Chicago’s acclaimed eighth blackbird returns to MCA Stage with their new music theater score and libretto about love and death, performed in the Venetian commedia dell’arte theater style that uses masks. The musicians play, speak, sing, and mime in this contemporary adaptation of one of the earliest dark comedies, first performed in the early 1600s. Scored and adapted from the original poem Colombine’s Paradise Theatre by Amy Beth Kirsten, it is directed by Mark DeChiazza, and commissioned by the MCA. The program also features a set of love songs through the ages, from Machaut’s courtly love and Monteverdi’s “little death” to early American folk ballads.
Saturday: 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m.