Orpheus Descending | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Orpheus Descending Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 11 2012

Tennessee Williams's tortured 1957 reworking of Greek myth features three familiar types from his Gothic imagination: the smoldering vagrant, the fallen belle, and the headstrong outsider. All three are prisoners of their pasts, and all three strive to circumvent the suffocating norms of a narrow-minded, superstitious southern town. The raw material is potent, but Williams lacquers everything with multiple layers of metaphor, retarding the action to a portentous crawl—a tendency Julieanne Ehre's moody production for Shattered Globe Theatre too often indulges. But Eileen Niccolai's restrained yet intense performance as Lady, the outsider, forces everything into focus every time she's onstage—and, luckily, that's most of the evening. —Justin Hayford

Price: $18-$34


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