A History of Everything | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 3 2012
Price: $35-$45
The concept (says a young woman who'll turn up later as Botticelli's Venus and still later as a tube worm)is that when the universe stops expanding it'll contract, time will reverse, and we'll all live our lives over again but backwards. Yes, like Benjamin Button. A mixed ensemble of actors from the Sydney Theatre Company and Belgium's Ontroerend Goed then demonstrate, starting with the day of the performance and moving back (or is it forward?) through history and beyond, all the way to the Big Bang. The first passages are often comic, dealing with ephemera like the iPad, the iPod, the iPhone, and Dolly the Sheep. It seems disrespectful at first to represent Hurricane Katrina with a gust from an aerosol can and 9/11 with a toy plane, but as humanity slides back through world war and plague—and, of course, Botticelli—to devastating meteors and true, cosmic darkness over the face of the deep, the proportions begin to seem about right. Brilliantly directed by Alexander Devriendt, this is a clever bit of toy theater that gets out of hand and turns profound. —Tony Adler



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