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Elektra

Elektra 100512
Saturday November 3, 2012 / 8:00pm
Elektra
2 tickets
Orchestra
415 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

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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 semi-sheer skirt which shows the black bra, grandma panties and kneepads underneath? (the costuming - though even worse than the script, is at least entertainingly dreadful). Why is Clytemnestra the only character robed in the ancient Greek style? (though the fabric used is a modern fright, the chiton is correct) A chain link fence? An added scene before the show that gives away the one interesting plot twist? An underused on-stage musician? A performance from Steven Anthony Jones as Aegisthus that is so terribly over-the-top, that his death is a welcome relief? (Both murders, by the way, are hilarious) Carey Perloff is the "director" responsible for this torture - and for making Olympia Dukakis, of all people, seem wooden and dull. It's a crime against drama. Be warned.