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.