Two Superhero Plays

The SparrowIf the success of the TV show Heroes has shown anything, it’s that Americans like cheerleaders and superheroes who wear regular clothes. So what could be more timely than the latest House Theatre show, The Sparrow, which features cheerleaders and a superhero in plain clothes. And a busload of kids getting hit by a train*. And an original score by Kevin O’Donnell, which you can purchase at the show (and is well worth the $10).

The show has gotten some good reviews (though, of course, not everyone agrees). And you can check out a variety of in-house interviews with the cast on the House blog. What you can’t do is see the play in its current run — they’re sold out through February 24 at the Viaduct Theatre. They will, however, be extending the run at the Steppenwolf Merle Reskin Garage Theatre (1624 N Halsted) March 15 – April 22.

Rogue 8Another Superhero play, opening tomorrow, also features un-caped superheroes, although no cheerleaders. Rogue 8, Issue 3 also has choose-your-own-adventure segments where the audience can influence the course of the action and me as a ninja**. The play is the third in a series by Dan Telfer about a band of misfit superheroes. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 11 pm, February 9 – March at the Rogue Theater (5123 N Clark).

* Erica pointed out that, while each individual choice is artistically defendable, the House has certainly had a lot of dead children in recent shows.
** Oops, full disclosure — I’m in it. Like I just said.

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