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Miss Lori says the theatre is a circus thanks to the new Lookingglass Theatre production

Hernandez Sea nymphs
Hernandez Sea nymphs
Tony Hernandez

The circus is in town and it is at The Goodman! Lookingglass Theatre Company proudly announces the second extension of its popular circus-inspired, family-friendly production, Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale.  The limited run has been extended through June 20, at Goodman Theatre's Owen Bruner Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. 

In 2005 and 2008 Lookingglass Theatre created this original event with Silverguy Entertainment. Both runs were completely sold out hits! For this 2010 mounting the world’s elite circus performers, including veteran members of the Wallenda Family and Ringling Bros., have returned to Chicago to bring Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale for more families to enjoy. The production has been receiving rave reviews and features a 7-person pyramid on a high wire, among other daring circus acts. 


According to Greek Myth, Hephaestus was born weak, disfigured and crippled. Displeased by the sight of her son, Hera cast Hephaestus from the heavens, and he fell for an entire day before landing in the sea. On Earth, Hephaestus became a great artist, fashioning metal into beautiful works of art. Combining elements of circus, theatre, live music and dance, Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale follows the God of the Forge as he encounters sea nymphs, creates men out of steel and falls in love with the most beautiful goddess of all. 


Lookingglass Theatre Company has been bringing inventive, collaborative and informative theatre productions to Chicago for 22 years.  Lookingglass is home to a multi-disciplined ensemble of artists who create story-centered theatrical work that is physical, aurally rich and visually metaphoric. Lookingglass has staged 53 world premieres at 23 venues across Chicago, and garnered 42 Joseph Jefferson Awards and Citations.


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Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale


Schedule through June 6:                  

                        Tuesdays:                    7:30 p.m.

                        Wednesdays:               7:30 p.m.

                         Thursdays:                  7:30 p.m.

                         Fridays:                       7:30 p.m.

                                      Saturdays:                   3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

                                      Sundays:                      3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


            Schedule, June 7-20:

                                    Tuesdays/Wednesdays: no performances

                                    Thursdays:                      7:30 p.m.

                                    Fridays:                           7:30 p.m.

                                    Saturdays:                       3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

                                    Sundays:                          3:00 p.m. only


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