The Rest Unknown | Chicago Storefront | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Mondays, Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 6 2012
Price: $10
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"Who am I?" asks one of the performers at the beginning of The Rest Unknown. "How do I tell you all that is in my heart?" It's just one of many philosophical questions posed during Genesis Ensemble's production in three unoccupied Jefferson Park storefronts, which have been transformed into galleries of sorts. Inspired by the artist Maira Kalman's book The Principles of Uncertainty, the art and much of the performance is whimsical and often funny—one performer leads audience members to a nearby Mexican restaurant for chips and salsa; another sits in a rocking chair on the sidewalk and sings at the top of her lungs—but also absolutely earnest. The "interactive tour" that the ensemble members have created is thoughtful and puzzling, ranging from a dance lesson (which includes audience participation and then turns into a lecture) to a puppet show to a piece in which one of the performers races back and forth across the room to increase her heartbeat. For all the questions raised, there aren't a lot of answers—but that seems to be the point. —Julia Thiel

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