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Come laugh with the ladies of Forte Chicago as they show you why too much is never enough in their operatic sketch comedy show “BIG ENTRANCE”! Forte, Chicago’s leading company which intersects improvisation, opera, and sketch comedy is back on stage at Piven Theatre!

Featuring Forte’s signature operatic comedic sketch work, composition and arrangements by Heidi Joosten, design by Sarah Bendix, and direction by Susan Payne O’Brien.



Previous Events

Aria workshop for singers

with Susan O'Brien and Heidi Joosten


Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00-2:00PM

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Unleash your inner diva: a Workshop for singers

with Susan O'Brien and Sarah Bendix

Sunday, August 27th from 1:00-5:00pm



Anytime Anywhere: The Third Annual Piven Improv Series

Featuring Forte Chicago and Improvised Jane Austen

Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 7:30pm

Piven Theatre, 927 Noyes St


Photo by Kyle Mathews

Photo by Kyle Mathews


February 27th and 28th, 2017

Forte Chicago at Sketchfest 2017!

Thursday, January 12th at 8pm

Stage 773- Proscenium Theater
1225 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657


THE SAUSAGE SHOw and other bites

MAY 19TH, 20TH & 22ND, 2016
7:30 PM


Forte Chicago presents The Sausage Show & Other Bites, a delectable evening of entertainment, featuring an amuse-bouche of stories about food, how it drives us crazy, how it makes us feel, and how it moves through us. 

The main course is The Sausage Show, a tale of Sausage Savagery, featuring original music by Lara Golan. What happens when a family linked by their passion for pork finds themselves in Chicago's frying pan? The steaks are high, and there can only be one wiener. The ladies of Forte Chicago will explore the magic of meat, the beauty of burritos, and the desperation of dieting through puppetry, opera, classical music, and greasy spectacle.


Lara Golan is a pianist, songwriter and composer and is thrilled to be collaborating with Forte for the first time as a guest composer for The Sausage Show. She received her Masters degree in composition from Northwestern University in 1998 and has scored a wide variety of projects since, including games, commercials and a television show pilot. Her first theatrical score, Dr. Egg and the Man With No Ear, produced by Redmoon Theater, was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Original Incidental Music in 2009. Lara is happiest working collaboratively with other artists.