Category Archives: Frugal Theatre

$6 Theatre Tickets – Saturday March 28 – Savage Limbo

“Doubt. Doubts. I have doubts.” Yes, John Patrick Shanley wrote doubts. But, I have no doubt you’ll find this play, about the changing lives of a bunch of 32-year-olds, well worth the admission price.

Second Stage Series – Savage in Limbo
By John Patrick Shanley

“The setting is a slightly seedy neighborhood bar in the Bronx, where a group of regulars (who all happen to be the same age—thirty-two) seek relief from the disappointments and tedium of the outside world. The first to arrive is Denise Savage, a perennial loner who announces that she is still a virgin, but would like to remedy the situation. She is joined by an old school friend, Linda Rotunda, whose problem has been the opposite—too many lovers (and illegitimate children) but who is now fearful that her current boyfriend, Tony Aronica, is losing interest in her. And when the macho Tony comes bursting in shortly thereafter and announces that he is leaving her to pursue “ugly girls,” girls who have read books and can teach him something, Linda is desolate. Denise, sensing an advantage, makes a play for Tony, and the action quickens, moving swiftly from zany comedy to tense confrontation which requires the muscle and mediating skills of the taciturn bartender, Murk, who, heretofore, had been content to keep the glasses filled, including that of his mixed-up girlfriend, April, a failed nun who is also a classmate of the others. In the end, tensions subside, Linda recaptures Tony, Murk proposes to April, and only Denise remains as she was—still in the limbo of loneliness from which she so desperately wants to escape.”

*Cost:  $6 General Admission  (Sometimes I will list low cost events here’s one.)

When: Saturday, March 28, 2009, from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: Loyola University Chicago – Studio Theatre, Centennial Forum Student Union, Loyola Downstairs Studio Theatre (large unattractive gray building beneath the student Union),  Chicago
Neighborhood: Roger’s Park
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Contact:, 773.508.3847, Dept. of Fine and Performing Arts at 773.508.7510
Website: Loyola University Chicago – Theatre
Duration: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Getting There: CTA – Loyola ‘L’ Stop, Bus – 151 (to Howard), 147 (to Howard), 36 Broadway (to Devon). Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus is located at 6525 N Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626


Frugal Friday Theatre – Blurred Vision – Friday, March 27


Uhm, something is wrong with Tekki Lomnicki.  Sometimes being too funny can land you in the doctor’s office with blurred vision and hypochondriac issues through the yazzoo.  Don’t miss, Blurred Vision, by “self-proclaimed hypochondriac” Tekki Lomnicki.

“See it before it’s banned by the AMA! Tekki Lomnicki, self-proclaimed hypochondriac, journeys from doctor to doctor in search of a diagnosis for her blurred vision. On the way, she uncovers memories from her childhood surgeries, picks up a hitchhiking dragon and a magician’s assistant. Blurred Vision explores growing up with a disability, the crap shoot of healthcare, and the power of storytelling– with hilarious results. “

American Sign Language Interpreter, Personal Assistant and Audio Description provided.

RSVP to: 312-640-2121 voice
312-640-2102 TTY

Cost:  Frugal Free!

When: Friday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Access Living,  115 W. Chicago,  Chicago
Neighborhood: River North
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 312-640-2121 voice, 312-640-2102 TTY,
Website: Access Living
Duration: Until completely satisfied, or until it’s over.
Getting There:


*Note: Presented by the Access Living Arts & Culture Project
Partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Direct Off at Strawdog Theatre – Sat. March 7


A theatre slapdown brought to you courtesy of Strawdog Theatre. “8 of Chicago’s top directors bring 2 scenes, 2 actors, and 2 props, and only 1 will win.” Oh, it’s so on.

Cost: Frugal Free!
When: Saturday, March 7, 11 p.m.
Where: Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway, Chicago.
Time: 11 p.m.
Contact: 773-528-9696
Website: Strawdog Theatre Company
Duration: Depends on how messy it gets.

Downsizing Camus: Sunday March 8, 2009


Those darned college kids.  Drowning out the sorrow of future student loan payments with alcoholic indelicacies and readymade drama.  But, this college tale looks intriguing.  Make sure to reserve your free seat.

“Downsizing Camus takes place over the course of a blizzard-bound evening in a college tavern, where two strangers debate everything from the meaning of love to their best college stories concerning the involuntary evacuation of bodily fluids. When an idealistic 19-year-old coed enters the intimate environment, the emotional and intellectual tension builds to the point of devastating explosion.”

A staged reading of Downsizing Camus, a new play by Chicago playwright, director, and instructor Todd Bauer, is the next Victory Gardens Access Project Crip Slam presentation, Sunday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.

Note: This staged reading is free, but reservations are recommended. For reservations, call the Victory Gardens box office – 773-871-3000 (TTY: 773-871-0687)

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Sunday March 8, 2009
Neighborhood: Not sure…good question. Anyone know?
Where: Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 773-871-3000 (TTY: 773-871-0687) Make sure to call and reserve your seat.
Website: Victory Gardens
Duration: One night.

Iphegenia 2.0 (This Time it’s Personal)


Yes Virginia, you can see quality theatre in Chicago for free! And that quality theatre can include gentleman’s etiquette and LL Cool J.  I love the theatre, but haven’t attended lately because I can’t find a loan company who will underwrite the cost of a ticket. Well, maybe they’re too busy posting “going out of business” signs. No matter, enjoy. See you at the play!

“Iphigenia 2.0 is Charles L. Mee’s modern retelling of Euripides’ classic Iphigenia at Aulis. When Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek army, decides to take his troops into battle, he is asked to first make the ultimate sacrifice of his eldest daughter. Faced with an impossible situation, Agamenon must weigh the welfare of his family against the welfare of his country. Featuring excerpts from Wilfred Owen’s World War I poetry, George Washington’s infamous book of gentleman’s etiquette, and the music of L.L. Cool J and Pink Cadillac.”

Note:   Reservations are strongly suggested! Call 312-922-1999 to make sure your seat is reserved.

Cost: Frugal Free!

When: February 13 – 22, 2009

Where: The Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

Contact Information: 312-922-1999 (Box Office)


Neighborhood: DePaul/Lincoln Park

Duration: February 13 – 22, 2009