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Strange Heart Beating

The Frontier
1106 W Thorndale Chicago

A world premiere, Strange Heart Beating is a darkly fantastical look at the rural Midwest, the murky nature of justice, and the prejudices that lie just beneath the surface. Teeny and Lena grew up together in a rural midwestern town, dreaming of leaving for the big city. But now Teeny is the town sheriff and Lena is a newly single mother. When the body of Lena's daughter is found near the lake outside of town, their friendship is stretched to the breaking point. But Teeny's investigation raises more questions than it answers: Have girls been going missing for years? Why are the loons acting so strange? What is the town hiding? Strange Heart Beating is a play about holding vigil, bearing witness, and unburying the truth.

Presented by Cloudgate Theatre

Thru - Jul 28, 2019

Price: $5 - $45

Show Type: Drama

  Strange Heart Beating Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Ramon notices strange happenings all around him, but as he says, "It isn't news when Brown girls go missing." The lighting design, by Kaili Story, is on point. The rest is precious and preposterous."
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Irene Hsiao

Windy City Times - Recommended

"...There's potential for a nifty TV-movie in Kristin Idaszak's play-TWO movies, in fact. Whether they are capable of sharing the same performance space/time is up to the individual viewer, though."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Chicago Theatre Review - Somewhat Recommended

"...If you’re going to see this play, see it for the poise and steely strength of Shum and the spectacular production design. Perhaps see the play when it has been edited so as to fully mix all of the genre ingredients together and to create a beautiful pie. But as of right now, it’s as if I walked into a shop to buy a shirt and walked out with all of the pieces of fabric cut to match a pattern, with my task being to sew all of the pieces (errant plot lines and character turns) together."
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Sophie Vitello

Chicago On Stage - Recommended

"...Strange Heart Beating may not, in the end, work for everyone. There are character decisions that are more mysterious than the lake. There is also an ending that might leave you frustrated, but then again it is true to how such things often play out in real life. Dramaturg Tanuja Jagernauth calls this play “not just a beautiful and haunting piece of theatre, but a powerful call to inquiry.” She’s right. And living as we do in a time when more and more darkness is exposed in the world, especially in celebrities and politicians who, in a less volatile time, might have continued in their amoral pursuits without notice, we all owe it to the world to lead that inquiry. Too many people turn too many blind eyes to things that ought to be outrageous. Idaszak’s play reminds us that, if we willfully don’t see what is going on, we are culpable as well."
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Karen Topham

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...By dredging the lake’s secrets, Cloudgate Theatre gives us a deep dive into the kind of sick mindsets sustained by racism that triumph in throwing children in cages. Unlike numbing daily headlines however, Strange Heart Beating keeps us enthralled and sitting on the edge of our seats."
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Amy Munice

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