Mary Shelley Sees the Future | OuterSpace Studio | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Mary Shelley Sees the Future The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 13 2016

Most people would agree that Frankenstein author Mary Shelley was ahead of her time. Playwright Olivia Lilley and Runaways Lab Theatre make it literal in Mary Shelley Sees the Future. Through some inexplicable force, a despondent Shelley swaps bodies with an aspiring young 21st-century writer named Mya, who, upon recognizing the switch, is eager to tout her feminist principles to those living in the 19th century. Meanwhile, Shelley is getting a taste of what it’s like in present-day Logan Square: sex, pot, yoga, coffeehouses. Lilley’s instincts are good up to a point. She gets enticingly close to making a bold statement about sexuality and gender equality, but its impact is diminished by too many subplots that don't come together. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $13-$15 suggested donation

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