Giving “House Theater” the boot???

springfarm1-small.jpgLooks like one of my favorite theatre companies is losing their performance space.  House Theater has called the barn-like Viaduct its home for a number of glorious years.  The space, located near the corner of Belmont and Western, always has had such a gritty feel to it – tucked away west of Lakeview, one not even knowing that a theater was there if you missed the small “Viaduct” arrow.  But once you got inside, the energy of the space was amazing. House Theater used this yawning space to great advantage, being able to reconfigure the seating to fit the show. 

Unfortunately the Viaduct owners have decided that they would like to take the space towards a new direction.  Not really sure what that means – a music venue?  A bar?  A Gentlmen’s Club?  (yeah, right). 

 I really hope that House Theater will take their time in finding the perfect spot.  Artistic director Nathan Allen reports that they are now looking for a flexible space in the areas of Lincoln Square, Roscoe Village or Uptown.  I personally think that Uptown, somewhere around the Lawrence or Wilson el stops, would be an ideal location, but it all depends on what’s available.  Good luck!

By the way, if you haven’t checked out their smash hit “The Sparrow” at the Apollo Theater, do it now!!