The Testament of Mary | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Testament of Mary Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 14 2014

Ever tried working your way through one of the world's great art museums without a plan? Before you even finish with the Middle Ages, you start coming down with a case of Madonna fatigue—the feeling that you can't possibly look at another canvas or statue depicting the mother of Jesus. In fact, given the enormous number of Annunciations, Nativity scenes, Pietas, and Assumptions in which she's had a starring role, Mary is probably her son's only serious competition for the title of Most Painted Figure in Western Art. But although she's been a visual-arts superstar for more than two millennia now, Mary hasn't had a lot to say. Her reticence begins in the Gospels, where her role requires not much more than humble obedience at Christ's birth and grieving at his crucifixion. Somehow, it's been enough to persuade generations of Christians that she's the apotheosis of womanhood: chaste, long-suffering, and pretty much mute. Continue reading >>

Price: $30-$60


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