Anne Carson's new version of Euripides's


May 27th - September 23rd Tom Patterson Theatre Ticket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 3 Critics
3 Reviews

The Stratford Beacon Herald - Geoff Dale


“Realized beautifully in a savage, wildly imaginative and contemporary fashion by director Jillian Keiley, Euripides’ work was first performed in at the Theatre of Dionysus in 405 BC as part of a tetralogy, winning first prize in the competition…

The well-rounded cast features stellar work from Nigel Bennett as Agave’s father Kadmos who, like his daughter, must endure the painful journey descending from sheer joy to soul-destroying reality; Graham Abbey as a boisterous Teiresias; Brad Hodder as the guard, and E.B. Smith, who as the herdsman, provides a wonderfully entertaining narrative of the Bakkhai’s adventures.”

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The Globe and Mail - J. Kelly Nestruck


“…a Stratford Festival production of a classic that goes beyond the merely excellent to the essential…

Dionysos has punished Agave and her family for spreading a rumour that he is not a god – the whole play is a kind of revenger’s tragedy.

But what does this mad vision of Euripides mean to us today? What’s greatest about Carson’s translation and Keiley’s production is that it does not seem to be saying any one thing. It seduces you with one side of humanity, then disturbs you with it. What can you say? Except that it’s foolish to imagine you can stamp the Dionysian out.È

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The Toronto Star - Carly Maga


“In Jillian Keiley’s production of Bakkhai (otherwise known as Euripides’ The Bacchae), using the 2015 version adapted by Canadian poet Anne Carson, the double meaning of Shawn Kerwin’s set as both a representation of nature as well as female sexuality instantly demonstrates the director’s approach to this classic Greek tragedy.

It transforms these two elements into one and the same: organic, primal, brutal if it needs to be.’

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