Center Stage: Superb production of ‘Medea’ at Theatre Conspiracy
Theatre Conspiracy proves once again that everything old is new again with its splendid production of Euripides’ “Medea.” This 2,000-year-old lay still fascinates as it examines greed, weakness, monstrous egos, evil and revenge — an electrifying piece of theater. I behooves me to add that this current translation uses a naturalness of language — normal usage, if you will — which in no way detracts from the ritualistic quality of the production. This is largely due to Producing Artistic Director Bill Taylor’s fine direction as well as his his lighting design and design for the symbolic set.
Lauren Drexler gives a towering performance in the tour-de-force role of Medea. She taps into primal emotions that both fascinate and frighten with equal measure. Her take on the character is fierce and cunning when overwhelmed by passion, all the while computing how to retaliate using the cover-up of appearing defenseless. Her vengeance makes betrayal bearable by playing a multi-layered character which includes playing into ou sympathies.
Others in the cast also deserving acknowledgement are… Joy Davidson gives an inwardly directed performance of the nurse with robust theatrical and vocal command. Jesse St. Louis’s Jason is every inch the vain, complacent, weak, self-aggrandizing almost-king. Louise Wigglesworth, Katheryn Lucero and Tera Miller as the Greek chorus are perfectly in sync telling the story and adding emphasis where needed. The remainder of the cast — Steve Hooper as the tutor, Everett Taylor and Alex Svoboda as Medea’s sons, Jim Yarnes as Creon, August Taylor as a Guard/Soldier, Scott Thomson as Aegus, and Mike Carlip as Jason’s slave — all played their characters with absolute conviction.
Do support Theatre Conspiracy in its 17th season and see this magnificent production of “Medea.” You can buy tickets on line at www.theatreconspiracy.org or by calling the box office at 936-3239. Remaining performances are this evening, April 1, and tomorrow, April 2. Theatre Conspiracy performs in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.