Angelus Novus | AV-aerie | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays. Continues through Oct. 12 2008
Phone: 312-850-9729
Price: $15
nationalheadquarters.org
The figure in Paul Klee's 1920 painting Angelus Novus (which Walter Benjamin dubbed "the angel of history") came to be associated with leftist politics. And there's a lefty bent--I think--to National Headquarters's bewildering hour-long debut, described as a work of physical theater. The story has something to do with a mayor and a failing town that's putting on a pageant, but every time a scene starts to get a little comprehensible it abruptly ends in a lot of running around, screaming, and random circus feats. Scenes and characters shift in a phantasmagoria seemingly dictated only by the whims of creator Angeline Gragasin. And the convoluted text is often lost in the cast's flawed articulations, vanishing in the upper reaches of a towering space. --Laura Molzahn The show Sat takes place in the vacant lot across from 1800 S. Peoria.

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