The Aeneid

I was looking forward to seeing this production, as we had been able to see a “partially staged reading” a couple of years ago, which we had enjoyed. Keira Loughran was the director for that reading as she was for the current production of the play be Olivier Kemeid.

I enjoyed this fully realized production, although I think the play would be better served with a new title. The reference to the Greek play sets up  so many expectations that inevitably some of the audience will be disappointed and distracted. The subject matter is even more relevant than when the play was written ten years ago. It is not at all hard to see refugees washing ashore at a resort somewhere in today’s world of massive displacement.

The stylized movement and staging was interesting and effective. My one criticism is that it was difficult to relate to the characters as people. They too seemed stylized. But Gareth Potter as Aeneas, Saamer Usmani as Achates , Mike Nadajewski as Hector/ Robert, Karen Robinson as Beroe/Immigration Officer/The Sibyl/Allecto and Bahareh Yaraghi as Pyrgo/ Lavinia were all excellent and gripping.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Aeneid

  1. keithhpotter says:

    The partially staged reading we saw earlier was interesting, but I found the arm waving and jerking distracting, without adding anything to the production. I still feel that way about this full production.

    Tying this old story to the current refugee crisis is interesting, although I thought the production we saw earlier this year at Tarragon (Refuge) made it more human and real, and so was more affecting.

    The first act seemed better realised than the second, although the acting was fine throughout.

    So, interesting, but no cigar.

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