Cheating, screaming, dramatic entrances, you name it: Medea has it. The play Medea playwright by Euripides opened last night in the Little Theatre of Texas A&M University- Kingsville. It was directed by Dr. Patrick Faherty, theatre professor, and Anya Pena, assistant director.
Faherty’s production of Medea was intense and unexpected, which is what Medea is: crazy. Medea has always been my favorite play because though it is ancient, it’s still as dramatic in modern time.
Medea is married to a man named Jason and they have two children. Jason cheats on Medea with a princess of their country, Creon’s daughter. Jason does this to gain royalty for his family but Medea only sees it as betrayal. Medea goes crazy, as any woman would and goes a little overboard.
I already read the play in the past, so I had an idea of what scenes they would include. The one thing I didn’t expect was the audience setup which was set-up as “thrust theatre,” which involves the audience being surrounded by the actors in three ways and the fourth being the background.
This was my first time attending a play at the Little Theatre in that set-up. It was interesting and definitely a good choice for the play so that the audience can feel the many emotions throughout the play.
The other cool part was that the audience were her children. The actors would talk to the audience as a part of the play and even interacted with them by touching their faces or talking directly to an audience member, so it was a good tactic to keep the audience interested.
Medea, the star of the show, was played by Desiree Putnam. Putnam portrayed the character perfectly. She was loud, angry, and entertaining.
As for costumes, I felt like Medea was too modernized compared to the other characters.
However, I don’t know what the character costume really requires considering Medea is ‘foreign’. Where she may have come from might have different attire, but the costumes for the other characters were a good choice and portrayed the Greek aspect.
Jason, the bad guy of it all, was played by Larry Savoy. He was right for the part being that he was a jerk throughout the play but should have been a little more aggressive in his voice. He was physically aggressive, as Jason is very aggressive. He just needs to show more aggression in his voice, to really make the audience hate his character.
The overall performance was solid and had great actors. It is a play I would definitely see again. The performances will continue March 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.