The American Revolution | Vittum Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 28 2014
Price: $17
Founded in 2010 by director Marc Frost, a student of Jacques Lecoq's methods, Theater Unspeakable is dedicated to physical theater, with the goal of making the "invisible visible" onstage. Its latest project, presented by the children's theater Adventure Stage Chicago, is a 50-minute history lesson performed entirely on a 21-square-foot platform by seven actors. The mime-based choreography is revelatory, defamiliarizing the American Revolution largely through bodily movement and stunning lighting design. It makes sense to demystify our country's beginnings, and this work, both comic and serious in tone, reminds us over and over again that history is situated in human bodies: here is the story of a man who gets a second chance, a king who behaves as a spoiled child, a woman who wants representation as she aids in the quest for independence. Jeffery Freelon alternately plays George Washington and his slave, William Lee, one of the few but potent reminders that independence was forged by many who weren't free. —Suzanne Scanlon



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