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"The Astronaut's Birthday" ★★★
Even as the digital revolution hits full-throttle, the fiercely analog Redmoon Theater has built a major outdoor show on the back of an overhead projector and a hand-drawn comic book. Well, several overhead projectors. And a sophisticated set of hand-inked panels from Marvel Comics illustrator Chris Burnham, enough to fill all 18 windows on the front of the Museum of Contemporary Art. "The Astronaut's Birthday," created by Redmoon artistic chief Frank Maugeri, is an exceedingly cool idea that offers such a fresh take on public art that you're inclined to overlook the less-than-riveting storytelling. The hour-long show is about an elevator operator — a man whose life consists of pushing buttons and pulling levers — who becomes seduced by dreams of space, travel and power and thus forgets what's really important in life. His family.
Through Sept. 26 in the Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; $15-$20 at redmoon.org