The House Theatre rocks! They make diverse, edgy choices and aren't afraid to take chances with unconventional productions. Their main stage space is spectacular. But my favorite performance spaces are the two that lie beneath. There's a quirky little performance place carved out of the back basement. Then there's the parlour....
We fell in love with the fabulous parlour space that lurks under The House Theatre. With the same stage magic that turns waitresses to queens and creates a palace out of plywood and paint splatter, this basement has been transformed. Where there once was duct work and darkness, a wabi sabi drawing room complete with a bar, rich burgundy walls, paintings and even a chandelier, has been created. I can't imagine a more perfect backdrop for an intimate show.
Review from Guidestar
I discovered The House as a student, seeing "Curse of the Crying Heart" as part of a Theater in Chicago course which brought us to productions at Steppenwolf, Goodman, The Court, Chicago Shakespeare as well as many off-loop companies. What made me an instant fan was the unique audience experience that demanded my energy and imagination. With each return trip, I became even more excited by their powerful, creative, storytelling that fuses myth, pop-culture, rock 'n' roll, precision and heart.
As a young theater professional, this was the company I wanted to work for... and when I had that opportunity, I took it! I have worked as a stage manager on multiple productions over the past few years, and you can't ask for a better culture and environment to work in. The expertise, creativity, and work ethic from the design team and artists is inspiring and encourages great work from everyone in the room.
And while I treasure the time I have spent working with The House, I am still a fan first.
If you go see a House show, you'll be back - and you'll bring your friends.
Review from Guidestar
My first experience with The House was at the Viaduct Theater, and the show, Boy Detective Fails, has a whimsical story, with a live band and an intro video with voice over work by Carl Kassel. I was hooked! Since that time, I've seen flying cheerleaders, time traveling scientists, rock stars and epic tales, all on a small stage for about a hundred folks a night. No matter what the show is, you'll have a great time. Keep up the good work, House!