Don't expect to just sit back and take in these three performances: expect to take part in the action. There's no better time than now to step into a video game, decide the fate of a tech rule breaker, or play a game of bingo with a local Catholic parish. If you're looking for an out of the ordinary Chicago theater experience, look no further than The Compass, The Last Defender, and We Gotta Bingo.
The Compass is a groundbreaking, live interactive performance that places the audience at the intersection of technology and decision-making, asking the challenging question: When someone else, or something else, tells you what to do, what exactly are you responsible for? Presented by the Steppenwolf for Young Adults, this is a performance that goes beyond engaging the audience.
The story surrounds a trial that will eventually determine the fate of a young person who used a life-altering app to make a transformative decision. Every audience member is expected to participate in the performance. While you won't be pulled onstage, you will be expected to make decisions, persuade others of your opinion; and determine the fate of those on stage. Every performance of The Compass will end differently, depending on what you, the audience, decide.
Reserve your tickets today at steppenwolf.org
- Show Dates: February 27; March 4-5,11-12
- Location: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St.
The Last Defender
The House Theatre's The Last Defender is more than a play — it's a game. There are no live actors at this production, and the audience members not only wear the costumes (NASA-style orange jumpsuits) but also move the action.
Expect to get up close and personal with your fellow audience members: Everyone attending needs to work together — sharing information and solving puzzles — as a team to succeed. 16 players per showtime will descend upon a fully operational House Theatre set and get to work on defending our country from impending nuclear threats.
The Last Defender Artistic Director Nathan Allen and Company Member and D.C. Comics artist Chris Burnham teamed up with some of Chicago's best loved Puzzle and Game designers to create this fully-immersive theater experience. Set in 1983, you'll feel as if your'e stepping into the golden age of arcades by jumping in to a retro-cool video game. Can your team manage to save the world as we know it?
- Show Dates: Now through June 12
- Location: Chopin Theatre, downstairs, 1543 W Division St.
We Gotta Bingo
It's war! Two Chicago parishes — one Irish, one Italian — are trying to raise money to save their sinking finances. Head to Der Brew-Ha-Ha for a hilarious evening of dinner, dancing, drinking and, of course, bingo, at We Gotta Bingo, a live, interactive show that promises plenty of laughs.
Grab your bingo cards and get ready to play a few rounds of bingo together with a colorful cast of characters. In between games, you'll have time for a delicious family-style Italian dinner and enjoy musical interludes where you'll hear the fine voices of competing parish choir directors and, plan on dancing the polka to the musical stylings of The Voekel Chords.
- Show Dates: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays (ongoing run)
- Location: Chicago Theater Works, 111 W. Belmont Ave. in the Belmont Theater District