Thirty Thousand One | Theater Wit | Dance | Chicago Reader

Thirty Thousand One

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 12 2012

Place: the universe. Time: eternity. Dramatis personae: the Creator, Earth, Ilsa and Simon (soul mates destined either to save or destroy the world, though after 30,000 lifetimes they still haven't crossed paths), and assorted hangers-on. In this world-premiere dance-theater piece from Pursuit Productions, writer-director Kacie Smith and choreographer Ahmad Simmons unwittingly replicate the self-important, grandiloquent devotee of Terpsichore ("A dance to spring!") created by cartoonist Jules Feiffer. Though the cast of 18 include many top-notch dancers, they can't save the choreography from its role as window dressing for a naive tale lacking genuine characters and plot. Still, Henry Behel's towering stage design, resembling a potter's studio suffused with portentous mist, is impressive. —Laura Molzahn

Price: $15-$20

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