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Pre-Columbian meets postmodern in this production (whose title translates as "The Sky Below") created and performed by Jesusa Rodriguez and Liliana Felipe. Leading figures in Mexican avant-garde theater, Rodriguez and Felipe are noted for synthesizing U.S. and European influences into shows that nonetheless maintain a strong Mesoamerican identity; their visually fascinating, strikingly costumed works link ancient ritual with contemporary skepticism and satire. This Spanish-language piece expounds a cyclical vision of life and death as it follows a woman's journey into the afterlife in search of her lover; dense with mythopoetic metaphor and tinged with ironic humor, it marks the Chicago debut of a team of very unusual artists as part of the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum's "Del Corazon" festival. Latino Chicago Theater Company, in the Firehouse, 1625 N. Damen, 738-1503. April 15 through 17: Friday, 8 PM; Saturday, 6 and 9 PM; Sunday, 5 and 8 PM. $15.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Still.

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