Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT: Hellcab at Profiles

OPENING Friday the 13th: 
Hellcab at Profiles Theatre

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Highly Recommended Holiday Shows

For the fourth consecutive year, including the 20th Anniversary production in 2012, Profiles revisited Kern’s landmark play for the holiday season. Here at ChiIL Live Shows we caught Hellcab way back in 1992 when it was first produced as a late-night show by Famous Door Theatre.  Hellcab was originally scheduled for twelve performances. It ended up running for over nine years, becoming one of the longest running shows in Chicago theatre history. Hellcab has been performed all over the U.S. and abroad, including Scotland, Israel, Singapore, and Ireland, winning numerous awards, including a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival.

 Pictured: Irene Currie, Zlatomir Moldovanski. Photo credit: Michael Brosilow

We've caught Profiles' excellent holiday remounts of Hellcab for several years now and highly recommend it. This is a unique glimpse at humankind and the ability of an insightful cab driver to be both human and kind to an odd assortment of holiday fares. It's appropriate for teens and up and makes an excellent parents' night out. 

Hellcab presents a day in the life story of a cab driver in for the longest night of his life as he transports a bizarre and mysterious collection of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Playwright Will Kern draws from personal experience as a former cab driver to create this alternately frightening, hilarious and poignant journey. Throughout his long shift, the eclectic collection of passengers includes a trio of drug-addicts, a smug lawyer, a born-again couple, and a randy couple on their way to a motel. Set during a bitter cold Christmas Eve, Hellcab presents a rear-view image mirroring the passing parade of humanity.

Pictured: Zlatomir Moldovanski. Photo credit: Michael Brosilow
Regular Run: November 12, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Schedule: Thurs., Fri.8:00 p.m. 
Saturday: 5:00 p.m. and 8:00p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Profiles Theatre, The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway
Parking is available for $14 - $16 at 4100 N. Clarendon
(One block east of the theatre at the corner of Clarendon and Belle Plaine)

Ticket prices: Previews: $20
Regular Run: Thursdays are $35, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are $40; Students and Senior Citizens receive a $5 discount on all performances; Group rates are available.

Box Office: Buy online at www.profilestheatre.org

or call (773) 549-1815

Profiles Theatre introduces Zlatomir Moldovansky
as The Driver in the 2015 seasonal return
of Hellcab by Will Kern

Profiles Theatre announces the return of its annual holiday revival of Hellcab by Will Kern, this year featuring Chicago newcomer Zlatomir Moldovansky in the iconic role of the Chicago cab driver. Directed by Profiles ensemble member Eric Burgher, a cast of 33 joins Moldovansky as the beleaguered driver. Profiles’ production runs at The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway, November 6, 2015 – January 10, 2016.

Directed by Profiles ensemble member Eric Burgher, Hellcab features a cast of 33 Chicago actors. Originally performed by a cast of one driver and six ensemble members playing multiple roles as the passengers, Profiles celebrates the diversity of Chicago by filling each ensemble role with a different actor. Zlatomir Moldovansky, seen regionally in productions with Asolo Repertory, Creede Repertory and New Stage Collective, appears with Profiles for the first time. In addition to Moldovanksy’s debut as the Driver, the passenger roles are performed by Cristiana Barbatelli, Bobby Bowman, Hannah Brown, Ben Burke, Taylor Craft, Irene Currie, Alex Dauphin, Patrick Deal, Jeff Dolecek, Richard Esteras, Brianne Duncan Fiore, Will J. Green, Rasell Holt, Logan Hulick, Grant Johnson, Liz Krane, Josephine Longo, Sean Magill, Edward Mawere, Liliana Mitchell, Brian Nelson, Tim Newell, Sissy Anne Quaranta, Akua Sarhene, Danny Schaefer, Judi Schindler, Josh Segovia, Londen Shannon, Rejinal Simon, George Stalling, Paige Taylor and Elise Zell.

The designers are Katie-Bell Springmann (set), Mike Durst and Claire Chrzan (lights), Matt Reich (sound), and Raquel Adorno (costumes). Nate Dion is the stage manager and Bradley Mark serves as assistant director.

Pictured: Jeff Dolecek, Zlatomir Moldovanski. Photo credit: Michael Brosilow

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