Deirdre of the Sorrows | City Lit Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Steve Graue

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 15 2017
Price: $32, $27 seniors, $12 students and military
Here's a genuine rarity: the first professional Chicago production in a century of John Millington Synge's poetic tragedy, based on pre-Christian Irish mythology. Synge's last play—unfinished when he died at 37 in 1909, but completed by his friend William Butler Yeats for its 1910 premiere at Dublin's Abbey Theatre—retells the legend of Deirdre, betrothed since childhood to Conchubor, High King of Ulster. Unwilling to marry a man old enough to be her father, the beautiful, headstrong heroine instead flees to Scotland with her young lover, the warrior Naisi, leading to the bloodshed and sorrows that were foretold at her birth. Kay Martinovich's staging for City Lit Theater evokes an appropriately rustic simplicity with the aid of evocative costumes and tapestries, and the ten-person ensemble execute the dense, heavily accented, image-rich dialogue with an effective mix of lyrical eloquence and unaffected plainness. —Albert Williams



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