LOS ANGELES—“Updated” and “re-imagined” variations of classics often misfire but such as the change of Romeo and Juliet into western Side tale, Eduardo Machado’s reworking of Aristophanes’s Lysistrata is among 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 occurs within the time that is original spot.
The cast that is large period costumes designed by Denise Blasor and Josh Los Angeles Cour. Mark Guirguis’s set that is simple Greek columns; courtesans along with other Athenian ladies wear toga-like clothes, as the guys are mostly in warrior garb, although evidently with clever camouflaged shorts beneath their leather-based aprons or skirts. This candid production is not age appropriate for children as their haute couture is fairly revealing and Lysistrata Unbound also includes language and acts of a sexual nature.
Machado and manager John Farmanesh-Bocca have actually accentuated the anti-war nature associated with the supply work but stressed the tragic elements beyond Aristophanes’s comedic initial. (more…)