Medea | Saint Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Medea The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 8 2014

Director Kevin V. Smith's imagistic staging of Robinson Jeffers's 1947 "inhumanist" tragedy is packed with intriguing ideas. Smith's massive, moodily lit stage houses two incompatible worlds: an expressionistic realm where the major players hold forth with stentorian gravity, and a cruddy greenroom where six distracted young women—an unlikely chorus—get dressed for prom, muttering their lines as though reading incomprehensible tweets from strangers. The two worlds cunningly intersect in act two when the women appear in Medea's dressing chamber, miserably pregnant infanticides in waiting. But Smith lingers excessively over every image and gesture, providing little sense of forward motion for two and a half hours. And he leaves the compelling Melissa Lorraine as Medea to hit repetitive emotional notes for most of the evening. —Justin Hayford

Price: $10-$20


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