Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hitting the Tracks

Q. What's three feet by seven feet and has 28 limbs and seven heads?

A. Superman 2050, a new show by Chicago's Theater Un-Speak-Able, which will be visiting the Twin Cities on Saturday, July 23.

I haven't seen the play, but it sounds like a trip, if you'll pardon the pun. Seven actors share a small platform and somehow tell a story about Superman and high-speed rail.

Seven people in purple-blue leotards lined up against a black background
After spending time in London and appreciating rail access to other parts of the country, the show's creator, Mark Frost, returned to his native Chicago and wanted to do something to further the cause of high-speed rail in the U.S.

The show has played off and on over the past few months in Chicago, including a stint at Second City. Now they're hopping on Amtrak to visit Milwaukee and our fair cities. I hope the train is close to on time!

Twin Cities performances, all on Saturday, July 23:

2:00 p.m.
Government Plaza LRT station, 352 South 5th Street (free)

8:00 p.m.
Government Plaza LRT station, 352 South 5th Street (free)

12:00 midnight
Huge Improv Theater, 3037 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis (tickets needed, I think, box office opens after 7:00 p.m.)

Some links:

Superman 2050 website, with the whole schedule and other details

The Kickstarter page, with a video about the Midwest tour

Chicago Tribune review

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