Meatball Séance
by John Michael
John Michael - Chicago, IL
V.8 - The Rachel Browne Theatre 
John Michael needs your help cooking his mom’s meatballs onstage to summon her from the dead to meet his boyfriend, played by the audience. “Unhinged in the most endearing fashion…John Michael explains the only way to avoid participating is to cross your arms. (Pro tip: do not cross your arms. You want to be a part of this).” - St. Louis Limelight "Fast-paced, zany, hilarious and heartfelt” -Chicago Pride “Hilarious… Beguiling… Goofy” - “A whirlwind of happiness that must be seen." - Plays with Wendy and John

John Michael

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12
$10 Matinees


Parental Guidance

Warnings: Mild Language, Sexual Content, Meat is cooked onstage. No nuts.

Accessibility: English as a new language
Wed July 17 8:15 PM*
*(2 for $12)
Fri July 19 9:30 PM
Sat July 20 3:45 PM
Mon July 22 11:15 PM
Wed July 24 1:45 PM
Thu July 25 9:00 PM
Sat July 27 3:45 PM
Sun July 28 1:45 PM

Meatball Séance

John Michael—The Rachel Browne Theatre

This kind of show is what Fringe is all about. Not Bouffon, but certainly in the vein of Red Bastard audience interactivity and connection. While the frenetic antics of the performer feel random, his ability to engage the right participants and manage the whole audience is masterful. Yes, yes, yes!

Audra Lesosky

Meatball Séance

John Michael—The Rachel Browne Theatre

Seeing props in the theatre always intrigues me, and looking at a tableful of food leaves me wondering what he will do with all this. What ensues is the oddest cooking demonstration I’ve ever seen—and you
don’t get to try any of it in the end, not that you would want to.

Everyone in the audience can be a target for a variety of wacky roles, although John Michael promises that you would not be a victim if you cross your arms (not sure if I believe him!). Being drafted could
either be rewarding or embarrassing, depending on your personality, but it’s mostly fun for the audience.

He tries hard but Michael falls just a bit short of what he tries to present. The show isn’t quite funny enough to be hilarious and emotional enough to be touching. It’s still a good time and a fun way to spend an hour.

Ray Yuen

John Michael

Meatball Séance—The Rachel Browne Theatre

Did you hear John Michael has a new boyfriend? Oh yes! In honor of the grand occasion, you and the new beau and the entire audience are cordially invited to meet John’s mom. But she’s deceased… Sad. So he’s gonna summon her from the dead by cooking her famous meatballs onstage! Yay! Wait, what?

“John Michael is the wide-eyed, enthusiastic, bombastic breath of fresh air that every fringe needs.” – The Orlando Sentinel