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  Jason and (Medea) at Second Stage Theatre

Jason and (Medea)

Second Stage Theatre
3408 N Sheffield Chicago

Utilizing contemporary poetic style, heightened movement and modern language, the play follows Jason and Medea through the part of their story that never gets told: the love story. With an ensemble of Chicago up-and-comers, including Bridget Schreiber as Medea; Alex Thompson as Jason; Shariba Rivers as Chalciope; Erika Lecaj as Atalanta; Mark Lancaster as Heracles; Kyle Geissler as Heller; and Kelly Amshoff as Princess, Jason and (Medea) explores sex, gender, love and power in a funny, aching, accessible and timeless context.

Presented by (re)discover theatre

Thru - Jul 7, 2013

Show Type: Drama

Running Time: 2hrs

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Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...Performed under an overhead swirl of beaded glass on a stage depicting a mosaic whirlpool, Janet Howe’s fast-moving, two-hour staging never lets any scene linger long, which only makes the whirlwind scene-changing more frenetic. Bridget Schweiber’s ever-questing Medea, doomed to be disrespected, and Alex Thompson’s monomaniacally driven, vainglorious Jason (“I want a do-over,” he unpoetically proclaims at one point) are no epic mismatch. Their differences are too blatant to make their love convince. Almost too modern to matter, the ensemble is plucky, resilient and relevant — for what little that offers to a once-and-future saga."
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Lawrence Bommer

ChicagoCritic - Somewhat Recommended

"...In short, although Jason and (Medea) is to be commended for its ambition to make the legendary once again familiar to us, one cannot help but feel that a little less would have gone much further. Epic visions are useful for capturing a sense of the grand moral order of the cosmos, but they often come short of relaying the more intimate experiences of being young, in love and wounded. Thus rather than finding Jason and (Medea) emotionally anchored in the depths of genuinely lived experience, we find it instead drifting listlessly across the mere surface of the open sea."
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Anthony J. Mangini

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