As part of their inaugural Greek Festival, Classic Stage Company presents this electric reimagining of Euripides’ rarely-seen final play in which a father is challenged to sacrifice his daughter to appease the gods. More…
Agamemnon, the leader of the Greeks, must decide whether or not to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to appease the goddess Artemis. Without the sacrifice, his troops will be barred from setting sail to battle Troy. Playwright Anne Washburn and director Rachel Chavkin team up with Indie Rock duo The Bengsons and choreographer Sonya Tayeh to create a dynamic rendering of an ancient story.
See it if you want to be moved by the love of a mother for a daughter, and by the powerful HAUNTING songs performed by the incredible chorus.
Don't see it if you need to be fully engaged in every single moment. There are some slow moments where the mind might wander (never for too long).
See it if You'll appreciate a respectfully playful approach to a classic text. Appealing performances (except a one-note Clytemnestra), lively chorus
Don't see it if Greek tragedies - where the doom-y denouement is never in doubt - are not your thing, or if you don't like the classics tampered with
See it if you want to see a cool reinvention of a classic Greek tragedy. Chorus was amazing and the songs were beautiful. Good elements of comedy.
Don't see it if you won't be able to understand English translated from Greek (it's not modern day English). You don't like melodramatic acting and crying.
See it if vivid staging, strong performances, and a breathtaking third act turn that crystallizes and dramatizes the problems of nationalism
Don't see it if you're not looking for political theatre
See it if you love the Greeks! you want to see a new version. you like Anne Washburn who is brilliant. you crave a cross dressed chorus with muscle
Don't see it if you want it in the original Greek. you don't like actors doubling. you want your theatre empty of meaning unrelated to this martial world
See it if You want to see a classic play in an original, entertaining production. While funny at times, it was also never far from tragedy.
Don't see it if You are a traditionalist who can't stand any changes bring made to a classic.
See it if You want to see a compelling classic Greek play that makes you think of current event, if you like good music and committed acting.
Don't see it if You are bothered by non-traditional casting and have rigid expectations for the form of Greek tragedy.