This United Players’ adaptation of The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus is strained by an ensemble of varying experience. The haunting chants of the women helps set the stage with a sense of doom and despair although their dialogue is disjointed in many instances. Perhaps it’s my limited interest and exposure to Greek mythology, but much of the story and theatrics seemed overplayed and drawn out, other than the king’s well done monologue which addresses the ongoing debate of action vs. inaction. The message in the end is clear but I struggled with the journey.
The Suppliant Women by the United Players is playing at the Jericho Arts Centre until 2 December 2018. Tickets at: http://www.unitedplayers.com/Pages/Season.html
~ reviewed by Karen Roller
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