Eurydice: Sarah Ruhl's Modern Retelling of the Orpheus Myth
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Once began as a music-fueled indie film that won the nation's heart in 2006, taking home the Best Original Song Oscar for its haunting love ballad "Falling Slowly." Now, Once has taken the Broadway stage by storm, earning eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The romantic tale follows a downtrodden Dublin street musician and a delightfully quirky Czech woman who meet in the least likely of places -- a vacuum cleaner repair shop. Their complicated lives make the path to love a rocky one, and they channel their feelings into the music they produce together -- him on guitar, her on piano, two voices harmonizing and setting them free, for a time, from the harsh realities of their lives. 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.
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I happen to love the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. This so-called 'modern re-telling' left me deeply disappointed. There are multiple ways of crafting a modern version of the story (see Black Orpheus) that preserve its integrity. This was a...continued
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“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.” —Los Angeles Times;(Critic’s Choice)
Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Geoff Elliott
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