By Jasmin Lee
Oakland Gardens, N.Y.
When Orpheus looked back, Eurydice disappeared — so did the audience.
Directed by Wesley Cornwell and written by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice retells the myth of Orpheus and his wife in a modernized setting from Eurydice’s perspective.
The play was not memorable. The production did have some clever aspects and notable scenes supported by a strong cast. However, the modernization didn’t capture the essence of the original. The humor didn’t correlate with the narrative and some of the concepts were too abstract. Continue reading
By Sharon Bayantemur
Whether it’s a creative use of string to serve as a makeshift wedding ring or unnatural sounding dialogue at the beginning of the play, “Eurydice” has its ups and downs. Its theme of ambiguity is established early in the play when Orpheus describes a song he wrote as “interesting or not interesting. It just is.”
The Princeton Summer Theatre’s production, written by Sarah Ruhl, is running from Aug. 6-16 at the Hamilton Murray Theater. It’s a modern take on an ancient Greek myth in which a half-mortal, Orpheus, enters the underworld to save the woman he loves. This version was centered on Eurydice instead of Orpheus and how he is able to charm people around him with his music. Continue reading
By Kathy Kang
People want to do their best in the world and struggle to do so, which is heartbreaking,” said Emma Watt ’13, when discussing the Princeton Summer Theatre’s production of “Time Stands Still.”
The play, written by Donald Margulies, is the fourth and final show of the summer seasons, said Watt, who is the theater’s artistic director. Continue reading
By Jhazalyn Prince
The theatre was comfortably small. Specks of dust wafted through the still air as the lights above dimmed completely, leaving the audience in darkness and suspense. Immediately we were introduced to the two main characters: a spunky, independent photographer named Sarah and her eager-to-please journalist boyfriend, James.
By Jeanne Li
New York, N.Y.
“There is so much beauty in the world, but you just see misery. Both of you!” – Mandy
“People need to know. Hundreds and thousands of lives are at stake!” – James
This tension over journalistic purpose was at the center of the Princeton Summer Theater’s fourth and final play of its 45th season, “Time Stands Still,” which played from Aug. 1-4, and Aug. 8-11. Continue reading
By Xavier Husser
New York, N.Y.
On Thursday, the Princeton Summer Theater presented a production of “Time Stands Still,” originally written by Donald Margulies and directed by Emma Watt, a recent Princeton graduate.
The plot of the play centers on the struggling relationship between Sarah Goodwin, a photographer, and James Dodd, a journalist who is dedicated to making their tumultuous relationship work. Secrets, affairs and lies had already disrupted the emotions and lives of the faulty middle-aged couple. Continue reading