Into the Empty Sky | Trap Door Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Beata Pilch

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 17 2017
Price: $10-$25
Six nameless barefoot women lugging beat-up suitcases are trapped in a minelike purgatory with nothing to comfort them but their memories in this dramatization of Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska's poems. Each woman longs to break out of this nonplace but seems unable to leave for long (not even after running out of the exit leading to the alley behind the theater at one point). Their literal and figurative baggage won't let them be. The language is spare and almost skeletal, but the women's acting humanizes their struggle. Through repetitive phrases and gestures, dramatic light design, and accordion and metronome music played by composer Mike Mazzocca while perched above the stage, this show casts a spell which lingers long after one leaves that bare, woebegone room. Devised and directed by Monica Payne. —Dmitry Samarov


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