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David C. Woolard
Death and the Powers, The Robots' Opera
205 E. Randolph Chicago
Death and the Powers is a one-act, full evening work which tells the story of Simon Powers, a rich, successful inventor, who wishes to perpetuate his existence beyond the decay of his physical being. Reaching the end of his life, Powers uses his vast resources and devises a way to 'download' himself into his environment. This transformation turns every object in his surroundings—such as his books, furniture and walls—into a collective, living version of himself, called The System. His family, friends and business associates are left to explore how this transformation impacts their relationships and ability to move forward with their own lives and legacies.
Presented by Chicago Opera Theater
Thru - Apr 10, 2011
Show Type: Opera
Box Office: 312-704-8414
Death and the Powers, The Robots' Opera Reviews
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ChicagoCritic - Recommended
"...the show is spectacular. The technology, the robots, the three-dimensional stage-pieces and sound-scapes, are all extremely impressive. The human capacity for creativity, for making non-living objects heave with life, is masterful. It is almost worth seeing just for that."
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Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended
"...Sopranos Emily Albrink (as Evvy) and Sara Heaton (Miranda) are excellent. I found Evvy's wordless aria while she wore a headset to speak with her husband after he had entered The Sytem particularly moving. Hal Cazalet has a fantastic, triumphant tenor as Nick, but I felt the physical movement incorporating his mechanical arm was not full developed by Paulus or her movement team. As Simon, Maddalena is a great force of a man confronting his own mortality in the opening sequence. Unfortunately he spends the majority of the piece singing off stage, and I missed his presence."
Chicago Theater Beat - Recommended
"...It’s an awesome tour de force, enough to cement C.O.T.’s reputation for enterprising risk-taking, not the usual menu you encounter from an opera company. This state-of-the-art showcase for electronic innovation is probably not the future of opera (it still comes down to singing a story). But it’s a bracing look at a brave new world. Death and the Powers will either soon be dated or depict the shape of things to come. But until the computer writes the review, I pick meat over machinery."