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  Silent Sky at First Folio Theatre

Silent Sky

First Folio Theatre
1717 W. 31st St Oak Brook

A period drama about feminism, scientific advancement and the fight to cement one's legacy in the face of adversity, Silent Sky is set in the early 1900s and follows real-life Cambridge astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring scientist who joins the Harvard Observatory's all-female "human computer" team. The women are kept behind the scenes and are told to keep their ideas and theories to themselves. As Henrietta navigates these impossible waters, she tries to keep her personal life and family obligations in focus. Presented by First Folio Theatre, Silent Sky examines a woman's place in professional society during a time of both historic discovery and endless oppression, when a woman's ideas were dismissed until a man could claim credit for them. See it now at the Mayslake Hall of the Chicago area.

Thru - Apr 30, 2017

Price: $29-$39

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 630-986-8067

Running Time: 1hr, 50mins

  Silent Sky Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Where do we fit in this vastness? Henrietta Leavitt helped map the distances in space, and paradoxically brought us closer to understanding our own place in the universe. Though "Silent Sky," like "Hidden Figures," indulges in some familiar dramaturgical tropes, it also shines with the luminous joy of re-centering women whose achievements have been too long overlooked by the telescope of history."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...In Lauren Gunderson's "Silent Sky," Leavitt's story unfolds with a beauty and complexity worthy of the skies she mapped. Directed by Melanie Keller for Oak Brook's First Folio Theatre, the production's five-person ensemble creates a gorgeous, inspiring drama that manages to convey both the vastness of an endless world and the subtlest of human emotions."
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Catey Sullivan

Daily Herald - Recommended

"...Visually, there is much to admire about First Folio's production, including Angela Weber Miller's minimalist set, an observatory with a classical design that reflects both the scientific and the sacred. The combination of John "Smooch" Medina's celestial projections and Michael McNamara's moody lighting make for some stunning moments."
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Barbara Vitello

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Lauren Gunderson's simple, gracefully written biographical play, about pioneering American astronomer Henrietta Leavitt-whose discoveries in the early 20th century greatly expanded our conception of the size of the universe-is well matched by director Melanie Keller's strong, elegant, moving production for First Folio Theatre."
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Jack Helbig

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...A great deal of credit must go to Bissell for making Gunderson's modern language sound authentic to her graceful oddball character, though the rest of the cast all hold their own. By showing what drove Leavitt and the people like her, First Folio's production not only teaches about an important part of history, it also spurs us to pursue and honor their investigations into the natural world, while being more mindful of how much we rely on each other."
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Jacob Davis

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...By the end of the play, Bissellís tear-filled voice as she looks out over the universe her ideas, and her faith, have helped uncover, it is a hard heart that is not moved to add an amen of a sniffle or a sob. Itís the kind of performance, the kind of story, that lifts the spirits, that engenders care and affection, and cements a new appreciation for this boundless wonder called the universe."
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Ben Kemper

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended

"...Itís no small thing to write an entertaining play on a difficult and unfamiliar scientific subject but Gunderson has largely pulled it off. Bissell carries the play with truth and intelligence as well as charm and warmth. In its quiet command of a complex character, her performance hasnít been topped by any other actress Iíve seen this season. The performance earns the ultimate compliment. The viewer canít imagine the role being played any other way. And the final visual moment of the production choked me up."

Dan Zeff

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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