Chicago Fringe Opera's In the Penal Colony
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Philip Glass's harrowing adaptation of Franz Kafka's short story of the same title returns to Chicago for the first time since the work's premiere at the Court Theatre in 2000. With two singers, two actors and a string quintet, Glass's pocket opera is small in scale and vast in impact. In an unnamed country, a soldier is to be put to death by capital punishment: a machine will tattoo the offender's crimes on his skin, thus bleeding him to death. When a suspicious human rights inspectors arrives