Virtual Theatrical Events

Metropolis presents virtual performances of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre presents a streaming on-demand production of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville:  A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Feb. 1–14.

The play’s afoot!  The award-winning comedic mastermind Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure.  Equal parts comedy and thriller, the world’s favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes, is on the case.  The heirs of the Baskerville line are being eliminated one by one.  To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and faithful companion Dr. Watson reluctantly travel to Devonshire, where they are forced to brave its desolate moors.  The duo must unravel a web of murky clues before this family curse dooms its newest heir.  The investigators attempt to escape peril and deceit, as a small group of actors portrays over forty characters with wit, silly accents, and clever disguises.  Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.  Actors were filmed following current safety guidelines.

Tickets are $20 for single viewer, $50 per household viewing, and can be purchased online at MetropolisArts.com.

Metropolis is partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Ecolab Foundation, the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation, and The Saints Organization.  Metropolis is located in the heart of Chicago’s northwest suburbs in downtown Arlington Heights. For more information about Metropolis, visit MetropolisArts.com or call 847-577-5982, ext. 239.

 

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces The Journey

Immersive theatrical event from famed illusionist Scott Silven, live from his home in Scotland for a limited engagement:  Jan. 12–24

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces a limited engagement run of The Journey, an immersive, virtual theatrical event created and performed by world-renowned illusionist, mentalist and performance artist Scott Silven.  This intimate live experience transports 30 participants at a time from their living rooms to Silven’s own childhood home in rural Scotland—carrying on the longstanding international tradition of the acclaimed WorldStage at Chicago Shakespeare series.  Hailed as a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times, The Journey will stream for Chicago Shakespeare audiences Jan. 12–24.  Tickets: $45–$65; go to chicagoshakes.com/journey.

Scott Silven has mesmerized audiences around the globe for more than a decade with seemingly impossible illusions.  Over the course of the show, audience members are tasked with sharing a meaningful object from their lives, which Silven seamlessly incorporates into his logic-defying illusions.

“I realize just how lucky I am to connect with people across the world and share something positive from this time,” Silven shared.  “To take a moment to step back and reflect and realize that, even in fragmented times, we can still find new forms of connection.”

The Guardian hailed it “genuinely magical.”  The New York Times raved, “Is it astounding?  Absolutely… Just when you think you know how Silven might have faked an effect, he complicates the trick, then complicates it again and you are abandoned to wonderment.”  People magazine calls it “mysterious…handsome, unforgettable.”  The Los Angeles Times shared, “Under the guise of reading your thoughts, Silven does something more astonishing:  He refreshes your outlook.”

Silven’s artistic career has been remarkable, from studying hypnosis in Milan at the age of 15, to gaining recognition from David Blaine at 19, and headlining one of the UK’s most prestigious theaters at 21.  The Journey follows previous productions, including two major sold-out runs in New York and an extensive tour on the international stage with headline engagements at the Sydney Festival, Luminato Festival, Seattle Theater Group, and beyond.

Performance schedule, 6:30 and 8:00 p.m.:  Tues., Jan. 12; Wed., Jan. 13; Thurs., Jan. 14; Fri., Jan. 15; Sat., Jan. 16; Tues., Jan. 19; Wed., Jan. 20; Thurs., Jan. 21; Fri., Jan. 22; Sat., Jan. 23.

Sundays, 4:40 and 6:30 p.m.:  Jan. 17 and 24.

 

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