A Midwinter Night's Tale | Filament Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Midwinter Night's Tale Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 12 2015

This smart new work by Nathan Wonder and Anne Walaszek concerns a reclusive couple—Bear (Matthew Lunt), a blocked writer, and his unhappy wife, Diana (Eliza Rose Fichter)—whose secluded cabin is invaded on a stormy night by lovers Lilly (Charlotte Thomas) and Mia (Amanda Giles), whose car is stuck in a snowdrift. The lesbian couple are soon followed by Demitri (Kyle Whalen), who's stuck on Mia, and then by Helen (the hilarious Kit Rivers), who's head over heels for Demitri. As the romantic complications flare, Bear and Diana find their own emotional problems mirrored in a play within a play about a statue that comes to life. Anyone who knows Shakespeare will recognize this as a modern mashup of two of the bard's most magic-infused comedies, The Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Happily, the show is more than an academic exercise, thanks largely to warm performances and terrific physical comedy from the youthful cast under Mike Hamilton's inventive direction. This production marks the artistically ambitious Duplicity Ensemble, now launching its second season, as a troupe to watch. —Albert Williams

Price: $20


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