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New Spectacle From Redmoon Opens Tonight

By Margaret Lyons in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 23, 2004 5:33PM

Sink. Sank. Sunk... Poster;RedmoonSink. Sank. Sunk…, this season's outdoor spectacle from the Redmoon Theater, opens tonight and runs through Sunday. We're pretty excited. According to Redmoon's website,

This event of massive proportions will transform Chinatown's Ping Tom Memorial Park into a place of celebration and spectacle with a parade of wild automated machines, a spectacular show featuring whimsical characters and gigantic structures, a dream-like procession of lanterns, and a fire celebration.

Wait, this isn't another dream-like fire celebration is it? Har har. Redmoon is famous for its outdoor theater and for using public space as settings for its unusual shows. They also tend to perform in "economically challenged neighborhoods" to make the arts, particularly experimental theater, more accessible. An admirable goal if ever there were.

Sink. Sank. Sunk… is their most ambitious project to date because it blends Redmoon's signature carnival/fire/puppets style with a concrete narrative—which the company has not done before. "It's a new effort, and a huge leap for us in breadth and scale," artistic director Jim Lasko told the Sun-Times. The play centers on Harol aka Boss Man and the "existential funk" he falls into after his girlfriend stops returning his calls. We've been there, Boss Man. The show also features an original score and vocal interludes performed by the Windy City Gay Chorus, the oldest gay chorus in the Midwest.

The shows start at 6 p.m. and are free. Ping Tom Memorial Park is at 300 West 19th Street, and organizers recommend taking the CTA as parking is limited.