The Life of Galileo | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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The Life of Galileo

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 1 2016
Price: $32.50-$57.50
It’s been nearly 400 years since the Inquisition forced Galileo to recant his heretical belief that the earth revolves around the sun. But the issues raised by that event—dogma vs. truth, control vs. freedom—have never stopped being timely. In the 1940s, when Bertolt Brecht wrote and revised his play about the Italian astronomer, the contemporary parallels were totalitarianism and Cold War paranoia. Nick Sandys’s production for Remy Bumppo Theatre Company also calls to mind the 20th century, particularly in Rachel Lambert’s postwar-era costumes. Playing Galileo and his fellow scientists as well as their religious adversaries, an enthusiastic cast capture the intelligence and righteous outrage in Brecht’s script, though we don’t see much of the anguish and fear they claim to be feeling. —Zac Thompson


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