Sunday February 10, 2013 / 7:30pmMetamorphoses
Orchestra (Rows G-H)
How was your experience?
For most of the show, I was bored. Fortunately, a few portrayals of the stories by Ovid captured my attention due to fascinating presentations. The cast worked well as an ensemble with each person successfully playing their different characters. One actor of the 10-member cast that stood out in my opinion was Doug Hara (especially in his roles as Phaeton, the son of Apollo, and Eros, the love god). I liked the big pool that dominated the set but I think the play had too much reliance upon it. Perhaps another production would have found more potential from this water-filled basin. Except for the pool, the set was rather minimal. Wardrobes could have made a significant addition for our visual delight. Sadly, the costumes came across as merely functional whereas the subject matter called for greater fantasy, color and imagination in stage outfits. In my opinion, writer and director Mary Zimmerman's presentation of "The Arabian Nights" at Arena Stage two years ago was much better than this production. I give "Metamorphoses" two stars (out of five).