Life Is a Dream | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tue., May 10 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 11 2011
Price: $25
Convinced by heavenly omens that his baby son, Segismundo, was fated to become a murderous tyrant, astrologer king Basilio banished him to a distant tower with nothing but a tutor to teach him science and Catholicism. Now Segismundo is all grown up. Basilio has him drugged and returned to the palace, where he seats Segismundo on the throne to see if the well-educated prince can conquer his supposed destiny. If he can't, Basilio will return Segismundo to the tower and tell him the experiment was all just a vivid dream. Calderon de la Barca's 1635 play is a fantastic reverie, but director Elizabeth Carlin-Metz mistakes it for high tragedy. Her actors spend most of this two-hour Vitalist Theatre show furrowing their brows and delivering their lines with all the emphatic anguish they can muster--which makes for neither tragedy nor reverie but plodding, unconvincing melodrama. --Justin Hayford



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