Eurydice | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Tom McGrath

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 11 2017
Price: $27, $22 seniors, $17 students
In this version of the Orpheus myth, Eurydice is driven to the underworld in grief out of longing for her beloved father. Ruhl wrote the play thinking about her own dad, who had died ten years prior, and the many ways sadness and longing can be far more compelling—indeed, more beautiful—then the life and love before us in the moment. Ruhl gives her heroine a complex subjectivity, rendering the myth anew, a story for a generation of women who want to understand themselves apart from men. It’s a fascinating exploration, but while there are strengths in this Promethean Theatre Ensemble production—most notably, Sandy Elias as Father—Ruhl’s script deserves a tighter, faster-paced staging in keeping with the light, playful elegance of her words. —Suzanne Scanlon



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