Laughing Stock Theatre Welcomes You

Commedia dell'Arte for the Modern Audience


Upcoming Events

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The Masquerade; Or, Love is Queer to Stay

February 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 8pm

Flaminio and Lelio are in love. Unfortunately Flaminio's mother, Pantalona, is in love with Lelio's stepmother, Signora Rosaura. When a handsome ex-soldier comes to town, Rosaura sees a potential second husband. To push the competition aside, Pantalona arranges a marriage between her son and this dashing man.

Commedia 101

February 29- April 4 at 12pm-3pm

Laughing Stock Theatre is proud to bring our first 6-week course in Commedia dell'Arte.

The goal of this class is to provide students with a broad overview of Commedia dell'Arte, and a grasp of basic concepts such as maskwork, characters, and historical significance. Students will walk away with an understanding of how Commedia "works" and how it can influence their work in other forms of theatre. The class will end in a public performance.

Classes will take place at Pendulum Space (1803 W Byron St #216, Chicago, IL 60613)


Antonio Fava presents "Nasi, Mustacchi, e Lazzi"

February 12, 2020 @ 7:30pm

Maestro Antonio Fava will be coming to Chicago! Presenting his new show, “Nasi, Mustacchi, e Lazzi” at The Crowd Theater. We spent the summer with this incredible artist and are excited to host him in our home.

Get your tickets today!

Commedia dell'Arte Workshop with Antonio Fava

February 15-16, 2020 10am-4pm

Experience world class training in the classical Italian Commedia dell’Arte from a master actor, director, teacher, and mask-maker!
Learn from the best. Are you in education? Message us for the discount code.


Our Mission

Making Commedia dell'Arte Accessible

Laughing Stock Theatre spreads joy by creating Commedia dell’Arte from a modern perspective that reflects the humor in humanity.

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Contact Us

Want us to teach a workshop? Looking for more info about our upcoming events? Get in touch with us today!

Chicago, IL United States

(872) 222-5803

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