King Arthur: The Fall of Camelot | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays. Continues through Feb. 23 2018

Part of the 29th annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival, this one-act written by Jake Green and directed by Olivia Lilley covers the later, sadder part of the Arthurian legend. Before the opening curtain, Green announced that the show only came together in the past month, and it shows in the confused tone and acting throughout. Following the doomed affair between Queen Gwenivere and Sir Lancelot, the script—and also the performances—teeters between drama and comedy in ways that don’t seem entirely intentional. Neither do the shifts from Shakespearean rhyme to modern sarcasm and affectation. The “stripped-down” nature of the production offers an interesting opportunity to explore meaty ideas related to love, monarchy, and heroism, but a lack of emotional depth in the performances and incoherence throughout make it difficult to empathize with the characters. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $15 or pay what you can at the door, $12 in advance

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