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Long Live the King (the King Is Dead)

Redmoon Theater–Chicago’s best-established, most innovative puppet pageantry troupe–is closing its summer season with the final version of an expansive outdoor spectacle, Long Live the King (the King Is Dead). This dreamlike, sophisticated story of an itinerant royal family combines a mobile, visually stunning set with sweet, eerie images of life on the road and Keystone Kops-style comedy. The company’s collaborative process has generated new scenes and puppets after an earlier showing at the Chicago Historical Society, including a four-foot-tall accordion book that tells the story of a missing queen using live actors and elements from toy theater and pop-up books. Redmoon’s opening-night benefit will include a silent auction of artist-remodeled household appliances from Blue Man Group, Drew Barrymore, and Joe Mantegna, among other celebrities. Lincoln Park, Cannon Dr. between North and Fullerton (just south of the east entrance to Lincoln Park Zoo), 773-388-9031. Opens Thursday, September 10, 6:30 PM: special opening benefit costs $100 (includes performance, reception, and the postshow silent auction of “transformed household objects” at the Theatre on the Lake, Fullerton and Lake Shore). Regular performances continue through September 13: Friday, 7 PM; Saturday, 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30 PM; Sunday, 2:30, 4:30, and 7 PM. $12 in advance; $10 at the door; $5 for children.

–Carol Burbank

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): theater still by Katia Heineman.