July 29th - September 29thTom Patterson TheatreTicket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 5 Critics
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Portman reviews “A Word or Two” and “Elektra”. “The riveting contribution of the seven-member chorus of women, in many ways the collective conscience of the play, is far removed from the type of production that gives Greek tragedy the mouldering odour of the museum case.”
“It encompasses the exultant and the despondent, insults and laments, tirades and one-liners. It’s also on occasion funny in a way that Greek tragedy rarely is, at least not on purpose. This Elektra, its tone and impact defined by Yanna McIntosh’s stark and thrilling performance of the title role is, well, elektrafying.”
“..Elektra makes an interesting dramatic counterpoint to Des McAnuff’s ambiguous Henry V….for McIntosh, Elektra is a perfect role for the often emotionally aloof actress. She stews in her character’s poisonous self-righteousness, tempered by a certain self-awareness.”
“The Stratford Shakespeare Festival has left the best to last…. Eschewing the notion of classical tragedy as gory melodrama or gory allegory, Moschopoulos presents Elektra as a philosophical debate in search of the truth with no easy answers.”
“The choruses are almost all sung, accompanied by rhythmic chanting or rhythms beaten out on table tops. Major speeches are intoned to the beat of a staff being rapped sharply on the floor, one fine example being the announcement of Orestes’s death, forcefully delivered by Peter Hutt.”