Dark Sisters | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Dark Sisters The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 6 2016

Composer Nico Muhly’s inspiration for this opera was a 2008 raid on a Texas compound of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints, in which the government, concerned about early forced marriages and polygamy, removed the sect’s children. It’s powerful material, developed by librettist Stephen Karam into a feminist drama that focuses on the lives of five wives of a single husband/prophet. But it was written for seven voices (six of them female) and a 13-piece orchestra. In this production, by Third Eye Theatre Ensemble, a rotating cast is accompanied only by music director Jason Carlson on keyboard. He does a valiant job, and on the night I saw it the show featured piercing dramatic performances, but we’re left wondering what the score should really sound like. —Deanna Isaacs

Price: $20, $15 students


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