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click to enlarge Marcopolo Soto and Augusto Yanacopulos

Marcopolo Soto and Augusto Yanacopulos

Rosario Vargas

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 19 2016
Price: $25, $15 students, seniors, and educators
Chicago novelist, poet and playwright Rey Andújar is equal parts philosopher, aesthete, and insurrectionist—all put to expert use in this savvy, ceaselessly inventive reworking of Euripides’s Electra. This time queen Clitemnestra is a power-hungry, pseudo-feminist nymphomaniac, while princess Electra is a wannabe Marxist revolutionary. Andújar’s stage world is impishly nonsensical (murdered King Agamemnon’s coffin has air holes cut in it), yet the malignant passions that consume everyone—jealousy, ambition, lust, revenge—are unsettlingly true to life. He combines Lorca’s erotic lyricism with Brecht’s politically engaged cynicism to create something urgent, idiosyncratic, and wholly contemporary. Directors Sándor Menéndez and Oswaldo Calderón stage the tragedy with perfect authority, assisted by a nimble, exacting cast who exploit every pulse in Andújarj’s intoxicating rhythms. It’s masterful. —Justin Hayford

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