The Cure | Chicago Cultural Center, Sidney R. Yates Gallery | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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A dreamlike, ensemble-devised dance-theater piece about sickness and healing in an age of industrialized medicine, The Cure features only minimal dialogue by Emma Stanton but conjures a powerful atmosphere through movement, choral harmony, and costumes. Most of the hour is spent in the Chicago Cultural Center's lavishly ornamented Sidney R. Yates Gallery, as a limber and emotive cast of Walkabout Theater Company members wheel wooden gurneys across the echoing floor, twirl vials of colorful serum, and parody various doctor-patient interactions; performer Nigel Brown even presents a TED talk. In one memorable sequence, ensemble member Dana Murphy lies flat on a gurney as four castmates whip a bed sheet into the air above her, then tightly down over her body, then up again. For cryptic acts like these to feel as moving as they do takes some magic, and The Cure provides just the rare sort that will do the trick. —Max Maller



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