“An innovative dark comedy/drama…’Messenger #1’ has a lot of themes which are still relevant in 2017…Whether the youthful cast engages in simmer-and-seethe expressions of passion, or over-the-top, grand movements, the acting is excellent. The script mixes the indulgently quaint style of ancient Greek translation with some equally indulgent anachronisms…The conclusion of 'Messenger #1' is heavy... but in keeping with the play’s political themes, it’s tragically realistic." Full Review
"As presented by Hunger & Thirst Theatre, Mark Jackson's 'Messenger #1' is a modern adaptation of the Greek trilogy by Aeschylus which reinvents the tale for contemporary audiences. With a cast of six superb actors, Hondo Weiss-Richmond's brisk and lucid production is both gripping and provocative and makes these old myths seem new again." Full Review
“A terrific production…The ensemble acting is so fine that our sympathy lies with them, all fully developed, all compelling…The direction by Hondo Weiss-Richmond is clean, clear and imaginative...Mr. Jackson’s dialogue is a careful and clever mix of what falls on the ear as classical...Nothing said is out of place; we are drawn into this new drama which has strong classical chops…There’s much here to consider in this intellectually and physically muscular production.” Full Review
"Truly a most original and ingenious take on 'Oresteia'…’Messenger #1’ is without a doubt a massive accomplishment. It keeps the essence of the classic Greek plays while making them easy to digest for a 21st-century audience, and it tells a timeless, recognizable tale from a refreshing and topical point of view. It is a truly empowering piece of art—because it tells the truth, and it shows a way to make a difference." Full Review
"It begins with Jackson's inspired prose, an effortless fusion of ancient Greek poetic oratory and modern slang...It is the empathetic performance of the three messengers, caught in a whirlwind of tragedy not of their own making, that grounds us in this ancient story of love and loss...Director Hondo Weiss-Richmond's staging makes great use of the small performing space...This is a play that is unafraid to be theatrical, though some elements are more successful than others." Full Review
See it if You know the Orestia and want to see a well written, well acted adaptation from the perspective of previously minor characters.
Don't see it if You are not familiar with the orestia
See it if You are interested in a Greek tragedy told with a lot of fun by an ensemble that works well together. Special note to the Furies.
Don't see it if You are claustrophobic or don't want to sit in the front row.
See it if you like Greek drama, don't mind a mix of modern and classical vernacular, & want a treatment of contemporary issues in a historical setting
Don't see it if you expect high production values, a polished and professional presentation, or subtle, nuanced acting. The quality of acting was varied.
See it if U like intimate settings & watchg good actors up close. The writing brings some modern slang to classical language-basically for a laugh.
Don't see it if U want a spectacle. This is bare-bones but inventive. U don't like being touched. There is some actor-audience contact. U hate Greek tragedy
See it if You want to watch the reworking of a Greek tragedy. The show successfully grasps the meaning of ancient tragedy. Solid acting.
Don't see it if You want to see a big production, this one is really small. The beginning is also a little tedious, but overall I enjoyed it.
See it if you like physical, intimate productions (tiny black box, near-interactive action), modern takes on classical forms, young theater companies
Don't see it if you don't like small budget shows, tragedies with some comic highlights, somewhat contemporary topics (though underdeveloped)
See it if You want a modern interpretation of classic Greek plays. You want to support a young theatre company.
Don't see it if You want consistent writing & performance; when it works, it's enjoyable to watch & when it doesn't it's awkward & slow.
See it if You want to see a new take on an old story. A well thought out idea, good actors, interesting use of space, and relevant.
Don't see it if You can't abide small spaces with actors a little on top of you. A little over the top at times, with a couple eye roll moments.
See it if well-written, contemporary language approach to an ancient Greek tragedy by turns funny, poignant, staging fun, some of cast very winning.
Don't see it if You only like classically performed classics.. You require more than 6 actors in a black box theater which is exactly that.
See it if you're familiar with Oresteia and want to see an excellent interpretation that both stays true to the original and provides a fresh viewpoin
Don't see it if Some prior familiarity with the story might be useful though by no means necessary.
See it if You think ancient Greek dramas can be brought to life in mixed vernacular, and are unafraid to scrutinize given history from another's view
Don't see it if You have no tolerance for a bit of histrionic over-the-topness in your Greek tragedies.
See it if You like fast paced, very intense theater. The show was a stylized mix of Greek tragedy and current language. Thought provoking.
Don't see it if You like theater to move you emotionally more than provoke you intellectually.
See it if you'd like to take adolescents to introduce to Greek tragedy. This adaptation of Aeschylus stays faithful to the story - with an added twist
Don't see it if You are looking for a cathartic experience and dont like to see classic epics adapted to small stages, or bored with a familiar story retold
See it if You enjoy modern adaptaions. You enjoy timeless themes of tyranny. You like stylized and fast paced theater.
Don't see it if You prefer realism. You don't enjoy greek mythology.
See it if you want to watch a modern spin on an ancient tragedy with great moement and stellar acting.
Don't see it if you dislike modern shows. It is very much not a traditional show with few 'old' traditional theatre peeping through.
See it if You have a love for classic theater with modern twists. Love Greek tales. Enjoy shows with political undertones. Blackbox productions.
Don't see it if Have trouble getting used to different ways of speaking. Don't like shows where actors play multiple parts. Politically charged shows.
See it if You like being up close and personal with the actors, creativity, lots of physicality, or classic family-political intrigue of Greek drama
Don't see it if You don't like black box theater productions
See it if If you have always wanted to see Greek tragedy performed in a contemporary and compelling way. So many brilliant lessons!
Don't see it if If you do not want to be entertained and enriched.
See it if well, I saw this in March but if it was still running I would say see it because it's a fresh take on one of drama's oldest stories.
Don't see it if You are claustrophobic. The theater was tiny.
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