THE CLOWNS ARE BACK.
WE’RE NOT JOKING.
Theatre on the Lake JUL 14-18, 2010
Wednesday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 6:30pm
Tickets $17.50 - CALL 312.742.7994
Strawdog Theatre JUL 22 - AUG 15, 2010
Friday & Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
Tickets $20 ($15 student/senior)
Think the world's got problems now? In the mid-1300's, the Black Plague wiped out half the population of Europe. HALF. More conservative estimates say one quarter. But we find HALF gets the point across better. People were dropping like flies, and the living had trouble deciding what to do with themselves. Uncontrollable weeping? Self-flagellation?
For one priest, the answer is clear: make 'em laugh. Turning a band of desperate misfits into a troupe of deeply untalented circus performers, he sets out to prove that the best defense against a cruel world is a bad joke beautifully told.
Matt Hawkins, director of The House Theatre's hit show "Hatfield and McCoy," brings Peter Barnes' epic extravaganza and its cast of 23 to Strawdog's intimate space. It's a delirious, hilarious, but entirely serious kick to the pants of death, despair, Puritanism and everything else that has it coming.