Sneak Preview Review: THE PENELOPIAD

by Lynn on January 18, 2012

in The Passionate Playgoer

THE PENELOPIAD: Written by Margaret Atwood. Directed by Kelly Thornton.

At Buddies in Bad Times Theatre until January 29.

Produced by Nightwood Theatre.

I was in England last week and missed the opening of THE PENELOPIAD. I’m making up for lost time here.

Margaret Atwood takes THE ODYSSEY, Odysseus’s heroics in the Trojan war and his long journey home, and skewers it. She looks at the story from the point of view of Penelope, Odysseus’s patient, faithful wife and what she had to endure for the 20 years it took him to return home.

Atwood’s play is epic. Director Kelly Thornton’s production is too in its spareness, vividness, imagination, and compelling theatricality. The cast is splendid.

Don’t miss this one.

Full review on Friday, Jan. 20 on CIUT Friday Morning, CIUT, 89.5 FM from 9 am to 10 am.

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