The reviews for The Iliad are coming in, and they're good. The show is "Highly Recommended" by Hedy Weiss at the Chicago Sun-Times, who wrote that the actors "impress with the ferocity of their emotions, the sureness of their intellectual attack and the force and clarity of their diction" and that the show is a "highly unusual but rewarding take on a story that bares the truth about how ego, envy and the sheer addiction to war can result in unbridled savagery." (Full review here) The Chicago Tribune also gave it a great review, calling it "a most remarkable theatrical experience," and adding "Wright has given these girls quite a gift. But while many people are understandably reluctant to watch children — or, at least, children to whom they have no relation — this one offers glory on all sides." (Full review here) The Chicago Critic review is also good, claiming "The girls DID make the Trojan Wars come to life. Amazing!" It also includes some great photos from the the performance.
And in another news, last night The Inconvenience took over A Red Orchid's theater space for their Fresh Mean Reading Series. The play, "The Triple Dog Dare of King Pluto the Dark," was written by Aaron Weissman, and performed by five talented actors, including Walter Briggs, who was seen recently in A Red Orchid's The Louis Slotin Sonata. The Fresh Meat Reading Series continues on Dec. 8, and more information can be found on their website. This was my first time seeing this group, and I have to say, they have a great energy. Before the show, the audience buzzed with chatter. The opening acts were firery. And the reading was funny, heart-felt, and immensely entertaining. How refreshing to see a group of performers doing what they love, simply because they love doing it.