Category Archives: Saturday Night

Free Theatre Saturday – 24 Hour Play Festival – April 4

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Write, rehearse, and stage a play in 24 hours?  Enjoy University of Chicago University Theater students as they write, rehearse and stage new plays in this 24 hour play festival. Bring a few friends and enjoy a great night of  theatre.

Cost: Frugal Free!
When: Saturday, April 4, 2009 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: Reynolds Club, (First floor theatre) University of Chicago, 5706 South University, Chicago
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Time: 8 – 11 p.m.
Contact: 773-702-9315
Website: University Theatre
Duration: Until 11 p.m.
Getting There:  Bus – The CTA #6 Jackson Park Express bus will take you from downtown Chicago to Hyde Park. Catch the bus southbound on State Street in the Loop. Get off at 57th or 59th Street, walk under the train tracks, and continue west to the campus; Metra – Catch the Metra Electric commuter train at the Randolph, Van Buren, or Roosevelt station. Get off at 57th or 59th Street and walk west to the campus; by Car – Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.

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$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: boxoffice@luc.edu, 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

Free Food – Saturday Night Buffet – Cleos – March 14

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Feeling the munchies after attending a free late night concert? Find your way over to Cleo’s on West Chicago and enjoy an all-you-can-eat free buffet.  It’s a good thing.

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Saturday,  March 14, 2009
Where: Cleo’s, 1935 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Neighborhood: East Village/Ukrainian Village
Time: 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Contact: 312.243.5600
Website: Cleos on West Chicago
Duration: Until 1 a.m. Enough to cover all the munchie hours.
Getting There: Cross streets are Chicago and Damen. CTA Bus: 50-Damen, 66-Chicago.

Direct Off at Strawdog Theatre – Sat. March 7

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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.