Another lovely review, from LA Theatre Review by Rachel Jenkins! Follow her @directingdrama on Twitter.
Link to the review here: http://www.latheatrereview.com/2010/06/25/fringe-day-nine-friday-june-25/
3 more chances to see this show, tonight, Saturday, and Sunday at 7pm, Dorie Theatre at the Complex! Tix $10 or PWYC for Fringe artists!
Eurpides’ Medea at the Complex Theatre
by Rachel Jenkins~
The arrival of the chorus in the entrance way to the theatre instantaneously brings us into their world where we find TV static projected over a still-standing Jason (Kellen York) & Medea (Melissa Fenton). Using a combination of Eurpides’ text, text adaptation, multimedia, choreographed movement & a whole lot of feathers we are taken through the pain of Jason’s betrayal, Medea’s response and an extremely visually stimulating representation of the emotions that drives her actions.
Director Michael Burke made an interesting & powerful decision by having the children represented by smiling, hanging dummies upstage center. Always there. Always watching. The chorus was perfectly in sync, used in a way that would have made the Greeks proud. Telling the story, echoing what needed emphasized and breaking off to play roles as needed. Fenton created a multilayered Medea that allowed for understanding & sympathy even as she stood over her gutted children. On the other hand, York needs to go. He did not speak a sincere word. He felt nothing & neither did we. His lack of anything simply boosts my praise of Fenton for making so much out of the nothing he gave her.
This retelling, without stating why, provides answers to how a mother could murder her children, a question one often still has at the end of seeing Medea.Simply stated, Burke’s Medea is new, beautiful & stimulating. Go find out how such a story can be told so well in so little space & time.
Medea plays June 25, 26 & 27 at 7pm.
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