One of the most exciting things about being relatively new to Chicago is the shear numbers and diversity of theater companies out there to discover. Redmoon Theater has been on my list for some time. Finally with “Dr. Egg and the Man with No Ear, ” their current project with Australian artist Jessica Wilson, Redmoon’s commitment to “engineering wonder” makes sense. They make magic right before eyes. This fantastical moral exploration of new developments in biotechnology and genetics is sweetened, but made no less potent, with beautifully sparse animation, precisely exaggerated gesture, and delicate puppetry that is hilarious and heartbreaking. This production will enthrall both children and adults. In fact, one of the best parts of my experience was seeing the way a 4-year-old boy took it in, and then observing the 60-year-old woman right beside him. Both were riveted. With spectacle, craftsmanship, and heart, Redmoon Theater makes it hard to blink. (William Scott)
At Redmoon Theater, 1463 W. Hubbard, (312)850-8440, through October 19.