Performances
give new dimension to paintings

chicago-sun-times-nov5-2010Chicago Sun-Times
By Hedy Weiss Theater Critic Nov 5, 2010

Last year at this time, I wrote about an exhibition of the paintings of Mira Hermoni-Levine, an Israeli artist whose work (which I first discovered on the cover of a Playbill) is regularly exhibited at the Joseph Glimer Gallery, 207 W. Superior.

I noted the artist’s canvases had an innate theatricality in terms of both the figures depicted (young girls at once real and ghostly) and the settings (dark rooms that suggest the pre-Holocaust European roots of the artist’s family, but also might be taken for the painted backdrops of a theater set).

Hermoni-Levine’s latest show, “Resume,” opens Saturday night at the Glimer Gallery and runs through Nov. 30. And this time around, a true theatrical element has been added to the proceedings.

At 8 p.m. Saturday and at 7 p.m. Nov. 10, actress Corliss Preston, who just completed her 10th season with the Utah Shakespeare Festival (where she recently appeared in “The Diary of Anne Frank”), will present a program of readings, set to the music of Mikis Theodorakis. Included will be the poetry of Paul Celan and Wislawa Szymborska, and the writings of both the artist herself and Esther “Etty” Hillesum, a young Jewish woman whose letters and diaries, from 1941-43, described life in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation. Also on the program will be two mimes, Laurie Willets and T. Daniel.