Snowflake | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 14 2016

Oscar Wilde’s line “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” came to mind watching Gale LaJoye’s touring one-man show, now in its 25th year, about a homeless man named Snowflake. It’s performed wordlessly against the backdrop of a billboard projecting fantasies of family and home as pictured in midcentury advertising; LaJoye is an expert clown a la Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp. Snowflake's loneliness is lessened when he discovers a discarded puppet, sad and forgotten as he is, whom he sets out to make smile by magically transforming trash into a pair of skis, a tennis racket, a saw, a suitcase. The simple message: maybe we are all in the gutter—looking at life insurance ads—and maybe loneliness is unavoidable, but we still have the ability to dream, to play, to make each other smile. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $39, $28 children

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