Medea Knows Best

Major props to Nebunele (“little crazies”) Theatre for their major prop: a giant TV screen, complete with volume control, through which characters hopped to enter the play’s Pleasantville-esque reinterpretation of ancient Corinth. Jason (Laurence Hughes) and Medea (Heather Persinger), sans Golden Fleece, vault into Corinth and are greeted by three sinister, singing Stepford Wives, who cheerfully assure us they “don’t have sex, just babies.” Jason inevitably falls to the charms of a lullaby moon (Davie-Blue) and the sturdy cross-stitches of “Corinth, Inc.” begin to fray. Local co-playwrights Alissa Mortenson (also one of the wives) and Claytie Mason tune Euripides’ tenuous sympathy for the hell-hath-no-fury stereotype of a woman scorned at a higher pitch by shredding the myth of a quiet town and a happy marriage one ’50s cover song at a time. JENNA NAND 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends May 25.

Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 8. Continues through May 25, 2008

 
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