Iphigeneology | Lenz Gallery | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Aug. 5-8 and Aug. 13-15 2010
Phone: 773-255-6675
Price: $10-$20
Yes, Euripides's Iphigenia in Aulis has a lot to teach about war, family, the nature of power, even the real costs of energy. But director Susan Padveen and her collaborators went a little concept-crazy trying to wring every drop of significance out of the tale of a Greek king's decision to sacrifice his daughter for wind enough to carry his warships to Troy. Their collaged script conflates the tragedy with several other storylines, the two most important involving (a) an American soldier shipped out to some place like Iraq and (b) a weatherman who figures out how to control air currents. That's not all, either. They've also patched in readings from various sources--Carl Sandburg's "Grass," for instance. The result is an earnest muddle. And the performance takes place outside, in a little cement yard behind a three-flat, with the audience sitting above the action at the railing of a garage-top patio--which sounds lovely but turns out to be distracting and uncomfortable. Potentially dangerous, too: the seats are packed in so tightly along the rail that it's impossible to get into or out of one without disturbing others. That could cause problems in an emergency. --Tony Adler


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