Creation's Birthday | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 19 2015
Price: $30
Cornell University physicist and playwright Hasan Padamsee’s goal of bringing science to the masses is admirable but ill achieved in this show from Genesis Theatrical Productions. The story focuses on the clash between astronomer Edwin Hubble (best known now for the telescope named after him) and Albert Einstein, which resulted in today’s view of the universe as ever-expanding and creation as stemming back to the Big Bang. As the upstart Hubble, Tim Moan doesn't offer much charisma or passion to go with his groundbreaking ideas, and though at the center of play, he's disappointingly eclipsed by peripheral characters like the stubborn astronomer Harlow Shapley, played by R. Scott Purdy. The scientific jargon, from redshifts to Cepheids, is overused and difficult to parse throughout, and while the reading of newspaper headlines between scenes gives some context, the significance and importance of Hubble’s contributions never quite come across. —Marissa Oberlander



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