Salome | RBP Rorschach | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 12 2014

Oscar Wilde's awkward 1891 tragedy, based on the Biblical tale of John the Baptist's beheading, isn't his best-known play. Originally written in French, it was banned from public performance in London for 40 years, and greeted with critical derision when censors lifted the ban. It's a bold choice for Right Brain Project but ultimately well suited to the group's particular brand of lush, demented theater. In the title role, Shantelle Szyper anchors a strong cast for director Nathan Robbel, making sense of Wilde's inscrutable Salome by playing her as a cryptic teenager. Robbel's imaginative staging converts the script's heavy-handed symbolism from a liability to an asset, with crucial assists from his visual and sound designers. —Keith Griffith

Price: $20, $15 for students and industry professionals

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