Lady Madeline | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Performing Arts Review

Lady Madeline

by

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

Mickle Maher's tragically hip 90-minute adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" for Steppenwolf for Young Adults aims to subvert more than frighten, flippantly depicting a man's obsession with burying his twin sister prematurely. As the deluded Roderick, Matthew Krause erupts in silent-movie mugging; Tracy Michelle Arnold literally deconstructs the pre- and posthumous sister, Madeline; and Kirk Anderson doggedly depicts their supposedly rational, dithering, clueless visitor. Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman's score boasts haunting ballads, great sound effects, and a finale blatantly derived from Philip Glass. Instead of giving an old spell new power, Maher's talky mockery and Jessica Thebus's sardonic staging dare us to find Poe scary. Through 2/25: Sat 11 AM, Sun 2/19, 11 AM, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, downstairs theater, 1650 N. Halsted, 312-335-1650, $12.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment