Iphigeneia at Aulis | Flat Iron Arts Building | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: May 12-June 3 2011
Price: $10-$15
lightsouttheatre.org
Director Josh Altman has cut the chorus from Euripides's play and added live incidental music between scenes. Both choices help streamline the tale of King Agamemnon's scheme to sacrifice daughter Iphigenia in exchange for favorable winds for Greece's expedition against Troy. But this bare-bones Lights Out Theatre Company production is otherwise indistinguishable from other storefront stabs at classical Greek tragedy. Barefoot actors sporting semi-contemporary costumes and earnest expressions recite their every line at face value, as though their primary objective were to wear unvaried grief, anguish, and/or outrage on their sleeves for 85 minutes. We rarely see them plot, strategize, think--the sort of activities that might give this exhausting emotional display some dramatic urgency. --Justin Hayford

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