The Magic City | Chicago Children's Theatre, the Station | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Julia Miller

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 19 2017
Price: $25
Here's a brilliant idea: Take an abandoned police station in the West Loop, invest millions of state dollars, and create a multiroom theater for a worthy company. Remind us that art might still be our best hope in these uncertain times. At Chicago Children's Theatre's new permanent space, the Station, Manual Cinema presents a play about nine-year-old Philomena, an orphan raised by her much older sister, Helen. When Helen gets married, Philomena's life changes radically—she gains not only a stepfather but an annoying stepbrother, Lucas. The four actors alternately perform and create shadow puppetry, using overhead projectors, cutouts, and everyday household items. Once Philomena lets Lucas into her attic "city", things change for both kids—their journey becomes a shared one of making meaning (a kind of magic) out of loss. —Suzanne Scanlon



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