30+ Years of Curious Theatre
Clumsy Sublime by Barrie Cole. Photo and poster by Jeffrey Bivens.

Sept 1–Oct 12, 2013

8:00 p.m. Fridays/Saturdays
3:00 p.m. Sundays
  • Location
  • Prop Thtr • 3502 N. Elston, Chicago
  • Tickets
  • $20 or pay what you can at the door
    $12 in advance online
  • Reservations
  • (773) 492-1287


Delia imbues everyday objects with magical qualities and tries to sell them to her neighbors. Russell is stuck in the suburbs grieving the recent death of his mother and fretting over turning 50. When the two of them encounter an exquisite replication of "Excursion into Philosophy" by Edward Hopper, an unlikely friendship develops. Clumsy Sublime is a play about astonishment, art, reality, aliveness, language, and seeing.


Edward Thomas-Herrera, Bailey Boyle, Kelly Anchors, Jeffrey Bivens, Vicki Walden

Directed by

Stefan Brün

Assistant Director

Jennifer Moniz

Set Designer

Joseph Riley

Lighting Designer

Jamie Scheid

Costume Designer

Diane Hamm

Prop Designer

Jenny Kim




  • “Stellar cast!”  “Full of fantastical oddities!”—Chicago Reader
  • “Memorable and engaging!”  “Sharp and funny!”  “No matter how well written and clever it is, a quirky two and a half hour comedy could only sustain itself so long without a game cast, and, boy, did they ever find it.”—Chicago Arts Journal

Audience Reactions

  • “I loved Barrie Cole's new play Clumsy Sublime. Her writing is hilarious, deep, each moment not just laying ground for some future moment, but a gleaming end in itself among a whole evening's heap of similar emeralds. Phrases like 'unique voice' and 'original spirit' are tossed up in praise of lots of artists—she's actually got the thing those phrases mean to point to. The cast is incredible as well, each of them equal parts skill and love and vision. Go see it, all of ye.”—Mickle
  • “I was lucky to get to see Clumsy Sublime last night and it was a beautiful piece of work. So funny, charming, surprising, and I hate to use this word in this comment but it is also at times, kind of fucking sublime. Wonderful cast, really great and if you like challenging and lovingly made theater, you will love this show.”—Chris
  • “Fantastic surrealistic linguistic dadaism hahaha! GO SEE!”—Patricia
  • “Enchanting, hilarious, gorgeously acted and set. Stunning! I can't wait to see it again.”—Caren
  • “Feeling amazed.”—Kathleen
  • “[T]here is a percussive rhythm in [Barrie's] language that carries me away in awe & laughter.”—Kristen
  • “Not to be missed!!!”—Hazel
  • “It's such a joyful, giggle-ful, buzz-ful story, told with so much love....”—H.B.
  • “I will never hear ‘Day Tripper’ the same way ever again.”—Jason