Shepherd's Daughter: A Joan of Arc Reimagining | Zoo Studio | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Shepherd's Daughter: A Joan of Arc Reimagining Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 2 2014

Playwright Whitney LaMora tells the story of Joan of Arc by dividing her into five personas. The first is the historical Joan (played by LaMora herself), who followed a vision from her French peasant village to battlefields and martyrdom during the Hundred Years' War. The others include a warrior Joan, a saintly Joan, Joan the mental case, and a Joan who seems to wish everything could just go back to normal. Interesting, right? Well, no, not as things play out in Emily Sharp’s staging for the Paradeigma Collective. The problem is that the four subsidiary Joans, being symbols, are inherently incapable of change. So each says and does the same stuff over and over again for 85 minutes, until the historical Joan is finally burned at the stake. The exercise comes off as tedious and reductive. Uninformative, too: We never get a clear sense of what was, er, at stake in Joan’s trial. The priests who prosecute her seem merely mean. —Tony Adler

Price: $20


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