The play is a modern day rewrite of Sophocles Trachiniae. The subject is war, the atrocities committed in war time and how those acts resonate at home. Lots of scope, but somehow the whole thing did not work. Unlike the critics, I had no problem hearing Khanjian and thought she was quite good. In fact the whole cast was quite good, but the writing and the direction did not support the talent.
It is easy enough to accept the plot in the original Greek play, but the modernisation resulted in a number of holes. The author tried to fit too any themes into the play that just left the audience unsatisfied. The poisoning of the General is a case in point – it gets all mixed up with a former lover who was working on chemical warfare. Just an unnecessary complication, but one the author threw in just to round out the themes of war time atrocities.
as usual, a great performance by Nigel Shawn Williams as Jonathan and by Jeff Lillico as James. Cara Ricketts Was wasted in her role, ( the out of tune karaoke was a pointless disaster) although Brenda Robins managed to deliver in spite of the direction and writing.
In spite of it all, the play did keep my attention throughout.