The Great Chicago Conspiracy Circus

Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 8pm

Presented by South Side Projections and Comfort Station

Kerry Feltham’s The Great Chicago Conspiracy Circus (1970, 92 min., DVD projection) is the film version of an off-Broadway play that combines transcripts from the trial with episodes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The lines are recited at breakneck speed, emphasizing the nonsense of legalese and the nonsense of that trial, by actors who look like hippies and who sometimes change roles—the same actor plays Arlo Guthrie and Richard J. Daley, and sometimes Judge Julius Hoffman is played by a powdered wig perched atop a mannequin. Sometimes it’s just too much, and people break out in song. Newsweek called it “An often brilliant whirligig of burlesque, vaudeville, and straight documentary.”