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North Shore Center, Center Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd Skokie, IL 60077
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 17 members
Review from Louis Schutz
55 events 19 reviews

The music is too often over loud and you can not hear the actors... it is a rather adult/childrens show.
The actors were all great.

reviewed Mar 18 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Frederick Weil
8 events 6 reviews

The musical was very nice. Our two grandchildren (ages 11 & 9) loved it. Our grandson, who had read the book on which the play was based, said he liked the performance better than the book. My only complaint is that, while the performance of...continued

reviewed Mar 16 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Paula Rudnik
12 events 5 reviews

I took my 6year old son to see this. The play is only one hour long, so easy for my son to sit through. The story is interesting enough for kids and adults alike. It's about a little boy who really wants to be a magician, just like Houdini. We had...continued

reviewed Mar 17 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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