The Sins of Sor Juana | Goodman Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Sins of Sor Juana Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 25 2010

Born out of wedlock around 1648, Juana Ines de la Cruz was a nun who developed a reputation as the first great poet of colonial Spain. Her work was outspoken, sensual, and profound, and she apparently couldn't see any reason why a woman--even a woman of the Church--shouldn't participate in the intellectual life of her culture. She was petted for a while by the powers that be, then destroyed. She ended up signing vows of renunciation in her own blood. The story is both epic and tragic, but for some reason playwright Karen Zacarias has chosen to tell most of it as romantic comedy, complete with a foppish suitor and a wise old Mayan lady with magical powers. Men and women both fall all over themselves vying for Juana's love, but she's oblivious until she meets the rogue who understands her mind. The cliches are unworthy not only of the historical facts, but of a talented cast and Todd Rosenthal's absolutely stunning set. --Tony Adler

Price: $20-$71

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