BURNING BLUEBEARD • Only 6 Performances! 2017

Dec. 27 - Dec. 31, 2017
All Performances at The Neo-Futurarium
5153 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60640


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During its original run BURNING BLUEBEARD received critical praise and was named one of the “2011 Best of Fringe” by the Chicago Tribune, one of the “Top Five Funniest Shows of 2011” by WBEZ Radio and one of the “Twelve Outstanding Ensembles of 2011” by Time Out Chicago’s Kris Vire.

2017 Performance Schedule:

Wednesday, December 27 at 7:30 pm (preview)

Thursday, December 28 at 7:30 pm

Friday, December 29 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 30 at 3 pm & 7:30 pm (114th Anniversary Performances of Historical Date of the Fire)

Sunday, December 31 at 7:30 pm


Preview: pay-what-you-can.

Regular run: $35 ($30 early bird discount through Wednesday, December 13). Students/seniors $25.

New Year’s Eve VIP Package: $75 – 

In addition to regularly priced tickets to BURNING BLUEBEARD, a limited number of special VIP New Year’s Eve packages will be available, which include tickets to both BURNING BLUEBEARD at 7:30 pm and The Neo-Futurists’ THE INFINITE WRENCH New Year’s Eve performance at 11:00 pm. In between shows, VIP ticket holders will be treated to dinner, live performance and music, brews from Metropolitan Brewery and type-written poetry on demand from Poems While You Wait. The Neo-Futurists' THE INFINITE WRENCH performance will finish just in time for an audience champagne/sparkling apple juice toast at midnight. Tickets are currently available at

MORE ABOUT THE SHOW: Inspired by the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, Burning Bluebeard is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from burnt remains of history and return to the stage attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. Burning Bluebeard is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including slapstick, vignettes, tumbling and dance. Each night is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history.

NOTE ON SPACE ACCESSIBILITY: The Neo-Futurarium performance space is on the second floor accessed by a full flight of stairs. There is an elevator accessible from Clark Street, which still includes 4 steps. If you'd like to use the elevator, please contact us after purchasing your tickets at or 312-560-0852, so we can best support your arrival to the space.


This is the most distinctive holiday show in the entire city.

Burning Bluebeard named favorite show of the year by AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE

The Ruffians have created a delightfully engaging (and yes, also heart-wrenching) clowning take on the 1903 Iroquois Theater fire.


The entire show is gripping in its originality, intensity and boundary-crossing audacity.



TimeOut Chicago

Whip smart and feverishly emotional

Chicago Sun-Times

Alternatively wistful, sidesplitting and chill inducing.

Time Out Chicago


An altogether haunting, thrillingly imagined production.

Chicago Sun-Times

The whole thing smacks of a wonderful sort of weirdness — abrasive, funny and accessibly avant-garde.

The Chicago Tribune