Mark Toland is after one thing with his show, Mind Reader, currently playing at The Greenhouse Theatre: mystery. He tells you as much at the beginning of his intimate show. The first moments of the performance actually begin the moment you meet Toland, although how exactly your decisions factor in to the overall production are best experienced firsthand. Suffice to say, it’s just one of many mysteries of the evening.
The Greenhouse Theatre Presents An Intimate Performance
Mind Reader is meant for small audiences and the stage’s sparse trappings are comprised of nothing more than an easel, small table, and curtain. Toland wants the performance to be as much about the audience and what they bring into the room as he wants it to be about his own astonishing feats of mind reading. Over the past twenty-five years, Toland has crafted a masterpiece of mentalism where the audience’s minds serve as his stage. The result is an astonishing evening of up-close-and-personal (emphasis on “personal”) magic that confounds logic.
Mind Reader’s Mark Toland As Funny As He Is Mesmerizing
The puzzling, seemingly paranormal exhibits of mind reading are just part of the fun of the evening. The other joy of Mind Reader comes from Toland’s engagement with the crowd. Trained as an actor and improvisor in addition to the art of mind reading, his pedigree shows. Mind Reader mixes audience in-jokes and pop culture references with a variety of other gags worthy of any stand-up comic. For Chicago audiences craving a thoroughly entertaining evening out with friends or a great date night full of nuggets to discuss afterwards over drinks or a late dinner, it’s hard to imagine a more exciting option this summer than Mind Reader.
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Through July 25th
Wednesdays at 8pm
Please note: there are no performances Wednesday, June 20 and July 4.
The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave
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