Antigonick | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 5 2015
Price: $20-$30
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We first hear Antigone (Anu Bhatt), whose lines "We begin in the dark / and birth is the death of us" invoke Hegel, the philosopher who read Sophocles's heroine as a character without "ethical consciousness." Such layering marks the poet and classicist Anne Carson’s Antigonick, a loose translation of the Greek tragedy that doubles as a meditation on the nature of tragedy. Carson goes so far as to add a silent witness, Nick (David Lawrence Hamilton), who's onstage throughout, marking time with the metronome on his desk and posting death notices, which only accumulate after Antigone challenges Kreon (Ann James), rejecting the laws of the polis for the particular laws of grief and rage. Sideshow Theatre meets Carson’s singular vision with a production that eagerly subverts expectations, mixing up its casting by gender, age, and color. It's an ensemble achievement, and director Jonathan L. Green's elegant staging reflects this, seamlessly flowing from choral recitation to individual speech and back. —Suzanne Scanlon

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