Perseus & Medusa, or It's All Greek to Me! | Piccolo Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader

Perseus & Medusa, or It's All Greek to Me! The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 19 2009

Every year Piccolo Theatre undertakes the daunting task of Americanizing the English holiday panto, a type of farcical musical comedy virtually unknown here. Jessica Puller's original script pays homage to the form without devolving entirely into formula, and the schoolboy vein of Greek mythology handily suits the genre. The cast match Puller's diligent approach, with fight supervisor Andrew Roberts bustling merrily in drag as the Dame, and Vic May excellently loathsome as the King. But any victory is bound to have its Pyrrhic element, since panto's stylized, winky conventions limit its appeal to only the most British--that is, inexplicable--sense of humor. --Keith Griffith

Price: $10-$25


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