Light Waves and Their Uses | The Building Stage | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 26 2011
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In last year's exquisite One Thing and Everything Else, composer Joshua Dumas and director David Amaral dove to the heart of Raymond Carver's short story "Gazebo"--splintering, looping, and superimposing scenes, juxtaposing hypernaturalistic acting with incongruous bursts of song. This sophomore effort, a semi-opera curiously light on singing, dabbles around the edges of its fascinating subject--visionary American physicist Albert Michelson--without finding a center. Eighty minutes of attenuated, dutiful scenes deliver little beyond a fictionalized Michelson, lost in his calculations. Jon Stutzman is a charmingly pathetic Michelson, and some brief dance interludes (minimalism in lab coats) are mesmerizing. But Dumas and Amaral focus so intently on one thing that they forget everything else. --Justin Hayford

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