The Scullery Maid | The Edge Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Leslie Hull, Ann Marie Lewis, and Lydia Hiller

Leslie Hull, Ann Marie Lewis, and Lydia Hiller

Steven Townshend

When: Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 9 2017
Price: $20, $15 students
Cooks and kings meet face-to-face in this English Gothic fantasy play from Idle Muse, written by Joseph Zettelmaier. As it opens, maidservants prepare a dessert of marchpane for Edward III (Dave Skvarla). This may not sound like the stuff of riveting theater—most of the first act is about making a cake that ultimately gets knocked onto the floor—but “kitchen humor” had a rich tradition in medieval drama; the boisterousness of cooks and lowly servants was thought to be an ideal foil for the lofty pinings of nobility. Miriam (a beautiful Lydia Hiller) is a Jewish scullery maid with a secret vendetta against the venturesome king. The confrontation between the two, who have more in common than either supposes, cuts across class boundaries, but has about all the excitement of watching water boil. —Max Maller



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