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By Bill Wall is
DjvM !'! i". wot king at embodying myth in
vivid -.tjat,' o--U'jr. The challenge is great. His
original lajjlotini. of Aeschyius' Oresteia,
i-i-.titl'-tl U nth-Rite, was well received by a
ne.it (:.:(), -:i?y judience Friday night in the
1 em;-.it- bui!'":j'i new, experimental theater.
Th-t . ven ts of the script ate drawn from the
stoiy cf the first and second plays of the
Orrs'r.:j I-,,; n.jchinations of the Olympians in
the com: ii -s I,jvi; thought about the curse of
House of Atreu-., now headed by the King of
Anjus, Aij.it !') -non, who has just returned
from t,.i!rj lioy: his homr. is fated to
i vsU'ui :k!i ,;m cincient sin.
Bell has placed the mainstream of action
within the tt ucture of an oracle. The methodic
indirection, the art of poetic description evoked
by tin- liieek cfiorus is replaced by evocative
chants, conjuring visions forward through time
in cinematic t pisodes.
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trvvjijhts arc constantly projected
a, ;h( oracle unfolds each episode is
l,y a moaning, expectant chorus; and
vt- att1 left with modern theatric
; i;ct!t wrote and directed the play,
h. is in contemporary fashion,
; j: thamselves to the audience in
MiMuuuy. The chorus serves as
i i ih'ir relaiions to the other
Bt '! has ciramatied tfie offstage occurrences
uf the Grt-f k tragedy and invented freely within
fr"i (i " ' ' i r variables A the xwerful
characters and striking actions.
Ch.,i..f :t-: aie drawn with considerable
pota ss I is esnecially ttuo with female
( Ji jr ; : 1 1. 1 .. t !:: !i :.i, 'j nemnon's daughtrr, has
iH.iiiv 1 i ', a"i ii.-. lelationshiDs which allow
.J,!'! .'Ja in, i. , io offer the most engaging and
f.ytr.p,(i!.rt.c ( 1 1 1 , , i t in the production. Bell has
firmly in:' , ,.t-i her chaiacter into a variety of
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responded honestly as a
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Betty Diez's cool, methodic Clytaemo:;tta, j
Agamemnon's wife, is successful. The i
enormously complex character's subtext w; s j
sometimes unclear, partially because the broken j
blow of events does not seem to allow the
synapses of motivational tension to fire close
enough to one another to maintain believable
Judy Zimmerman, although engagingly
lovely as Cassandra, was without fire in quiet
moments and uncontrolled in the pasrionate
throws of her vision. Her final speech brought a
resolving impetus to her character, however.
Jerry Howman's Agamemnon lacked depth
and believability at some crucial moments.
Similarly, Steve Shelley as Orestes,
Agamemnon's son, and Jim Sudik as Aegisthus
grow with their roles, but lack the subtlety and
variety in readings and portrayals which
diminishes their possibilities for character
Becci Dawson's visually-striking Pythia was
undermined by a sameness of pitch level an i
lack of variety in inflection. Theoe sarin'
problems were indicative of the chorus's voc .i
Technically, the show is fine. More ch uiiy
defined light areas would be desirable, an i
some subtler aspects of the set's function.
qualities seemed lacking.
But Sandy Moeller's textured back pain e
hinting of ancient markings-eroded but mil
powerful and stern-set the production's i o,'
beautifully. Dan Stratman's effective lui'i:. ,
design complements this.
The newly-renovated, intimate ifo J o
theatre was built to encompass il.e
extraordinary ambitions of young wiit'ie
directors, technicians, and actors. Birth .e
provides ample evidence that its success a:;
effective facility is complete. David BelTs
ambitious, innovative play breaks new giou ai
for UNL and Lincoln. He and his cast and cu.-vi'
are to be thanked.
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