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posted Friday, January 27, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 04
Intriguing Thebes could use some polish
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Intriguing Thebes could use some polish

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Thebes
Macha Monkey
Through February 11

Macha Monkey's intriguing world-premiere production, Thebes, uses a Greek tragedy base to build a totally modern tale. Starting with a concept of coming home after a very long time, similar to Odysseus coming home after many years at war, playwright Kristina Sutherland has young Erica coming home from war to find her father gone, her mother running for mayor, and her bedroom turned into campaign headquarters.

Sutherland smartly uses a sextet of campaign volunteers as a Greek chorus that sees (mostly) all and comments on what is going on. Many of the comments are made in unison. After one takes a few moments to get used to the technique, it works pretty well.

The main players - Katherine Grant-Suttie as Erica, Meaghan Halverson as young sister Amelia, and Denise Fleenor as mayor-to-be Mary - all do good work with the material. Grant-Suttie has a gamine, unisex look about her that mirrors what a female soldier has to create in order to manage well among male comrades. Halverson does a great job as a high school senior, partly petulant, partly eager little sister. Fleener walks a careful line between career woman politician and caring mother.

Mary Johnston wants to run for mayor to 'clean up' her small town, and makes astonishingly hard-line comments about the illegal activities of the current mayor, Joe. And her campaign is underwritten by extremely committed church friends, in an overtly religious campaign.

The script subplot fails to explain enough to compel understanding, though. The daughters find a cache of letters indicating that Mary had a torrid affair before their father left home, and what the daughters find, the volunteers know as well. Yet this revelation does not derail the campaign. Not only that, but it is clearly hinted that the affair was with Joe, the current (ostensibly criminal) mayor. Later, a scene between the two lovers is so compatible as to raise the question of why Mary would run against him and make unsubstantiated allegations about him.

The main plot, that Erica has returned to find everything in her home uprooted, has some fun interactions between the sisters, and makes a solid attempt to talk about PTSD and the atrocities that Erica experienced away from home. The topic is definitely one we all should talk about more, as thousands of vets come back from multiple tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, facing too little support for transition back to civilian life, not to mention too little access to mental health care.

The ensemble does a great job being multiple peripheral characters, though another subplot among the volunteers as to who supports Mary the most also sidetracks and is unnecessary. There are good ideas here, in a work that probably should be torn apart and put back together. But Sutherland does demonstrate her ear for conversation and family relationship stressors.

For more information, go to www.machamonkey.org or www.brownpapertickets.com, or call 800-838-3006.

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