Joan's Laughter | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Joan's Laughter The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 17 2012

Playwright Jacob Juntunen gives Joan of Arc a line about how her angelic voices—the ones that advised her to pick up a sword and drive the English out of France—come to her in laughter. Well, nobody is laughing now. Juntunen depicts the Maid of Orleans at a decidedly low moment: imprisoned, abused by guards, hectored by a well-meaning priest, and scheduled to go to the stake at dawn. But that doesn't mean we don't hear voices anyway. Juntunen and director Cecilie Keenan seem to fill every available bit of air space with sermons and debates, barbs, cajolings, and prayers. None of them is terribly interesting or original, but they generate a solid wall of noise right up to the silly surprise ending. As Joan, Meredith Rae Lyons hasn't the nuance required to turn this thing around. —Tony Adler

Price: $10-$20

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