Sadly, the Art Institute of Chicago has really stupid hours and closes at 5pm every day except one. Boo! So in our massive one day stay over in Chicago, we opted for theater.

And a good thing! We joined Michael Hobert’s son Dan for a delightful evening of avant guard theater (TX style) at Chopin Theater for The House’s showing of Death and Harry Houdini. Turns out that not only did Dan know the theater owners, he also knew half the cast.

The play was interesting with plenty of integrated magic. The water trick is the apex, though during our show the suspense was not properly fomented. We had a great time.

Prepare to have a great time.

We wanted to see Dan do some puppetry. His current work is the untweetable (due to length alone) The Strange and Terrible True Tale of Pinocchio (the Wooden Boy) As Told By Frankenstein’s Monster (the Wretched Creature).

Chopin Theater where the House troop is performing Death and Harry Houdini.

We topped off the evening with dinner at Cumin, which Dan properly summed up as “solid.” I taught their bartender a thing or two about mixology (we made Blue Moons and Sazaracs).

It was a nice switch up to see some theater.