This is a solid production of Seneca’s The Trojan Women. Syracuse University Drama ably capture the timelessness of the piece’s themes, utilising modern costumes and drawing parallels between the text and the recent history of America; the program denotes the setting as being “near the smouldering ruins of fallen towers” and at one point a character is threatened with waterboarding. This works well, helping make what is a 2000 year old, relentlessly tragic play both accessible and enjoyable for modern audiences. As a whole the acting on display is efficient, but without often truly hitting the heights of greatness. Some cast members are definitely stronger than others though; Alyssa Castellano delivers a standout performance as the grieving mother Andromache.
Quaker Meeting House, 6-11 Aug, 8.15pm
tw rating 3/5 | [Iain Martin]