Enjoyable, "kid friendly" performances are sometime hard to come
by in Chicago's vibrant theater scene. For us, at least, it has
often seemed that either we were fighting yawns and full out
sleeping in our seats, or the kids were.
Enter Hephaestus, the Greek God of the Forge,
whose life is brought to life by the Lookingglass Theater Company
in a simply awesome performance at the Goodman. The children in our
group - ages 2, 7, and 9 - remained enthralled and sat, literally,
on the edge of their seats. Us adults wondered how humans can
possibly perform such feats (think, swinging from the ceiling
with a mere piece of silk tied to one foot, balancing a
group of seven on a highwire). At several points during the show,
all of us had our breath taken away after which we stood up with
applause (and relief!).
The story of Hephaestus, whose tough life began when his
mother threw him off a mountaintop, leaving him disabled, ties the
story together (and will be of particular interest to children
reading the Percy Jackson series). The intimate theater
space leaves everyone feeling part of the action, and the joy and
exuberance with which the ensemble members perform is
DON'T MISS Hephaestus, until June 20th, at the Goodman
Theater. For tickets, visit www.lookingglasstheater
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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