The Wreck of the Medusa | Angel Island | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Wreck of the Medusa The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tue., April 6, Wed., April 7 and Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 9 2010

This multimedia production by the Plagiarists theater company recounts the sinking of the French frigate Meduse in 1816, and the resulting scandals involving the ship's captain and a colonial governor, who sailed to safety in a lifeboat while other survivors drifted on a raft and were forced to resort to cannibalism. Projection designer Ian Miller enhances the storytelling with images from various sources, including Theodore Gericault's 1819 painting, The Raft of the Medusa, and director Jack Tamburri's staging overcomes the constrictions of the cramped, low-ceilinged playing area with striking set and lighting designs by William Anderson and Matthew Gawryk respectively. The script, by Gregory Peters, is ambitious and inventive but overlong--a strong first draft in need of rigorous editing. --Albert Williams

Price: $15-$20

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