May 29

June 30, 2024

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

written and performed by David Kwong
produced in association with
Andy Jones and Dylan Pager


“Breathtaking as a Houdini escape”

–Los Angeles Times

“Truly dazzling”

–Broadway World

Can you crack the code? Following wildly successful runs in New York City and Los Angeles, renowned magician and The New York Times crossword constructor David Kwong brings his immersive experience of puzzles and cryptology to Chicago. The Los Angeles Times raves that Kwong “creates a magical sense of togetherness” and The New York Times declares, “it’s like a spin class for the frontal lobe... by the time Kwong finished, the room was loopy with delight.” Clues are everywhere, so keep your eyes open and be ready for surprises behind every multi-layered illusion.

Pre-Show Puzzle Garden! Upon arrival, you’ll encounter four puzzle walls in the lobby. Arrive early so you can solve them before taking your seat in the theater (plan for 20–30 minutes). While not mandatory to gain entry to the performance, completing the puzzles will enhance your overall experience of the show.




Creative Team

David Kwong Playwright, Performer

Brett J. Banakis Production Designer

Joshua Higgason Lighting & Video Designer

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