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4.8 / 5 Rated by 5 members
Review from Goldstar Member

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...continued

reviewed Feb 17 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from martha

We absolutely loved it. This show is for theatre aficionados, others will not make the connections between the storylines without reading Ibsen's Hedda Gabler or knowing something about Strindberg and Ibsen.

reviewed Apr 16 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Sara Bellum

Heddatron has a Stoppard-esque quality through fusing the past and the present in order to tell a story. The merging of scientific advancements in robotics with Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabbler in order to make a statement about the play's social...continued

reviewed Mar 17 2011 report as inappropriate
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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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