Sideshow Theatre Company’s Midwest Premiere of Kathleen Akerley’s critically acclaimed Theories of the Sun is not for everyone. Although I was hooked from the beginning, my companion never really got into it. Call me gullible, but I found myself being drawn into the surreal surroundings– believing the unbelievable–and enjoying the lyrical and poetic tempo of the production.
The story, without giving away the surprising twist that occurs midway through the show, begins in 1963 as an American mother and daughter team, Barbara (Susie Griffith) and Elizabeth Sweeny (Scottie Caldwell) arrive at a remote French Hotel to meet with the brilliant and eccentric young Dr. Giraud (Jesse Young) in hopes he can find an answer to Elizabeth’s terrifying medical condition.
The cast of compelling and quirky characters also includes two famous authors: British playwright Tom Stoppard (Matt Fletcher) and a whiskey-fueled Tennessee Williams (Andy Luther). Completing the cast is the mysterious Mr. Asher (Dylan Stuckey) who can only be seen by Elizabeth, the hospitable Proprietor (Andrew Marikis), and The American (Michael Mercier).
Blending bold theatrics and movement, the Kathleen Akerley script places each of the hotel’s patrons into a direct confrontation with his or her deepest and most secret pains. Theories of the Sun is about the spiritual mysteries of life such as aging, sexuality, death and the meaning or life itself. Although it poses the questions–it is up to us to find the answers.
Regular performance for Theories of the Sun are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30p.m. and Sundays at 3:00p.m. with two additional performances: Monday, September 27 at 7:30p.m. and Saturday, October 2 at 3:00p.m. Through October 3, 2010. All performances will be held at the newly and beautifully renovated Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets are $20. Box Office 773 975 8150.
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