Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Eurydice (Victory Gardens Theatre) - 10/29/08

Victory Gardens is currently presenting a very touching production of Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice". It's a radical reinterpretation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, which retains the essential themes of the power of love and the devastation of loss. For me, it's the best thing to be staged yet at their beautiful Biograph venue, and I think it's because the production understands the dimensions of the space (unlike previous shows, which almost seem to be intimidated by it). Although not technically a world premier (I had seen a workshop-like production of "Eurydice" at the Piven Workshop up in Evanston a couple of years ago), it is presents further evidence of Ms. Ruhl's considerable playwriting talents. And married to the visually poetic production by Sandy Shinner and Jessica Thebus, as well as the deeply-felt performances, the text comes to vivid theatrical life.

Rating: ***1/2 (out of *****)

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