January 14, 2011

Chicago Tribune reviews Trickster

Too many twists to follow in 'Trickster'

By Kerry ReidChaos and ruin take center stage in Halcyon Theatre's "Trickster," created by artistic director Tony Adams from a variety of sources, including the Native American tales of Coyote and the biblical story of Abraham, Sarah and Hajar. There are also resonances with "The Trojan Women" in its depiction of how the civilian price of war is often paid most heavily by wives and mothers.

It's an ambitious undertaking that fails to coalesce in the end, but as a meditation on an age of "pox and paranoia," there is palpable intelligence, wit, and moral conscience at work in the material. At nearly three hours, however, it feels more padded than pointed—overflowing with stories-within-stories that become difficult to track.
Comment:  This is about the third or fourth play I've heard of with a Native "trickster" or "coyote" theme. Maybe it's time for something else?

For more on the subject, see According to Coyote and The Trickster and the Troll.

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