Ibsen's Ghosts | Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Carolyn Hoerdemann and Catherine Lavoie

Carolyn Hoerdemann and Catherine Lavoie

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 20 2015
Price: $20-$30
Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts was vilified when it was first produced in the 1890s; one critic called it “loathsome and fetid . . . gross, almost putrid . . . crapulous stuff." The beauty of Neo-Futurists founder Greg Allen’s lively and witty adaptation (which he also directs) is that it reveals what all the fuss was about. Incest, venereal disease, patriarchy, class conflict—all the dark, disturbing themes are there, no longer skirted with euphemisms. More importantly, Allen’s version, and the fine cast he assembled to perform it, successfully entertains us with Ibsen’s sometimes overwrought tale, even as it (and they) comment on the action. Stephen Walker is delightfully ponderous as the hidebound authority figure (virtually a stock character in Ibsen's plays) who enables the rampant immorality he thinks he is fighting. —Jack Helbig



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