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It is Magic by Mickle Maher

8 October 2019

“Mickle Maher’s latest hilarious tragedy…
Maher never slackens the tension between silly and serious “
– Chicago Reader  

“Guaranteed 95 minutes of theatrical pleasure”
 – Third Coast Review

Mickle Maher Short PlaysCapital T presents


A new brilliantly absurd comedy by  Mickle Maher 

Directed by Mark Pickell

Starring Jill Blackwood, Kathy Catmull, John Christopher, Robert Pierson and Rebecca Robinson

October 24-November 23

Thursday – Saturday at 8pm

Hyde Park Theatre    511 W 43rd St

From the brilliantly twisted mind of Mickle Maher comes a new dark comedy that challenges the limits of the theatre’s magic while mashing up the curse of the audition, The Three Little Pigs and, curiously enough, Macbeth.  

At a community theatre audition for a new adaptation of the Three Little Pigs intended for adult audiences, two sisters set out to search for an actor to play the role of the Wolf.   As they struggle to cast the right actor, they are quickly confronted with the darkness inside the audition room– and themselves.  

More foul than fair but equally hilarious IT IS MAGIC features an all-star cast of award-winning actors that includes Jill Blackwood (?YES THAT ONE), Kathy Catmull (SONG ABOUT HIMSELF), John Christopher (THE BROTHERS SIZE), Robert Pierson (THE STRANGERER), and Rebecca Robinson (THE GOAT) and is directed by two time B. Iden Payne and Austin Critics Table award-winning director Mark Pickell

Running time: 90 minutes without intermission.


Liz – Jill Blackwood

Deb – Kathy Catmull

Tim – John Christopher

Ken -Robert Pierson

Sandy – Rebecca Robinson


Mickle Maher – Playwright

Mickle Maher plays have appeared Off-Broadway and around the world, and have been supported by grants from the NEA, the Rockefeller MAP fund, and Creative Capital. They include There is a Happiness That Morning Is; Song About Himself; An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening; The Hunchback Variations; The Strangerer; Spirits to Enforce; Cyrano (translator), The Cabinet; Lady Madeline; The Pine; and An Actor Prepares (an adaptation of Stanislavsky’s seminal book). He is a cofounder of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck, and has taught playwriting and related subjects at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and Northwestern University. He recently wrote the book and lyrics for Small Ball, a new musical about basketball commissioned by the Catastrophic Theatre of Houston and Daryl Morey, the General Manager of the Houston Rockets. His plays are published by Hope and Nonthings.