(re)discover theatre FIFTY SHADES OF SHAKESPEARE Review – Shakespeare in LOVE

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

Ah, Romeo and Juliet. The ultimate Shakespearean love tragedy. But of course Shakespeare isn’t a one hit wonder when it comes to love stories. And what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than revisiting all the classic Shakespearen relationships? For the fifth year, (re)discover theatre brings us the most famous (and sexy) Shakespeare scenes in FIFTY SHADES OF SHAKESPEARE.

(re)discover Gets Hot and Heavy

In FIFTY SHADES OF SHAKESPEARE, (re)discover compiles scenes from Shakespeare’s repertoire that have to do with relationships, love, sex, and anything in between. We get to see these scenes reimagined as they are set in today’s dating scene (Netflix and Kill, anyone?).

Though, the kicker is while the scenes might be set, whose playing the characters isn’t!

At the top of the show, each actor is assigned the roles they will be playing in each of the scenes. Very impressive since that means every actor must know every character’s lines.

But our cast is ready for anything as they jump right in with unwavering enthusiasm. Knowing their iambic pentameter we’ve got Charlie Baker, Courtney Abbott, Gaby Diaz, and Ty Carter. They keep the energy up and audience laughing throughout the night.

The cast of Fifty Shades of Shakespeare - Courtney Abbott, Charlie Baker, Gabby Diaz, and Ty Carter Photo: Cody Jolly Photography
Courtney Abbott playing Win-Lose-Malort with audience members Photo: Cody Jolly Photography

Get Ready to Spill Your Dirty Little Secrets

The fun doesn’t stop at a medley of famous Shakespearean love scenes. (re)discover has turned FIFTY SHADES into a full on variety show. They’ve incorporated improv games, a drinking game, and some audience interaction. You might be asked to anonymously share a little sex secret of yours or perhaps play Win-Lose-Malort.

Some of the most engaging aspects of the performances were the cast’s original performance pieces like a catchy song proclaiming they won’t love you like Shakespeare.

It’s a bit of fun, especially for those who like interactive theatre that moves quickly from moment to moment.

Courtney Abbott, Ty Carter, and Charlie Baker Photo: Cody Jolly Photography

For the Shakespeare Nerds Out There

FIFTY SHADES OF SHAKESPEARE is definitely a show for those who love their Shakespeare. The scenes will strike a chord for those who know the material and will laugh at the new settings for our modern lovers. However, if you’re not familiar with the material some of the jokes might be lost. It’s a good show for anyone who enjoys improv, Shakespeare, and interactive theatre!


Note: This is now added to the Picture this Post round up of BEST PLAYS IN CHICAGO, where it will remain until the end of the run. Click here to read — Top Picks for Theater in Chicago NOW – Chicago Plays PICTURE THIS POST Loves.

Charlie Baker and Ty Carter Photo: Cody Jolly Photography


Now through February 24
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Special Valentine’s Day performance on Wednesday February 14th


Mary’s Attic
5400 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640


Tickets can be purchased online at (re)discover theatre's website


Cody Jolly Photography


Note: An excerpt of this review appears in Theatre in Chicago

Alexis Bugajski Photo: Liz Lin

About the Author

Alexis is a theater reviewer, travel bug, media specialist, and burger & beer enthusiast. During the day she works in the advertising business as a senior communications designer. When night falls, or when she can escape to New York, she’s hitting the theaters to see as many shows as she can. And whenever she’s not at her desk or in the audience, she’s out seeking the best burger and beer offerings in Chicago.

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