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Centaur Theatre, Oct. 28-30: "Medea"

Posted by Amie / October 26, 2010

MedeaThis is definitely not a fairy tale...

I'm going to ruin the end for you: After some moral squeamishness, Medea (Mithia) - a descendant of the gods who did everything for her husband, Jason (Iason), including kill a dragon so he could get that golden freece - kills her two children and the new wife-to-be of her disloyal husband, as well as the girl's father, all to make Jason suffer and exact her deserved revenge. The play is really not about finding out what happens, though. It's much more an exploration of values and beliefs - honour, loyalty, and in true Greek tragedy tradition, fate.

It's about watching the powerful Medea with her husky voice manipulate and plot within her moral right to revenge her injustices, all the while trying to fall upon the compassion of the audience and the traditional Greek chorus, who always gets the last commentary on a scene's action and relevance.

It's the chorus that wins you over in this production - 5 singers accompanied by a trio of instrumentalists visible through open doors on the upper level of the stage. The music by composer Brian Lipson is based on Greek blues - rembetika - and the integration of the musicians into the action works well. Thanks to musical director David Oppenheim so do the clear voices and minimal choreography of the chorus singers, whose plaintive sounds are a little haunting and very impressive. There's an obvious strength to these women that's demonstrated through their singing.

The production is relatively modernized, using early 20th century military garb and dresses and aprons for the women (Medea gets a beautiful, simple long flowing dress) and incorporaties early sewing machines and technology into the set so that the audience gets lost somewhere between Ancient Greece and a 1920's war between Greece and Turkey.

The amount of effort put into the play is also impressive. It's a new translation by Andreas Aperghis, one of the co-directors, and Joseph Shragge, and they did a good job updating the language to "not quite modern".

For all involved, the production has been a two-year labour of love that ends this Saturday, happily, in bloodshed.

Medea is playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Centaur Theatre until October 30th at 8:30pm
453 St-Francois-Xavier
For tickets, go to the Centaur Theatre box office


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Acting Workshops / October 29, 2010 at 10:24 am
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Great production! I loved it!
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