Euripides The Bacchaethat hymn to faith, filicide, and the dangers of drinkenjoyed its first performance some 2,400 years ago. But John Tiffany, a remarkable young director, has given this ancient tragedy an utterly up-to-date production, which he remounts at the Lincoln Center Festival. A hit at last summers Edinburgh Festival, critics variously described the playadapted by Scottish writer David Greigas a masterpiece, a knockout of epic proportions, and a spectacular piece of theater. Alan Cumming, rather spectacular himself, stars as the naughty god Dionysus, and first appears on the stage resplendent in a gold kilt, wearing nothing underneath. Supporting him is a chorus of voluptuous Anglo-African women, clothed in vermilion gowns, who sing his praises gospel-style. How heavenly!
July 2-19, 2008