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  Eurydice at Athenaeum Theatre


Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

Whisked down to the underworld on her wedding day, Eurydice tries to make sense of her memories and her passions, and poignantly reconnects with her long-dead father, even as her heartbroken groom seeks to wrench her back into the life she left behind. Ruhl's atmospheric play combines off-kilter, playful comedy with a wistful yearning for meaning and human connection. The New York Times' Charles Isherwood, in reviewing the play's 2007 production at New York's Second Stage Theatre, called it "a weird and wonderful new play."

Presented by Promethean Theatre

Thru - Feb 11, 2017

Price: $17-$27

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-935-6875

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  Eurydice Reviews
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  • Somewhat Recommended
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...It's a fascinating exploration, but while there are strengths in this Promethean Theatre Ensemble production-most notably, Sandy Elias as Father-Ruhl's script deserves a tighter, faster-paced staging in keeping with the light, playful elegance of her words."
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Suzanne Scanlon

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...Unfortunately, Ruhl’s very circumscribed memory-making motivation never quite achieves a wider reach in this purposeful but never compelling production. Boulware’s chirpy and bubbling Eurydice lacks gravitas. As her increasingly departed dad, Elias is more avuncular than paternal and Golding’s impassive Orpheus seems more pedestrian than driven. The heartbreak here (“Dip yourself in the river”) is too cerebral. But it’s palpable enough for those who need it."
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Lawrence Bommer

Splash Magazine - Highly Recommended

"...Promethean Theatre Ensemble presents Eurydice, written by acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl and directed by Nicole Hand. This modern retelling of the classic Greek myth of Eurydice and her husband Orpheus reframes the story from the perspective of the doomed bride. Eloquent, haunting, and heartbreaking, Eurydice meditates on death, memory, loss, love, and nostalgia in one beautiful ninety-minute story."
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Jessie Bond

ChicagoCritic - Not Recommended

"...If ever Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice is worth seeing, Promethean's current production is not the production in which to do so. Fortunately (or unfortunately), it seems to be a play that's produced with the frequency of a national crisis, when peoples' moods turn dour and the tragic resentment of their lives aches to be purged in a bath of bathos. So invest your twenty-odd bucks in a one-year CD. The answer as to "how to remember to forget" a bad production is to never have seen it at all."
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August Lysy

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Orpheus was the greatest lover of all time, braving the underworld to retrieve his dead wife; so moved by grief, his songs made the stones weep. But who was his beloved? Eurydice was only a nymph and though nymphs were objects of many a god's desire, is there really a difference between a Daphne or a Syrinx? Laurel tree or river reed or eternity in the underworld-that's the story of a nymph. Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther" asserted that love alone makes us indispensable. Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice" argues otherwise, in a play that places the nymph's life and afterlife beyond one man or god's desire for her, wonderfully rendered by Promethean Theatre Ensemble."
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Irene Hsiao

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...Director Hand manages the pace of the story well and the performances are generally fine, although Golding is a bit tentative as Orpheus in the early part of the show, in contrast to Bowlware's ebullient performance as Eurydice. Elias is serious and solicitous as Father."
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Nancy Bishop

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