Blue Nativity | Saint Gregory the Great Church | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader

Blue Nativity Free Opening (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fri., Jan. 1 2010

Now in its eighth annual incarnation, this stripped-down traveling Nativity play uses music and ten-foot-tall puppets with crescent-moon faces to evoke something even more ancient than the birth of Jesus: the primal theogony that lurks deep in the DNA of all religion. Quest Theatre Ensemble stilt-walks through the naves of local churches, offering a performance that's at once respectful and surreal. Sahara Glasner's musical narration includes original songs and traditional hymns, the latter blending hauntingly with the church settings and supplying a familiar backdrop for the alien visages of the puppets. --Keith Griffith

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