Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-07-27
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Lord of the Flies
THEATER REVIEW
by Steven Chaitman
2013-10-30

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


By: William Golding, adapted by Nigel Williams. At: Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted Ave. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20. Runs through: Nov. 15

Given the recent trends in books and movies aimed at young adults, few ( if any ) classic novels could be more relevant right now than William Golding's Lord of the Flies. It's the original tale of adolescent ultra-violence, which we see in contemporary genre fiction—The Hunger Games and Divergent being two of the many examples. Steppenwolf for Young Adults has even gone so far as to adopt the marketing strategy used by promoters of the Twilight films in encouraging dialogue about its production of Golding's harrowing portrait of human nature. They are asked to consider whether they would be on "Team Ralph" or "Team Jack."

It sounds silly, but Lord of the Flies should get teens and adults talking, and that's the whole point of young adult theater. Director Halena Keys' has crafted an immersive, multi-sensory, emotionally charged production of this tale of English school boys trying to organize and survive after being stranded on an island that leads to discord and half the group descending into savagery.

Although the play suggests comparisons between men and boys, this ensemble is full of outstanding young men, as far as talent is concerned. Although for a handful of cast members the stage direction calls for little else than roughhousing, howling and stick-pounding, the featured actors—including Spencer Curnutt and Ty Olwin as rival leaders Ralph ( the compassionate, practical one ) and Jack ( the forceful, instinctual one ) in addition to Dan Smeriglio as Piggy, the sacrificial lamb—expertly harness the intensity of their roles.

The gradual transformation of these civilized boys to boys making a game of their situation to wild animals blind to their wrongdoing lacks some clarity in terms of motivation in an utterly agitating way, but any emotions of frustration and confusion ultimately add fuel to the conversation that should be had around Golding's themes. Jack's lust for power and willingness to use fear to control the other boys has little to no grounding in his character, but yet he keeps succeeding. Some will find this absolutely maddening, while others won't like it but at least acknowledge why Jack was a successful leader. Understanding that there's nothing pleasant or optimistic about Golding's story, Keys is unafraid to elicit these emotions in the name of art as a fire starter.

With rhythmic pounding, dancing, shouting and a variety of special effects, this production might be one of the scariest, most intense incarnations of Lord of the Flies, regardless of age. The intensity builds and builds and there's no emotional conclusion—only a thought-provoking one. Even at 90 minutes straight through, it's far from easy, yet our teens are ready and capable of handling and discussing the consequences.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour Comes to the Chicago Theater 2016-07-28
THEATER REVIEW AD HOC [HOME] 2016-07-27
THEATER REVIEW Chops 2016-07-27
THEATER REVIEW War Paint 2016-07-27
Theater spotlight on Between Riverside and Crazy, Critics' Picks 2016-07-27
About Face director faces apartment fire's aftermath 2016-07-27
THEATER FEATURE 'Douglass' provides alternative view of African-American hero 2016-07-27
Upcoming: WCT Theatre Series, Market Days 2016-07-27
THEATER REVIEW The Portrait 2016-07-26
NUNN ON ONE: PERFORMANCE Stacey Magiera talks about her Cirque performance 2016-07-26
Links Hall Presents Joshua Kent and Mark McCloughan and more in August 2016-07-26
Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins XXVIII coming in August 2016-07-25
Writers Theatre announces casting for 25th Anniversary Season 2016-07-21
Shattered Globe Theatre announces 2016-17 season 2016-07-21
Duriel E. Harris' Thingification on stage at MPAACT Summer Jams 2016-07-21
NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Talking with 'Queen of Mean' Lisa Lampanelli 2016-07-20
DOUBLE REVIEW A Midsummer Night's Dream 2016-07-20
THEATER REVIEW Space Age 2016-07-20
PERFORMANCE Hot-button issue at center of Privilege to Pee 2016-07-20
THEATER REVIEW Between Riverside and Crazy 2016-07-20
Theater spotlight on Byhalia, Critics' Picks 2016-07-20
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Finding [HOME] 2016-07-20
NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Katja Bavendam on her 'Giant Life' 2016-07-19
THEATER REVIEW Kin Folk 2016-07-19
THEATER REVIEW Schoolhouse Rock Live! 2016-07-14
THEATER REVIEW Wastwater 2016-07-13
OPERETTA REVIEW The Cousin from Nowhere 2016-07-13
Theater spotlight on WOZ: A Rock Cabaret, Critics' Picks 2016-07-13
Karen Olivo, Miguel Cervantes and Alexander Gemignani join Chicago Hamilton cast 2016-07-13
THEATER 'Space Age' focuses on queer kids of color 2016-07-13
THEATER REVIEW Dating & Dragons 2016-07-12
Hell in a Handbag brings back Bette, Live at the Continental Baths 2016-07-12
Billings, McKechnie join PFP board 2016-07-12
PFP establishing Pride Arts Center 2016-07-11
Comedians perform for a cause 2016-07-11
Rivendell presents Midwest premiere of Grizzly Mama 2016-07-07
Stage Left Theatre announces Season 35 2016-07-06
THEATER REVIEW The Seedbed 2016-07-06
THEATER SPOTLIGHT, CRITICS' PICKS 2016-07-06
THEATER REVIEW The Woman Who Amuses Herself 2016-07-06
 



Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.

www.windycitymediagroup.com
[email protected]  •  [email protected]  •  [email protected]

Website Powered by LoveYourWebsite.com