Electra | Dream Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Mon., May 17, 8 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 7 p.m. and Tue., May 25, 8 p.m. Continues through June 6 2010
Phone: 773-552-8616
Price: $15-$18
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In the second installment of Jeremy Menekseoglu's "Agon Trilogy," a sophisticated, harrowing reworking of Aeschylus's Oresteia, princess Electra, saddled with a milksop husband, runs a soup kitchen in a swamp where a wayward Greek chorus, stranded without a tragedy to witness, slowly goes insane. When Electra's banished brother Orestes returns, the siblings plot a vicious double murder--regicide and matricide--to avenge their father's death. On page Menekseoglu orchestrates his characters' epic brutality to thrilling effect, but onstage (he both directs and plays Orestes) he can't rally his cast to much beyond whimpering. Or not until Rachel Martindale enters as steely, voluptuous queen Clytemnestra in act two. Stock still, speaking calmly, she becomes a horrifying, pitiable monster. In her hands the play's power is unmistakable. --Justin Hayford

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