Asbury Park Press from Asbury Park, New Jersey on October 3, 1980 · Page 32
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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Friday, October 3, 1980
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E3 Asbury Park PressFri. Oct. 3, 1960 'The Bacchae' proves voice of important stage event Broadway TV Associates Press NEW YORK - Euripides' "The Bac- . com" Brit performed in h.u, iwo - yean after the great Greek tragedian died : Hm tin a It. mm itmA nmanfaa MM Mil -- una Hr w " pnponam, wonoernu rawer m new tranalatioii by director Michael Cacoyannis. " ' "The Bacchae" opened last night at the Circle in the Square on Broadway. And al- ' though the doesn't appear until 90 minutes after the two-hour, no-Intermission play begins, Irene Papas as Agave deserves her star bUling. Her tour de force of acting, de- spite its beyond-belief tale, never looks like acting and always looks pitiably real : She enters carrying the bloody head of ; her son, Pentheus, triumphantly thinking she has killed a lion with her bare hands, coyly t asking for praise, smiling in a daydream that shell no longer have to do mundane 'household chores. - . She has to escape this mad scene, recog- mse her son's head, scream in horror and - anguish and look older through the rest of J the play. I .. The translation is One. The prologue by 'Dionysus, where Euripides explained the ' situation, starts with, "Hi," but does not J continue in a slangy way. i' I Christopher Rich, a graduate of the University of Texas and Cornell, was making i his Broadway debut as Dionysus, sometimes called Bacchus. He looked something like ) the late Jim Morrison, of the rock group the "Doors. He also reminded this viewer, in the Theater Review effective way he played the Greek god, of some rock stars, carelessly superior, sly and smug, confident of being always young, desirable and on top. John Noah Hertzler, also making his Broadway debut, was somewhat less successful in conveying the anger and authority of Pentheus, young ruler of Thebes. He did better in his mad scene, when his mind wanders enough to persuade him to dress like a woman and go offstage to the mountains to spy on the town's women the bacchae in their wine-Induced orgies. There are statements In the play that putting yourself, with wine, Into a state where you forget all reality and troubles is good thing. And there are statements that respect to the gods Is a good thing. But Cacoyannis, who directed the 01m "Zorba the Greek," teems to come down stronger on the side that putting yourself Into a state where you don't know what you're doing can have very undesirable effects and Is a bad thing. And that a god who can't put himself above man's petty Ideas of revenge and whose punishment Is too harsh also Is bad and shouldn't be worshiped or followed. Nine young women do the most dancing and are the most skimpily dressed of any Greek chorus we've ever seen. NEW TORE Cy Coleman, composer and co-producer of the Broadway musical hit, "Barnum," isn't the type to pull our tog; to when he tells us about a call made by P.T. Barnum, himself, to tat for himself what was going on on Broadway, we figure we better believe It: . "Just a few weeks ago up there in 'Marketing Heaven,' the greatest promoter of them all was being feted by aa aH-atar group of the most prominent (angel) tycoons of history. It seems that word had leaked out mat there was a new show playing on Broadway called 'Barnum' about the great man himself and the party was In honor of his forthcoming trip down to earth to see what was going on. "The very night that P.T. Barnum arrived, I was there early and noticed a huge man, well over six feet tan, studying ticket prices In the lobby. "He turned to me and said, Do you know that over 100 yean ago I charged the public $100 a ticket for the pleasure o( seeing Jenny Und sing ia concert? What's the matter with you feUows, don't you know how to promote any more!' "When he noticed my dumbfounded expression, he put out his huge hand and said, P.T. Bamum's the name.' "He was anxious to know now the show had been received by the critics, so I took him out under the marquee where an the blaring quotes were hanging on signs and the calliope music was steadily playing and the magician outside was starting to entertain the people lining up for tickets and the passers-by. "Satisfied, we then walked into the lobby and he stopped suddenly and said, 'By golly, you have my old coat in the glass case, and there's a picture of my wife Chairy, and look, there's Tom Thumb's little shoes.' A wave of nostalgia swept over him and be , said, Tou know, I'm a museum man and the lobby of this theater brings back the good old days to me.' "Standing In the back of the St. James Theater, looking at David Mitchell's open set, he asked bow we could fit all the real animate on that stage. 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