"Tiny" & Ethan spend most of their free time at Boo's Tavern in the working-class community of Downs Moor. Boo's co-owner (along with bar namesake Boo) is a know-it-all loudmouth named Gus "Hitch" Bigwood. Hitch has a noticeable limp due to a forklift accident, which got him a massive settlement, a part of which he spent on an antique automobile. Ethan and Tiny get laid off from the factory and are now desperate. Meanwhile, Hitch and Terry Edwards (the town's ineffectual sheriff) have hatched a scheme to "fake-steal" Hitch's antique automobile and collect the trumped-up insurance payoff. Ethan and Tiny are tipped off to the caper, and join in. The foolproof plan is set in motion by the four men...who reveal the plan to be anything but foolproof.
"A gut-busting comedy with no-nonsense doses of heart … elements of the Coen Brothers' twisted sense of truth mingle with the laidback lunacy of Mayberry." -ChicagoTheatre.com "The play hums with the kind of quirky, blue-collar, sports-loving bravado that made Bleacher Bums a Chicago classic." -Chicago Tribune
"It's a beer lover's play. The dive-bar setting is stocked with bad haircuts, Ditka accents and a jukebox full of Def Leppard's finest, making even the primmest teetotaler crave a cold brew." -Chicago Sun-Times
November 15th - 24th
Fri-Sat 7:30pm & Sunday 2pm
Remember the good old days of radio—when people had to use their imaginations—when the mind was a stage? Those days are back—only better because you can SEE as well as HEAR radio programs. A man whose identity we never know has his face altered to look like Humphrey Bogart and is involved in a Maltese Falcon-type caper—like the old days when there were causes and dames and flags worth fighting for. And LAUGHS. Lots of LAUGHS. "a fast-moving story with action and staccato dialogue that literally bring Bogart to life."
(Variety) "The Man With Bogart's Face is a loving tribute to the genre of hard-boiled detectives of the 1940s and the Hollywood movies that glorified their derring-do… Fenady obviously has a strong affection for those tough private eyes and gorgeous women who both plagued and pursued them." (The Hollywood Reporter) Now Fenady brings his action to the stage in an utterly unique way that is entertaining, hilarious and suspenseful.
October 11th - 19th
Thur-Fri-Sat 7:30pm & Sunday 2pm
The Black Box Theatre is excited to announce their upcoming 2020 season!! We couldn't do it without your support and would like to say thank you to all our actors, donors, volunteers and patrons for supporting our small but feisty venue! THANK YOU! We hope you are as excited as we are as we enter our 4th season in Downtown Moline!! Can you believe it 4th year!! =o)
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