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Theater Wit
1229 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60657
773-975-8150
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"Icarus"
15 ratings
3.8 average rating
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11 events
4 reviews
1 stars
attended Jun 30 2011

I really liked "Icarus". It's full of heart. Much tenderness and vulnerability under the bravado. Each of the five characters pulled me in. Both touched my heart and had me thinking. It's all about dreams and illusions - remembering and trying to...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended Jun 24 2011

Boho Theatre Ensemble is a company that has guts, heart, and a real love for the storytelling they offer with each and every production. The space they use this time around at Theatre Wit is complimentary to the story of Icarus, offering an...continued

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27 events
23 reviews
8 stars
attended Jul 08 2011

I hate giving bad reviews for plays but this one was a waste of my time and so as to not waste anymore of my time. The writing and interpretation of the story of Icarus was the worst I've ever seen. I understood their version of the story but it...continued

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“Like two battle-weary soldiers, Altagracia and Primitivo plod toward the beach. Primitivo, a boy whose contorted body languishes in a wheelchair, is nudged forward. His sister, half-dragging the chair, is marked by a maroon-colored gnarl that runs across her forehead and down the side of her face. Just then, Primitivo, as cranky as a sleep-deprived two-year-old, begins to cry.”

The disquieting scene that opens Edwin Sánchez’s Icarus is enough to make anyone uneasy. But what initially seems like some postmodern cross between Beach Blanket Bingo and Freaks, Tod Browning’s 1932 cult film, methodically unfolds into a thing of profound beauty. And that’s the point of Icarus: Beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder. It’s something that runs deeper than the roots of an oak tree, down to some inner sanctuary that provides safety even in the harshest conditions.

Icarus is propelled by Sánchez’s winning, playful script. His moving text is laden with the nuggets of information that go into building a richly etched picture. A consummate story-teller, Sánchez also is careful to leave enough blank spaces on his canvas for the audience to fill in from their own imaginations…

Join Bohemian Theatre Ensemble as it presents this fascinating and soul-searching work. The questions brought to the fore are ones worthy of much discussion and debate. With Icarus, Sánchez, ultimately, chooses to takes us inward, revealing the terrible effects of the ghostly truth many hold, but pretend does not exist.

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