The Hypocrites’ Sean Graney has always been good at coaxing great drama out of difficult texts. Even when he’s tackling outright nonsense, like Sam Shepard’s crazy one-act Action, he usually finds the right cast and the right rhythms to transform words on a page into powerful theater. And when Graney’s working with a strong play, as he did last winter when he directed Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1933 tragedy Blood Wedding, the result is pure gold. Using Ted Hughes’s lean, unadorned translation, Graney summons up all the primal poetry in Lorca’s tale of two ex-lovers–a soon-to-be bride and her former suitor–who discover on the eve of her wedding that they still burn for each other. Many of the original cast members appear in this remounting, including Dana Green in a cliche-free performance as the reluctant bride. In the Hypocrites’ production, a pitch-perfect ensemble delivers Lorca’s evocative poetry without sounding archly literary and earns laughs with the script’s comic moments–the play has a number of remarkably funny scenes–without derailing its essential seriousness and understated grace. Theater on the Lake, Fullerton and Lake Shore Dr., 312-742-7994. Opens Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 PM. Through June 23: Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 PM; Sunday, 6:30 PM. $12.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Margaret Lakin.