Court Theatre is located minutes from the loop in Hyde Park at 5535 S. Ellis Avenue
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Established in 1955, Court Theatre is the professional theatre of the University of Chicago, dedicated to innovation, inquiry, intellectual engagement, and community service.
Court Theatre is thrilled to be able to produce the Chicago Premiere of the award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors as the final offering in our 61st season. It is a glorious comedy with an original mix of satire, songs, and physical feats. Richard Bean’s play is an adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters, Carlo Goldoni’s 18th century classic. The original is that rare thing: a wonderfully amusing piece of Commedia dell’arte. In his adaptation, Bean has disposed of the period Italian setting and relocated the action to Brighton in 1963, with many of the characters now members of the criminal underworld of that British seaside town.
In the midst of these sometimes trying times, it is a joy to provide a diversion—a dessert to a season that has been such a pleasure to produce.
This production continues Court’s exploration of works that enable our artists to revive, re-examine, and reconsider classic texts that are enduring, and that can be revitalized for today’s audiences. At the heart of this work is the desire for artists to find new ways to express timeless tales in methods and fashion that will enable new audiences to connect with them.
Court is happy to invite you back for another season in September, where we will mix classic works, world premieres, and exploration of African American classics while featuring playwrights Michael Cristofer, Sophocles as translated by Nicholas Rudall, Pearl Cleage, Tom Stoppard, and Mary Chase. Please plan to join us; audiences make this work possible.