SIDE MAN

Season 29: “Lost and Sound”

Side Man tells the heartbreaking story of a splintered family as told through the only son of Gene, a jazz trumpet player, and Terry, an alcoholic mother. Alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke-filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz. To explore more about Side Man, read our playguide and our director statement.

REVIEWS

“Poignant…full of crazy joy!” – Wall Street Journal  “Ensemble kick brass! Impressively narrated by Michael Mahler” – The Fourth Walsh  “Powerful Cast!” – Around the Town “Top 10 Things to Do!” – Crain’s Chicago Business

Tony Award for Best Play!

Read REVIEWS. Watch VIDEO. See PICTURES.

PERFORMANCE INFO

This performance must close May 24th.

  • Thursday: 7:30pm
  • Friday: 7:30pm
  • Saturday: 7:30pm
  • Sunday: 2:30pm

Special Note: Additional performances on 5/16 and 5/23 at 3:00pm ONLY.

Location: Greenhouse Theater Center at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago

Ticket Price: $19 – $49

Town Halls: We offer free post-show events on Sundays (May 3-17).

  • May 3 – Psychology of a sideman
  • May 10 – Discussion with a musician from Chicago Jazz Orchestra
  • May 17 – Meet the cast of Side Man
Sideman Chicago Reviews

ARTISTS

Cast:  Michael Ehlers (Gene), Kate Buddeke* (Terry), Michael Mahler* (Clifford), Joe Foust* (Jonesy), Ed Kross* (Ziggy), John Gawlik (Al),& Gail Rastorfer (Patsy).

Production:   Warren Leight (playwright), Jonathan Berry (director), Sarah E. Ross* (scenic)Heather Gilbert (lights), Emily McConnell (costumes), Rick Sims (sound), Christopher Neville* (properties), Jerico Bleu (dramaturg)Ellen Willett (production manager), Michael Trudeau (technical director), & Brian Claggett (master electrician), & Jonathan Nook (stage manager)

*American Blues Theater Ensemble and Artistic Affiliates

COMMUNITY SERVICE

We are proud to collaborate with Merit School of Music, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and Adler University.  We also continue our PINK PREVIEWS. Proceeds from our Preview performances will be donated to the Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research.

More Information on Side Man

The American Blues Theater production of Side Man has received rave reviews from multiple news outlets including the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, State & Cinema and more!

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Rave Reviews for “Side Man”!!

The American Blues Theater production of Side Man has received rave reviews from multiple news outlets including the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, State & Cinema and more!

About the SIDE MAN Artists

WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST KATE BUDDEKE (Terry) is a proud Ensemble member of American Blues Theater, where her credits include Tobacco Road, Rantoul & Die, and Keely & Du. Most recently she was seen in Airline Highway at Steppenwolf, where also she performed...

SIDE MAN Director’s Statement

“Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds, they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald To be a sideman – an outside musician hired to...

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