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  Andares at Chicago Shakespeare Theater


Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 East Grand Avenue Chicago

Woven from ancestral myths, traditional music and arts, and a three-person narrative, Andares reveals the extraordinary, untold stories of ordinary, humble people who inhabit Mexico's most remote corners. Created by director Hector Flores Komatsu from his personal search to know and understand the original cultures of his homeland, Andares is a moving, fierce denunciation against a present that seems intent upon destroying what was once held as sacred.

Thru - Oct 27, 2019

Stage: Upstairs Theatre

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-595-5600

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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...“Andares” is still a clear and revealing window for anyone and, I imagine, a rare and profound Chicago experience for anyone here who grew up in rural Mexico and misses the stories from home."
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Chris Jones

WTTW - Highly Recommended

"...The 80-minute "Andares" (spoken mostly in Spanish, with smatterings of Maya, Tzotzil, Zapotec and Wixarika, and with projected English supertitles) is a collection of artfully interwoven stories drawn from five different regions of Mexico and enacted by a trio of richly expressive actors (Josue Maychi, Lupe de la Cruz and Domingo Mijangos, who is substituting for Alexis Orozco, who was unable to join the Chicago engagement). Joining them as musical narrator is Raymundo Pavon Lozano, a singer who plays the small Mexican guitar known as a jarana jarocha. Together they spin stories that feel as much choreographed as directed as they conjure a true sense of ritual at once ancient and modern."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...The production is occasionally peppered with profanity, but the show is otherwise a wonderful work of art, intended for audiences, from middle school to senior citizens. It’s an educational and stimulating experience, filled with poetry and magic and, in its short stay in Chicago, one that should not be missed."
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Colin Douglas

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...The stories are told in Spanish and several dialects including Maya and Zapotec, with English subtitles. We learn about the characters’ childhoods, about animals and birds, their experiences with mothers and grandmothers, their love of music and fiesta, and their first loves. There is fierce criticism of the modern world and the way its customs and commerce extinguish the ancient cultures and rob indigenous people of their lands. There’s even an HT to our president and a pointed comment about not paying for a wall."
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Nancy Bishop

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