La MaMa and The Great Jones Repertory Company presents a contemporary reinterpretation of the relationship between Pylades and Orestes from Greek mythology. More…
A poetic, tragic meditation on democracy, consumerism, and the struggle for real social change. The rhythm and emotion of Pasolini’s text is heightened by the music and movement incorporated into this production to create a total theatre of movement, text, spectacle and music.
"It is nigh on impossible, however, for the mere mortals in the audience to follow what’s going on in 'Pylade,' for two reasons. One is the translation, which is so arid, awkward and off-putting as to be almost self-parody...But the real reason it is difficult to follow is that the approach the director takes is, um, distracting...Even more watchable, and less tragic, is the sensuality — which is the third level in which to take in the play, and which just about crushes the other two levels." Full Review
"Pasolini wanted to explore the supposed homoerotic bond between Orestes and his cousin Pylades...This treatment with its idiosyncratic writing and directorial fixations doesn’t coherently present the plot...At times, it verges on a parody of the in your face theater 'happenings' of the 1960’s...This production only fitfully succeeds aesthetically, but on most other levels it’s confounding." Full Review
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