Muse of Fire | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Murphy Mayer, James McGuire, Glenn Garrabrant, Jake Baker, and Guy Wicke

Murphy Mayer, James McGuire, Glenn Garrabrant, Jake Baker, and Guy Wicke

Ron Goldman

When: Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through March 13 2016
Price: $20
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Muse of Fire begins with a dim tableau of men sitting silently, their heads shaved. They wear pinstripes and, on the left side of their chests, a yellow star. We know exactly where we are: Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp in occupied Poland. The play attempts to be about laughter in the face of persecution, just one of many tactics artists, playwrights, and filmmakers have used in recent years to confront the enormity of Jewish suffering in the modern era. In the end, many if not most of us feel that memorializing the Holocaust is essential for our collective good. At the same time, we have a hard time laughing, or taking any pleasure at all, during these educational journeys into the depths of hell—it almost feels indecent. Young playwright Jake Rosenberg has tapped into the familiar ambiguities regarding art that chooses to take on the Shoah. I didn't enjoy it, but perhaps I wasn’t supposed to. —Max Maller

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