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Review for House Theatre Of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Fresh, dynamic, and riveting...the House Theatre's arrival brought a new vitality to Chicago's live theater scene. Using "old" tools in new ways, with consistently solid delivery in writing, direction, stage design, music, and acting, The House holds audiences in the palms of its hands.

What's more, they share a dedication to serve the community. Not just by key members of the company, but by everyone involved, including those who volunteer. By reaching out to inner city youth and extending cost-free opportunities to experience live theater, some for the first time, they provide kids with a view into new possibilities. These shows are always followed with in-depth discussions to further include the children in gaining deeper understandings of the art of story telling through music, acting, film, and puppetry. Subject matter of these shows and the discussions that ensue are often easily tied to participants' own lives, thus connecting them on the deepest possible level.

It is an honor to be a part of this theater company as a regular attendee of their shows and as a part-time volunteer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...observing the awe shared by first-time inner city theater goers and witnessing them come out of their shells as they engage in post-performance discussions with the members of the House Theatre.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Obtain additional funding and capital to enable them to open their own theater space (as opposed to leasing), through which they could extend their community services on a broader level.

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How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?


How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Recommended by friend

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

deeper level of volunteerism withinthe community

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Client Served & Regular attendee of shows, and volunteer with Boy Scout troop to assist in "striking" of sets at the end of runs.