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Tony Award-Winning CABARET Comes To Metropolis in September Photo Tony Award-Winning CABARET Comes To Metropolis in September
by Stephi Wild - Aug 3, 2022

Musical Broadway classic and hit film Cabaret recreates the decadent and complicated world of 1929 Berlin at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre September 15 – October 22, 2022.

SISTER ACT Comes To Metropolis This Summer Photo SISTER ACT Comes To Metropolis This Summer
by Stephi Wild - May 20, 2022

Musical comedy smash Sister Act brings the hit film of the same name to life onstage at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre July 14 – August 27, 2022.

Moving Bench Theatre Announces Cast For Upcoming Virtual Production CONNECTION ERROR Photo Moving Bench Theatre Announces Cast For Upcoming Virtual Production CONNECTION ERROR
by Stephi Wild - Aug 2, 2020

Moving Bench Theatre has announced the cast for their upcoming virtual production of CONNECTION ERROR by Jenilee Houghton.

Moving Bench Theatre Presents A Free Production Of A Holiday Classic! Photo Moving Bench Theatre Presents A Free Production Of A Holiday Classic!
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 26, 2019

Moving Bench Theatre closed another successful run of their original, musically-driven play, THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM..., just in time to jump into their next project. It's a new take on the holiday classic,

Moving Bench Theatre Presents A Free Production Of the Holiday Classic A CHRISTMAS CA Photo Moving Bench Theatre Presents A Free Production Of the Holiday Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 26, 2019

Moving Bench Theatre closed another successful run of their original, musically-driven play, THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM..., just in time to jump into their next project. It's a new take on the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, and it's being presented for free at five different branches of the Chicago Public Library.

Photo Flash: THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM Gets An Expansion And A New Home At The Gree Photo Photo Flash: THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM Gets An Expansion And A New Home At The Greenhouse Theater Center
by Stephi Wild - Nov 14, 2019

Moving Bench Theatre first launched THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM'S MAGICAL, MIRACLE, SURE-CURE FOR ALL FEMALE WEAKNESSES in April of this year at The Annoyance Theatre. The show was 50 minutes and ran for five performances, and audiences were immediately raving and demanding more; more of the story; more chances to see it; and more of the unique story telling techniques that have become synonymous with Causer and Houghton's collaborative partnership. Chris Causer (Director) and Jenilee Houghton (Writer) heard the excitement and passion and decided to give audiences exactly what they wanted. The result is an expanded and reinvigorated 85-minute production with more original music, more movement, more laughs, more emotion and some new surprises that reviewers are already praising. ChicagolandMusicalTheatre.com wrote, “There is a whole pantomime scene on a train that is so funny and heartwarming that it is worth the price of admission alone. “ They went on to say, “Overall this production is what Chicago theatre is all about. A group of talented performers in a small space giving 110% to entertain an audience. They leave them laughing and thinking. Nothing better than a group giving their all to entertain and be dedicated to a piece of theatrical art.”

Full Cast Announced For THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM… At Greenhouse Theater Center Photo Full Cast Announced For THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM… At Greenhouse Theater Center
by Stephi Wild - Sep 6, 2019

Moving Bench Theatre has announced the cast for the upcoming production of THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM'S MAGICAL, MIRACLE, SURE-CURE FOR ALL FEMALE WEAKNESSES being produced at the Greenhouse Theater Center this fall. Written by Jenilee Houghton and directed by Chris Causer, this story explores the complexity of one woman's life in the unsolicited limelight and the judgement and criticism she had to endure whilst on a mission to help her female neighbors in a time when getting effective, affordable healthcare was nearly impossible for women. Using an eclectic mix of storytelling techniques including movement, dance, and original bluegrass music, the ensemble will weave a tale that is timeless, hilarious, and also heartbreaking.

THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM Moves To The Greenhouse Theatre Center Photo THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM Moves To The Greenhouse Theatre Center
by Julie Musbach - Jul 2, 2019

After a very successful first run at The Annoyance Theatre this past April, Moving Bench Theatre is thrilled to announce that they'll be remounting 'The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham's Magical, Miracle, Sure-Cure for all Female Weaknesses' at the Greenhouse Theatre Center in November, 2019.

Photo Flash: Audiences Are Raving About THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM Photo Photo Flash: Audiences Are Raving About THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 8, 2019

There are only two more chances to see Chris Causer & Jenilee Houghton's new play, "The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham's Magical, Miracle, Sure-Cure for All Female Weaknesses" playing at the Annoyance Theatre on Thursdays at 8pm.  Audiences have been raving about this hilarious, emotional, moving piece of theatre that celebrates one woman's journey to overcome the hate people feel empowered to spread when they can hide behind anonymity.  The relatability and heart within Houghton's script paired with Causer's masterful storytelling form along with Todd Risenmay's gorgeous original music are driving audiences to return week after week to see the show again and again.

Annoyance Theatre Celebrates Women's History Month with THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM Photo Annoyance Theatre Celebrates Women's History Month with THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM
by Julie Musbach - Mar 18, 2019

The year was 1873, and all Lydia Pinkham wanted was to help her neighbors in a time when getting effective, affordable healthcare was nearly impossible for women.

Chris Causer Videos

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Big Noise Theatre's KISS ME, KATE Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At Big Noise Theatre's KISS ME, KATE

by Alan Henry - Sep 26, 2018

KISS ME, KATE, directed by Chris Causer, is led by Mikaela Sullivan and Cliff Gabor as Lilli VanessiKatherine and Fred GrahamPetruchio, respectively. The cast also features Heidi Hansfield (Lois LaneBianca), Tyler Sonkin (Bill CalhounLucentio), Jenilee Houghton (First Gangster), Jessica James (Second Gangster), Anthony C. Brown (General Harrison Howell), Ken Rubenstein (Harry TrevorBaptista), Korinne Yonan (Hattie), Larry D. Trice II (Paul), Becca Duff (GremioEnsemble), Emma Widlowski (HortensioEnsemble), Adrian Briones (RalphEnsemble), Stephanie Fongheiser (PhilipEnsemble), and Lauren Romano (NathanielEnsemble).