Susanne Wellington’s 40th birthday party is off to a rough start. The caterer got into a car accident, there are still children’s toys scattered around the living room and every single person on the guest list has a secret or two that will come to light before the night is through.
That’s the premise of Windy City Playhouse’s new immersive theater show Southern Gothic. Guests are invited into the set—a detailed model of the 1960’s living space of Ellie and Beau Coutier (played by Sarah Grant and Michael McKeough) located in Ashford, Georgia. Grab a whiskey sour from the tray offered and a handful of popcorn from the bowl on the patio table and wander the house as the drama unfolds around you.
Follow Charles (played by Brian McCaskill), a charming politician with a few skeletons in his closet, or maybe his socialite wife Lauren (played by Christine Mayland Perkins) is more intriguing. Her marriage hasn’t been happy for a while and she’ll do whatever it takes to make it work. Indulge in eavesdropping—you never know what you might hear.
An open-ended engagement, tickets are now on sale for performances through April 22. Due to the nature of the performance, audiences are limited to 28 people per show. Tickets $65-85, 3014 W. Irving Park Road, 773.891.8985