Penelope, O Penelope | Saint Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 17 2015
Price: $20, $15 students and seniors
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Theatre Y continues its ambitious programming with French-Armenian playwright Simon Abkarian’s florid, disjointed 2008 reworking of Homer’s Odyssey. Dinah, whose warrior husband, Elias, hasn’t returned from a war now ten years over, passes her days pointlessly stitching fabric on an electric sewing machine while fending off incessant vulgar advances from landlord Ante. Meanwhile both Elias and their son, Theos, wash ashore separately, each seeking a soul-destroying vengeance. Set nowhere in particular, populated with ancient superstitions and 21st-century technology, the play is laden with rich, poetic imagery that Abkarian often overindulges to numbing excess. While Romanian director Éva Patkó’s stalwart cast struggle to find forward momentum through the dense, often repetitive text, they mesmerize when they forgo embellished emotionalism in favor of plain speaking. —Justin Hayford

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