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  Sagittarius Ponderosa at Redtwist Theatre

Sagittarius Ponderosa

Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave Chicago

Archer (still Angela to his family) returns home to the forests of eastern Oregon to care for his sick father. At night under the oldest Ponderosa Pine, he meets a stranger who knows the history of the forests. Sagittarius Ponderosa reveals the enduring ties between the roots beneath our feet and the mysteries of the human heart...and the journey of personal identity we all must take to become ourselves.

Thru - Jul 29, 2018

Price: $35-$40

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-728-7529

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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...MJ Kaufman's play—receiving its Chicago premiere at Redtwist Theatre under James Fleming's direction—is note-perfect in showing how often people talk past each other, speaking only of their own desires and hearing only what they want to hear without ever truly listening. Even when Archer meets a stranger in the woods (Christopher Acevedo) and begins a covert affair, neither lover can see the other for much more than what they need them to be."
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Dmitry Samarov

Windy City Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...Sagittarius Ponderosa is stuffed with unfulfilled possibilities despite a more-than-competent production. A work of magic realism, it seems an exercise in style and technique rather than focused on character or story."
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Jonathan Abarbanel

NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Where the words least heard are “I love you” and your own name, that may be true. Intimacy remains elusive in “Sagittarius Ponderosa,” only accessible in mundane and temporary acts—discussing the growth habits of trees and garden vegetables or reading about the weddings of other people in the newspaper. Both poignant and distressing is the use of a papier-mâché puppet (animated by Parry) to represent Peterson, Grandma’s nursing home buddy. So much remains unspoken, under pressure to emerge in an unseen spring, in a play that inches from winter to winter."
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Irene Hsiao

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