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by Cynthia Beard on 11/16/2017 9:36 AM

Awesome. Beautiful play.

by Courtney Kilmer on 4/16/2016 7:45 PM

by Alexander Gonzalez on 11/8/2015 9:13 AM

So beautiful
The strong pull of a daughter's love for her father and a father's love for his daughter transcending death, reclaiming memory and language... for a time out of time ... to sit in each other's presence, to say what needs to be said.  Simple, whimsical, powerful, woven with music and humor. A wonderful reimagining of a favorite myth.

by Gwen Heistand on 10/24/2015 10:50 PM

A Greek Beauty
This is simply one of the most beautiful, finely crafted contemporary plays I have ever seen in production. Channeling both the power of Greek myth and several structural inspirations from traditional Greek theatre, Ruhl paints a delicate portrait of love, death and loss from many perspectives. For such a well-known story Ruhl finds constant ways to surprise you: Orpheus and Eurydice have love beyond reason, but do they have contentment? Is death solely loss or can something be recovered in dying?

Apparent in both the characters and stage directions is the childlike wonder in this look at death that makes this play so endearing. The chorus of Stones have a youthful energy reminiscent of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, making the afterlife perhaps not so scary after all. The infantilized Hades character paints death as selfish, though not intending any harm in doing so. This piece breathes new and surprising life into one of my favorite myths, and has the power to move even stonehearts like me to tears.

by Jessica Cauttero on 12/2/2013 2:19 PM

Absolutely endearing
I know of no other script which so sweetly tells of the love of a father for his daughter or the unity of young lovers as this story does.  Rich with tenderness, simplicity, comedy, eloquence, deceipt and tragedy.  I hope to direct it someday.

by Pamela Galloway on 11/19/2013 6:50 PM

Death Wrapped in Poetry
Only a naive or arrogant writer would try to put the details of death in words.  Sarah Ruhl is neither.  In Eurydice, she retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and captures the feelings of loss without reality interloping.  Eurydice charts her own destiny in this iteration.  After a mysterious stranger makes alluring promises, she chooses to leave her wedding party, suffers an accident, and reunites with her long-dead father in an Underworld populated by a chorus of talking stones.  Departing from the common version of the myth, Eurydice's doubt and fear abruptly end her escape from the Underworld.  

Ruhl's early background in poetry peeks through as Eurydice, Orpheus, Eurydice's Father, and an unexpectedly imagined Lord of the Underworld slip from prose and verse as they communicate between the Underworld and that of the living.  Not all of the images she employs as the characters try to understand their predicament make sense.  Likewise, her stage directions lean away from the literal towards the fantastical.  They conjure bewilderment and grief that do not lend themselves to logic, leaving the reader or lucky audience member with the experience of briefly understanding a looming concept that defies thought.

by Katharine Schmidt on 8/3/2013 11:46 AM

A Classic Myth with a Twist
Sarah Ruhl's lyrical look at the traditional myth of Orpheus and Eurydice focuses on the female perspective. Countless authors through the years have taken a crack at the ancient myth of the two lovers, but this is entirely different. Though the basic premise remains the same, Ruhl’s use of the story as a metaphor for contemporary female issues turns Eurydice into an intelligently poetic tale.

After Eurydice's impossibly blissful wedding to Orpheus, her curiosity for a strange man leads to her death. In death she forgets her past, but her previously deceased father helps her to remember. After Eurydice finds happiness in death with her father, Orpheus successfully finds her. As he takes her up to the living she cries out for the fear of returning to the world of the living or the desire to remain with her father in the land of the dead. Through this, Ruhl takes a look at the classic bride through the eyes of a contemporary female. This allows many parallels to be drawn, including the desire of the mysterious and the pull between the eternal love of fathers and home to the (at times) shallow love of husbands and lovers.

Young, poetic, and sexy this play would be a joy for any college to work on. However, the technical demands are high. The script, itself, is strong enough to stand on its own, but the stage directions call for inventiveness from the designers. Ruhl’s script, more poetic than expository, allows for a good deal of play for directors and actors. There lies a healthy bit of irreverence, fun, and tenderness behind each line that begs to be explored.

by Beth Henderson on 5/7/2013 1:21 AM

A Dreamlike Retelling of a Classic Myth
As one of the most innovative contemporary playwrights around, Sarah Ruhl succeeds at setting her plays in strange worlds that live somewhere between realism and fantasy. Her Eurydice is an adaptation of the classic myth told through the eyes of the titular character rather than her husband Orpheus, and this retelling is stunning. Ruhl understands that important new playwriting should not concern itself with being easily produced, and as a result, the most striking moment of the play (and to many technical directors, most intimidating) is when Eurydice arrives in the underworld by way of an elevator in a downpour. She has died on her wedding day to Orpheus, and reunites with her late father in the afterlife, who helps her with the transition despite her stubborn refusal to forget her past love.

Translating the strange, dreamlike world to the stage and finding that balance in performance is difficult, but aided greatly by Ruhl’s unusually captivating stage directions that give hints to the tone of characters’ lines and further description of technical elements. This play, as with all of Sarah Ruhl’s writing, feels like going on a delightful journey, while still conveying more serious themes of lost love, temptation, and acceptance of your fate.

by Danielle Feder on 4/18/2013 3:00 PM