February 07, 2023

The baddest shop in town

Master Kutz is a family-owned, neighborhood barbershop located on the South Side of Chicago — at least, it exists there in the fictional world of The Factotum, a soulful comedy making its world premiere at Lyric this season. And like any business, real or imagined, it has to have a presence on Yelp. We found a profile of the small business, with plenty of revealing reviews.

Meet the full cast of characters and make an appointment with the baddest barber in town, February 3-12, when The Factotum premieres at Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

February 03 - 12, 2023

The Factotum

The Factotum

 Grammy-nominated baritone Will Liverman joins dynamic producer/DJ/multi-instrumentalist DJ King Rico in creating a new work inspired by Rossini's The Barber of Seville that has grown into a joyful, original piece all its own, commissioned by Lyric. Updating the action to a Black barbershop on Chicago's South Side, this gifted duo has created an irresistibly upbeat work that celebrates the strength of community. 

Header photo: The company of The Factotum (Liverman/DJ King Rico) in Lyric's 2022/23 Season production. Credit: Cory Weaver

All other photos: Jaclyn Simpson, Arielle Doneson, Gordon Oliver