LOS ANGELES—“Updated” and “re-imagined” variations of classics often misfire but such as the change of Romeo and Juliet into West Side Story, Eduardo Machado’s reworking of Aristophanes’s Lysistrata is amongst the most readily useful. The cuban playwright has transformed the comedy into a Greek tragedy for our own militarized times, but in doing so definitely retains the spirit of this biting 411 BCE satire—as Spike Lee did in Chi-Raq, his 2015 anti-gun, anti-gang violence film adaptation of Lysistrata with Lysistrata Unbound.
Unlike other “remakes,” Machado’s rendition happens when you look at the time that is original spot.
The cast that is large duration costumes created by Denise Blasor and Josh Los Angeles Cour. Mark Guirguis’s simple set includes Greek columns; courtesans as well as other Athenian ladies wear toga-like clothes, even though the guys are mostly in warrior garb, although evidently with clever camouflaged shorts beneath their fabric aprons or skirts. Read More