Elektra 100512

Elektra Reviews

A.C.T. (San Francisco, CA)

Reviews & Ratings

119 ratings
3.7 average rating
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10 reviews
9 stars
attended Oct 26 2012

Wooden acting from some actors, over-acting from others. Modern day dress that makes no sense and is downright silly in a couple of instances. Most important of all, there should never, ever, be any laughs in Sophocles. There is nothing funny in...continued

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127 reviews
30 stars
attended Nov 03 2012

Wow. Where to begin? The script is bad, taking an ancient Greek play which has stood the test of time and removing any trace of why... Why should a modern audience care about whiny grief stricken Elektra, dressed in ridiculous dreadlocks and a...continued

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2 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 25 2012

I'm afraid Ms. Perloff has exceeded her sell-by-date at ACT. She cannot direct, and this sad production is further proof. Ms. Augeson's 90 minutes of sobbing certainly proves that she has stamina, but it's a shame that she couldn't find anything...continued

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11 reviews
0 stars
attended Oct 26 2012

Frankly, no one wants to say anything bad about the iconic Olympia Dukakis but her role is quite limited and she's really not that good (she plays the "Chorus," not Clytemnestra, a much juicier role, camped up to the hilt by Caroline Lagerfelt)....continued

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2 reviews
10 stars
attended Oct 25 2012

very 'mixed' production: static in staging: weird in setting (the gate was ugly to see and not in character with 'Greek" image. costumes were a mix of times....not always appropriate...but worst of all, Electra, the main character did not deliver...continued

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16 reviews
4 stars
attended Nov 01 2012

Play was very good. Supporting actors were wonderful. Emotions of Elektra were great; some of her dialog was lost as we could not hear her words.

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13 reviews
15 stars
attended Oct 27 2012

I found this particular production to be a bit too melodramatic.

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12 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 30 2012

woman who played Electra was GREAT!

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Goldstar Member
15 events
7 reviews
8 stars
attended Oct 27 2012

Hysteria in Hellas was the entire play. The best performers were the chain link fence that must have been the most active performer on the stage, as it was moved back and forth, climbed upon, rattled, and abused by the hysterical Elektra and...continued

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4 reviews
15 stars
attended Oct 27 2012

Dreadful...and painful to sit through. Ms. Augeson's 90 minutes of crying and weaping was wretched to listen to. Bizarre staging and bad acting = Don't waste your time. Love Olympia Dukakis normally, but this was definitely not worth attending...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended Oct 30 2012

Elektra is basically a THOUGHT play in which the characters are evaluating justice in extremis. In such a play, it is essential to HEAR and UNDERSTAND each actor. I found that this was possible for all of the characters EXCEPT ELEKTRA. SHE BIT...continued

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19 reviews
1 stars
attended Nov 10 2012

This was a powerful performance.

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3 reviews
8 stars
attended Nov 10 2012

Haven't been to ACT for over 20 years and what a great production to experience upon returning. The production was flawless and the power Ms Dukakis displayed in her stage presence was overwhelming.
My only gripe was the 90 minute, no...continued

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19 reviews
38 stars
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11 reviews
4 stars
attended Nov 04 2012

Disappointed with Ms Dukakis performance. She did not deserve to be headlined.

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Goldstar Member
11 events
10 reviews
0 stars
attended Nov 01 2012

Really enjoyed "Elektra", and cellist was captivating with vocals, full-body music and hand-tapping sounds.

Set design was imaginative and an impressive backdrop for play. Also, notable performances by all, especially the parts of Elektra,...continued

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10 reviews
10 stars
attended Nov 07 2012

Solid acting and decent direction kept Elektra interesting. There was a bit too much groveling on the floor and chewing of scenery for my liking, but all in all it was captivating. I rarely go see a play for the star but in this case I really...continued

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10 reviews
10 stars
attended Oct 27 2012

The best part of this show was the cellist.

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3 reviews
4 stars
attended Nov 03 2012

The idea of having the chorus move around was very good. Olympia Dukakis did a good job of showing how the story was going to turn out -- even though we already knew the ending. The actress who played Elektra was electrifying with her ability to...continued

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2 reviews
0 stars
attended Nov 07 2012

First, I was very disappointed that Olympia Dukakis was ill, and not able to be in the production we saw. She was a major reason I wanted to go. The lead, Elektra, was very good, if a bit too overwrought through the entire production. Orestes...continued

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