One evening a year, Chicago walks the red carpet into the Civic Opera House. It’s the night that magnificently dressed gentlemen and ladies in the audience out-costume the folks on stage. The glamorous celebration officially opens the season…now in its 58th year.
The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Elektra. When the King returns from the war, the Queen kills him. The Princess Elektra has trouble coping with the family drama. She runs away from home…. well, really just outside the castle walls where she dances vigils of hatred. She wants to murder mom and mom’s new boyfriend before they kill the heir to the throne, her brother Orest. Her sister is not happy with their mother but prefers life inside the castle. She refuses to help Elektra assassinate anyone. As Elektra gets her axe ready for a solo slaughter, she hears news that Orest is dead. No longer able to protect her brother, Elektra grapples with revenge as the motive for her carnage spree. Elektra is bloody terrific!
Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.
And read about the Opening Night hoopla at 500 Days to 50.
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