Chicago Commercial Collective's HIT THE WALL to Close 5/25 at the Greenhouse
The Chicago Commercial Collective today announced that its production of "Hit the Wall," originally produced by The Inconvenience, will have its final performance at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, on Sunday, May 25.
"Hit the Wall," written by Ike Holter and directed by Eric Hoff, transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."
Critical reaction to this production has been very positive. Chris Jones, reviewing in the Chicago Tribune wrote, "'Hit the Wall' remains one of the Chicago greats... this is far and away the best visual staging of the three I've seen. " Dan Jakes, reviewing for Time Out Chicago raved "The spontaneous, raucous energy that first made Hoff's production such a hit too is alive and well in this production, which is part concert, part revolt." Tony Adler, in the Chicago Reader, wrote "'Hit the Wall' returns with an even better riot...more awful-beautiful than before." Mary Shen Barnidge in the Windy City Times summed it up, saying "If you see only one show before Memorial Day, make it this one."
Patrons who purchased tickets for performances after May 25 may exchange their tickets for an earlier performance at the Greenhouse Theatre box office, or receive a refund at the point of purchase.
"Hit the Wall" will be performed at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. Performances continue through Sunday, May 25 on Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Ticket prices are $25 Thursdays through Saturdays with 20 for $20 rush tickets available for each performance; and $20 for all seats on Sundays at 7 p.m. There is a 20% off discount for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale now at greenhousetheater.org, 773.404.7336 or at the Greenhouse Theater Box Office (open 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays).
The Chicago Commercial Collective is also presenting The New Colony's "5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche" at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street, Chicago, now playing through June 8. Tickets ($15 -$35) are on sale now at 5lesbianseatingaquiche.com or 773.404.7336 (open 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays).