Hideous Progeny | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 26 2010
Phone: 312-742-8497
Price: $15-$20
Emily Dendinger's new play is set during the summer of 1816, when 23-year-old poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his pregnant 18-year-old lover, Mary Godwin (later, Mary Shelley), holed up with others in the alpine villa of their friend Lord Byron. Inspired by the stormy weather, Byron suggested they each write a ghost story. Mary's contribution turned out to be her masterpiece, Frankenstein. Taking its title from the novel's introduction--"I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper"--this LiveWire Chicago Theatre world premiere seeks to make these 19th-century literary icons accessible to modern audiences by dressing them in contemporary clothing, dumbing them down into petulant whiners, and turning their turbulent emotional relationships into tedious tabloid fodder. The saving grace of Jessica Hutchinson's production is its scenic design, which employs the Storefront Theater's state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems to evoke a dramatic environment. --Albert Williams


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