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  Fuente Ovejuna at City Lit Theater

Fuente Ovejuna

City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue Chicago

FUENTE OVEJUNA, a classic of the Golden Age of Spanish drama by Lope de Vega published 400 years ago in 1619, is a harrowing and suspenseful but exhilarating and inspirational drama based on an historical incident that occurred in the village of Fuente Ovejuna in Castile in 1476. In the play, a young woman of that Spanish village inspires and leads a rebellion against their military governor's sexual exploitation of its women. Laurencia refuses to be a victim when she is attacked and rallies the town to finally do something about the oppression that has gone on too long.

Thru - Feb 17, 2019

Fri, Jan 25: 7:30pm
Sat, Jan 26: 7:30pm
Sun, Jan 27: 3:00pm
Fri, Feb 1: 7:30pm
Sat, Feb 2: 7:30pm
Sun, Feb 3: 3:00pm
Mon, Feb 4: 7:30pm
Fri, Feb 8: 7:30pm
Sat, Feb 9: 7:30pm
Sun, Feb 10: 3:00pm
Mon, Feb 11: 7:30pm
Fri, Feb 15: 7:30pm
Sat, Feb 16: 7:30pm
Sun, Feb 17: 3:00pm

Price: $32

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-293-3682

  Fuente Ovejuna Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Despite great energy and ensemble feel, the actors in Terry McCabe's treatment at City Lit Theater can't seem to get a lot of traction with the language or the narrative. Part of the issue is the translation McCabe is working from, which is such a bone-literal piece of public-domainery that it sounds like it originally existed as a crib to help people read the play in Spanish. All in all, the production ends up, as a great many historical revivals do, at war with its own baggage: the best laughs are off the line; the most endearing moments of acting are the partially mugged asides that barely relate to the actual story."
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Max Maller

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...De Vega orchestrates the escalation with aplomb, setting in motion a seemingly irresistible force against an immovable object. It all peaks with Fuente Ovejuna's astonishing refusal to name Fernan's executioner, a profile in courage - from boys as much as grownups - that rings down the centuries, the #Me Too movement four centuries ahead of its time. (It also wins a pardon for the town from Ferdinand and Isabella.) The dramatist also includes a merry debate about the selfishness of love and some commentary on the possible effects of Gutenberg's new printing press on writing."
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Lawrence Bommer

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...The show clocks in at 80 minutes, including the intermission, so there is not much time to comment on the events of the story; there's just enough time to present them. I think that works to the show's benefit, since it leaves the analysis to the audience to do on its own. While I continue to think the first act somewhat uneven, the show as a piece was an interesting and unexpected, but ultimately enjoyable way to spend an afternoon."
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Kevin Curran - Recommended

"...Terry McCabe, who adapted and directed the work, provides an amazing evocation of the village center, with a continuous cavalcade of performers - 16 actors in 20 roles, including a musical band, with the requisite pool and working fountain in the town square. All this takes place in the tiny quarters of City Lit Theater's space on Bryn Mawr. De Vega's play has a living heritage: In its home town, it is performed regularly as part of a theater festival, with 150 of the townsfolk in the cast."
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Bill Esler

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