Josephine the Mouse Singer | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Eric L. Kirkes

When: Fridays. Continues through Feb. 23 2018
Phone: 773-492-1287
Price: $15 or pay what you can, $12 in advance
When Josephine stands with her head thrown back, mouth half-open, eyes turned upwards, suffused with the intention to sing, the other mice cease work and assemble around her, forgetting the need to gather food and ignoring the constant peril to which they are exposed. But is her singing truly special, or is it only the ordinary sort of piping any mouse might do? Dani Wieder and Itzel Blancas put Kafka’s singing mouse on trial in their imaginative rendition of his last short story, “Josephine the Mouse Singer,” with puppets designed by Jurrell Daly. As Josephine, Ariana Silvan-Grau is both a conjuror and a charismatic fraud. More the marvel, Gabriel Levine single-handedly animates the rest of the village. As a consideration of both aesthetics and the life and value of art, this gem of a production charms as much as it challenges. Part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. —Irene Hsiao



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