Men Go Down (Part 3: Black Recollections) Offers You a Boring Nymph
Imagine being pregnant for a thousand years: the nausea, the cravings, the swollen feet. No wonder Dryopean ill-fated nymph in John Jahnkes Men Go Down (Part 3: Black Recollections)resents her fiancé, the ancient Greek prince Endymion. He knocked her up circa 394 AD, then fell asleep for a millennium (according to the rules of mythic gynecology, she cant give birth till he awakens). This Hotel Savant revamp stages their reckoning after his outrageously lengthy nap, as the goddess Diana and assorted legendary beings look on.
Disappointingly, Jahnkes updated fable is all glossy tableaux and no narrative drive. Billed as the third installment in a time-traveling trilogy (though its the first to be produced), Black Recollections features lingerie-clad actors swishing around an opulent hotel room, more preoccupied with ordering room service than with Western civilizations progress since classical Greece. Spouting pseudo-poetry, they muse about Endymions delinquencypausing to gaze, wide-eyed, into space.
The real star is Peter Ksanders lavish set, outfitted with silver paneling and screens displaying live footage and odd, ethereal compositions. Upstage, a gleaming bathtub hosts several (PG-looking) orgies.
But with the casts slinky posturing, the result is more like a Victorias Secret ad than an epic love story. Its pretty, but after an hour of waiting for the drama to start, I could sympathize with Dryope: I felt like Id been there for centuries.
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