photos by Liz Lauren

by David Cohen

Written and directed by Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman, the Tony Award-winning smash hit Metamorphoses kicked off last night at Lookingglass’ 25th Anniversary Season.

Mary held a dream that one day her Metamorphoses, a collection of Greek mythologies stories will be staged  as originally was she conceived it, in a pool of water, and it did. 

Telling the stories in the water, the universal symbol of transformation, put this performance above and beyond anyone would imagine. Although I have heard so about this play, this was the first time I saw Metamorphoses. Finally, I understood why it is one of the best shows ever to be produced on stage. Don't miss your chance to experience this magical and enchanted anniversary production.

Some members of the original cast returned this year to Lookingglass, but non-the-less all the members of this production give their best, and making Metamorphoses a remarkable experience of a tales on stage.

The brilliance of Mary’s work is that these ancient myths feel at once very contemporary and totally timeless, simultaneously rooted in the very specific individuals onstage and completely universal,” says Artistic Director Andy White.  “These are some of the reasons it was our longest-running hit in Chicago, then toured the country, and finally ran for a year on Broadway.  This show had a profound impact on all of us – Lookingglass, Chicago, and even the country – when we first produced it, and we’ve had an ache to revisit it for a long time. We are so proud to bring it back to Chicago now, and to have it kick off our 25th Anniversary Season.”

There is nothing but excellence to this brilliant and rare "jewel." From superb acting to brilliant directing, to design. There is nothing more difficult to create but simplicity, but in Metamorphoses all the design elements come together beautifully, and giving this production the essences it deserves. From the simple use of lights and candle lights, to beautifully synced music with every move the actors do, to simple stage and costumes design––is nothing but genius. All this talent put together to make this rare production of Metamorphoses is by far the best play of the year, and for sure one of the best play I have ever seen on stage. Bravo!

Through November 18, 2012. Tickets: $36 - $70
Saturday Matinees offer a limited number of tickets (buy one, get one free) which are available to all 3:00 p.m. Saturday matinees. This program is made possible with the generous support of Target, working with Lookingglass to make the arts accessible to all. A limited number of student tickets are available the day of the show for $20 with valid student ID. Groups of 10 or more patrons save up to 20%. Call the box office for details.
Box office is located at Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. To buy online  go to, or by phone at (312) 337-0665.



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