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Andromache New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 4 2013

Jean Racine's wild rewrite of this Greek tragedy explores unrequited love as it cruelly arranges lovers' fates with more dexterity than any deus ex machina. Anam Gan Ainm Theater's staging makes fraught ties of the heart literal: actual cords loop together the chests of the players, who collectively pulse to new age music at the start of each act. Helen Young inhabits the doleful heroine, Andromache, with aplomb; and while Jem Herron, as Pyrrhus, impressed me at first as more lovable goofball than ruthless warrior, he delivers his fiercest lines with athletic power. Curiously, I had to keep reminding myself that Hermione is known for her charms. Kathleen Donoghue's awkwardness as the princess bordered on slapstick, and if the intention was parody, the effect was excruciatingly out of joint. —Jena Cutie

Price: $15


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