The Miracle on the Mall




Picasso at the Lapin Agile
By Steve Martin

January 21st through February 26th

Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm

Comedian Steve Martin’s absurd comedy of historical fiction, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, has Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet in a bar in Paris in 1904, the year before Einstein’s theory of relativity and Picasso’s transition into cubism. The two celebrities of science and art spar for their fields, surrounded by a cast of supporting characters from the turn of the century and beyond.


The anachronistic, self-referential, and self-aware nature enraptures audiences into thinking about the role both science and art play in our lives, the men (and women) who inspire genius, and the philosophies that shape our world over the modern centuries.




A Comedy by Ken Levine

March 18th through April 23rd

Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm

The process of getting a TV show on a network schedule is examined as one studio attempts to place two sitcoms on the Fall line-up. How far will everybody have to go, what compromises must they make, which ethics will they have to abandon? And yes, it's a comedy. Really. It is. Filled with egos, sex, treachery, alcohol, more sex and reasonably true love.


The Riverfront Playhouse

Est. 1978

The Riverfront Playhouse has doubled it's size since its inception, and we're constantly looking for ways to make it even bigger. Through the un-flagging loyalty of our personnel and patrons, we've made it to well over 200 mainstage shows, countless children's theatre presentations, and

The Riverfront Playhouse is a 501c3 not-for-profit store front theater founded in 1978 and established under the direction of David Morris as a creative outlet for actors of all walks of life and all levels of experience to learn and hone their craft. With the very first show, UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE, which featured the talents of Gary Puckett, Christiane Morris, Dick Hawks, and Barbara Alexander, the playhouse was off and running.

While performing in the backroom of Max's All-American Bar, which sat on the corner of The Water Street Mall and Galena Boulevard, the actors were all crammed into a coffin-like backstage area, and were forced to do their costume changes out on the Mall behind bedspreads held up by their fellow actors and technical personnel.


we have remained a venue for diverse and exciting entertainment in the Western Suburbs, as well as a sort of blue-collar clubhouse for the artistic types of the Chicagoland area. Our longevity is a tribute, not only to the folks that handle the day to day grind of business, but to the audiences that have kept our doors open since 1978. A debt of gratitude is owed to all.


News & Updates


A message from the Riverfront Board of Directors:

The January Meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, at the Riverfront Playhouse offices. 



A message from the Riverfront Board of Directors:

Since our unexpected temporary closure in March 2020, we’ve worked hard to stay engaged with our patrons and the community we’ve been a part of for more than 40 years. We’ve experimented with outdoor productions, broadcasts of fan favorites, and even a new show performed on our stage for you to watch from the comfort of your own homes. 

Obviously nothing can replicate the experience of a live performance in a packed theatre, but we are so grateful for our fans, both longtime and new, for sticking with us while we’ve prioritized safety for our patrons and performers. Like everyone, we are looking forward to returning to normalcy and spending time doing the things we love to do. We truly could not have made it through this past year without your continued support and understanding, and we hope we’ve provided you with some of that Riverfront charm this past year, even if it wasn’t quite the same.

That being said, we are excited to announce that plans are in motion for our reopening soon! Tentatively scheduled for September, we invite everyone to join us for a new mainstage production in our freshly cleaned and painted theatre. Be on the lookout for more details on our website and social media. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you for sticking with us during these crazy times, and until then, stay safe! 


Thank you.


“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”

Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

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Mailing Address:

Riverfront Playhouse
P.O. Box 1703
Aurora, Illinois 60507

(630) 897-9496