Judith: A Parting of the Body | Trap Door Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 8 2014
Price: $20-$25
Kill or fuck? That's the existential conflict at the heart of Howard Barker's 1992 play, which draws from the ultimate authority on both subjects, the Old Testament. The situation, straight from the Apocrypha, is this: on the eve of Israel's certain military destruction, the beautiful widow Judith visits the invading general Holofernes, seduces him, and chops his head off. In this staging for Trap Door Theatre, director Zeljko Djukic handles Barker's difficult script with assurance, and the otherwise excellent design only wants for fewer kung fu themes. Nicole Weisner and Kevin Cox are superb as tactical equals Judith and Holofernes. The course their sparring takes is cruel and perverse, but no more so than Barker's source. —Keith Griffith



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