Shimer College students perform ‘Eurydice,’ more shows added

Shimer Play Review
Sun, 2013/04/14
For those unfamiliar with the Cinderella lounge at Shimer College, let me be the one to tell you it isn’t the best space for a complicated play like Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. That disclaimer aside when the audience was allowed into the lounge for the play’s opening night it was clear that director Josh Sobel wouldn’t be slowed down by an awkward space with questionable lighting. Creating a center stage with audience on either side Eurydice utilized the entire room to the tale of two lovers separated by death. The engaging use of space only allows for a limited audience but the audience that is present will be treated to an intimate show full of emotion. One of the beautiful aspects of Sarah Ruhl’s play is the dialogue that manages to be sweet and innocent despite dark undertones of sexual assault and death. Lynn Lee does an amazing job as the titular Eurydice navigating her way through the world of the dead relearning everything that allows her to connect to her living husband and deceased father. Mark Surya gives a phenomenal performance as Eurydice’s father whose love for his daughter is as much the work of legend as Orpheus’ love for his wife. The relationships depicted in the play are made stronger no doubt by the close community that the actors all belong to as Shimer students. The affection between characters is heartbreakingly believable as they work to find and keep one another safe. The world of the dead is populated by the main characters of our play and a duo of stones played by Mey Lee and Jo Becker, who work wonderfully and eerily as a team of rule enforcers. As villain of the play August Lysy is sure to make everyone in the room uncomfortable as a force of danger and lust in this world and the next. The soft pacing and gentle world of the play is loudly and aggressively disrupted by Lysy’s two lecherous characters. With a spectacular cast, wonderful dialogue, and ingenious staging and lighting; Eurydice is not the play I expected to see, it was even better. I strongly recommend this tragic and sweet play for anyone who has an interest in mythology or romance with a slight tinge of horror. For those who are kicking themselves for not seeing the play when it initially ran this past weekend director Josh Sobel has decided to add two more dates to the run this coming weekend.