The Love of the Nightingale | Red Tape Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Love of the Nightingale Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays and Mon., May 3. Continues through May 29 2010

According to myth, Philomele was an Athenian princess whose brother-in-law, a Thracian king named Tereus, raped her and then tried to shut her up by cutting out her tongue. Philomele's sister, Procne, found out anyway and took Medea-style revenge on Tereus--which, of course, enraged him. He went after Procne and Philomele with a sword, but before he could kill them, all three--Procne, Philomele, and Tereus--were turned into birds by the gods. Timberlake Wertenbaker retells the story in this 1989 play, using it and other bits of ancient awfulness as a means to explore issues of gender and cultural difference. James Palmer's Red Tape Theatre production is well performed, but its combination of stylized flourishes and deep earnestness make it hard to sit through--and at some points, to understand. --Tony Adler

Price: $15-$25



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