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1229 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60640
773-975-8150
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attended Sep 08 2010

I attended this production because I work with one of the actors. Thanks to Goldstar, I managed to snag a couple tickets to a preview show, and boy was I glad I did! Mystery, comedy and fantasy come together in this well-written play about a...continued

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attended Sep 05 2010

i don't get out to see theater too often, because the plots are usually ridiculous...but i enjoy absurdist efforts. this was not theater of the absurd. this had a fantastic element to it...the story base had me intrigued. i was so pleased with...continued

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attended Oct 02 2010

I found the "dance aspect" (which was actually written into the script) to be VERY distracting. Overall, it made the play less enjoyable for me. I found the final few scenes confusing--had a second character actually also become death?? Not quite...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

Classy and visually provocative… this is a play in touch with the power of beauty." -Chicago Tribune
“Shrewdly perfect… wonderfully quirky.” —Chicago Sun-Times (Recommended)
Compassion and wit… a lovely and intriguing metaphysical mystery." —_Time Out Chicago (four-star review)
“The best new work I’ve seen this year.” —_Chicago Critic

“Dazzling, hilarious, thought-provoking - you’ll want to re-live it!" —Chicago Theater Blog
“The ensemble performs beautifully together… lovely and nuanced, funny as hell.” —Stead Style Chicago

Description

Sideshow Theatre Company invites you to blur the line between life and death with the Midwest premiere of Kathleen Akerley’s critically acclaimed Theories of the Sun. It’s 1963 and in a remote French hotel Barbara and Elizabeth Sweeny (an American mother and daughter) undergo some peculiar medical testing by a brilliant and eccentric doctor who specializes in unusual diseases. Accompanied by a young Tom Stoppard, a whiskey-fueled Tennessee Williams, and the mysterious scholar Mr. Asher, Elizabeth seeks to understand and cure her terrifying illness. Part mystery and part science fiction, this dazzling play’s twists and turns will keep you guessing until the very end.

About the Ticket Supplier: Sideshow Theatre Company NFP

“Familiar Stories. Unorthodox Methods. Perpetually Curious.”

Sideshow Theatre Company was founded in 2007 in Chicago, Illinois by three graduates of the University of Virginia and is an Illinois non-profit organization tax exempt under IRS code 501©(3). Our first show, Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird) was originally mentioned jokingly as the strangest imaginable subject matter for a one-person show. But when the laughter died down, an intense curiosity remained, as well as one defining question: “What if?” From that question a show, a company, and a mission were born.

Examining familiar stories in adventurous and engaging ways, Sideshow Theatre will spare no energy in mining the classic stories, genres, memories and archetypes of the world we live in, providing our audience with a communal experience of exploration. Dante was first on the chopping block, but everything else in the world can officially consider itself On Notice.