Stages, Sights & Sounds | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: May 9-20 2015
Price: $14, $7 children
As rapper Matisyahu says, "youth is the engine of the world." That's the rightful vibe for Stages, Sights & Sounds, the Chicago Humanities Fest's performance festival for kids, which features family-friendly shows and hands-on workshops through May 20. The intent, says Humanities Fest associate artistic director Alison Cuddy, is to allow young audiences "to experience theater of a very high level, designed specifically with them in mind." To open the festival, Chicago troupe Theater Unspeakable provides a rowdy live-action history lesson with The American Revolution (Sat 5/9, 4 and 7 PM; Sat 5/16-Sun 5/17, 4 PM). Canada's L'Ilusion marionette theater, which had a hit with Hansel and Gretel in 2013, returns to the festival with Ondin (Sat 5/15, 11:30 AM; Sun 5/17, 10:30 AM), a puppet play accessible to children as young as three. Another return visitor, puppeteer Ailie Cohen of Scotland, returns with The Secret Life of Suitcases (Sat 5/16, 10 AM and 2:30 PM; Sun 5/17, 1 PM), a collaboration with the UK's Unicorn Theatre that follows an orderly office worker whose routine is upset after he encounters a flying suitcase. Away from the stages, writing and tutoring center 826CHI offers a free workshop, Manifesto! (Sat 5/9, 10 AM), followed by a student reading of works composed on the theme of revolution (Sat 5/9, 11:30 AM); reservations are required for both. Also opening weekend is a screening and discussion of Kartemquin Films' The Homestretch, a documentary about three homeless Chicago teens; Roque, one of the subjects, will take part in a postscreening discussion. —Zara Yost



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