The Yellow Wallpaper | Chopin Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 14 2014
Price: $20, $15 for students and seniors
Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote The Yellow Wallpaper in 1891 to expose the destructive medical treatment she received after experiencing what we now recognize as postpartum depression. In 1887, she'd been prescribed the then innovative "rest cure," an elaborate regimen on which she was confined to her bed, forbidden to read, write, or have visitors. The story's protagonist, Kate (Lorelei Sturm), gently resists this infantilizing treatment as she's shut up in an upstairs room with sickly yellow wallpaper. John (Ed Krystosek), her physician husband, mansplains his way around her objections, telling her when she is sick and, later, when she is better. In physical and emotional isolation, Kate projects her fears and longing onto the patterns of the wallpaper itself. The Mill Theatre's inspired production of this iconic story, adapted for the stage by Sturm, avoids any potential melodrama; Jaclyn Biskup's direction heightens its gothic and surreal elements, using voice-over and sound, scenic, and lighting design to help tell the story. —Suzanne Scanlon



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