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  Scenes From An Execution at Royal George Theatre

Scenes From An Execution

Royal George Theatre
1641 N. Halsted Chicago

1571. Venice has won an overwhelming victory in The Battle of Lepanto. The artist and sensualist Galactia is chosen to commemorate the triumph; instead, she fills a staggering one thousand square feet of canvas with violence, suffering and death. Another battle ensues between artist and state, with Galactia unremitting in the face of extreme adversity.

Presented by Runcible Theatre Company

Thru - Mar 29, 2015

Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $26

Stage: Gallery Space

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-988-9000

Running Time: 2hrs; oneintermission

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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...The staging by director Andrew Root and movement director Micah Figueroa features a commanding, beautifully spoken lead performance by husky-voiced British actor Sarah Chalcroft, who mines Barker's barbed text for every nuance of her character's complexity. Strong support comes from a fine ensemble (including the wonderful Stephen Fedo as the Venetian doge, the painter's patron-turned-persecutor). Raquel Adorno's costumes imaginatively meld Renaissance and contemporary styles to underscore the timeless relevance of Barker's examination of the volatile relationship of the artist to her public."
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Albert Williams

ChicagoCritic - Not Recommended

"...This two hour drama is filled with many long speeches by Sarah Chalcroft in her native British accent that she spoke so rapidly that I most of what she said was unintelligible. Add her screaming to emphasize her emotions and we have a show that appears to be the ramblings of a crazy painter bent on defying her patrons. This production contained many installations and dismantling of a painter's scuffling that greatly distracted from the story. Galactia's tantrums resulted in Urgentino, the Doge of Venice (Stephen Fedo) has several animated tantrums of his own. This overwritten drama was repetitive and boring especially when the venue was as hot as a sauna making for a most tedious and unenviable experience. Sarah Chalcoft and Stephen Fedo so overacted their parts that the drama almost slipped into farce. In the over heated venue, this show was not a good experience."
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Tom Williams

The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION is the triumph of art over censorship. This play about the impact of the revolutionary spirit of an artist is a powerful tribute to the necessity of all art in broadening the human experience."
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Katy Walsh

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