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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

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

 

 

 

 

 

” 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

 

 

 

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

 

 

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

WILMETTE CENTER FOR THE ARTS 2014
Written By Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows
Directed By Aaron Henrickson
Music Direction: Joseph Brewer
Choreagraphy: Brayn Wlass
Lighting Design: John Kelly
Costume Design: Allison Smith
Sound Design: Christopher Walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Light Winter Reviews

 

RECOMMENED

“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 Review

 

 

 

RECOMMENED

“…all three performances combined for a trifecta of connecting relationships”

– Matt Koske, ChicagoCritic

 

RECOMMENED

“Director Aaron Henrickson makes capable if undistinguished work of all this, tossing his characters around their rooms to echo the way they have been displaced emotionally by their travels”

– Ellen Wernecke, Edge Chicago

Sandalwood

COMING SOON

A World Premiere by Dan Caffrey, directed by Aaron Henrickson

March 27-April 20, 2014

A co-production with Tympanic Theatre Company, this new psycho-Western explores humankind’s penchant for committing crimes against nature for selfish gain.

 

 

 

When a young man blazes a trail of blood and destruction throughout the American West, his father embarks on a quest to stop him.  But as he makes his way through the ghost towns his son has visited, he questions how evil the boy’s intentions truly are, and if his terrible acts are somehow bringing him closer to humanity.  Exploring the genetic inheritance of sin and violence, this true Western with elements of the fantastical is being produced in collaboration with the side project.

This will be the fourth collaboration between writer Dan Caffrey and director Aaron Henrickson, and the first collaboration between Tympanic Theatre Company and the side project

Inventing Van Gogh Reviews

RECOMMENDED

“I’m a sucker for art capers, and this one here is bolstered by some crisp direction from Aaron Henrickson and some refreshingly solid acting. Christine Vrem-Ydstie is great fun to watch as the wounded art ingenue, and Adam Schulmerich practically reinvents the role of the ruthless European art dealer. The performances, the direction, and the Bedfellows’ general enthusiasm for the material won me over”

–  John Dalton, Centerstage Chicago

 

RECOMMENDED

“…catapulting us through time at a velocity to induce vertigo in the most ardent Tom Stoppard fan. Well, why write about antic visionaries, if not to go a little mad? 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

RECOMMENDED

“Sean Thomas gives an enlivening performance, his enthusiasms—much like those of Dr. Miller’s himself—being remarkably infectious. Thomas, more so than anyone else, aptly conveys the dream-like whimsy of the play, eschewing too strictly a realistic portrayal in favor of something ever-so-slightly exaggerated, larger-than-life and even magical. And Adam Schulmerich demonstrates a considerable range, fluidly transitioning between the effete Bouchard to the gruff Gauguin without a hitch. Exhaustively thorough, Schulmerich is one of those actors who employs all the resources at his disposal—both vocal as well as physical—in crafting subtle portraitures of incredible distinction.

So ultimately despite Inventing Van Gogh’s more obtuse qualities, I’ll venture to say that Strange Bedfellow’s current mounting is still worth the price of admission. At times as wildly out-of-control as Van Gogh himself, there’s nonetheless something intoxicating about its particular brand of madness. Never content to simply tell us what it’s trying to say, the play requires that we actively wade through the muck to find it out. And only even then do we find ourselves reflected back at us. Much like the action internal to the play itself, extracting meaning from Inventing Van Gogh is its own form of self-portraiture.”

– Anthony Mangini, Chicago Crtic

 

“In Strange Bedfellows Theatre’s intimate, low-budget production, directed by Aaron Henrickson, the cast infuse Dietz’s sometimes grandiose preachments on art with earnest passion”

– Albert Williams, The Chicago Reader

 

“The story takes place in Patrick’s disheveled studio (designed by Dustin Pettigrew) and moves from past to present at any given time without warning; but the actors are as convincing in one realm as they are in the other. Patrick Cameron, bearing a striking resemblance to the late screen idol Patrick Swayze, exudes equal fear and confidence as the artist who has sold out and soon realizes that he may be in need of psychiatric help as he sees his own life mysteriously forming a parallel to Van Gogh’s.

Riley McIlveen is a stunning Vincent Van Gogh. He recreates all the bold passion, torture and sensitivity of Van Gogh, as he encapsulated fields of daisies, starry nights and made celebration of simple things like an empty chair. Christine Vrem-Ydstic, Adam Schulmerich and Sean Thomas make lighting quick changes that fuse past and present into a delightful hybrid here and now. In addition, to completely immerse the audience, artists abound in this production. Patrick Cameron paints onstage and in the lobby before the performance and during intermission, local artists are seated at easels painting Van Gogh portraits. Inventing Van Gogh is historic and audacious and runs through August 25 at the City Lit Theatre on the second floor of the Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Maw”

—Ruth Smerling, Theatre World Internet Magazine

 

 

Sandalwood

When a young man blazes a trail of blood and destruction throughout the American West, his father embarks on a quest to stop him.  But as he makes his way through the ghost towns his son has visited, he questions how evil the boy’s intentions truly are, and if his terrible acts are somehow bringing him closer to humanity.  Exploring the genetic inheritance of sin and violence, this true Western with elements of the fantastical is being produced in collaboration with the side project.

 

 

 

Sandalwood will be the fourth collaboration between writer Dan Caffrey and director Aaron Henrickson, and the first collaboration between Tympanic Theatre Company and the side project.

Tympanic Theatre Company

the side project

Inventing Van Gogh

NOW PLAYING

INVENTING VAN GOGH
By Steven Deitz
Strange Bedfellows Theatre
August 2nd – August 25th

“A painter’s haunting and hallucinatory descent into the mind and myth of Vincent Van Gogh.”

 

 

 

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

 

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Autobahn is Reader Recommened

“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 $10-15