Small theater company catches lightning in a bottle - FOX 32 News Chicago

Small theater company catches lightning in a bottle

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While there's no shortage of brand name shows coming to Chicago week in and week out, the Windy City is home to a lot of smaller theater companies that produce some truly incredible work.

FOX 32's Jake Hamilton has a behind-the-scenes look at one of those companies who is finding great success in and out of Chicago.

There are more than 200 different theater companies here in Chicago, lots of them are small budget groups that produce some incredible and original work and then, sometimes, they capture lightning in a bottle like The House Theater of Chicago.

Terrance Mann once wrote, "Movies will make you famous. Television will make you rich. But theater will make you good."

In a city home to more than 200 theater companies, The House Theater of Chicago doesn't just survive – they thrive.

Nathan Allen and Chris Matthews, the director and writers of the company's latest original hit "Rose and the Rime," say that they may not have the resources that the big theaters and brand named shows have but that doesn't stop them from dazzling with what they do have.

In fact, Matthews says that limited space and budgets just mean they have an opportunity to get more creative.

And out of the box is exactly where The House Theater resides – "Rose and the Rime" has found great success and is now being picked up in Miami, solidifying Chicago as an ongoing source of great artists creating great art.

So while the Windy City will always welcome the name brand shows into its beautiful downtown theaters, it's important to remember to venture outside of the Loop to find the hidden gems that make you appreciate everything Chicago has to offer.

To appreciate the shows that make you expand your horizons. To appreciate the theater that makes you good.

The House Theater produces their shows inside The Chopin Theater.

The "Rose and the Rime" is running through March 23 before moving to Miami. For more information, check out

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