A boldly funny and deeply moving play about the search for beauty in desperate circumstances

About this Show

India 1648. The dawn will reveal for the first time the extraordinary beauty of the Taj Mahal, built as a tribute to the ruler's wife, who demanded its construction. But for two hapless imperial guards, the morning light brings with it an impossible task that will shake their faith in God, the empire and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.

Watch & Listen

Running Time

1 hour and 20 minutes, presented without an intermission.

Content Advisory

This production contains blood, violence and brief partial nudity. Please note that this can be distressing and may not be suitable for all audiences.

If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Special Performances

Preview Performances:
May 31 - June 10

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, June 24 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Saturday, June 23 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, July 8 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

"Monumentally expressive tall tale” – Chicago Sun-Times
"A unique and deeply emotional experience" – Broadway World 
"Audacious black comedy...entertaining an audience while not shirking from the violence" – Chicago Tribune
"Searing and topical take on the interplay of cruelty and beauty" – Stage and Cinema
“Flawless direction and top-notch performances" – Picture this Post
"A piercing examination of the nature of beauty, its relationship to power, and its unspeakable costs" – Chicago Reader

Running Time

1 hour and 20 minutes, presented without an intermission.

Content Advisory

This production contains blood, violence and brief partial nudity. Please note that this can be distressing and may not be suitable for all audiences.

If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Special Performances

Preview Performances:
May 31 - June 10

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, June 24 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Saturday, June 23 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, July 8 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm

A boldly funny and deeply moving play about the search for beauty in desperate circumstances