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THADDEUS AND SLOCUM: A Vaudeville Adventure


by Kevin Douglass

Co-Directed by Krissy Vanderwarker and J. Nicole Brooks

for Lookingglass Theatre Company

It’s 1908 and Chicago’s Majestic Theatre is the jewel of the vaudeville circuit. The only thing stopping Thaddeus and Slocum from becoming the next great stage act is as simple – and complicated – as black and white. Will laughter triumph and friendship endure as racial boundaries threaten to destroy their dreams of making the “big time?”


Lookingglass dives deep into the divided heart of American culture and show biz for a daring cavalcade of slapstick, song and dance, and burlesque as two best friends risk everything to make it to the top together.

See a song from the show here:


"Thaddeus and Slocum" is a significant new work and not to be missed."

"wholly right-headed"

- Chris Jones,
Chicago Tribune

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