Stages, Sights & Sounds | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Mondays-Sundays. Continues through May 17 2009
Phone: 312-454-9509
Price: $5-$10 in advance, $7-$12 (cash only) at the door
What used to be the Chicago Children's Humanities Festival is now called Stages, Sights & Sounds--a signal that the fest's events aren't meant just for kids anymore. "We've designed our programs to be as engaging for adults as they are for young people," says a note from fest director Mary Kate Barley-Jenkins, "and we encourage you to come with or without children." Out of the eight artists and ensembles to be seen during the 19-day, multisite festival, some that look especially appealing to the kid in all of us: Butterflies by Teatro di Piazza D'Occasione (4/29-5/8, Redmoon Central, 1463 W. Hubbard), an Italian company that combines music, video, still images, and dance to create "imaginary journeys in 'sensory gardens.'" The journey in this case is from pupa to winged maturity. Germany's Theater Handgemenge presents A King's Journey (5/9-5/14, Josephine Louis Theater, Northwestern University, 20 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston), which uses shadow puppets to tell the tale of a monarch--the human sort--and his housekeeper, who fall through a hole to the other side of the earth and have to find their way back home. Barrel of Monkeys (5/7, Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago, and 5/16, Josephine Louis Theater) does what it's been doing here in Chicago since 1997: create theater from poetry written by schoolkids. Brit comedian James Campbell (5/8, Thorne Auditorium, 5/9, Josephine Louis Theater) doesn't try to be pan-generational--he targets his wordplay to kids six and up--but I found a video snippet of his routine pretty amusing all the same. --Tony Adler


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