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The Woman In Black @ The Royal George Theatre, Nov. 15 – Feb. 17

  • Posted : November 14th, 2018
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The Woman in Black

“The most brilliantly effective spine-chiller you will ever encounter” -Daily Telegraph

presented by PW Productions and Pemberley Productions

Director Robin Herford’s Original Staging of Susan Hill’s ghost story will “scare the living daylights out of you”

CHICAGO (June 2018) – Over eight million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most successful – and terrifying – theatre events ever staged, and it’s coming to shock audiences in Chicago this fall. The Woman in Black – Lon don’s long-running West End play –  will open at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre in November with all the stage thrills that have led audiences in London to shriek  in fear for 30 years.

Susan Hill’s Gothic ghost story, adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, is set in an isolated windswept mansion with tragic secrets hidden behind its shuttered windows. There, a young lawyer encounters horrific visions in the house set amidst the eerie marshes and howling winds of England’s forbidding Northeast Coast. With just two actors, The Woman in Black  offers audiences an evening of unremitting drama and sheertheatricalityas they are transported into a chilling and ghostly world.

London’s The Independent said of it, “The atmosphere is so charged-up that on more than one occasion the entire audience screamed interror.” The Daily Mail called it “A nerve-shredding experience.”

Reviewing the West End production this past January, the London newspaper The Daily Express said, “As the tale unfolds, it tightens its grip on thespectator like a medieval instrument of torture… It is all staged impeccably with amazing sound effects and shocks that make you jump out of your seat. But it is the simplicity that impresses. It is profoundly effective, and it will scare the living daylights out of you.”

The Guardian’s Mark Lawson said, “the great pleasure of the production remains the way in which Mallatratt and the director Robin Herford (who has been in charge of all the play’s incarnations) utilize the fears and imagination of the audience, so that, for example, a few glances and hand gestures create out of nothing a dog who is as convincing as animatronics, while a few puffs of stage smoke or a flap of fabric conjure up geographical and physical presences.”

For the Chicago production, director Robin Herford will recreate his original staging for the first time in the U.S., with a Chicago-based cast. This American premiere of the Original London West End production, presented by PW Productions and Pemberley Productions, will begin previews November 15th , with a Press Opening on November 18th  at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago.


Susan Hill’s novel, THE WOMAN IN BLACK was originally published in 1983 and has thrilled and spooked millions of readers ever since.  Robin Heford commissioned Stephen Mallatratt to adapt the novel for the stage in 1987 and it was produced as a Christmas show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, U.K. After months of sold out performances, the play transferred to London’s West End in January 1989.

The classic chiller was released as a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe in 2012, and soon became the highest grossing British horror film in 20 years.

For additional information and tickets, visit http://theroyalgeorgetheatre.com/shows.php?s=120

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Wildclaw Theatre Presents DEATHSCRIBE: HELLEVEN on Dec. 3rd

  • Posted : November 14th, 2018
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Deathscribe HELLeven

Monday, December 3, 2018 @ 8pm
Lincoln Hall
2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

“In our continued quest to acquire original, imaginative horror stories, we solicited and received over 200 new works from theatre and horror aficionados around the world. These final five radio plays have emerged, perhaps slightly bloodstained, as finalists of the grueling selection process. Join us to see who will be this year’s victor and winner of the coveted Bloody Axe Award!

These five finalists will send thrills up your spine as they are brought to life by Chicago’s finest actors and directors, accompanied by a live band and a team of sound effects artists complete with live Foley onstage. The winner of the Bloody Axe will be chosen by a panel of horror and theatre experts.”

Details and tickets here: http://www.wildclawtheatre.com/project/deathscribe11/

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The Final Trope at Columbia College’s Hokin Gallery, Opening Oct. 29th

  • Posted : October 25th, 2018
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The Final Trope
Curated by Owen Rodriguez
Hokin Gallery: 623 S Wabash, 1st floor Chicago, IL 60605
Exhibition Dates: October 29th, 2018-January, 2019.
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

The Hokin Gallery opens a new installation, The Final Trope, on Monday, October 29, 2018. In time for the Halloween season, the exhibit takes visitors through a horror movie set while exploring the use of character stereotypes often found in this film genre.

Horror films use familiar plot devices to tell stories and give viewers a rush of pure entertainment, but, past the jump scare when the monster jumps from behind the door, horror aficionados know that the repetition of characters and plot points across films belies a coded morality. These recurring concepts, known as tropes, include a minority who dies first, or the Final Girl who must remain pure in order to survive the axe murderer. In films like Dawn of the Dead, the Halloween franchise, and I Spit on your Grave, marginalized groups are often exploited and their bodies brutally punished for deviations from an underlying set of norms.

Presented on the film set of haunted Camp Silver Lake, the Fall 2018 Hokin Project Exhibition The Final Trope explores these plot devices to tell its narrative from the perspective of the five characters meeting their fates in a cabin in the woods. Whether die hard horror fans or newcomers to the genre, attendees experience an innovative take on the way horror cinema constructs characters and norms.

The Hokin Project is a Gallery Management Practicum course of the Business & Entrepreneurship Department, in collaboration with the Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces (DEPS). The Hokin Project provides students of all majors with gallery
management, exhibition, curatorial, and design experience. The Project presents the work of the Columbia College Chicago community through programs, events, and exhibitions.Admittance and viewing of the installation are free.

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Night of the Stripping Dead: The Final Chapter, Nov. 1-2 at The Admiral

  • Posted : October 24th, 2018
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Night of the Stripping Dead will celebrate its final performances on November 1 & 2 at the Admiral Theatre in high style. Bill Moseley will host both nights, featuring performances by Masuimi Max, Maya Sinstress, Clownvis Presley, Cervena Fox, Shadow Circus Creature Theatre, Dangrrr Doll and Natasha Nebula. If you’re looking for a spooky, sexy night of wild entertainment, don’t miss it! Details and tickets at http://www.strippingdead.com!

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SUSPIRIA (2018) Halloween Night at Music Box

  • Posted : October 22nd, 2018
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Preview Screening October 31st at 7pm | Opens November 2nd

From the Director of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director (Swinton), an ambitious young dancer (Johnson), and a grieving psychotherapist (Ebersdorf). Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

“5 Stars! A spectacularly strange affair, thrumming with wild blood and weird powers.” — TimeOut

“Savagely beautiful” — IndieWire

Information, trailer and tickets at https://www.musicboxtheatre.com/films/suspiria-2018!

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