One of the most intriguing and influential avant-garde companies in Chicago. - Chicago Reader
The season launches with the world premiere of a theatrical work that reveals a behind-the-scenes view of the theater – in both its vision and the intense interpersonal dynamics. Still in Play: A Performance of Getting Ready was developed by Jenny Magnus through a year-long residency at the MCA with her Chicago-based ensemble and features live music by Crooked Mouth Band, comprised of ensemble members.
A CD release concert for a collaborative recording by Crooked Mouth Band, Elvis Bride, and Midnight Moxie follows the September 16 performance. The music is part cabaret, part rock n’ roll, and all lyric and story driven.
The Crooked Mouth is composed of Beau O’Reilly and Jenny Magnus (of Maestro Subgum and the Whole), multi-instrumentalist Matt Test and guitarist/ukulele player Troy Martin (of the Elvis Bride), and bass player Vicki Walden (of performance troops Dog and Lucky Pierre). The concert includes special guests Midnight Moxie, the all girl rock doo wop trio.
The MCA first presented Curious Theatre in 1997.
Support for the Curious Theatre Branch Development Residency is provided by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Aeromexico, and the Mexican Consulate of Chicago.