The Arctic Group's world-premiere production explores the global refugee crises through a retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone. More…
Persephone is abducted to the underworld, but the place isn't really what she expected. Meanwhile, Hades has his own problems, especially with the memory archive at capacity with all the refugees pouring into the world of the dead. Part of IRT Theater's 3B Development Series, 'Pomegrenade' examines the trauma we inflict upon ourselves and the importance of maintaining the vitality of memories.
“'Pomegrenade's' thoughtful script gives new life to its ancient source material, its characters equally mythic and relatable. Brimming with idealism but limited in scope, Lincoln’s 'Persephone' embodies our concern and frustration as privileged bystanders, and we share in her journey from passivity to empowerment…Inspired by the accounts of war correspondents, and writer-director Xia’s work with Doctors Without Borders, the play’s journalistic subfocus heightens its impact." Full Review
“As Hermes, Galanes helps set the soulful, sorrowful mood with her haunting vocals. Composer and vocal director Emily Krause’s haunting minor chords underscore the sense of loneliness and trauma that runs through the play...Xia and her team most powerfully capture this sense of disorientation and terror at a visceral level, of people trying to hold themselves together as the gods literally pull the strands of their lives apart.” Full Review
"The text has a sound synchronicity between the Greek story and its contemporary component: the refugee crisis seems like a logical if tragic repercussion to the acts of the gods...and the stories blend together well. The play's monologues, though, drift and sway too liberally. While they are performed with heart, they are very difficult to keep up with. Nonetheless, I enjoyed watching the ensemble perform and the thrust they brought to their monologues." Full Review
See it if You like modern takes on myths. This is well staged and well acted.
Don't see it if you've been in a war zone or a terrorist attack. The sounds of violence and stories of suffering are all too real and hard to bear
See it if If you like some sort of Greek mythology you might enjoy this play The portrayal of Aries and Hedes was very dynamic
Don't see it if This play is confusing slow it could have been better if they hadn't had so many situations at once
See it if you want to support/see promising actors. If you are curious on a diff't. take on Greek characters/myths w/o the usual fancy costumes/props.
Don't see it if you like lively shows; or your Greek myths untampered. This can be challenging to finish in its 2.5 hrs of dark, slow & depressing mood.
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