Ismene | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

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A Greek heroine fights fate in Jeremy Menekseoglu's smart, funny, feminist take on Antigone's sister, Ismene. Born into a family "reared on weeping," Ismene is a rational young woman--unlike her sister, executed for burying her brother against Creon's orders. In this reinterpretation, Ismene is sent to a school for unruly girls, where she encounters Iphigenia, Procne, Philomena, and a bitter girl without a famous story (charismatic Courtney Arnett). Claire Fitzpatrick is winning as Ismene, who hopes to escape the tragedy foretold for her. But as this inventive, entertaining play unfolds, the characters learn the true extent of the gods' whimsy. Though Menekseoglu's script and Dream Theatre Company staging aren't flawless, a talented ensemble precisely balances the play's humor, darkness, and insight. Through 8/13: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, Side Project Theatre, 1439 W. Jarvis, 773-474-9070, $10-$15.

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