Ismene | Dream Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wed., May 11 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 5 2011
Price: $15-$18
Tragedy literally stalks the heroine of this sorta sequel to Antigone, chasing her to a fortress-like school for girls whom the gods have wronged. There are some bold, smart performances--especially an energetically villainous turn by playwright/director Jeremy Menekseoglu--and once things get moving, Ismene is agreeably creepy and suspenseful. But the plot takes forever to develop any momentum, and there's too much clumsy philosophizing throughout. (The Greek gods were jerks? You don't say.) I was a Marvel Comics nerd as a kid, so I've got a nostalgic fondness for this mix of pulpy entertainment and cheesy deep thinking. But the balance is all wrong here, and that's hard to forgive in a three-hour show. --Dan Weissmann



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