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We're sorry to share that the January 21-23 performances of The Great Leap have been canceled, as we've detected breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in the production group. If you have tickets to one of these performances, please explore your ticket options here. Our highest priority is always the health and safety of every cast, crew, staff, and audience members in the theater, so we appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

The Magic Play

March 3 – April 1, 2018
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

A theater is a realm of illusion. So is a magic show. Playwright Andrew Hinderaker mashes these traditions together with alluring results. The Magic Play follows a young magician trying to get through a live show just hours after his partner has left him. As the performance progresses, he confronts the fact that the spectacular tricks that impress people on stage don’t serve him as well when it comes to building truthful personal relationships. This mesmerizing new play questions the extent to which we must be honest with ourselves in order to be so with those we love.

Who's Who:
View the cast and creative team bios.

Explore the playbill.

Run Time:
Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.

Recommended for ages 16 and up. Contains adult situations and explicit language. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory.

The Magic Play

  • Previews are Mar. 3-8 | Opening night Mar. 9
  • By Andrew Hinderaker
  • Directed by Halena Kays
  • with magic created by Brett Schneider

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Special Cocktails for "The Magic Play"

The Armory Bar supervisor and resident mixologist Melissa Larrabee describes her glittery and delicious cocktails inspired by The Magic Play.

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Audience Reviews of "The Magic Play"

Audiences are loving The Magic Play. Check out what fans of the show have said on Facebook!

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Playwrights in Discussion

Kodachrome playwright Adam Szymkowicz interviews The Magic Play playwright Andrew Hinderaker. 

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A Magical Collaboration, Part 1

An interview with playwright Andrew Hinderaker. 

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A Magical Collaboration, Part 2

An interview with actor and magic creator Brett Schneider. 

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Reviews of "The Magic Play"

"The Magic Play combines a jaw-dropping performance of classic card tricks with a compelling backstory of tender love. The result is breathtaking."

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"The Magic Play" Cast and Creative Team

Meet the exciting cast, world class magicians and creative team behind The Magic Play.

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Winter Improv Labs

Grow from "yes, and..." to your first completely improvised scene in Improv Labs at The Armory. Take one for fun or both to master your improv skills! 

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