The Rosenkranz Mysteries: An Evening of Magic and Spirits | Royal George Theatre Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Rosenkranz Mysteries: An Evening of Magic and Spirits The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 24 2016

There's something decidedly amateur about this new show (slotted in at the last minute) at the Royal George Theatre. Presumably inspired by or adapted from a class he teaches at Northwestern for medical students, Medicine and Magic, physician Ricardo Rosenkranz's 90 minute one-man performance is full of fascinating bits, from our contemplation of Wittgenstein's duck rabbit to Rosenkranz's meditation on how medicine is, like magic, a performance art. Including many audience members in the show (so be prepared), Rosenkranz moves us through the illusion of health, the magic of empathy, the power of sympathy. To be sure, there are some impressive tricks here; still, it takes a seasoned performer—not just a gifted clinician and lecturer—to pull off a solo show. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $40-$75


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