Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale | Goodman Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 20 2010

Maimed in a fall from Olympus, the Greek god of the forge makes an appropriate subject for a show full of circus-style acrobatics, where there's always the threat of a tumble. Co-directors Tony Hernandez and Heidi Stillman have pulled together a world-class group of performers for this revival of their 2005 hit, and the results are visually stunning. But Hernandez, who created the piece and plays the title role, has infantilized the powerful ancient narrative by putting it in the hands of a tween narrator, and the physical feats often don't relate to the story. Sea nymphs on aerial silks, for instance, make a nod to their characters with a swimming motion, but then launch into a conventional, albeit impressive, routine. --Keith Griffith

Price: $20-$70


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