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Referring to a tell-don’t-show opening monologue by Orestes’ sister, Electra, he writes:
How lucky for director Aaron Posner that he has the ever so talented Holly Twyford to make that opening monologue a mesmerizing one. Twyford struggles to keep from weeping. She holds her hands together, as if she desperately needs something to hold on to. Were getting only her side of the story, to be sure, but Twyfords Electra commands the audiences attention.
Then Chris Genebach comes on as Helen of Troy but Genebach is male and does not have looks that could launch even a single ship. This Helen, however, is supposed to be getting on in years, so Genebach gets away with it.
“Long speeches are better than short ones,” Orestes says. In actor Jay Sullivans mouth, that turns out to be true. Sullivan speaks passionately, and his young Robert Redford looks add to his charisma. Margo Seibert captures the ungainly qualities of the young Hermione, and Genebach returns to the stage later, to better advantage, as an infuriated Menelaus Helens husband.
Posner finds and sustains a mood of impending doom. But the productions most successful element is James Suggs music and the five-member female chorus that sings it a cappella. One hungers for an original cast album.