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Ensemble members Sarah Goeden and Michael Dailey in Improbable Frequency.

Improbable Frequency

Photo credit: Chris Ocken

A MIDWEST PREMIERE

BOOK & LYRICS BY ARTHUR RIORDAN

MUSIC BY BELL HELICOPTER

DIRECTED BY KYLE HAMMAN

MUSIC DIRECTION BY MIKE PRZYGODA

Season 25

Feb 24, 2012–Mar 30, 2012

3829 N. Broadway

Dizzying wordplay, jaunty music, and quantum mechanics in 1940’s Dublin. What more do you need? The answer is spies. You need spies. Strawdog’s Kyle Hamman, director of Factory Theater’s smash hit Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats, teams with fellow ensemble member and composer/arranger extraordinaire Mike Przygoda to stage this quick and clever new musical, called dazzling” by The New York Times but never before seen in this time zone.

Britain’s MI5 recruits crossword pro Tristram Faraday to decode a series of bizarre Irish radio broadcasts that appear to be predicting the weather. Despite Ireland’s neutrality during The Emergency,” Dublin proves rife with fellow secret agents, Nazi sympathizers, IRA militants, and a randy scientist with a powerful new invention that could change the course of history.

“★★★…the cast, all of whom except the admirably understated Dailey play multiple roles, deliver delicious silly-putty portrayals…a welcome blast of high-brow gooniness to melt the late-winter blahs.”

— Chicago Tribune

RECOMMENDED…mingles historical fact and figures with schoolboy whimsy, sometimes recalling a Monty Python sketch, a Tom Stoppard witfest…a pageant of hyperacademic, pun-filled fun… Director Kyle Hamman has fun with the script’s caricatures and complicated casting requirements… it moves along swiftly with the help of a comically elaborate visual design by set designer Joanna Iwanicka and lighting designer Jordan Kardasz… Musical director Mike Przygoda has crafted some of the most inventive band arrangements I’ve ever heard in an off-Loop theater—wonderful interplays between fiddle and flute, guitar and accordion, banjo and bass. With its witty wordplay and catchy music, Improbable Frequency is a diversion for the mind and a treat for the ears.”

— Chicago Reader

Cast

Michael Dailey.

Michael Dailey*

as Tristram Faraday

Scott Danielson.

Scott Danielson*

as Muldoon/Myles

Sarah Goeden.

Sarah Goeden*

as Philomena O'Shea

Jason Grimm

as John Betjeman/Meehawl O'Dromedary

Christina Hall

as Agent Green

Eric Paskey

as Erwin Schrodinger/The Colonel

Creative Team

Arthur Riordan
Author

Kyle Hamman*
Director

Joanna Iwanicka
Set Design

Jordan Kardasz*
Light Design

John Kelly*
Ass't Light Design

Rachel Sypniewski
Costume Design

Jeff Shields
Props Design

Mike Przygoda
Music Director

Bell Helicopter
Music

Mike Przygoda
Musician

Heath Hays*
Sound Design

Brigitte Ditmars
Choreography

Matt Buettner
Technical Direction

Jordan Muller
Stage Manager

Dan Laushman
Master Electrician

Sarah Burnham
Production Manager

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member