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By John Millington Synge

Reviewed by Frank West

photo: Tim Kidwell. photo by Steve Graue

The story of Deirdre is a great example of the enlightening power of story. It was a part of Celtic culture since very ancient times, and when the Celts came to Ireland, the story was already so old that they said it was told: "in the time before time."

It is almost like a Greek play, in that the story deals with fate, mortality, and treachery.

Deirdre of the Sorrows is beautifully presented by City Lit Theatre. The acting is flawless, realistic and done with great energy. The stage props and fight scenes are totally convincing.

This masterpiece was written by John Millington Synge, (1871 - 1909). He realized his illness would be fatal, but he continued to write the play. It was partly finished when he died. It was posthumously finished by William Butler Yeats and Synge's fiancee, The Abbey actor, Molly Allgood.

Quoting the press release: "Deirdre since birth has been promised in wedlock to the King of Ulster." However, he sees her as a royal possession and thinks he owns her.. "When she comes of age, she rejects the arranged marriage and flees with her lover, the King's fierce rival, Naisi (sounds like Neesha). "After seven years, he uses lies and tricks to lure her back to Ulster. "It is a classic tale of romance and treachery."

Despite being young, healthy, and beautiful, Deirdre understands that human destiny is to grow old.

Thanks to the director of the play, Kay Martinovich, for this imaginative and powerful production.

The beautiful Deirdre is played subtly by Natalie Joyce. Tim Kidwell performs the difficult road of the King. He has to show the King's sincerity but at the same time his capacity for duplicity and treachery.

Deirdre of the Sorrows will be presented by City Lit Theater now through October 15.
The theater is located at 1020 W Bryn Mawr in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church. This is near bus lines and a Red Line L Stop.
The play is presented Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets are $32 and $27 for seniors. www.citylit.org or 773-293-3682.

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