A Persephone Pageant | various locations | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Evan Barr

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Sept. 2 2017
Price: $25 (9/2 performance only)
walkabouttheater.org
Yes, there are votaries with moss and flowers in their hair waving gauze and satin streamers as they process, barefoot, in tunics and shiny pajama pants, singing not altogether tunefully about peace, love, and saving the planet. Yes, there is a power-mongering man, as shirtless as Putin when he goes horseback riding, who wants Lake Michigan to bow to his every whim. Yes, there is a chalk-white behemoth Zeus who waves his arms about like a broken clock. Walkabout Theater's A Persephone Pageant features gods on stilts battling it out like gladiatorial Transformers in flowing robes, songs composed by Mark Messing to text by Sarah Ruhl and Morgan McNaught, local children frolicking, and the occasional ever-welcome fish puppet. In an ecological twist on the Sartrean dictum—if we had any doubts—hell is people. —Irene Hsiao

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