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Orestes Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 15 2010

Despite uneven acting, lumpy pacing, and the continual struggle to hear the actors over the air conditioning, it's hard to miss the power and ingenuity in this final installment of the Agon Trilogy, Jeremy Menekseoglu's new reimagining of the Oresteia. Determined to enter Hades and liberate her dead brother, Orestes, matricidal Greek princess Electra needs the help of two women who despise her: Cassandra (raped and murdered by Electra's father, Agamemnon) and Persephone (who has truly mythic mother issues). Things go from horrid to monstrous until--in an imaginative, awe-inspiring scene that would make Aeschylus jealous--Electra meets an infinitely piteous, infinitely terrible Pandora at the "dead center" of the underworld. As director, Menekseoglu creates arresting images from ten wooden poles planted on an otherwise empty stage. --Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$18


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