Steppenwolf Theatre Presents Penelope, The Story of Odysseus' Wife
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The last date listed for Penelope was Tuesday January 24, 2012 / 7:30pm.
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Sorry to say we did not care for the play - and the worst part was that the star of this production dropped out of the entire run before it opened - but 99% of the advertising still has his photos on them. Did not care for the storyline - but all the actors gave it their best. Still when the main man is gone and you only find out the hour of the show it is very sad.
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I see a play a week and this play , with out without JOhn Mahoney, was one of the worst. The long monologues...the screaming at each other....good grief...dont ask this playwright back...my group was ready to kill me for recommeding it...
Ever wonder what was happening at home while Odysseus was off fighting in Troy?
On a sun-scorched island off the coast of Greece, beautiful Penelope awaits the return of her husband from war. Beneath her window, four Speedo-clad men camp in an empty swimming pool, a cock-eyed internment where both provisions and time are running low. Locked in a do-or-die competition to win Penelope’s love, they preen and posture and connive in a last ditch effort to cheat a grisly fate.
Penelope, the newest play by powerhouse Irish playwright Enda Walsh, is an eloquent, wildly funny riff on life, love and the war at home.