Friday, April 15, 2011

Troy Women

Whenever I can, I try to get out to the theater. Live performances are always so much fun, and I agree with Oscar Wilde when he said:

"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."

The UNCW Theater Department prints this on the first page of every program they produce, and it's absolutely true. A well done live show can be both effective and affecting.

Troy Women, UNCW's current performance is most definitely one of those. It is an adaptation/modernization of Euripides' Trojan Women and it is magnificent. Especially Kate MacCallum as Hecuba.

The play takes place in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Troy lies in ruin and only its women remain. Hecuba, queen of Troy, her daughter Cassandra, and several other women wait to be handed off to Greek men like property. Their men, dead. Even the infant son of the hero of Troy (and son of Hecuba), Hector, is put to death so he will not grow up to seek vengeance. Place yourself into that kind of situation and you just start to scratch the surface of the emotions in Troy Women.

Kate McCallum performs so beautifully as Hecuba. Her torment as grieving wife, mother, grandmother, and queen of a ruined city is completely genuine, as is her anger at Helen and the Greeks.

The chorus of women left with Hecuba are all outstanding as well. Their concerns of a life of servitude to Greek masters is both humorous and tragic at points (as intended).

All around, it was an amazingly powerful play, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

One thing I love about living in a film town, there are so many talented people around to provide much needed entertainment to the masses at any given time.

William the Bloody Wishes He Could See A Live Performance Every Night Redd

P.S. VEDA Day 14:

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