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By Pigmalião Escultura que Mexe (Brazil)
Suggested for 14 and up. Puppet and human nudity and mature themes.
By Bonnie Kenaz-Mara
It was an eye opening adventure to catch the opening performance of Macunaíma Gourmet by Pigmalião Escultura que Mexe from Brazil. Before last night, if someone mentioned Brazil to me, it conjured images of all you can eat steak houses with an endless parade of skewers of meat, and gluttonous diners overeating. After last night, I'm considering becoming vegan!
Macunaíma Gourmet is an intense and scathing piece of political theater from Brazil. The troupe bravely bared their bodies and souls in this excellently executed nightmare of a piece. This compelling and thought provoking hellscape includes cannibalizing the indigenous, force feeding, forced breeding, decapitation, and more. This reinterpretation of the classic Brazilian novel brings puppetry and object theater to life, tackling modern political issues. This is the cast's first visit to the USA, and I'm happy they've brought their impressive talent and dystopian vision to Chicago. Bundle up Brazilians!
FREE to all CPS students!
If you're considering bringing your CPS student, please make sure they're emotionally mature enough to handle complex, controversial content. This show is suggested for ages 14 and up. 'Macunaíma Gourmet' does feature puppet and human nudity and mature themes. This play tackles political aspects through puppetry, object theatre, and performance. Chicago Public School students are invited to view this piece of activism free of charge as space allows.
Get ready for an electrifying experience with 'Macunaíma Gourmet' by Mário de Andrade! This is a must-see performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (@mcachicago) on Jan 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30pm. This reinterpretation of the classic Brazilian novel brings puppetry and object theater to life, tackling modern political issues.
Much of Macunaíma Gourmet was intense and uncomfortable to watch, but powerful puppetry and strong social commentary with world wide relevance. This production is not a good fit for young or sensitive viewers of any age. For others, Macunaíma Gourmet is recommended.
Bonnie is a Chicago based writer, theatre critic, photographer, artist, and Mama to 2 amazing adults. She owns two websites where she publishes frequently: ChiILLiveShows.com (adult) & ChiILMama.com (family friendly).
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