The Penelopiad | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Mondays. Continues through Feb. 16 2015
Price: $15 or pay what you can at the door, $12 in advance
Lost Geneva Project's Rhinofest production of this one-act, based on a novella by Margaret Atwood, tells the story of Penelope, reflecting on her life in the shadow of Odysseus from her new home in Hades. Atwood calls the story "an echo of an echo of an echo, etc.," but the capable cast of 14 women suffuses what could be an ancient history lesson with life, humor, and grace in the course of meditations on guilt and duty. Mary Jo Bolduc stands out at the helm as Penelope, surprisingly likable given her royal station but also shockingly naive once the play's darker elements of sexual assault and murder unfold. Sheena Laird's choreography is particularly memorable, turning the women into everything from a large warship to a gang of menacing suitors. —Marissa Oberlander



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