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Archive for Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Modern life evoked in ancient play

October 30, 2002

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It's nearly impossible to watch University Theatre's production of Euripides' "Iphigenia at Aulis" and not be reminded of recent and ongoing world events.

The Greek tragedy confronts the nature and necessity of war and explores the sacrifices individuals would make to defend their country. University Theatre stages the 1,000-plus-year-old drama in a contemporary setting  where the soldiers are uniformed in camouflage and combat boots and the women wear modern dresses  proving that the tragedy resonates in every century.

In "Iphigenia at Aulis," Agamemnon (Joseph Edwin Boothe) is told that if his army is to achieve success he must sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia (Megan Carter). Agamemnon's murderous promise incites rage in his wife, Clytemnestra (Allison Gabbard).

Boothe, Gabbard and Carter give dynamic, powerful performances. A few audience members at Tuesday evening's performance wiped tears from their eyes when Iphigenia resigned herself to her fate.

In the end, the production leaves us with hope that, even in times of war, powers greater than evil can prevail.

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