Mummenschanz is the Word: Troupe's Final Chicago Performance Sept. 12

News   Mummenschanz is the Word: Troupe's Final Chicago Performance Sept. 12 Mummenschanz, the movement trio of Bernie Schurch, Floriana Frasetto and John Murphy, are performing their unique blend of mime, dance and puppetry Sept. 10-12 at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre. The performances are part of Swiss Week, a 10 festival celebrating the bond between Chicago and Switzerland.

Mummenschanz, the movement trio of Bernie Schurch, Floriana Frasetto and John Murphy, are performing their unique blend of mime, dance and puppetry Sept. 10-12 at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre. The performances are part of Swiss Week, a 10 festival celebrating the bond between Chicago and Switzerland. The troupe, originally created by Schurch, Frasetto and the late Andre Bossard, is a rough translation of mummery or masquerade. It is also the word for a mask worn by medieval Swiss mercenaries during card games to hide their facial expressions. The Tony Award-winning company has performed their brand of visual theatre throughout the United States and Europe, landing on Broadway twice. From 1993-1996, they toured a production titled Parade, on which the Chicago performance is based.

Tickets ($45-$28) are available by calling Ticketmaster at (312) 902 1500. The Athenaeum Theatre is located at 2936 N. Southport.

-- By Christine Ehren