American Storm | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 16 2012
Price: $17.50-$25
Artists have found some elaborate strategies for depicting horses onstage. Broadway's Warhorse, of course, features a life-size puppet. Equus requires an actor in an elaborate headdress. And Mary-Arrchie Theatre's recent Geography of a Horse Dreamer employed film projections. But in this world-premiere production from Theatre Seven of Chicago, director Brian Golden has his cast members simply follow the title racehorse with their eyes as—we're told—he's rounding the track. If only Golden and playwright Carter Lewis had found an equally clean, clear, and economical way to deal with the Big Idea for which their pony stands. Lewis gets American Storm—and American Storm—mixed up with the Cuban missile crisis, nasty business deals, and even a clairvoyant kid who predicts the coming of Secretariat a full decade in advance. With all its themes and symbols and portents, the show makes sure we know there's an allegory at work, but never discloses what it might be. —Tony Adler



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