"The two are precocious, preternaturally funny, and hyper-articulate. But the intense, quirky Athena complicates this combination with an underlying emotional opaqueness...This ambiguity is one of the play’s finer touches...Undermining this dry humor, though, is Gardner’s difficulty in filling in the girls’ outlines and differentiating their voices. At least when the inevitable showdown comes, Gardner adds an interesting twist...It’s almost enough to make you wish for a follow-up." Full Review
"The structure of 'Athena' can feel too pat, the culminating bout predictable. But to director Miller’s credit, that bout is a long, real-time slog up and down the piste, effortful and tough, and a little ugly...The play treats these girls and their ambitions with the seriousness they deserve...The twining of these characters and performances makes 'Athena' hugely appealing and stealthily moving...Parts of it cut so close to lived female experience, that they hardly feel like fiction at all." Full Review
See it if you want an absorbing, beautifully choreographed (fencing), genuinely funny play about the brilliance, meanness, and heart of teen girls.
Don't see it if you only like realistic drama/dialogue, you dislike seeing the ambiguity of teen friendships, you want a clear emotionally satisfying end.
See it if you value giving female stories/writers/artists the attention they deserve. You love dry humor, rapid dialog and wonderful deadpan delivery.
Don't see it if you're not interested in teenage friendship explored onstage. If you want something larger in scale than two characters on a singular set.
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