What diva doesn't dream of playing the Greek leading ladies—those lusty, bloody heroines and villainesses? A lucky girl may get to act a few of them in her career, but Cusi Cram does five a night in Euripidames, part of New Georges' "Watch This Space" festival of new works by women. Writer-actress Cram, aided by a trio of chorus boys, dons a silk robe, a drill sergeant's khakis, a marabou-trimmed cocktail dress, a wedding gown, and widow's weeds to portray, respectively, Helen, Clytemnestra, Electra, Cassandra, and Hecuba.


By Cusi Cram
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Cram cleverly modernizes each woman's story, yet never strays too far from the underlying mythology. Helen morphs into a shallow society wife while Electra capitalizes on her matricide-induced fame as a cabaret singer. Her big number: "My Heart Belongs to Daddy." While some of Cram's characterizations prove fuller than others, her performance equals the strength of her material. She turns tragedies into a triumph.

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