Donna Rosebud | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Not for every taste, Donna Rosebud suggests at times a throwback to 60s Underground whimsy. But local independent J.P. Somersaulter, who shot this in high-contrast black and white over five years, has some rather novel fantasy notions up his sleeve. His eponymous heroine--mayor, musician, doctor, philosopher, and mother of seven, among other accomplishments--dreams about the real world while inhabiting a telepathic alternate universe where sync sound is unnecessary. Like other animators who've turned to live action Frank Tashlin, Walerian Borowczyk, David Lynch--Somersaulter has some pretty elastic notions about reality, and you might want to try bending along with him. (Music Box, Friday, August 14)

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