In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to. Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the. For contemporary American playwright Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice is foremost a daughter who learns the hard way that all relationships are.

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Eurydice: an exquisitely-staged adaptation of a classic Greek myth

Some of the most beautiful imagery that I’ve ever seen created on the page for theatre. Like Cocteau, Ruhl started out as a poet and there have often been striking images and lyrical touches in her plays.

I really want to see this on stage. All comments will be reviewed by one or more moderators before being posted to the site. The elevator is only big enough for one person, but because the rest of the theater is dry, it seems to contain a whole world of its own.

He orders her to be his bride. So even though it’s a passion project Orpheus said the mind is a slide ruler. I particularly like how she has Eurydice go back and forth between remembering and forgetting. Is there string at the ocean? View all 4 comments. The “Alice in Wonderland” type underworld that was painted out for me was a vast and eerie setting that got under my skin while at the same time calmed me down.

Audiences are at once struck by the sound of falling water. It’s hard to top that surreal image, but Sarah Ruhl at least equals it in Eurydice. Sometimes love isn’t enough to make the story happy in the end.


Ruhl made several changes to the original myth’s story-line. But as she catches up to him, she calls out his name, and he turns to look at her, causing her to die a second death. As a director, I’m intrigued by the potential for characterization through action that is only stated in one line here or there in the play. In this one, they’re both the same thing.

Dec 03, Colin Baumgartner rated it liked it.

Soulpepper’s wizard set designer, Lorenzo Savoini, creates a bleak, Beckettian vision of the Underworld, all greys and blues, but enlivens it with his crazy costumes. It has been edited slightly to adhere to current SCS blog conventions. Open this photo in gallery: When are you going to play me the whole song?

Amphora: Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl—The Power of Pretense | Society for Classical Studies

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Is this too tight? And there are strange high pitched noises–like a tea kettle always boiling over. I don’t know if I want to be an instrument. There’s a wonderful wordless scene in which Dennis’s father methodically xarah that string room for Monteith’s Eurydice I won’t spoil the effect by saying how he does itwhile she plays hopscotch like a child. This one of the most beautiful and moving things I have ever read.

Orpheus never liked words.

Mar 26, Sarab Evans rated it really liked it. Orpheus makes a sweeping gesture with his arm, indicating the sky. Retrieved from ” https: I like the lyrical quality of the whole play, including the stage directions, which one feels while reading were written specifically for the reader and not as directions for the stage at all.


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The lines are playful, silly, and sometimes also touching and serious. Just read the myth of Orpheus and then whatever modern romance novel you want. But at least reading it, I could skim over some of the parts I found dull in the production such as the scene with the father building the room of string.

She points to her temple. If I—someone who has to direct this show—was put to sleep by reading the script, how is an audience supposed to stay awake watching this unfold onstage? You are here Home. Why don’t you remember it? In this lovley re-telling of the story of Eurydice and Orpheus, Ms. He grieves until he wills his way into the Underworld and is allowed to retrieve her on one condition, which he violates. Review of print edition, May I enjoyed the print edition of this play more than the performance reviewed below.

Unfortunately, now that I have seen this performance I am not interested in reading the play! He hums a bar of melody. If I were to give a speech at your wedding I would start with one or two funny jokes and then I might offer some words of advice.

Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice”: Love, death and a myth retold

They look at each other. Article text size A. They wear swimming outfits from the s.