Chicago’s Puppet Theater Fest returns for 2022 with outdated favorites and the wildly new, broadening what you count on from a puppet present
By Doug George
For all of the issues Chicago is legendary for, let puppetry be on the listing, and puppetry’s largest occasion on the calendar is the Chicago Worldwide Puppet Theater Pageant.
The fourth version of the Puppet Theater Fest will probably be again in early 2022, with some 100 performances at 15 venues across the metropolis. The worldwide component will sadly be principally lacking this time round as a result of COVID-related journey restrictions, however you possibly can count on puppetry artists from throughout the nation on the town for the occasion operating Jan. 20-30, 2022. The schedule consists of:
“The Plastic Bag Retailer” by Robin Frohardt (New York): This pop-up procuring the bottom flooring of the Wrigley Constructing on Michigan Avenue will probably be open by the competition, hoping to encourage new views on the perils of single-use plastic. An imitation grocery retailer, will probably be “stocked” with 1000’s of hand-sculpted objects, every comprised of discarded plastic: Rotisserie chickens, cupcakes, sushi and merchandise reminiscent of Yucky Shards cereal and Bagorade sports activities drink. A number of occasions every day, the “retailer” transforms into “The Plastic Bag Retailer: Immersive Movie Expertise” created by Frohardt and her puppetry ensemble and that includes puppets designed by Frohardt. Opening evening Jan. 20 with immersive experiences at 4 p.m. and seven p.m. Then Tuesdays to Fridays: Retailer open 11 a.m. to three p.m.; immersive experiences at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and eight p.m. Saturdays: Retailer open 1 to three p.m.; immersive experiences at 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and eight p.m. Sundays: Retailer open 1 to three p.m.; immersive experiences at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. On the Wrigley Constructing, 410 N. Michigan Ave. Retailer visits are free; tickets to 60-minute screenings are $30 (really helpful for ages 8+).
“Invoice’s forty fourth” by Andy Manjuck and Dorothy James (New York): The celebration’s all prepared, now Invoice has to attend for his friends to reach. The Brooklyn-based Manjuck and James collectively create one very apprehensive protagonist on this comedy about each ingenuity and loneliness. A New York Occasions critics’ decide. Jan. 25-27 on the Chopin Theatre Mainstage, 1543 W. Division St.; tickets $35 (ages 16+).
“The Bluest Eye” co-created and directed by Margaret Laurena Kemp and Janni Younge (California and South Africa): Tailored by Lydia Diamond from Toni Morrison’s coming of age novel, placing it in a recent context. Jan. 28-30 on the DuSable Museum of African American Historical past, 740 E. 56th Place; tickets $30 (ages 16+).
“Chimpanzee” by Nick Lehane (New York): By means of bunraku type puppetry, the tales of chimpanzees raised as youngsters in human properties in cross-fostering science experiments. Jan. 22-24 at Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, 31 W. Ohio St. in River North; tickets $35 (ages 10+).
“Dogugaeshi” by Basil Twist (New York): Twist is understood for his work on Broadway’s “The Addams Household” and Joffrey Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” In line with the competition’s press supplies, the piece is influenced by the custom of Japanese dogugaeshi stage mechanism method and Twist’s personal encounters with the remaining caretakers of this as soon as widespread artwork kind. Jan. 20-24 Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 700 E. Grand Avenue, Navy Pier; tickets $40 (ages 9+).
“Dreaming” by Torry Bend (North Carolina): This collaboration with playwright Howard Craft and director JaMeeka Holloway examines the racist legacy of comics and animation by following two males deeply affected by Winsor McCay’s caricature “Little Nemo in Slumberland.” Contains grownup language, racially charged imagery and loud noises. Jan. 28-29 on the Chopin Theatre Mainstage, 1543 W. Division St. in Wicker Park; tickets $35 (ages 12+).
“I OBJECT! 30 Puppet Performs in 60 Minutes” by the Neo-Futurists (Chicago): Puppetry is on the core of the Neo’s signature type of high-speed present. Jan. 22-23 and Jan. 29-30 at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Andersonville; tickets $30 (ages 16+).
“Invitation to a Beheading” by Tough Home Theater Co. (Chicago): A person is condemned to dying for an absurd crime and despatched to a surreal jail to await his execution. However the jail will not be what it appears. The novel by Vladimir Nabokov is dropped at the stage by Michael Brown and Tough Home. Jan. 27-29 within the Chopin Theatre Basement, 1543 W. Division St. in Wicker Park; tickets $30 (ages 12+).
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