Ada/Ava--fairy tale, ghost story, and memento mori--is a work of eerie beauty and extraordinary craftsmanship, different from anything else I've seen. I'd say it's the kind of show that's unique to New York City, only its makers--a company called Manual Cinema--are from Chicago.
They mix film, theater, puppetry,silhouettes, and music to tell a story that unfolds in overhead projection, while the audience also see the actors--in effect, human puppets--moving below, and the puppeteers sliding transparencies into the projector. Watching them work their magic somehow makes the effect even more magical.
Ada/Ava is playing through July 26 at the Three Legged Dog,
Art and Technology Center, 80 Greenwich Street, in New York City.
After that, look for the show and its makers back in Chicago.