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Just Announced

Aaron Henrickson will back at Brightside Theatre directing Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo for their upcoming 2016 – 2017 season!

Moon Over Buffalo
March 10-26, 2017 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm/Sundays at 3 pm)
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College
written by Ken Ludwig
directed by Aaron Henrickson

 

 

From the mind of Ken Ludwig (writer of Lend Me a Tenor) comes the classic Broadway comedy Moon Over Buffalo, a play that centers on the husband and wife acting team, George and Charlotte Hay -two fading stars of the 1950’s. In an attempt to keep their careers afloat, the couple is producing two plays simultaneously: Noel Coward’s Private Lives and Cyrano de Bergerac. Suddenly, George receives word that Hollywood director Frank Capra may be coming to see a matinee performance, giving them one last chance at fame! That is, of course, if they can remember what play they are doing. In short, everything that could go wrong does in this side-splitting, backstage farce full of romance, swordplay, prosthetic noses, and plenty of doors.

Scissortail

ADAPT THEATRE PRODUCTION 2015
Written By Isaiah Werner
Directed By Aaron Henrickson
Lighting Design: Lane Flores
Sound Design: Isaiah Werner
Costume Design: Anna Troy
Props Design: Amanda Lautermilch

*JEFF NOMINATION-BEST NEW WORK

 

 

 

Scissortail

Scissortail
Adapt Theatre Productions, 2015
Written By Isaiah Werner
Directed By Aaron Henrickson
Lighting Design: Lane Flores
Sound Design: Isaiah Werner
Costume Design: Anna Troy
Props: Amanda Lautermilch

*JEFF RECOMMENDED

Badfic Love Reviews

RECOMMENDED

“Director Aaron Henrickson masterfully avoids these pitfalls, bringing a spunky precision to the play’s many wizardly action sequences. As goofy as the play gets, it never flies out of control or loses its specificity.”
– Alex Huntsberger, Newcity Stage

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED

“Director Aaron Henrickson, whose work was recently enjoyed at Naperville’s BrightSide Theatre, stages this fascinating new play with strapping originality and physical and intellectual gusto.”
– Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“Badfic Love Takes Flight…Directorial decisions to turn the set once more into an enlarged computer screen also remind us of the extent to which all realities here blur into cyberspace.”
– Melissa Wiley, Chicago Stage Standard

 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“Director Aaron Henrickson skillfully keeps us grounded in three different worlds: fantasy, virtual and real. Henrickson’s transitions are smooth as he takes us from quidditch match to dorm room.”
The Fourth Walsh

 

RECOMMENDED

“Badfic Love is a creative, original success.”
– Amy Baxter, Splash Magazine

 

RECOMMENDED

“excellent directorial choices by Aaron Henrickson…”
– Lawrence Riordan, Around The Town Chicago

 

RECOMMENDED

“Strange Bedfellows Theatre’s new production, Badfic Love, written by Adam Pasen and directed by Aaron Henrickson, makes it happen by pairing an award-winning story with a lively and capable cast.”
– Kim Capmbell, Gapers Block

 

RECOMMENDED

“Badfic Love, the new play directed by Aaron Henrickson and written by Adam Pasen, proudly delves into the nerdy world of fan fiction – its readers, its creators and its auditors… the show is nonstop funny.”
– Ken Payne, Buzznews.net

 

 

 

Rumors Reviews

RECOMMENDED

“ director Aaron Henrickson, whose work has been seen around the greater Chicago area, directs this talented cast with a firm hand, demonstrating he knows how to stage physical humor…Neil Simon comedies demand special attention to detail and director Aaron Henrickson understands this. His cast is uniformly excellent…”
– Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED

“some great one-liners and bits of business which director Aaron Henrickson does a fine job in maximizing in Brightside’s production. He has also assembled a fine ensemble of actors who have a gift for farce (and this is a gift) and play together like a well-oiled machine…I recommend that you take the hike out to Brightside to see this rarely done Neil Simon farce played to perfection with gusto.”
Showbiz Chicago

Badfic Love

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS THEATRE 2015
Written By Adam Pasen
Directed by Aaron Henrickson
Set Design: Jeff Chaney
Lighting Design: Zoë Mikel-Stites
Costume Design: Barbara Little
Sound Design: Eric Backus
Projection Design: Paul Deziel
Props Design: Jeremiah Barr
Fight Direction: Alex Farrington
Assistant Fight Direction: Kyle Encias

 

 

RECOMMENDED

“Badfic Love is a creative, original success.”
– Amy Baxter, Splash Magazine

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Badfic Love Reviews

RECOMMENDED

“Director Aaron Henrickson masterfully avoids these pitfalls, bringing a spunky precision to the play’s many wizardly action sequences. As goofy as the play gets, it never flies out of control or loses its specificity.”
– Alex Huntsberger, Newcity Stage

 

 

 

 

 

” A CREATIVE TALE OF INTERNET AND REAL-LIFE CONCLUSIONS”

“Badfic Love is a creative, original success.”
– Amy Baxter, Splash Magazine

 

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS HIT STRIDE WITH BADFIC LOVE

“Badfic Love, the new play directed by Aaron Henrickson and written by Adam Pasen, proudly delves into the nerdy world of fan fiction – its readers, its creators and its auditors… the show is nonstop funny.”
– Ken Payne, Buzznews.net

 

 

 

Rumors

BRIGHTSIDE THEATRE 2015
Written By Niel Simon
Directed By Aaron Henrickson
Set Design: Jarrod Bainter
Lighting Design: Jarrod Bainter
Costume Design: Jeanine Fry

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED

“ director Aaron Henrickson, whose work has been seen around the greater Chicago area, directs this talented cast with a firm hand, demonstrating he knows how to stage physical humor…Neil Simon comedies demand special attention to detail and director Aaron Henrickson understands this. His cast is uniformly excellent…”
– Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

SEE MORE REVIEWS

 

 

Scissortail

Scissortail
Adapt Theatre Productions, 2015
Written By Isaiah Werner
Directed By Aaron Henrickson
Lighting Design: Lane Flores
Sound Design: Isaiah Werner
Costume Design: Anna Troy
Prop Design: Amanda Lautermilch

*JEFF AWARD RECOMMENDED

“Scissortail vividly confronts the theme of loss in a unique way as it sheds light on one of the most terrible attacks in American history.”
– Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

 

 

Sandalwood

side project theatre
TYMPANIC THEATRE COMPANY 2014
Written By Dan Caffrey
Directed By Aaron Henrickson
Lighting Design: Clare Sangster
Costume Design: Brenda Scott
Sound Design: Max Schultz
Photography: Paul Martinez

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED
“…a focused production, restrained to a handful of scenes backed by a continuous soundscape… Tympanic maintains precise control of Sandalwood’s strangeness ”

-Kevin Thomas, Time Out Chicago

RECOMMENDED
“…Director Aaron Henrickson’s staging makes the most of the small side project stage; his use of Dustin Pettigrew’s Western exoskeleton set is inventive.”

-Lisa Buscani, NewCity Chicago

RECOMMENDED
“I left the theater more than a bit unsettled…The staging of Sandalwood is good and Dustin Pettigrew’s set is wonderfully claustrophobic in portraying the open and empty Wild West… It’s an interesting and sometimes chilling 80 minutes. I have to give credit to Caffrey for creating a story that has room for dissection”

-Kat Hey, Chicago Theatre Beat

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Inventing Van Gogh

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS THEATRE 2013
Written By Steven Dietz
Directed By Aaron Henrickson
Set Design: Dustin Pettegrew
Lighting Design: John Kelly
Costume Design: Kristen Ahern
Sound Design: Rachel Regan
Properties Design: Aliza Fagan
Fight Direction: Alex Farrington
Photography: Greg Inda

 

 

RECOMMENDED

“…catapulting us through time at a velocity to induce vertigo in the most ardent Tom Stoppard fan…Director Aaron Henrickson never leaves us to wander alone and confused amid Dietz’ historical polemics, nor does his valiant cast… Thus are we immersed in an environment teeming with inventive actualization…”

-Mary Shenn Barnidge, Windy City Times

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Autobahn

FAIRLANE THEATRE CO.
Written By Neil LaBute
Directed By Aaron Henrickson
Lighting Design: Brian Berman
Costume Design:Olivia Baker
Sound Design: Kristofer Miller
Photography: Austin D. Oie

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED

“If you think Neil LaBute puts only broad, deliberately provocative acts of cruelty onstage, check out this fragile, achingly intimate 2004 work. In seven short two-person plays, each taking place in a car, he investigates moments of harrowing revelation: a freshly detoxed woman calculatedly admitting to her mother she “can’t wait” to use again, a wife hinting to her husband that her reported sexual assault was consensual, a teacher asking to stroke his 15-year-old student’s hair while she naps. When LaBute’s characters aren’t aggressively suppressing their anguish, they’re nurturing it for selfish ends. It’s a psychologically complex evening, and director Aaron Henrickson’s discriminating, understated cast tease out every nuance. Nearly everything in this two-hour Fairlane Theatre production falls gracefully in place.”

-Justin Hayford,The Chicago Reader

 

Red Light Winter

FAIRLANE THEATRE CO. 2014
Written By Adam Rapp
Directed By Aaron Henrickson
Lighting Design: Brian Berman
Costume Design: Gina LoPiccolo
Sound Design: Christopher Walls
Technical Direction: David Flora
Photography: Katie Siorka

 

 

 

“All three actors bring everything to their respective roles…Fairlane Theatre Company’s mission to “provide work actors truly want to perform and audiences want to see” is off to a fine start under Aaron Henrickson’s capable direction.”

– Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Critic

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Sex Marks The Spot

THEATRE BUILDING CHICAGO 2010
Written By Charles Grippo
Directed by Aaron Henrickson
Set Design: Roger Wkys
Lighting Design: Jessica Harpenau
Costume Design: Ellen Sidel
Sound Design: Kathy Chavez

 

 

 

 

 

“…laugh your A _ _ off as the opening night audience did at The Theatre Building watching Charles Grippo’s farcical comedy ” Sex Marks The Spot”.…I was very impressed with his use of the stage in building the set and Henrickson’s direction utilizing all the doors and chase scenes as well as getting the timing just right, a key to the farce.”

– Alan Bresloff, Steady Style Chicago

 

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