Aunt Nancy and Her Stories | Cornservatory | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 14 2008

Corn Productions's remounted family musical actually does "teach important life lessons," to quote the PR. But don't be alarmed: nothing about Michelle Renee Thompson's boisterous 50-minute spectacle is dutiful. The play focuses on fifth-grader Meenah as she competes in the sport of dog tag and deals with the arrival of a storytelling aunt in a full-to-bursting house. Aunt Nancy's traditional West African tales are enacted so imaginatively--performers play a fire, a volcano, a snail--that the lessons go down easy. Homemade percussion, clever songs, and physical comedy keep the energy high but not assaultive under Robert Bouwman's direction. David Kaniuk is soulful and sneaky as the dog, and, as Meenah, 17-year-old Jessica Kearney is wonderfully animated, her face keen and open. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $5-$10

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