Eurydice: Sarah Ruhl's Modern Retelling of the Orpheus Myth
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L.A.'s acclaimed home of the classics, A Noise Within, stages Tartuffe, one of Moliere's best loved -- and most clever -- comedies. Few scoundrels are as roguish, charming or hilarious as the titular Tartuffe, an impostor who insinuates himself into the home of Orgon and his family, quickly throwing the entire household into chaos. As Orgon's infatuation with his guest and his phony piety grows, Tartuffe's deception threatens to turn downright damaging. This translation of the 1669 original retains all of its witty relevance, and was written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and U.S. Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur in 1963. Learn More
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Modern retelling of the Orpheus Myth. "Modern" in the sense that people communicate through letters and use water pumps. The extremely simplistic story requires more than the plot to hold it together and the play does not deliver. The injection of comedy elements only end up stealing the effects of the core tragedy which were already handled poorly to begin with. Focusing on Eurydice as a materialistic woman with daddy issues rather than Orpheus' great sorrow/music was a mistake. Not worth seeing, but the performance by the stones and Hades will ease the pain if you do end up seeing this tragedy.
Quotes & Highlights
- "It's a satisfyingly revisionist take. Yet, somewhat unexpectedly, Orpheus and Eurydice's youthful passion is dwarfed by Ruhl's more resonant theme of fatherly love. Inspired by Ruhl's own father's early death from cancer, the play is a sweet valedictory to undying parental affection, a bond that, in this case, heroically transcends death." --<em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-eurydice-20130319,0,2200757.story">Los Angeles Times</a> </em>(Critic's Choice)
Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Geoff Elliott