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Medea (BAM)

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Riveting

About the show

Euripides’ controversial icon is reborn in visionary director Simon Stone’s ("Yerma") contemporary rewrite. Starring Rose Byrne ("Damages") and Bobby Cannavale ("The Lifespan of a Fact," "The Hairy Ape"). More…

From the show:

Euripides’ controversial icon is reborn in visionary director Simon Stone’s (Yerma) stunning contemporary rewrite. Rose Byrne (Damages, Bridesmaids, You Can’t Take It with You) and Bobby Cannavale (The Lifespan of a Fact, The Hairy Ape, The Motherf**ker with the Hat) face off as a husband and wife in the tumultuous throes of an unraveling marriage. Transposing the devastation of Greek tragedy to a modern American home, Stone’s stripped-bare staging throws the couple’s every raw emotion into stark relief, from jealousy to passion, humor to despair. Who will pay the price?

This critical sensation riveted audiences across Europe and now comes to BAM for its US premiere, featuring an all-new cast, including Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, Happiness).



Member Reviews (160)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Riveting
83
Avg Score

91
Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Edgy

See it if You like modern interpretations of classic dramas. Superb acting. Genius staging. Sharp writing keeps all the intensity and emotion.

Don't see it if You’re a purist. This is a 75 minute Medea for the 21st century.

Also I loved this!! Great acting and Bobby Cannavale takes his shirt off. W... Read more Read less

66
Great acting, Intense, Overrated

See it if Solid performances, especially Rose Byrne. But zero redeeming qualities in any character. No lessons taken away.

Don't see it if You want to find meaning in a show.

73
Modern, Good acting, Tepid, Disappointing

See it if u want to see a mannered, minimalist staging of a modern (& mildly feminist) take on the Greek classic starring a real-life power couple.

Don't see it if ur a Medea purist, unwilling to allow so many liberties to be taken with Euripides' story; you think Medea is a Tyler Perry character.

Also Present are the basic plot points of Euripides' original play. Absent ... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if Byrne is arresting & outstanding in the iconic role w/ good Cannavale Stone's chic, stylish staging is chilly & a little dispassionate

Don't see it if Yet Stone's premise of a mentally deranged Medea (at the onset) robs her (& audience) of the necessary arc towards her hellish final act

91
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you enjoy being immersed in the lives of 5 people interacting among themselves and with 3 support characters in a hauntingly beautiful story

Don't see it if you do not like to see traditional brought to current life experiences that are not happy-go-lucky

Also Excellent sound and lighting with smart use of video projection.

80
Intense, Resonant, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if excellence attracts you. Rose Byrne is amazing! The use of space is unlike anything I've seen before. And projections create immediacy

Don't see it if you're expecting Medea. Some elements are maintained some not. A title allowing me to see the play without preconception would have helped

95
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you wish to see great drama and acting at its finest. Intense, riveting performances especially by Rose Byrne. Powerful and must see.

Don't see it if you like comedy. This drama will have you involved with the characters, whose actions both repel and attract.

Also Great, great character studies. The simplicity of the staging only add... Read more Read less

99
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Fast-paced 1hr20min reworking of Medea in modern day (husband leaves his wife & kids for another woman). Sleek bright-white set.

Don't see it if You don't like retellings in modern-day language with lots of cursing & relationship drama. You don't like psychosis & violent endings.

92
Resonant, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like unconventional versions of timeless classics. Tour to force performances by Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne. Captivating set.

Don't see it if You want your classics performed as written. You do not like the use of projections and white backgrounds.

Also To say anything more would give it away.

69
Gimmicky staging, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if intrstd in Medea as a delusional ex w/ crazy eyes. Brightly polished effort to surface the epic in the everyday. Byrne & Cannavale work hard

Don't see it if you believe Medea is not actually a play about insanity. Nice production but not an essential version. Contemporary ≠ relevant.

Also Too reliant on high-contrast, symbolic stage pictures.... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy Greek tragedies set in a contemporary environment. Wonderful performances, particularly Rose Byrne

Don't see it if Depressing tragedies are not your thing A difficult story line

60
Ambitious, Banal, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you must see the biggest hype of 2020 so far.

Don't see it if you want a modern interpretation of Medea, this is not it. This is really a soap opera with big name stars.

88
Must see, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a classic transformed into a modern exploration into divorce and insanity. Creative use of unique props.

Don't see it if you want to see the Medea you read in Comp Lit; this isn't it.

84
Intense, Great acting

See it if you'd enjoy a modern retelling of Medea. Rose Byrne alone is worth the visit to Brooklyn.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional staging of shows or you want action-oriented stories. The set is stark white and this play is character-driven.

80
Intense

See it if Goes more into her intelligent mind plotting and also her frustration, fragility, and rage with him. Rose's excellent.

Don't see it if Dislike Medea story. Impending doom feels a little torturous. Slightly more empathetic to Medea's side in this version—feels less irrational

Also Diversity: 2 main characters are white. 4 of 6 of the ensemble are peo... Read more Read less

84
Intense, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want a modern updating of the Greek tragedy; you want to be surprised by Rose Byrne's chops; you like minimalist staging

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with ambiguous motivation or violence; you don't like the use of projection/video

Also This was everything Betrayal tried to be but so much better! I was cap... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A contemporary reworking of Euripedes heartbreaking story with celebrities against a blank palette stage with beautiful poetic details.

Don't see it if This is a glamorous play--dynamic sets, in an incredible setting makes it feel epic before it starts, huge photographic closeups

Also Like Oklahoma, the use of filming is very clever and adds a whole othe... Read more Read less

63
Undercooked, Quick, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you want to see movie stars do European theater.

Don't see it if you're expecting a Medea with some heft and stakes. Or if Shaw's brilliant production is in your head.

82
Ambitious, Raunchy, Intense, Great acting, Great staging

See it if An tale of betrayal, marriage, and female rage ruthlessly modernized with a white-minimalist staging. Great acting from IRL married couple.

Don't see it if you're extending it to hew closely to Euripedes or cover any new ground. You don't like sex talk, profanity, videography, or violence.

Also After seeing this and Yerma, I think that I like Stone a lot as a dire... Read more Read less

86
Intense, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a masterful and disturbing performance by Rose Byrne. If you are looking for a psychological thriller this is for you.

Don't see it if family violence is a trigger for you. The show is very disturbing and depicts the worst case of mental health not being treated properly.

95
Inventive, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want a tight, tense, streamlined reimagining of the classic. Superb acting, each moment mattered, and the climax was heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You like your classics untouched, or if you hate technology—I love mixed media, but I’m starting to hate that it’s in so many shows.

Also This was a tight 80 minutes, but kept us on the edge of our seat. The ... Read more Read less

73
Very dark themes, Intense, Disappointing, Great staging, Well staged

See it if Worth seeing more for the fine staging than the writing. Some beautiful stage imagery in this show.

Don't see it if You dont like very dark themes or you cannot forgive rather one note characters.

90
Must see, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see masterful acting. Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne are amazing and are supported by an incredible cast

Don't see it if You don't like very intense family drama

89
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Contemporary take pulls no punches as characters go for the jugular verbally and physically

Don't see it if Stone mimicks van Hove projection shtick which adds and subtracts to immediacy of the actions

92
Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great acting & intelligent script. I know the Euripides well & loved this update. Not a false moment despite the intense emotions

Don't see it if You can't handle intense, difficult subject matter or you object to modernization. But that would be depriving yourself of an amazing show.


January 30th, 2020
"Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, Torched by Love: Simon Stone’s contemporary spin on the classic tale of marital vengeance feels more clinical than tragic."
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January 31st, 2020
3/5 stars: "Byrne is riveting, but the effort at psychological dimension in a modern setting detracts from the play's mythic dimension. Stone's 'Medea' is ultimately the story of a woman who murders people because she is severely mentally ill."
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January 30th, 2020
"How Do You Solve a Problem Like 'Medea?'"
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January 30th, 2020
"Real-life partners Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale star as a divided couple in Simon Stone's modern-day riff on Euripides' classic Greek tragedy."
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