Constance and the Perpetual Motion Machine | The Charnel House | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Constance and the Perpetual Motion Machine Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 25 2014

Rough House Theater's latest piece is elegant and odd, featuring shadow puppets, an all-white kinetic set, and a perpetual motion machine. Most of the story takes place in the mind of Nora, who's returning from the funeral of her best friend, the free-spirited, self-destructive Constance. Nora encounters Sal, who's building a perpetual motion machine in his own attempt to forestall grief: "A man can't build and grieve at the same time," he says. Emme Williams's haunting score hits a high point with the original song she performs midway, and while it's strange to be moved by a puppet, in the case of Monty Cole's Sal, I promise you will be. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $15, $10 for students


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