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Fall Arts Guide 2008, Under the Radar: The Man Who Pictured Space From His Apartment

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Under the Radar

The Man Who Pictured Space From His Apartment

If Chicago's once-thriving performance art scene hadn't fizzled out a decade or so ago, Cupola Bobber would be a rising sensation rather than an isolated curiosity. Like Goat Island and Lucky Pierre before it, Cupola Bobber (Stephen Friehn and Tyler B. Myers) takes various high- and low-culture junk—the list of stuff that got sent into space with Voyager in 1977, for instance—and funnels it though many months of rehearsal. The result: elliptical but irreducible pastiches that stumble to life though the duo's self-consciously clumsy theatrics. In The Man Who Pictured Space From His Apartment, their third full-length piece, the flat-footed palookas dance about on a set constructed entirely of cardboard, trying to conjure vastness in their shoebox universe as they read endless mysterious lists from long scrolls that dangle above their heads. Originally presented last fall, this droll, absurd, and poignant piece is back briefly before Friehn and Myers head off on a UK tour. The Cupola Bobber studio is tiny, so reserve your seat now. a10/17-10/25, Fri-Sat 8 PM, 1359 N. Maplewood, 312-560-3799 or cupolabobber.com. —Justin Hayford

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