“Director Jillian Keiley, drawing inspiration from a new version of the play by Anne Carson, seems primarily concerned with women’s bodies. Who controls them? Their mortal husbands? The pissy Dionysus? Or, the women themselves?
The question is provocative, even if some of the staging is not. (Aside from the intimacy choreography, that is.) Long passages of song and dance executed by the chorus – an ensemble of be-robed women who double as the Bakkhai – quickly begin to wear.
Still, there are plenty of reasons to recommend Keiley’s vision. One is the riveting, ethereal Fyfe, who tricks Pentheus into dressing in drag – then pleasures him as though he were one his Bakkhic bitches. Another is a shattering Lucy Peacock as Pentheus’s bedazzled mother, Agave.”
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