Helen | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Helen Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays-Wednesdays, Sundays. Continues through May 25 2011

In the Euripides play on which Ellen McLaughlin's captivating 2002 work is loosely based, Helen never goes to Troy at all. She's spirited away by the gods, instead, and replaced with a supernatural stunt double. The depressingly familiar implication is that the great and glorious war was fought over nothing. Kelley Ristow's impressive, quicksilver staging for Vintage Theatre Collection moves with impeccable timing toward this and other uncomfortable truths. Languishing in an Egyptian hotel room with the ghostly comforts of faded celebrity, Katy Carolina Collins wears the role of the imperious, self-deluded Helen like a snug fur stole. The rest of the excellent cast orbit her in tight counterpoint, building taut drama in their encounters with the crumbling first lady of western culture. --Keith Griffith

Price: $20

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