Saturday night presented me with something like theatrical whiplash, as I went from EVIL DEAD to Euripides' TROJAN WOMEN, presented by the MFA program at UT. This was solid work, and even when the director and adapters (Halena Kays, Meghan Kennedy, and Kimber Lee) made some baffling choices--such as Andromache's entrance as a mean drunk--they at least had the courage of their convictions. The trial of Helen absolutely sizzled, with first rate direction, and a really cool multimedia blitz of electric signage and mass media; the presentation of the gods Poseidon and Athena, by contrast, seemed badly sci-fi and even silly. Still, it's always a pleasure to see Euripides taken so seriously and thoughtfully, and without the heavy-handed pomposity of many recent anti-war adaptations. Sometimes universalizing is indeed the way to go.
-Tom Jenkins, SA Current theater critic
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