Eurydice | Heartland Studio Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Amanda Jane Long

Amanda Jane Long

Amy Boyle

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 12 2016
Price: $25
Not unlike Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Sarah Ruhl's 2005 mythological redux updates a classical tragedy with anachronistic language and ethereal visual touches. Mourning her late wife, Orpheus (Chloe Dzielak) composes a song so heartbreaking that it reaches the stones and vanishing souls in the underworld below. Charles Riffenburg's intimate production for BoHo Theatre capitalizes on superb and subtly affecting sound design by Joshua Wentz to create an atmosphere that heightens Ruhl's imaginative and rich poetry. It's a moving ensemble effort throughout, and as Eurydice, Amanda Jane Long delivers a nuanced, childlike, grief-stricken performance that perfectly conveys the play's complicated and contradictory ideas about death and longing. —Dan Jakes



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