First produced in 2000 at Charybdis in Chicago
When Lookingglass Theatre moved to their new digs at The Water Tower, they needed an extra show to play in the summer slot that they’d never had before. They generously asked us if we would like the slot. This was right at the beginning of that space. Cab drivers would refuse to take people to the the show saying, “there’s no theater there”. So many good things came from this run: we built a final version of our set that was a huge improvement on our previous iterations, we met a ton of new audience in Chicago, the show improved, we made a video of the show and we felt fantastic about what we were making. The Lookingglass folks gave us a big gift. As a theater company that qualifies for no awards, this and the later invitation to play at Steppenwolf serve as the times when the theater community said, “we see what you’re doing – and it’s very good.” That recognition was very deeply felt by us. Another amazing fact about this production was that David Schmitz was our administrative partner at Lookingglass and later became our Board Chairman.
Outrageous humor and ape-shit acrobatics…
- Time Out Chicago
- "And with little more than a few choice lines from the original, some brazenly deconstructed ad-libs, a hospital emergency room’s worth of death-defying gymnastics and off-the-wall stunts, plus a ferociously twisted sense of anarchy, they have turned ‘the Scottish play’ into something fast, furious and insanely true to its core."
- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
- "500 Clown knows better than any other comparable group I’ve seen how to build instant community in a theater."
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
- "The company has a certain comic intellectualism that manages to be smart without being pretentious, allowing it to occupy the pretty rare space of easily accessible avent-garde."