Sumeida's Song | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 8 2015
Price: $20-$25
Contemporary composer Mohammed Fairouz's debut opera retells Song of Death, a one-act tragedy by Egyptian playwright Tawfiq al-Hakim. A young man is torn between the demands of his grieving mother and his own newfound pacifism when fate offers him the opportunity to avenge his father's murder. Musical director Jason Carlson strips down Fairouz's full original score (already cut to nine instruments in its 2013 inaugural New York staging) to just keyboard and violin; given the extraordinary absence of Arab-American influence on musical theater, such a diminished instrumental palette feels like a lost opportunity. Vocally, on the other hand, it's a stunning technical presentation by Third Eye Theatre Ensemble—and a call to action for chamber opera. Dan Jakes



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