Eurydice: Sarah Ruhl's Modern Retelling of the Orpheus Myth
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Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece provides a heartbreaking glimpse into the human heart, laying bare the "black and deep desires" that are found in even the best of men and women. Set in a world rife with superstition and witchcraft, the tragedy's bloody cycle of corruption and betrayal is set in motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by Macbeth, his trusted kinsman and friend. Macbeth achieves the power he believes he deserves, but the price is high. He now must contend with his conscience, his ambitious wife and the influence of the mysterious witches whose prophecies guide him toward his destiny, where he discovers that power achieved by bloodshed can only be maintained by more bloodshed. 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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“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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