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The Goodman this weekend turns its attention to
This post-holiday weekend actually is the big theater weekend of the summer, with the Steppenwolf, Goodman and
But of the three companies with openings this weekend, I'd say Victory Gardens is the theater with the most at stake. Changes, not the least of which was the departure of Sandy Shinner from the position of associate artistic director, have roiled the venerable theater company. Chay Yew, the new artistic director, clearly is eager to make a break from the past, stage edgier works and attract a younger and more diverse audience. "Oedipus El Rey," the fresh Luis Alfaro vision of the Sophoclean drama set on the streets of Los Angeles and that looks at the violent fates of gang members through a tragic prism, is exactly the kind of show Yew has said he wants to produce. Now he has to direct it well and, equally as important, find an audience that combines longtime Victory Gardens supporters with fresh blood.
Summer in Chicago has many sides. With all the headlines of gang-related shootings so far this broiling season, "Oedipus El Rey" might well be the most essential Chicago show of all.