note: entire contents copyright 2008 by Beverly Creasey
In the New Rep’s poignant EURIDICE (playing only through this weekend), playwright Sarah Ruhl reworks the Orpheus myth to create a sublimely tender portrait of a father’s love for his daughter, extending even after death. Ruhl gives us the traditional story of Orpheus’ journey to the Underworld to find his beloved Euridice, but she invents a third tragedy which moves us even more than the first two. Ken Baltin gives his best performance yet as the father who rescues his daughter (Zillah Glory) from the oblivion of Hades to nurture her life force, even though it is forbidden to do so. Director Rick Lombardo’s haunting production resonated so strongly with this daughter, that I left the theater joyfully imagining, although my father died twenty-five years ago, what it would be like to see him again, such is the power of this play.