From Feb. 28 to March 9, the Huntington University theatre department presented Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. According to director Adam Sahli, it is a story that has been adapted in different ways. The story is usually focused on the male character. But this time, Ruhl’s uses the female as the protagonist.
In the play, Orpheus and Eurydice are seen in their relationship, where at some point, Orpheus asks for Eurydice’s hand. The story continues developing, and they encounter an obstacle: Eurydice ends up in the Underworld. Orpheus, having a hard time without his love one, decides to get her back. But the play has an unexpected ending, and I am still not over it.
Throughout the story, different characters are introduced: the Stones, Eurydice’s father, and an “Interesting Man,” who also is the Lord of the Underworld. Each of these characters plays an important role, making the show great every time they performed. In my personal opinion, the emotions in the play felt too real, especially Orpheus’s despair performed by Andrew Bower.
Reading the director’s note before the play made the play less confusing. Some people who saw the play without reading the note were a little confused about the story, and each of them had a different interpretation of the play.
The play explores two themes: the impact of dementia within families and the relationship between men and women in society. The first theme was represented with the Underworld, a place where the memories are lost. In the play, speaking in a normal language only confused people, especially those who were already dead, so they had to talk in the language of the Stones. Also, they were not allowed to be sad. I saw it as a place that was ruled by silence and forgetfulness.
The second theme was represented by the husband-and-wife relationship and also by the daughter-and-father relationship. But there is another type represented within the play. The interactions between the Interesting Man, who was also the Lord of the Underworld, and Eurydice, illustrated the troubling relationships that females can encounter in society.
Overall, the HU theatre department did a great job once again. Watching their plays are decisions that I ever regret. I look forward to future plays that will be performed by the theatre department.
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