Manual Cinema tells its stories with music, haunting visuals and live performance. Multiple puppeteers deftly control projected scenes and overhead images while actors navigate the stage on cue to a live score. Elements of graphic design and analog cut-and-paste provide vivid backgrounds and magical shadow puppetry. There is no backstage, making the entire production visible to the audience. Like a hive, all parts move together to create a multi-sensory experience that allows the audience to appreciate the teller as much as the story.
Best of Chicago 2015