City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue Chicago
Good as Game of Thrones is, it's no replacement for enjoying your medieval fantasy drama -- complete with political intrigue, sexy scandal and nudity -- live on stage. For all these reasons and more, Otherworld Theatre's lavish production of Queen Amarantha beats HBO any day of the week. Headstrong and transgressive, Amarantha is far from a meek and mild medieval monarch. Yet, when her enemies destroy her reputation, she abdicates and runs away from her duties. The throne then falls to her hopelessly weak ward, Roderigo, and soon the kingdom is imperiled, forcing Amarantha to choose between her freedom and saving the country. Now Tiffany Keane directs the Midwest premiere of Queen Amarantha, an exciting homage to historical melodramas by Tony nominee Charles Busch (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife).
Presented by Other World Theatre
Thru - Jun 28, 2015
Show Type: Drama
Box Office: 773-293-3682
Running Time: 2hrs, 30mins; one intermission
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ChicagoCritic - Recommended
"...The length of this show and complexity of its plot make it a major commitment for the audience as well. Indeed, one of the best aspects of the show is the fight choreography by Kai Young, which includes a duel between Justin Verstraete, as Thalia's henchman, and three other actors. Queen Amarantha's gender politics are a lot more straightforward without the drag aspect, which should make the show more accessible and relevant to a larger number of people. Though the script contains some absurdities and heavy-handed characterizations (which sort of comes with the territory), Tiffany Keane's direction keeps up the energy of this story to its thrilling conclusion. Proudly melodramatic, this production is well-crafted and delivers precisely the fun it advertises."
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