Onstage: Eurydice

When you think of Greek mythology, you probably imagine folks in togas sitting around Mount Olympus or in some ancient temple with columns. Don't bring those old-fashioned notions to Know Theatre for their next production, even though Eurydice is based o

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When you think of Greek mythology, you probably imagine folks in togas sitting around Mount Olympus or in some ancient temple with columns. Don’t bring those old-fashioned notions to Know Theatre for their next production, even though Eurydice is based on a story from way back when.

Sarah Ruhl’s 2003 play gets its Midwestern premiere at Know this month, and it’s a fresh retelling from the heroine’s point of view of a bittersweet tale of lovers who try to transcend death.

After dying accidentally on her wedding day, Eurydice finds herself in the underworld where she unexpectedly meets and reconnects with her deceased father. Her newfound bonds with him are interrupted by the arrival of her husband Orpheus who, stricken with grief, is striving to bring her back to the world of the living.

The play provides powerful insights into what it means to lose and grieve for a loved one. But Ruhl has her own way of telling a story, with strong doses of humor — the Lord of the Underworld, for example, is a tough guy on a tricycle. Through March 28. $12.

Read Rick Pender's review here.

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