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Inspired by human persistence and the science of aviation, Flight is an exciting new performance piece from one of the city's pioneer physical-theater companies. Plasticene introduces aviator Amelia Earhart, balloonist William H. Donaldson, and helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky to visitors at the Museum of Science and Industry. In often overlapping voices, Mark Comiskey, Sharon Gopfert, and Blake Montgomery tout their characters' endeavors while explaining flight mechanics. Their cacophonous competition is exhilarating, and excitement builds with the show's increasingly impressive stage effects and physical feats. In one striking example, while the characters debate the merits of lifting, soaring, and rotoring, they transform a standard aluminum ladder into various flying machines. Although less than 15 minutes long, Dexter Bullard's production is educational and entertaining. Anchored by creative object work and a great admiration for these heroes of aviation, each one of whom reminds us there's a price paid for being a trailblazer, this inventive offering invites young imaginations and experimental spirits to take flight. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., 773-684-1414. August 7-10: Thursday-Sunday, 11:15 AM and 12:15, 1:15, and 2:15 PM. Free with $9 museum admission.

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