Lord of the Flies | Steppenwolf Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Lord of the Flies Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 15 2013

Published in 1954, William Golding's novel about British schoolboys stranded on a tropical island can easily be taken as an allegory of the rise of Nazism. And indeed, it's hard to watch Golding's villain—a smart, pitiless young opportunist named Jack—without thinking of Hitler. But disciplined zealots will always have the edge over those of us who've been socialized to believe in things like consensus and fairness (just consider the government shutdown of 2013), so the message stretches well beyond a particular historical instance. And it's mostly well delivered in this stage adaptation directed by Halena Kays and targeted at young adults. Kays makes a muddle of certain crucial moments, such as one kid's hallucinatory encounter with the Lord of the Flies himself. But her use of the theater's aisles makes the violence all too immediate, and her actors are as brave as they are sharp. In particular, the core constellation of Spencer Curnutt, Ty Olwin, Dan Smerilglio, and a terrifying Rudy Galvan never lets up. —Tony Adler

Price: $15-$20



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