No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks | Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks Free New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 19 2017

The Poetry Foundation presents Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall's collaborative ode to the life of Chicago's preeminent poet. A multimedia production that mixes Manual Cinema's unique shadow puppetry with poetic recitations, storytelling, and original music composed by Jamila and Ayanna Woods, this is a tough show to describe but a very easy one to love. The show lets the audience behind the curtain to observe the magic as it's being conjured, enriching this portrait of the multifaceted Brooks: by allowing the puppeteers', musicians', and actors' labors to be visible, it simultaneously demonstrates how a work of art is made while paying tribute to the woman who inspired the artists' labors. By the end it becomes a portrait of Chicago as much as one of Gwendolyn Brooks. Not to be missed; admission is first come, first served. —Dmitry Samarov

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