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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

by Martin McDonagh

May 5th  -  June 10th

'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' is a mother/daughter story -- set in a small village in Ireland in the 1990s. Maureen (Heidi Swarthout of Batavia) is a 40-ish spinster who has been condemned to caring for Mag (Maureen Morley of Batavia), her ailing, elderly, and extremely needy mother. Their routine, which includes nearly constant bickering about trivial matters, is interrupted by an invitation to a going away party being thrown by Pato Dooley (Aaron Hoge of Aurora) for an American relative.


Mag tries to keep the invitation a secret when delivered by Pato's younger (and not terribly bright) brother Ray (Benedict L. Slabik II of Bartlett). And thus begins a duel of wits between mother and daughter, by turns hilarious and deadly serious, as Maureen's yearning for romance clashes with Mag's desperate fear of being abandoned.

Co-Directed by Gary Puckett and and Vicki White

Starring: Heidi Swarthout, Maureen Morley, Aaron Hoge, Benedict L. Slabik II

The Production Stage Manager is Tyna Ashman. Lights and sound are designed by Jeff Sand. Set Design is by Gary Puckett. Booth Operator is Ron Anderson

Intended for Adult Audiences!

Coming Soon


Watch for information on the 2023 Directors' Workshop


The Riverfront Playhouse

Est. 1978

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.


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

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.

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A message from the Riverfront Board of Directors:

The March Meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8th, 2023,

7:00 p.m. at the Riverfront Playhouse offices.

Ticket Price Increase: Beginning January 2023
Adults: $20.00
Students/Seniors: $18.00
Members: $10.00

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

Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

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

(630) 897-9496



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