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  Fatelessness at Chopin Theatre


Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division Chicago

In development since late 2015, Fatelessness is a physical score set to a radio play adapted by Andràs Visky and Adam Boncz from the novel Fatelessness by Imre Kertész. The semi-autobiographical story is told through a first-person narrative with a dance accompaniment and describes a Hungarian teenager’s life in the Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Zeitz camps during the Holocaust.

Presented by Theatre Y

Thru - Apr 16, 2017

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 4:00pm

Price: $15-$20

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-278-1500

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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Theatre Y director Melissa Lorraine's intriguing experiment with Imre Kertesz's Noble Prize-winning novel Fatelessness is half brilliant. While we hear Michael Doonan's prerecorded voice reading a greatly condensed version of the book, which follows bemused, dispassionate 15-year-old Hungarian Jew Gyuri through three Nazi concentration camps, we watch Benjamin Holliday Wardell silently enact a 65-minute yoga routine."
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Justin Hayford

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...I would call Theatre Y's production of Fatelessness daring, not least because it challenges its audience's casual investment of attention and intellect, but especially because it offers no extraneous, aesthetic pretentions to disguise the challenge: it is sincerely-that is on principle, for a purpose-unsentimental. Personally, I found the casual and welcoming discussion after the performance more cultivating than the performance itself, but for admirers of avant-garde productions that imagine outside the (black)box, Fatelessness is a singular and fascinating theatrical experience."
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August Lysy

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