Family Drama: 2 Norwegian Plays
5775 N. Ridge Avenue Chicago
GOLIATH retells the classic biblical story as an epic family drama: Goliath, the dominant older brother who, once in his childhood, was outshone by his clever, heroic little brother David. Ever since, Goliath has had to live with the myth of the events, the legend of his brother, the shame of his loss and their mother's favoring of David. Time has come for revenge. In THE RETURNING, we meet a mother and a father grieving the loss of their son, Gustav, whom they assume to be dead. The funeral is breathtaking, where they have filled the coffin with things reminding them of Gustav. After some time goes by, they return to their daily lives. The parents manage to go on with their life. But then one day there is a knock on the door, upsetting all of their newfound peace...
Presented by Akvavit Theatre
Thru - Oct 13, 2019
Show Type: Drama
Box Office: 773-334-7728
Family Drama: 2 Norwegian Plays Reviews
- Highly Recommended
- Somewhat Recommended
- Not Recommended
Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended
"...In Maria Tryti Vennerød's Goliath (translated by May-Brit Akerholt, directed by Kirstin Franklin), the biblical story of David and Goliath gets a makeover that makes it feel more like the Bluths in Arrested Development stuck inside a Sartre play. That sounds more fun than it actually is in this production, which starts out strong, if messy, but begins spinning its wheels about halfway through and sort of sputters to its conclusion. Still, taken together, the two pieces provide astringent commentary on the limitations of unconditional parental love."
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Chicago Theatre Review - Somewhat Recommended
"...Director Franklin used the heightened language of the translated words to the aid of the actors and the story, creating a high class family that used the stilted sentences and odd interjections to mask their insecurities. Added lighting and music shifts supplied by Tony Adams and Timothy McNulty, respectively, highlighted the fourth walls that were broken. These moments were pristinely and finely chosen by Franklin in Goliath, but seemed muddied in The Returning."
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