CHICAGO THEATRE BEAT:

"...The Last Daughter of Oedipus exhibits increasing theatrical depth for Babes With Blades, in both its writing and execution. Lighting (Leigh Barrett), sound (Stephen Ptacek), and costumes (Emma Weber) reveal a powerfully cohesive artistic vision..."
 


A NEW SOPHISTICATION FOR A NEW KIND OF SAVIOR:  

The Last Daughter of Oedipus exhibits increasing theatrical depth for Babes With Blades, in both its writing and execution. Lighting (Leigh Barrett), sound (Stephen Ptacek), and costumes (Emma Weber) reveal a powerfully cohesive artistic vision. Furthermore, this play re-awakens, for modern audiences, the original purpose of tragedy in the city-state of Athens, which was to use familiar myth cycles to examine social and political challenges for the health of the state. Ismenes final monologue before the end of the first act interrogates the sources of terror as much for our own times as for her own.

Of the very few venues in which Attic women actually held power, the exercise of religious offices and duties gave them the greatest social prestige and political influence. Hence, its only logical that Babes With Blades latest production sees Ismene battling with supernatural forces beyond her control. Yet, it is the their theatrical handling that displays the companys increased sophistication in its mission to train women in combat roles and develop new dramas featuring fighting roles for women.                              -  Paige Listerud

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