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Kiss of the Spider Woman

Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Terrence McNally
Directed by Peter Marston Sullivan

May 31 – June 30, 2013

presented at Theater Wit

Serving an eight-year sentence in a Latin American prison for homosexuality, Luis regularly escapes the torture and humiliation by inventing a fantasy world of movies starring the vampy diva Aurora. But his ability to escape reality is tested by his new cellmate, a Marxist revolutionary named Valentin. For despite falling in love with Valentin, Luis has been co-opted by the prison warden and the secret police to get information out of his cellmate in exchange for early parole. Can Luis' fantastical tales of Aurora and her Spider Woman character help navigate the dangerous events of the real world?

Kiss of the Spider Woman won the Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score when it debuted on Broadway. A harrowing tale of torture and political oppression, this musical nonetheless embraces hope and the beauty of love.

  • Molina: Nathan Carroll
  • Valentin: Evan Tyrone Martin
  • Aurora: Jennifer T. Grubb
  • Molina's Mother: Caron Buinis
  • Marta: Jessica Kingsdale
  • Warden: Scott Danielson
  • Marcos: John Gurdian
  • Esteban: Jonah Winston
  • Ensemble:
  • Daniel Spagnuolo
  • Sean Knight
  • Neil Stratman
  • Tommy Rivera-Vega
  • Jonathan Butler-Duplessis
  • Glenn Snellgrose
  • Associate Director: Peter Robel
  • Music Director: Elizabeth Doran
  • Choreographer: Linda Fortunato
  • Asst. Choreographer: Daniel Spagnuolo
  • Set Design: Patrick Ham
  • Sound Design: Peter Robel
  • Lighting Design: Diane Fairchild
  • Properties Design: Cassy Schillo
  • Costume Design: Bill Morey
  • Stage Manager: Meg Love
  • Production Manager: Lorenzo Blackett
  • Producer: Kaela Altman

Nominated for SIX Jeff Awards!

  • Production (Musical) (nomination)
  • Direction (Musical): Peter Marston Sullivan (nomination)
  • Choreography: Linda Fortunato — WINNER!
  • Musical Direction: Elizabeth Doran (nomination)
  • Principle Actor (Musical): Nathan Carroll (nomination)
  • Principle Actor (Musical): Evan Tyrone Martin (nomination)

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Rave reviews for Kiss of the Spider Woman:

"the production is very imaginative and consistently effective... BoHo certainly has assembled an impressive array of talent."
Chicago Tribune

"BoHo Theatre’s hugely ambitious yet ideally intimate revival of the musical, now in a production of great sophistication and emotional heat, expertly captures the many facets of the show, from its nightmarish prison backdrop to its fantasia on wildly romantic movies... "
Chicago Sun-Times

"gutsy, stripped-down and yet somehow epic production... This has got to be the best male ensemble I've ever seen in a production of this type. Bravo to them, and to the exceptional choreography by Linda Fortunato that spins, kicks, jumps and shines in ways I didn't think possible.""

"Moving easily between roles, [the Ensemble] convey the desolation and terror of the life behind prison bars (“Over the Wall”), pull off often complex choreography within inches of the audience and convey the revolutionary fervor of “The Day After That” (a brilliant pastiche that captures the flavor of such songs while commenting on the hopelessness of the cause)."
Chicago Stage Standard

"It’s amazing how good for each other – and for this very dramatic score – are [Evan Tyron Martin's] unflinchingly radical Valentin and Carroll’s seemingly delicate and ultimately heroic Molina... Equally balm and curse (like the spider woman’s kiss), the ending is both unalloyed wishful thinking and as devastating a finale as you’ll see in your next dream."
Chicago Theater Beat

"Peter Marston Sullivan’s direction is strong and sensitive. His production shines through the play’s darkness..."
Chicago Theatre Review

"The audience... is thrust into their dreary world head first causing the truthfulness and depth of each of these actor’s performances to be instantly engaging."
ShowBiz Chicago