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Performance Mon Nov 02 2009

Carny Love

large2.jpgI don't think I'm the only person who has a deep philosophical interest in carny culture. Otherwise, why would the Department of Cultural Affairs organize a month of carny-related arts programming? The DCA, in conjunction with Silent Theatre Company, is putting on a play of sorts, called Carnivale Nocturne, surrealistically recreating the underground world of a traveling carnival. With a live band and physical acts of carnival performance, this original dark fable by the STC ensemble, directed by Tonika Tordova, combines the styles of Tim Burton and Edward Gorey, telling the story of a curse between a group of fire breathers, fortune tellers, bestial tamers and natural freaks.

Carnivale Nocturne will be performed every weekend for a month, from Thursday, November 19 - Sunday, December 20. The performances will be at 7:30 pm, Thursdays - Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm. There will be an additional matinee performance on Saturday, December 5 at 2pm. Tickets are $20; $10 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets call 312-742-8497 or visit

A free film screening of the cult classic, "Freaks," and a series of free physical theater workshops and will ensue over the next month, in conjunction with Carnivale Nocturne. Check out CAR's listing for more information about those.

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