Lysistrata | Flat Iron Arts Building | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 27 2014
Price: $15-$20
This latest entry in (Re)Discover Theatre's season-long exploration of sex and gender roles stays true to its ancient Greek origins: it's rude, crude, and hilarious. Lysistrata, who has had enough of the Peloponnesian War, organizes the women of Greece to withhold their sexual favors until the men make peace. (For good measure, they hold the Athenian treasury in the Acropolis hostage too.) Miriam Reuter's fiery Lysistrata totally stomps Bobby Arnold's sexist Magistrate into submission, but the twist is, in alternating performances, the two actors will swap roles. The gender-bending cast appears to be having a terrific time, particularly Erika Haaland as Lysistrata's winebag friend Calonice and Andrew Lund as Myrrhine, a daffy 50s housewife turned sexual revolutionary. The audience gets to join in as well: decide whether you want to see the play as a man or a woman, then cast and crew will treat you to a lovely array of gender stereotypes. —Aimee Levitt



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