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.


“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!



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
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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


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.

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