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The Bacchae

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The Faux-Real Theatre Company presents Euripides' classic, which explores the line between freedom and fanaticism, in its signature, highly-charged physical style. More…

Dionysus--celebrated, gender-bending, and mercurial party god--cavorts with his ecstatic followers, the girl-group known as The Bacchae, only to be challenged by the villainous secularist Pentheus. Taking the 5th century BC Euripides strictly at his word, this visceral production is founded on the idea that these archaic texts still can deliver their ancient, universal truths with transformative strength when ensemble and audience commit to taking part in a rich, community-strengthening catharsis together. Overflowing with worship of all kinds, is the show liberation theology in the best sense, or a warning against religious zealotry?

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March 12th, 2016
"With strong central performances and some excellent design work, they have mounted a show that keeps you on the edge of your seat...It’s disappointing when you’re told that you’re going to see a group of frenzied women dancing and singing in religious ecstasy, and what you get is more like a neo...
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March 8th, 2016
"New York’s avant-garde Faux-Real Theatre specializes in staging the classics of Greek theatre with an immersive abandon...One virtue of the Faux-Real Theatre production, directed by Greenfield, is the cast is very youthful and multi-racial...If you’ve never seen a production of 'The Bacchae', yo...
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March 11th, 2016
"'The Bacchae' digs into the tribal roots of this, the ultimate cautionary tale, with just the collective animal energy called for...My only significant complaint is the switch to a drastically slower pace for the long denouement...Still, we’re left with a visceral feel for the 'red in tooth and ...
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March 16th, 2016
"PJ Adzima, who played King Pentheus, is the bright light and shining star of this production...Andrew Bryce was also excellent as the gender-bending Dionysus...We leave having learned how a nation can be destroyed when its citizens embrace myth, mysticism, and superstition...If the themes I have...
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