See it if you’d like to see a sometimes sexy, sometimes funny full update of the basic plot of the Euripides original.
Don't see it if you are expecting to see the Euripides original.
See it if you like watching Greek plays in real amphitheaters. You don’t mind unpoetic anachronisms. Strong Maenads—both appealing & troubling.
Don't see it if The Bacchae isn't a family-friendly play but the production tries to make it so. Results are a bit weird. Not all of this was coherent to me
CRITIC’S PICK "The Greeks Go Coachella in a Boisterous ‘Bacchae.’ Sure, it’s a tragedy, but along the way this Classical Theater of Harlem production is a riot of music and dance, with a Dionysus worthy of Jimi Hendrix."
"Bryan Doerries, who has adapted…and Carl Cofield, the director, put the tale to their own uses, adding a strong smash-the-patriarchy theme; this is an arguable point and it certainly couldn't be more of the moment. Even with its overt reach for shock and spectacle, however, this Bacchae lacks the gut punch that classical tragedy can deliver."
★★★★ "'Women Go Powerfully Wild in a Refreshed Classic.' The shrill cries of women gone wild slice through the summer night as The Bacchae erupts in an exhilarating outdoor staging by the Classical Theatre of Harlem in Marcus Garvey Park."
"A stunning new version written by Bryan Doerries now playing at the open-air theater in Marcus Garvey Park, reveals how relevant the play's themes of the dangers of extremism whether orgies of drinking and sex or authoritarian leadership still are."
"It would be hard to argue that it brings home the full force or horror that is the usual province of Ancient Greek tragedy. But what is a better tribute to the play's principal character Dionysus, the god of ecstasy, wine…and theater, than a theatrical production with such intoxicating singing, dancing and design."