Daughters of Ire | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Daughters of Ire Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 20 2015

Scratch the surface of Western mythology and you'll find the hallmarks of rape culture. Writer and performer Savanna Rae does just that in her one-woman show. She pulls sagas from Ireland’s medieval-era Ulster Cycle that mostly focus on headstrong, militant women like Queen Medb and Scatchach to cunningly illustrate our culture’s prurient fascination with stories of women and violence—so long as women remain victims. Rae, herself a headstrong presence, reworks the stories’ corrupted, excised details, turning female victims into progressive agents. The 75-minute piece vacillates between bold poetic vision and cursory graduate thesis, and often Rae is so eager to make points she leaves her audience little room for discovery. But she's a mesmerizing dynamo with the kind of feminist passion sorely lacking from local stages. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25, $20 seniors


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