The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival opens tomorrow, with more
than a dozen Chicago presenting organizations joining together to ignite the
spirit of this citywide event. The festival lasts 10 days and features artists
from abroad, across the nation, and unique work born here in Chicago.
There are several family-friendly performances taking place, hosting and
presented by some of Chicago's leading theater organizations. Find a show for
your family - here are some of the family friendly performances taking place.
and Mrs. Pennyworth
Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N Michigan Ave
Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth captivate audiences with spellbinding tales. But one
day, The Big Bad Wolf mysteriously dies before his story is complete. As
fairytales disappear from their pages, Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth must journey
through the stories to restore order before they are lost forever. $35.
Beverly Art Center, 2407 W 111th St
and Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio St
Part mime, part contortion, Italy’s
Teatro dei Piedi (Theatre of Feet) stages characters whose stories are by turns
romantic, ironic, poetic and ridiculous – with their feet! Laura Kibel and
Veronic González put their hands, feet and knees together to create
extraordinarily articulate characters. $20; $12 Students.
The Auditorum Theatre's Katten Landau
Studio, 425 W. Wabash, 4th Floor
Conversations with Devi brings Hindu
mythology to life using intricate Balinese shadow puppetry. When a haughty demon
named Mahishasura taunts the goddess Devi, the two engage in an epic battle of
shape shifting and strength. Delicate chiseled leather puppets called wayang
kuilt illuminate the story while the sounds of an Indonesian gamelan orchestra
draw rhythmic motion from every figure, animal, and tree. $28; $20
of Fire: A Persian Epic
Studebaker Theater at
the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave.
Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic
is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created by Hamid
Rahmanian in collaboration with Larry Reed. The play unfolds an action-packed
magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh
(The Book of Kings). $40; $30 Student/Senior.
Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble
What’s more surprising than a plastic-bag- world, where funny and
colorful creatures appear and transform? They ?ll up, they empty out, they ?y,
they get bored, they are funny—and they might resemble us a little bit. With
Plastique, Théâtre Puzzle brings to the Vittum Theater a multicolored
performance with unusual puppets, humor, and unexpected situations. $17; $12
Youth 14 and under; $10 with Industry ID on Monday.
The Station, 100 S Racine Ave
Cinema transforms Edith Nesbit’s novel The Magic City into a live, cinematic
shadow puppet show in this new work commissioned by Chicago Children’s Theatre.
When a young girl moves into a new home, she entertains herself by building a
city using household objects. Through some magic, she finds herself inside the
city, surrounded by life. $25; $20 Students/Seniors.
Adventure Stage Chicago
at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble St
Open Eye Figure Theatre’s adaptation
of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for the marionette stage is a look at youth, aging,
and the allure of power. Creator Michael Sommers uses Goethe’s 1797 poem Der
Zauberlehrling as inspiration, expanding on the young apprentice’s mishaps and
mistakes in this original work with a unique Open Eye approach. With it’s
highly-designed production, original score, and masterful puppetry, the show
appeals to both adults and children. $17; $12 youth 14 and under.
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