The son of Hera returns to Lookingglass Theatre in “Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale,” a beautiful show that is much more circus than theater. The show is framed by a young girl, adeptly played by Abigail Droeger, as she escapes into Greek mythology to escape the reality of her warring, offstage parents. Contortionists, aerialists and musicians of the highest caliber then inhabit the world and translate the story. They are all nail-bitingly good. “Theatre without a net,” Lookingglass motto is on proud display, quite literally. It can be hard to watch performers swing so close to railings and fly so near to grids in the tight space, but just try to look away. I bet you can’t. The show is grand in the way of blue men and French-Canadian circuses with the intimacy of your favorite black box. “Hephaestus” is a great evening. You can even take your friends who don’t like theater. (William Scott)
At the Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan, (312)337-0665. This production is now closed.