabaret. Bonnie is currently the musical director/staff accompanist for Roosevelt University’s Theatre Conservatory.

Amy Binns-Calvey is a co-creator/original cast member of Flanagan’s Wake. She has directed Flanagan’s Wake in St. Charles, Chicago (2003), Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Buffalo and has performed in the show all over the U.S. Other directing credits include Mikado: Version 2.005, Roasting Chestnuts (1997, 2000), Open Call, Guys and Dolls, Oh! Coward, and the world premiere of Ma Murphy’s Chowder House. She was a founding member of The Noble Fool Theater Company. Amy is also a co-creator/ writer for the many ongoing versions of Roasting Chestnuts. She can be currently seen in the outrageous cabaret trio The Weird Sisters. Amy was an Artist in Residence with the State of Illinois, and an instructor with the School of the Art Institute’s Continuing Education program.

About the Ticket Supplier: SoHo Playhouse

Under the new management of Darren Lee Cole and Faith Mulvihill, the newly renovated SoHo Playhouse continues to serve the downtown theater community as an historic 199 seat Off Broadway venue. The Huron Club below is an intimate 55 seat cabaret and bar steeped in the history of Old New York.

The SoHo Playhouse stands on land that was once Richmond Hill, a colonial mansion that served as headquarters for General George Washington and later home to Aaron Burr. Purchased from Burr in 1817, the land was then developed into federalist-style row houses by fur magnate John Jacob Astor.

15 Van Dam Street, was designated at the Huron Club, a popular meeting house and night club for the Democratic Party. The turn of the century brought the Tammany Hall machine to the Huron Club. Prominent regulars included “Battery” Dan Finn and the infamous Jimmy “Beau James” Walker, known as “The night Mayor” due to his predilection for jazz clubs and chorus girls.

The main floor was transformed into a theater in the 1920’s, and in the 60’s operated as the Village South, home to Playwrights Unit Workshop under the direction of Edward Albee. It was on this stage that Mr. Albee produced many first works of Terrance Mcnally, John Guare, Lanford Wilson, Sam Shephard, AR Gurney and Leroi Jones.