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In Jeremy Menekseoglu's revisionist take on Sophocles' tragedy for the Dream Theatre Company, Antigone buries her brother, defying the law, to please not the gods but the chorus. Fury-like creatures who feed on the suffering of others, they and their suave prophet, Te, convince the naive girl that the only way to achieve immortality is to become the subject of her own tragedy: Te recommends she martyr herself to an ostensibly noble, actually pointless cause. Methodically negating everything the original stands for--especially faith in gods, heroism, and narratives themselves--Menekseoglu's uncompromisingly nihilistic version is seductively bleak. The playwright is also charming as Te, the Machiavellian angel of death. Through 4/22: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan, 773-474-9070, $10-$15.

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