Jay Torrence's Burning Bluebeard, an artful meditation on Chicago's deadly 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire in which 600 people died, returns for a very short run at in the space where it originally debuted: The Neo-Futurarium. The production may take on more of a mournful tone this time around, especially in light of recent tragic events in Oakland, California, plus the news that the performance rights have been pulled for the venue's signature show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. The Ruffians' acclaimed production of Burning Bluebeard plays three shows only at Dec. 16-18 at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Tickets are $35-$40 and $25 for students. For more information, call 800-838-3006 or visit BrownPaperTickets.com .
Anthony Courser, Molly Plunk, Leah Urzendowski, Pam Chermansky, Jay Torrence and Ryan Walters in The Ruffians' Burning Bluebeard. Photo by Evan Hanover
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