The Terrible Head | National Pastime Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Terrible Head Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 21 2008

Writer-director Andrew Boyer based this Mythic Proportions physical theater piece on Andrew Lang's 1889 fairy tale, itself derived from the myth of Perseus. But Boyer riffs on the tale so extensively and incoherently that little remains of it but a boy on a quest to kill Medusa, the snake-haired Gorgon. Many of Boyer's innovations suggest that sex is icky: lustful women keep pawing the reluctant lad, and his mother is threatened by rape. Moreover, in the end, this hero-in-the-making is no hero at all. The downer story is sparked by some creativity: a gaggle of silent dancers represents a prophet, a god gets amusingly drunk, the Gorgons' spiky locks are suitably terrible. But it's no fun to watch the ensemble struggle with movement that's seldom interesting or difficult. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $15-$25



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