Greasy Joan & Company offers a powerful modern-dress rendition of Sophocles' drama--a potent examination of liberty versus obedience, individual rights versus the good of the state, political ideology versus divine law. When Antigone's brother is killed in a civil war, the king of Thebes declares the dead warrior a traitor and forbids his burial; Antigone defies the royal decree, though she knows she'll face a death sentence. Director Julieanne Ehre, working from a trim adaptation by Irish writer Brendan Kennelly, makes the work resonate in a world where politicians cling to power by manipulating public anxiety. But this taut, starkly beautiful production transcends social allegory. Ehre's excellent eight-person cast conveys intense emotions grounded in a sense of tragic ritual, rendering this ancient classic as eloquent now as it must have been 2,500 years ago. a Through 10/10: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Loop Theater, 8 E. Randolph, 312-744-5667, $10-$20.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Michael Brosilow.