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Wednesday, February 23, 1983 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER TEMPO F-9 -A" Medea' Eloquent, But Lacking Fire Review unsure of where their sympathies lie. Did Jason deserve punishment? Was the wrong done to Medea Justification for her actions? Whatever the reasoning, It is a poor excuse for robbing Medea of the power and passion that Euripides clearly poured Into her. THERE'S NO denying that the production achieves the balance of being faithful without being pompous and that Is no easy achievement. The script is from a literal translation by Moses Haddas, a scholar, not a playwright, and it has been crafted Into something that plays very well before a modern audience. Euripides himself is a great ally in this area: He was so realistic that he was mocked by his far more traditional contemporaries. There are two performances in this production which seem to mirror that spirit of realism: John Wylie's Creon and John Hertzler's Jason. The issues and emotions are the basic weekday stuff of being human, and Wylle and Hertzler seem to bear that in mind. They approach their roles In a down-to-earth manner; they are forceful and involved without being sepulcral. Euripides would probably approve. The chorus, directed by Theodore Pappas, is a tightly-knit unit when it needs to be and very individual and down-to-earth when that is what is called for. John Jensen's scenery, a blend of marble symmetry against a gauzy red background, reflects the grand, intermingled sweep of passion and fate that so captivated the Greeks. iJLTSQOjIIS GI?IIS3IjIlflIE3 NOW SHOWING tTJZ: BY MICHAEL AAcLEOD Enquirer Reporter Cincinnati Playhouse took a risk with Its current production of "Medea": the risk that a 2,500-year-old play could be dusted off and staged well enough to work with a modern audience. Yes, the themes of the ancient Greeks were timeless. But lan-; guage Is not; attitudes are not; and it takes a sensitive hand to bridge .the decades so that a speech meant as solemn doesn't appear to be comical. Well, the playhouse production : which opened last night avoids that particular pitfall, and steps over a number of others to reach back and bring us something of the flavor of ancient Athens. But ; the Greeks didn't have a monopoly on tragic flaws and this production of "Medea" has a glaring one. . THE PLAY Is the story of a love .that has blackened Into hatred and revenge. Jason and Medea have arrived In Corinth, and Jason has made a cold-hearted decision: .he will leave Medea to marry Creon's daughter, thus assuring himself and his children a life of power and luxury or so he thinks. Medea is a passionate woman from a barbarian land, and she reacts with calculated rage: She SHOWCASE CINEMAS ERlANGEfl n tMi.no tB i IIHtVtlltll 141 llW i SPRtNGOALE Tl 41 )71iU-tB1(0WTr (IBIIfl Til .71 MM 7:45, 9755 ixjuiiixipaDoaono. 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Mysterious, magical blood runs In her veins: she Is so much of an enigma that Creon, a powerful ruler, tells her flatly: "I am afraid of you." THE MEDEA of this production does not make that line believable. It's hard to see that Creon would be afraid, because there is not nearly enough fire in this daughter of the sun. It may well be that director Amy Saltz Intentionally softened Medea to balance the play. Perhaps she wanted to leave the audience hanging In an O. Henry haze, E11AX!XR mttauii rnfMAiOTmoo IMAMja MHIIIIT III M7 tjan. MOMS I'M, AW Ml H AW TV aIiace ABTXlATa J 00 7 2 M JO 2 0O 7 20 M SEE AD ELSEWHERE X.. 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