Saturday, November 29, 2014

CLOSING: Last Chance to Catch Theater Unspeakable The American Revolution at Adventure Stage #Review #ASCrevolution

Act Out Kids: Family friendly Chicago theatre openings, closings, reviews, giveaways, ticket sale dates and more. 

Must close Saturday at 4pm.

 Best enjoyed by ages 8 & older.

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is happy to partner up with Theater Unspeakable and Adventure Stage and they have provided tickets for our giveaway and for review purposes.

We caught opening night and highly recommend it. Theatre Unspeakable has a great platform (literally) for bringing history to life with humor and physical and mental agility. We've long been fans of Theater Unspeakable since we caught their stellar production, Murder on the Midwest Express, as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival years ago. We haven't caught their Superman2050 show, but we've heard stellar things. We're on the lookout for a remount and hope to see it soon.

Theater Unspeakable is great at physical theatre and their small space, platform staging is utterly unique and pumps up the energy in a big way. Their tell it like it is version of The American Revolution humanizes the characters we grew up with and includes their faults and foibles along with their legendary deeds. The physical comedy that ensues from the confines of their platform is hilarious and brilliant.

Go early and get a "revolutionary selfie" and contribute to the declaration on the wall! 

ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama for fun in Chi, IL and beyond! Congrats again to our TWO Family 4 Packs of Tickets to The American Revolution, Nicole F. and Sherry C. Click here for our past coverage & production details.

Think history is dry and boring--think again. Suspend your disbelief as 7 actors suspended on a platform bring history to life in 50 minutes and 21 square feet! Now that's a feat. Come check it out. We'll be there to review November 8th. Get your tickets before this show is history!

Theater Unspeakable’s Highly Original Take on the Country’s Founding Fathers Will Be Staged at the Vittum Theater, November 4-29.

From The Patriot to John Adams, from the iconic portrait of Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emmanuel Gottlieb Leutze to the musical 1776, the birth of our nation has been portrayed countless times in countless ways in the arts. But never quite like this.

Adventure Stage Chicago, a program of Northwestern University Settlement Association, proudly presentsTheater Unspeakable’s production of The American Revolution, a critical history lesson in 50 minutes, from November 4-29 at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St. in Chicago.

Seven actors—suspended on a platform two feet off the ground—share 21 square feet of space to recreate the entire heroic fight for American independence from Lexington to Yorktown. Using only the actors’ bodies, voices and (pantomimed) cannons, the show evokes an epic time period in American history. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do, The American Revolution displays Theater Unspeakable’s company’s rowdy brand of bare-boned and imaginative physical theater in the company’s first ever extended run in Chicago.

Public Performances will take place November 8, 15, 29 at 4 p.m., and November 14, 21, 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Student Matinees will take place November 4-6, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets for all shows are $17 for adults, $12 youth aged 14 and under and groups of ten or more; $7 previews. Student groups begin at $7. *A special $10 ticket is available to neighbors in the 60622 and 60642 zip codes. The American Revolution is performed at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., in the heart of Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Street parking is available, and the theater is close to the Noble St. stop on the #56 Milwaukee bus line and the Division stop on the CTA Blue Line. The theater is wheelchair accessible.
For more information, call (773) 342-4141 or visit
Adventure Stage Chicago is funded by Banco Popular , Grover Hermann Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Lloyd A Fry Foundation, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, Paul M Angell Family Foundation, Polk Bros Foundation, RBC Foundation – USA, Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust

Limited Engagement!

Nov. 8, 14, 15, 21, 28, 29
Fridays at 7:30pm 
Saturdays at 4pm
Adults: $17  /  Youth: $12
Neighborhood discount: $10 
(60642 and 60622, by phone or 
at the door only)
Groups (10+): $12
Cada función presentada con subtítulos en español.

Gettin' crafty and noshing at the post opening show reception. There were improv games & art for the kids, fab food, and a great community vibe!

Marc Frost started Theater Unspeakable as a platform for creating new works of devised, physical theater. Based in Chicago, the company is dedicated to telling stories using the entire mind, body, heart and soul. Working indoors and outdoors, the company creates live theatrical performances combining elements of movement, dance, mime, circus and clown. Since 2010, the company has created three original pieces including “Superman 2050,” “Murder on the Midwest Express” and “The American Revolution”. Theater Unspeakable has toured these pieces at various venues including: Lincoln Center, McLean Community Center, Chicago Humanities Festival, The Second City and the Chicago Cultural Center.


Composed and Peformed by 
Laurent Bigot
A co-presentation with the

Adventure Stage is proud to be a regional host for TYA/USA and AATE'S Young Playwrights for Change, and now through January 18, we are collecting your 10-minute plays for a national contest that features young playwrights.  Our first playwriting workshop is Saturday, November 15th at 10am, and it's free for any interested contestants interested in learning more about the process of writing a play.  Find more details here.

"Adventure Stage Chicago bills itself as 
the premier Chicago theater for audiences 
ages 8–14, and with each new
production, it's not difficult to see why."
-Time Out Chicago

"Great fun that inspires one to be excited
 to see the world, have adventures,
help others and love!" 

“A week later my class is still talking 
about the play. It was a wonderful 
experience. Thank you!” 
-Chris Berglind / Lee Elementary


Adventure Stage Chicago creates and tells heroic stories about young people. We do this to engage our community and inspire all of us to be heroes in our own lives. This is our 11th season.

Adventure Stage has received numerous honors since its inception in 2004, including:
American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s 2013 Orlin Corey Award for Artistic Excellence to ASC Founder/Producing Artistic Director Tom Arvetis
Illinois Theatre Association’s 2012 Award of Excellence in Theatre for Young Audiences
Zeta Phi Eta Winifred Ward Award for Outstanding New Children's Theatre Company from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education

Adventure Stage Chicago is a program of Northwestern University Settlement House, the oldest continually operating settlement house in Chicago. Throughout its 122-year history, the Settlement has remained committed to providing resources that empower neighbors to overcome the obstacles of poverty. Adventure Stage extends this mission by presenting Chicago's young audiences, educators and families with affordable artistic experiences rooted in performance.

Disclosure: Once again, ChiIL Mama is happy to partner up with Theater Unspeakable and Adventure Stage and they have provided tickets for our giveaway and for review purposes.

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