500 Clown Frankenstein: Tale of Frankenstein Reimagined by Clowns
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The last date listed for 500 Clown Frankenstein was Sunday July 29, 2007 / 3:00pm.
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I had never seen a 500 Clown performance before but really liked this show. It was pretty short and there was lots of physical as well as verbal comedy. There was also interaction between the performers and the audience which made the show more...continued
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“A work of psychic combat and power games that will have you laughing and holding your breath all at the same time.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Singularly inventive, highly amusing and entirely dangerous.” —Chicago Tribune
500 Clown Theatre, founded in 2000, presents 500 Clown Frankenstein, a wildly physical, comical and powerful reimagining of Mary Shelley’s _Frankenstein. _The show brings a clown’s-eye view to the themes of creation and abandonment.
The plot involves three clowns who embark on a madcap journey to construct Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. Stymied by elaborate and exaggerated period costumes, the clowns are propelled into acrobatic feats in an extended battle with an unruly table. Comic mayhem takes a sharp turn to a devastating climax when one clown is forced to play the role of the creature and suffer abuse.
The physical theatre artists of 500 Clown deliver their distinctive brand of deconstructed texts (based on Shelley) through physical action and clowning improvisation inspired by the immediate energy of each audience. Last seen in Chicago in 2004, this updated version of 500 Clown Frankenstein includes production revisions from three years of performing these pieces on tour, presenting a honed show with crisp storytelling and a powerful ending.
Inspired by vaudevillians honing their acts on the road, 500 Clown continues tweaking each production after each performance. 500 Clown has toured in Birmingham, England; Michigan (Acorn Theatre); Maryland (Creative Alliance and Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center); Pennsylvania (Franklin & Marshall College); and goes to New York City in winter 2007.
About the Ticket Supplier: Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an internationally-renowned company of thirty-five artists whose talents include acting, directing, playwriting, filmmaking, and textual adaptation. Steppenwolf has redefined the landscape of acting and performance by spawning a generation of America’s most gifted artists, including Joan Allen, John Mahoney, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Plimpton and Gary Sinise. No other American theater ensemble has survived as long and thrived as much as the Steppenwolf company of artists, who return home to Chicago to do the work they love.