Antigone | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

For the most part the story, setting, and characters in Richard Engling's new adaptation are the same as in Sophocles' play, about a girl who gives her brother a proper burial in defiance of the laws of the state but in accordance with the laws of the gods. What Engling does is fiddle with the language to make everything more explicit. As a result his version is less complex than the original, but it does strike a nice balance between accessibility and heightened poetic language. With the exception of the chorus, however, the actors in Polarity Ensemble Theatre's production fail to do the same. Stiff and expressionless, they simply declaim their lines. Through 3/19: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, Breadline Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, 847-293-7705, $15-$20.

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