December 13 - 27

Porchlight Music Theatre plays host to a fast-growing Chicago holiday tradition for a strictly limited engagement! Burning Bluebeard, created and performed by the critically acclaimed theatre troupe The Ruffians, has been touted as “a show you won’t quickly forget and that you could only see in Chicago” by the Chicago Tribune, and NewCity says the production is “filled to the brim with irreverent humor, riveting dance sequences and enough charm to fill a bucket…” Told with music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance, “Burning Bluebeard,” is a physical-performance phenomena inspired by the true story of Chicago’s former Iroquois Theatre and the unforgettable events that resulted in tragedy for 600 theatergoers at Christmastime in 1903. A holiday tradition for many since its debut in 2011, each performance excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago’s rich history and leaves the audiences with an unforgettable experience.


Reviews

ChicagoTheatreReview – Colin Douglas

https://www.chicagotheatrereview.com/2019/12/send-in-the-clowns/
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“A MUST-SEE PRODUCTION…THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGET”

“A unique experience that has come to be associated with Chicago.”

ThirdCoastReview.com – June Sawyers

https://thirdcoastreview.com/2019/12/17/review-chicagos-history-flames-again-in-burning-bluebeard-by-the-ruffians/
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“There is and never has been anything quite like it on the Chicago stage: created by the ragtag Chicago theater group known as the Ruffians, Burning Bluebeard is an unclassifiable hybrid of comedy and great pathos buoyed by uniformly wonderful performances.”

Chicago Reader – Max Maller

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/burning-bluebeardrelives-the-iroquois-theater-fire-with-joy-and-sadness/
READER RECOMMENDED

“OUR BEST, MOST UNIQUE CHICAGO THEATRE TRADITION…JOYOUS”.

Chicago Podcast Theatre Review – Chicago Broadcast Network – Reno Lovison

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/renocast/episodes/2019-12-17T13_34_09-08_00

“THE TALENTED CAST EXCELS AT TELLING THE STORY… BREATHTAKING”

ChicagoTheatreandArts.com – Reno Lovison

https://chicagotheaterandarts.com/2019/12/18/burning-bluebeard-a-tragic-christmas-story/
Three out of Four Stars

“BURNING BLUEBEARD HAS BECOME AN ANNUAL EVENT… AND IS SURE TO CONTINUE TO BE A PERENNIAL CHICAGO FAVORITE.”

TotalTheatre.com – Mary Shen Barnidge

http://www.totaltheater.com/?q=node/8501
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“DAZZLING..CLOWNISH SLAPSTICK…FAIRY_TALE SPECTACLE”

“In the eight years since its premiere, Burning Bluebeard has played in a variety of settings, but the 1927-vintage Ruth Page Center for the Arts, currently leased to Porchlight Music Theater, is the one most closely approximating the gilded-age Iroquois palace”

TheFourthWalsh – Katy Walsh

http://thefourthwalsh.com/2019/12/review-the-ruffians-burning-bluebeard-porchlight-music-theatre-magical/
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“Magical! Facts and Fantasy mingle together to conjure up a unique spectacle.”

Let’s Play – Rick McCain

http://www.chicagonow.com/lets-play/2019/12/the-ruffians-burning-bluebeard/
RECOMMENDED

“The bittersweet true story that took place 116 years ago is an iconic piece of Chicago’s history…comical and compassionate”

Picks in Six – Ed Tracy

https://www.conversationswithedtracy.com/picksinsix/2019/12/17/picksinsix-the-ruffians-burning-bluebeard
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“a staggering combination of fairy tale and turn-of-the-century pantomime wrapped in poetry, acrobatics and suspense”

“an imaginative production that will warm your heart”

PictureThisPost.com

https://www.picturethispost.com/porchlight-music-theatre-ruffians-burning-bluebeard/
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“Full of beauty and wonder, Burning Bluebeard is a must-see.”

NewCity – Persphone Jones

https://www.newcitystage.com/2019/12/16/gift-for-all-a-review-of-burning-bluebeard-at-the-ruffians-and-porchlight-music-theatre/
RECOMMENDED

“‘Burning Bluebeard’ represents the cumulative potential of theater as an art form: a poetic, terrifying, gutbuster tour-de-force”

“Words still fail me. I have used so many, but to describe the effect of the deep-seated possession of space and bodies, of the trust built between audience and ensemble, would require me to break the bones of “Burning Bluebeard” and write something as beautiful, as totally enthralling and transformative, as the show itself. That would be a feat. It would be easier for both of us if you just go see it.”

AroundTheTownChicago.com – Julia Rath

http://www.aroundthetownchicago.com/theatre-reviews/burning-bluebeard-reviewd-by-julia-w-rath/
RECOMMENDED

“Funny, macabre, and frightfully delightful”


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