Garage Rep 2011 - Sideshow Theatre Company's Heddatron
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The last date listed for Heddatron was Sunday April 24, 2011 / 4:00pm.
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One of Gilbert and Sullivan's most successful operas, The Hypocrites' reimagined Mikado returns to the stage. Set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, where flirting has been made a capital offense, The Mikado tells the story of a wandering minstrel who falls for a betrothed woman. An intelligent satire, the Japanese setting allowed Gilbert and Sullivan to slyly mask their commentary on contemporary British society. Directed by The Hypocrites' founding artistic director Sean Graney, the hit production features a cast of 12 actors who also make up the orchestra. This classic and surprisingly modern tale of star-crossed lovers features the tunes "Three Little Maids From School Are We" and "A Wand'ring Minstrel I." Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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I went to this show not knowing what to expect--I mean, robots? As actors in a play? Was this some kind of gimmick? I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not. The robots as actors were believable, fit seamlessly into the story, and played their parts well.
The whole cast was good, but a special shout out to the 10 year old who plays Nugget. She was great! The timing of the kitchen wench was spot on, too.
If you're going to see this show, I'd highly recommend you read a summary of Hedda Gabler first. It will add a lot to your understanding and enjoyment of the production.
Quotes & Highlights
- Learn more about Sideshow Theatre Company at their official website.
A book falls from the sky and a depressed Michigonian housewife is kidnapped by a clan of renegade robots, whisked away to the jungles of South America, and forced to perform the title role in a mechanical version of Hedda Gabbler. As a documentarian searches for the truth about the abduction and the woman's family mounts a search party, Ibsen himself enters the picture to defend his well-made play. Sideshow is partnering with robotics experts across Chicago to present a cast of human actors and functioning robots in this bizarre and savagely funny Chicago premiere.
Sideshow Theatre Company was founded in 2007. Sideshow’s mission is to mine the collective unconscious of the world we live in with limitless curiosity, drawing inspiration from the familiar stories, memories and images we all share to spark new conversation and bring our audiences together as adventurers in a communal experience of exploration.
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