Haff, the Man & Falling Girl | Noyes Cultural Arts Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Haff, the Man & Falling Girl Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 21 2010

Michael Montenegro's Theatre Zarko uses exquisite puppetry, movement, and music to tell two stories--one about a divided soul and the other about a divided world. In Montenegro's Haff, the Man, the title character--who's literally split down the middle--grapples with the sins of his past and his desire to embrace a brighter future. Adapted by Ellen O'Keefe from a short story by Italian writer Dino Buzzati, Falling Girl concerns a young woman who sees the world of haves (sniggering socialites at a penthouse party) and have-nots (office drones right out of The Adding Machine) as she floats down to earth from atop a skyscraper. The hour-long show passes like a paradoxically beautiful fever dream, aided by the percussive soundscape of composer Jude Mathews and her musicians. The ensemble handle delicate contraptions and crystalline prose with mesmerizing grace and sly charm. --Kerry Reid

Price: $20

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