Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Night on the Lower East Side: SummerStage presents The Faux-Real Theatre Company's "Jason and the Argonauts" at East River Park

Tonight at East River Park we saw another great SummerStage presentation by the Faux-Real Theatre Company, Jason and the Argonauts, a wildly innovative and dramatically compelling adaptation of Apollonius Rhodius's epic The Argonautica as translated by Aaron Poochigian.
Directed by Mark Greenfield, the narrative of the digressive and oddly postmodern poem, with a seemingly endless number of characters and adventures, works spectacularly well in making this semi-obscure work of the third century B.C.E. comprehensible and truly exciting for a contemporary audience.
As the retelling of the legend of Jason and the Golden Fleece, a kid's story it's not. (But it also is.)

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