Jason and (Medea) | The Second Stage | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 7 2013
Euripides's classical tragedy Medea focuses on a jilted wife's vengeful act of infanticide. Jessica Shoemaker's ambitious, unwieldy new drama provides the backstory. Medea is of royal and immortal lineage, but no one in her patriarchal, militaristic society takes her seriously. When hunky, taciturn Jason washes up and announces, "I've got a boat," she finds a hero willing to treat her as an equal. It all goes south from there. Shoemaker mashes up three discordant styles—movement theater, poetic realism, and psychological naturalism—creating many arresting moments but generating a confused tone and a lurching, unsatisfying narrative. Director Janet Howe's (Re)discover Theatre production has a strong cast, led by the effortlessly charismatic Alex Thompson and Bridget Schreiber in the title roles. —Justin Hayford



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