Prison Drama The Island from Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse Theater
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The last date listed for The Island was Friday March 5, 2010 / 7:30pm.
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Featured review from Mo in ChicagoRed Velvet
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This was a very intense piece that was very well done. The actors did a stellar job. The set, props, costumes were appropriately minimalistic. I found it challenging to figure out what some of the pantomimed actions were (ie: when the prisoners were being beaten???)
By Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona
Athol Fugard’s daring drama is set in an unnamed prison based on the one where Nelson Mandela was held. John and Winston are cellmates who spend their days doing back-breaking labor, and their nights rehearsing Sophocles’ Antigone to present to their fellow inmates. When John learns his sentence is being reduced, the men’s friendship is tested. Fugard plays the parallels between Antigone’s fight against political and patriarchal boundaries off of the imprisoned men’s fight for their dignity. The Island is a testament to the resiliency of the human heart.