Faces of Eurydice | Flat Iron Arts Building | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: March 12-21 2015
Price: $35, $15 students
In his 1941 play Eurydice, Jean Anouilh needed three long, intricate acts to update the myth of Orpheus and retell it from her perspective. The results were masterful. Composer-lyricist Hope Littwin gives herself 60 minutes to do the same in this movement-theater blend of opera, doo-wop, folk, and a cappella chanting. The results are considerably thinner. She and director-choreographer Hope Goldman hit pay dirt in this Cube Ensemble production when they concoct images both precise and evocative: for example, a young woman mapping parts of a cello onto her own body (neck, shoulders, waist) before playing a sonorous solo. But routinely stage pictures are too literal or too indistinct, and the performers’ often inexpressive movement obscures more than it communicates. Curiously, the climax focuses on Orpheus’s battle with the Furies—long after Eurydice’s been lost forever. —Justin Hayford



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