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Euripides' Helen Adapted for the Kardashian Era, and Other New Theater Reviews

7 years ago by LA Weekly
This week our critics liked Euripides' Helen at the Getty Villa, adapted for today's celebrity age, plus the new Groundlings Sunday night show, the 24th Street Theatre's play Rome at the End of the Line, and a new political dance performance from the Indian company Navarasa Dance Theatre. In our...

SITI Company's Trojan Women (After Euripides) at the Getty Villa

8 years ago by Steven Leigh Morris
In the Getty Villa's posh amphitheater, against a palatial backdrop on an otherwise expansive stage, the god of the seas, Poseidon (Brent Werzner), with a shock of red hair and a lugubrious voice, rails against the trashing of his beloved Troy by the Greeks. ("My beautiful city" emerges as his...


Sunday, February 24, 7:00PM @ Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group is proud to present Euripides' Greek Tragedy “MEDEA”, the quintessential and searing story of betrayal and revenge. Directed and adapted by Denise Devin and...
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For Chi-Raq, His Best Film in Years, Spike Lee Looks to the Ancients

3 years ago by Amy Nicholson
Oh Zeus, hear my lament that I was not present when Spike Lee imagined updating Lysistrata to present-day Chicago. I bet he burst himself cackling. Aristophanes' 411 B.C. comedy, written during the three-decade Peloponnesian War, concocts a crazy scheme: Women refuse sex until their blue-balled men give in and declare...

Stallone Won't Let Creed Escape Rocky's Shadow

3 years ago by Amy Nicholson
The heads of the City Dionysia, the Grecian playwriting competition that pitted Aeschylus against Sophocles and can be considered the original Oscars, had a rule: no original characters. Instead, the best creative minds of a generation — or really, a millennium — exhausted themselves finding new spins on, say, Medea...

Getty Villa Will Stage a Marathon of Every Major Greek Tragedy This Weekend

4 years ago by Bill Raden
There are 32 extant Greek tragedies. Countless others, of course, have long been lost to the ashes of time. But it has been said of that core corpus of 5th century BC plays that not only do they represent the birth of theater and are key founding texts of Western...

Luis Alfaro's Latest Play Adapts a Classic to Southern California

4 years ago by Steven Leigh Morris
A common habit by drama critics is to compare and contrast a new adaptation of an old work with or against that old work, which would seem a reasonable approach. But not in the case of poet-performer-playwright Luis Alfaro. Alfaro’s work, whether the solo autobiographical performance St. Jude, presented last...


6 years ago by Bill Raden
How do we live with the fact of our death every moment of every day? According to stage collagist Nancy Keystone's reworking of Euripides, the specter of our end informs everything we do. Not an especially original thought, perhaps, but as presented by Keystone's Critical Mass Performance Group, it forms...

Mash-Ups of Classic Plays (Featuring Abba!)

5 years ago by Steven Leigh Morris
There are no sly topical winks in Kenneth Cavander's problematic adaptation of the Oedipus trilogy. Cavander's new play, The Curse of Oedipus, which just opened at Antaeus Company, is pure classical gas. Nor are there any modern-day army fatigues or national insignias worn on shoulders in Casey Stangl's beautiful, skillful...

By the Bog of Cats

5 years ago by Jenny Lower
CATS Euripides' Medea was a barbarian witch who helped her husband, Jason, claim the Golden Fleece, only to slay her children after he threw her over for a younger woman. Irish playwright Marina Carr's moody drama isn't a strict retelling but it conjures the essence and psychological complexities of the...


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