Last night was the opening of Polarity Theatre's latest production, "Ephemera." Earlier in the day, the Sun-Times had named Polarity, "Small But Mighty....Under the radar, these stage companies are super troupers!" I certainly agree! In 2008, the Chicago Reader named Polarity "Best Emerging Theater Company" following its unique production of "Hamlet."
"Ephemera" was written by Bryce Wissel as a madcap space romp where the fate of mankind rests with one woman, two men, an alcoholic monkey and a lovesick robot. It features a tortured love triangle played out against the threat of interstellar combat with an unknowable enemy. It was also hysterically funny and played to perfection by this hard-working and talented ensemble case. It was directed by Laura Sturm, and features a "site-specific installation" by Chicago multi-medium artist Lewis Lain.
Stars include my favorite son, Charley Jordan, Kim Boler, Kaelan Strouse, Bob Wilson, Sarah Grant, Hilary Holbrook and Jonas Grey.
The show runs through May 1st in Wicker Park's Josephinum Academy, 1500 N. Bell St. Tickets are $19. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
www.PETheatre.com, or call the box office at (800) 838-3006.
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