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"A promise is a promise. A promise is a promise."

Idomeneus, King of Crete, has killed his son. Or maybe not. Maybe he's let his son live, but angered the gods in doing so. Or maybe the person he thinks is his son is an imposter. Maybe his real son actually turned into a talking, shape-shifting sea-creature and is back to have a heart-to-heart. Or maybe it's all true, all at once. A kaleidoscope of monsters, mythmaking and sudden, striking humor, the U.S. premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s smash-hit Idomeneus details the end of a war between nations and the beginning of a war between reason and superstition. Idomeneus makes a promise to the gods, and what comes next is a fractured, mythic tidal wave, brought to life with astounding theatricality by Sideshow's adventurous ensemble of storytellers.

 

Approximate run time: 65 minutes, without intermission

 

August 18 - September 23, 2012

DCASE Storefront Theater

66 East Randolph Street

 

This program is partially supported by a grant

from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

CAST

PRODUCTION TEAM

PHOTOS

PRESS

"Distinctive, smart and emotionally resonant."

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 

"Highly recommended! Marvelous production... a brilliant hour-long work."

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

 

★★★★!

"Stylishly stylized... an engrossing meditation on fate."

Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

 

Reader Recommended!

"An arresting and skillful use of choral speaking, stylized ensemble movement, and striking visual and sound design."

Albert Williams, Chicago Reader

 

"Absolutely gorgeous... visually stunning and intellectually rich... a truly A-list production!"

Alex Huntsberger, Centerstage

 

"A stunning achievement... able direction and a rock-solid cast!"

Christine Malcolm, Edge Chicago

 

"An often ingenious look at the wavering nature of myth and storytelling."

Brian Kirst, Sheridan Road Magazine

 

"Oh my gods, Idomeneus is a one-of-a-kind magnificent sonnet!"

Katy Walsh, Chicago Now

by Roland Schimmelpfennig

directed by Jonathan L. Green

 

August 18 - September 23, 2012

DCASE Storefront Theater

66 E Randolph Street

 

Run time: 65 minutes, without intermission

Idomeneus, King of Crete, has killed his son. Or maybe not. Maybe he's let his son live, but angered the gods in doing so. Or maybe the person he thinks is his son is an imposter. Maybe his real son actually turned into a talking, shape-shifting sea-creature and is back to have a heart-to-heart. Or maybe it's all true, all at once. A kaleidoscope of monsters, mythmaking and sudden, striking humor, the U.S. premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s smash-hit Idomeneus details the end of a war between nations and the beginning of a war between reason and superstition. Idomeneus makes a promise to the gods, and what comes next is a fractured, mythic tidal wave, brought to life with astounding theatricality by Sideshow's adventurous ensemble of storytellers.

 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.