Saturday, September 27, 2008

Dave DaVinci Saves the Universe (House Theatre of Chicago) – 9/27/08

The House Theatre inaugurates its new space at the Chopin main stage with a remount / rethinking of one of its biggest hits, "Dave DaVinci Saves the Universe". The show has been totally redesigned to the configurations of the larger proscenium space (they previously performed in a three-quarter thrust configuration at the edgy Viaduct Theater), and not necessarily for the better. Although the show is still a fun sci fi adventure, much of its quirkiness and heart are diminished, mainly because this mounting loses the intimate "gee wiz" cartoon quality it had previously in favor of a more serious literal mindedness. The performers remain committed though, and I think it's just a matter of time before the House becomes acclimated to its new playground.

Rating: **1/2 (out of *****)

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