Three Graces: A "Modern Illiad" Not Destined To Be a Classic
These are had times for Greecebudgetary crises, austerity measures, riots. Its enough to put you off your spanakopita. But at least most of the nations beleaguered citizens arent at 3LD to see the well-meaning musical mess that the Immigrants Theatre Project make of a portion of their history. Three Graces is likely set on Crete in the late 19th century. Greater precision eludes me, as the script is so elliptical and the acoustics so terrible that few lines come through intelligibly. By the end of the piece, several bodies litter the stage. I couldnt mourn them since couldnt say with any confidence who they were.
Announced as a Modern Iliad, this Ice Factory show bears lyrics by Ruth Margraff and music by Café Antarsia Ensemble, but little content attributable to Homer, save echoes of Hector and mention of a corpse-choked river. Margraff serves as the bands singer, a role in which she seems distinctly uncomfortable, and her tunes dont illuminate the action as much as reiterate key terms: lemon tree, battle dress, blood, death, dogs, and thighs. Fine images all, but the whole they form is distinctly muddled and uninspiring. Wheres a muse when you need one?
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