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What did you think of TALES FROM OVID?

Did you enjoy the retelling of classic myths using a pared-down aesthetic? Let us know what you thought about Ted Hughes’ Tales From Ovid by commenting here.

7 Comments

  1. Marilyn BernsteinNovember 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I like everything that Whistler In The Dark does–at least soo far,

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  2. Shirley LoweNovember 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    We thoroughly enjoyed TALES FROM OVID last Friday night. The storytelling was magnificent and the actors were not only artistic, but athletic!! I especially liked the use of the ‘ropes’ for Arachne and for the sisters turned into birds. Thank you for the wonderful performance of these classic stories!

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  3. While some of the work with the silks was interesting, the evening was deadening: the performers simply don’t have the vocal chops to pull off something like this. Everything and everyone, particularly the women, sounded exactly the same throughout, and eventuly even the silk-work became repetitive. The opening moments — a kind of parody of “actorly exercises” — foretold what was to come, and not in a good way.

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  4. Jeanne McKnightNovember 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    My comments are colored by being a long-time attender of Whistler-in-the-Dark productions, and I’m so happy to see this creative company go from the Boston equivalent of off-Broadway to Broadway with Tales from Ovid at Emerson/Paramount. I agree with the Community Newspaper reviews that this performance was “a modern masterpiece.” I have always felt that Aimee Rose has a powerful voice and she used it well in this production, and all of the actors’ used their bodies amazingly well to express the action and emotion of this performance.

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  5. Fabulous cast — amazing combination physical ability and speaking/singing/music making. My only complaint is that there were a couple of tales too many and some gratuitous acrobatic work. When the use of the drapes worked, it was magical; when it wasn’t needed, it was distracting. The young woman with the violin was a genius. The staging was excellent. Overall a very good show.

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  6. Rosamond P. ZimmermannNovember 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Beautiful. Moving. Has the clarity and fluidity of Hughes’ translation.
    I think this should have had a longer run. Kudos.

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