Our Little Lives, Rounded

Last night, we saw a re-imagining of The Tempest at Chicago Shakespeare entitled The Feast. The story was told by only three actors, Prospero serving as ringmaster to Ariel and Caliban who, at the whim of their master and using incredible wooden masks and puppets, act out the rest of the story in shortened form. It was a stunning production, its magic matching the supernatural tone of the play itself. Such stuff as dreams are made on.

Read a review here and enjoy some photographs below (all photos by Michael Brosilow from various review sites.)

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6 thoughts on “Our Little Lives, Rounded

  1. You must have had a wonderful time…thanks for sharing…living in Maine, it is living vicariously thru others that we get a taste of the world.
    Thank you very much.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  2. Very Taymor-esque, between the Tempest and the puppets… but this sounds like a fabulous (and challenging!) production, thanks for making mention of it. It’s one of my favorite plays, and I’m always curious to see how it gets re-invented.

    Siggi: not sure how far along the coast you are, or how often you feel like driving three or four hours at a stretch (if you’re not all the way east), but in western Massachusetts (Lenox), there’s a Shakespeare theatre that is probably the finest in the Northeast (and where I saw the finest performance of the Tempest I’ve seen). Check out http://www.shakespeare.org 🙂

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