Posted on Jul 24, 2013
5 out of 5
How often do you get a chance to see a play by Euripides? Or by any ancient Greek playwrights? I can count on one hand the number of times in my life I have had an opportunity to see "Medea," and still have several fingers left over.
This is a very fine production of a difficult play. The Amber Bastards (great name!), a troupe of young actors from Minneapolis, do a excellent job. Rachel Linder is particularly outstanding in the very demanding title role. Emily Altschul, Mary McCreary, Ben Stroup and Sarah Olson also turn in solid performances in multiple roles. The director, Lee Conrads, had done an admirable job of reducing the original play to taught forty-five minutes. The script is heavy on talk, but she manages to bring a sense of action to the drama without falling back on extraneous on-stage movement. The spare, but evocative set, by Tony Stoeri, is both imaginative and practical -- an essential quality, as this troupe of self-described "nomadic thespians" will be taking "Medea" to Fringe Festivals in Minneapolis and Indianapolis next month.
This production of "Medea" shows that, in the right hands, a play from 400 B.C. can still speak to a contemporary audience. Don't miss it.