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I went last night to see a modernized adaptation of Medea at the Richmond Theater, and BOY IT ROCKED. I sat up in the cheapie cheapie seats for ten quid in the back of the 2nd circle but after about 10 minutes I didn't care about the angle or the bits of the stage that were cut off, because the whole thing was TOTALLY AMAZING. Medea and Jason were English, she was living in some kind of maisonette in the suburbs, the chorus was her nosy neighbors, Jason was getting married to the landlord of their building (who was evicting Medea). She was a career woman who was just too clever to be well-liked. There was a song in which the entirely of David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane" played while she basically had a breakdown in the kitchen and WOW WOW WOW.

I'll try to write it up soon, but what I do have now is the review for an Ibsen play that's being done a few streets away, "Love's Comedy." One hit, one miss, but I had to tell you quickly so you have a chance to see the hit! AND Medea is only 90 minutes long so plenty of time to get back to London from Richmond. :-)

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thewronghands
Nov. 22nd, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Hooray for a wonderful show -- it's lovely to be pleasantly surprised like that! Wish I had a teleporter; I'd go see it with you if you were willing to see it again. I have a lot of sympathy for the women who so often end up the villains in ancient Greece; they didn't usually have good options.
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