Department of Theatre

Christopher Marino directs Trap Door Theatre's The Duchess of Malfi.

Christopher Marino directs John Webster's Jacobean masterpiece, The Duchess of Malfi, at award-winning Trap Door Theatre in Chicago.

The Duchess of Malfi has been called "appetizing, porn-ready, sex-on-a-platter" (NewCity Chicago). The show has been called "surprisingly funny and disturbing as hell" (Chicago Tribune) and has been Jeff Recommended. We have sold out every show and some upcoming dates.

"It's an evening of huge emotions, visceral violence and gloomy sensations. Moreover, it's stuffed with stunning theatrical moments crafted by director Christopher Marino, his technical team and talented cast."

"Stand-out performance: Casey Chapman's Ferdinand, clad in all white with bleached, slicked-back hair (think Thin White Duke-era Bowie), makes a stunning first impression as the evil aristocrat. Ferdinand's simmering anger and explosive rage are two of the primary fuel sources powering Duchess. It's to Chapman's credit that this doesn't get monotonous and the dark, mysterious mood he's able to project seems essential tonally for what director Christopher Marino is aiming for with this production."

"As one of the sneering, sycophantic dandies on Ferdinand's royal court, Kevin Webb is a standout. Webb not only reminds us that villainy can exist in even in the most cherubic forms, but he also showcases a pleasing tenor singing voice in a brief musical selection."

"Duchess is commendable both for its technical achievements and Trap Door's confidence to produce such a difficult, risky work in the first place."

Grab your tickets now for this weekend as wear are nearing sold out houses for the 4th week in a row: