Storm | Links Hall at Constellation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Storm Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 28 2015

Walkabout Theater's reimagining of Shakespeare’s Tempest, created and directed by physical-theater practitioner Anna-Helena McClean, takes us halfway to an amazing evening of performance. Adopting a promenade-style staging, she begins by bringing the audience into the performing space—and into the opening storm itself, re-created by a chorus of energetic, highly athletic actors singing and dancing all around us. From there we get a truly virtuosic bit of physical theater in which each major character—Prospero, Miranda, Caliban, Ariel—makes a breathtakingly original entrance. The problem is that having grabbed us with this dazzling start, McClean doesn’t seem to know where to go next. She and collaborators Emma Stanton and Rosanna Lowe toss out almost all of Shakespeare’s story—there's no reconciliation for Prospero, no love story for Miranda—leaving us with just 75 minutes of dancing and eccentric sound design, signifying nothing. —Jack Helbig

Price: $15-$20

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