On Oct. 19, Freedom Hall will present "Second City for President," a comedy that officials called decidedly unpolitical, uncensored and unabashedly hilarious. | Dave Rentauskas photo
410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest
Updated: November 20, 2012 10:32AM
Freedom Hall’s 2012-13 series for the intimate 280-seat Nathan Manilow Theatre in Park Forest is under way.
“Since 1976, internationally renowned performers have graced the stage to the acclaim of appreciative audiences,” officials said. “Continuing this tradition, the series lineup features world-renowned artists from a variety of genres.”
The Freedom Hall season is comprised of main, matinee and children’s performances by artists and entertainers from around the world.
“From comedy and country to zydeco, patrons are bound to find something to enjoy including inexpensive tickets, free parking and a convenient location, which continues to bring back loyal patrons to Freedom Hall to experience live theater,” officials said.
Tickets are on sale, seats are reserved and savings are available through series discounts.
The Second City
The main series will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 when Chicago’s legendary comedy theater troupe, the Second City, takes on the election in “Second City for President.”
“Do you have electoral fatigue? Do polling numbers and spin doctors have you reeling? Then, the Second City has the perfect remedy, ‘Second City for President’: a gut-busting comedy revue that doles out laughter at the expense of both sides of the aisle
as well as comedy that is decidedly apolitical, uncensored and unabashedly hilarious,” officials said.
“ ‘Second City for President’ runs on a strictly pro-comedy platform.
“The Second City celebrates over 50 years of cutting-edge satiric revues and continues to deliver the leading voices in comedy while touring the globe.
“With scripted and improvisational elements, audiences always enjoy being part of the show and playing along with the next generation of comic legends.”
Tickets for “Second City for President” are $24 for the show, which is sponsored by Marlene Gallagher & Shanti Thayil and the SouthtownStar.
On the main stage
Other highlights of the main series include:
NOV. 2: C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band bring zydeco, blues and rhythm and blues plus a bit of funk to the stage. Tickets are $24, or $20 for subscribers. This 7:30 p.m. performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Dunagains Irish Pub.
DEC. 22: Peter Mayer, the lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett will performs the holiday show “Stars & Promises.” Tickets are $28, or $23 for subscribers. This 7:30 p.m. performance is sponsored by Hammond Investment Management, LLC.
FEB. 22: Masters of Motown pay tribute to the likes of the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and many more. Tickets are $28, or $23 for subscribers. This performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Bimba Manufacturing.
MARCH 23: A nostalgic look at Hank Williams and his influence on music with Hank & my Honky Tonk Heroes. Tickets are $24, or $20 for subscribers. This 7:30 p.m. performance is sponsored by the SouthtownStar.
APRIL 20: Julie Fowlis, featured on the Disney/Pixar soundtrack as the singing voice of the character Merida, will conclude the season. Tickets are $28, or $23 for subscribers. This 7:30 p.m. performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers.
The popular matinee series with monthly shows kicked off Oct. 9 with Travis LeDoyt’s “Tribute to the King,” which is billed as one of America’s most authentic and convincing tributes to Elvis Presley in his prime.
Also slated for the Senior Theatre series are:
NOV. 13: Mike Toomey’s “TV & Me,” which takes patrons on a journey back into 1960s and ’70s TV land. Tickets are $12 for the 11 a.m. show.
DEC. 11: Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael perform “Home for the Holidays.” Tickets are $10 for the 11 a.m. show.
FEB. 5: Romantics should appreciate Metro Jazz Voices’ “Four-part Harmony, Love Songs for Valentines.” Tickets are $10 for the 11 a.m. show.
MARCH 12: To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Switchback will perform Celtic folk music. Tickets are $12 for the 11 a.m. show.
APRIL 9: Billy Elton will celebrate the music of Billy Joel and Elton John. Tickets are $12 for the 11 a.m. show.
For all ages
Shows in the Family Theatre series include:
OCT 26: “Kids for President,” a timely play featuring stories written by children from around the United States about what they would do as president of the nation. The show is a production of award-winning Child’s Play Touring Theatre, of Chicago. Tickets are $8 for the show, which will be staged at 10 a.m. for school groups and 7 p.m. for the general public. This performance is sponsored by the SouthtownStar.
FEB. 15: Marcus Pfister’s best-selling book “The Rainbow Fish” will be presented as a touching musical by ArtsPower Theatre Company. Tickets are $8 for the show, which will be staged at 10 a.m. for school groups and 7 p.m. for the general public. This performance is sponsored by Homewood/Star Disposal.
Provided to the SouthtownStar