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The Big Bang & Other Amazing Adventures

Last year's smash hit The Midnight Circus: When Circus and Theater Collide introduced various theater types--an actor, a director, a scholar, and even a critic--to the joys of juggling, flying, and clowning. In this year's show (performed on the new museum campus, near the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Field Museum), a scientist and two tourists find themselves suddenly surrounded by the music of the spheres as acrobats assemble a replica of the solar system and Hallie the Human Comet makes his descent to earth. Other acts include contortionists, steel-muscled (but ballerina-graceful) rope dancers, and a dinosaur skeleton constructed out of bodies standing three high. Enhancing the dazzling spectacle are Alfonsus T. Vondershoosht's ringmasterly commentary and Gregor Mortis's wryly comic sound design. The show's only 30 minutes long, it plays five times a day on weekends, it's educational, admission is free, and the 12 and 146 buses run right up to the entrance--how's that for a summer bargain? Big Bang Tent, Museum Campus Chicago Center, Roosevelt and Lake Shore (east of the Field Museum), 312-409-4178. Through September 6: Saturdays-Sundays, 11 AM and 12:30, 2, 3:30, and 5 PM. Free. --Mary Shen Barnidge

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): uncredited group photo.

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