Immunity: A Tale of Ordinary Vulnerability | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Immunity: A Tale of Ordinary Vulnerability Recommended New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through June 7 2015

This work devised by the international students in Paola Coletto's School for Theatre Creators circles around contemporary questions concerning illness and health, asking in a surprisingly playful manner what it means to be immune. With movement and mime, this inventive ensemble piece follows a young couple on a quest to protect their baby from bacteria and viruses, played by actors in masks—a sort of Greek chorus that's obliterated by hand washing and returns with a vengeance after a sneeze. Eula Biss's recent On Immunity comes to mind, as does Jenny McCarthy's infamous campaign against vaccines, but here the rhetoric is mostly background noise; the principal pleasure is the production's delightful playfulness. Director Matteo Destro trusts the audience to realize that the battle between the body and agents of illness is fought minutely, and daily. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $15


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