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Lysistrata

Eyewitness Theatre / Manchester, UK

Posted: 07/15/2009 4:11 PM | Comments: 0

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The same female foursome performing The Importance of Being Earnest are doubling your pleasure with the Greek antiwar classic Lysistrata. This raunchy romp chronicles how Athenian women got their husbands to stop warring by calling a national sex strike.

The idea that explicit sexual references can never be as obscene as the death and destruction caused by war frees adapter Peter McGarry to take some modern liberties in the name of comedy. Dirty jokes, crude language and a little ABBA are certainly crowd-pleasers.

It turns serious with a glimpse of the future when the tables are turned and rape is employed, as it is today, as a weapon against women in many war-torn countries.

Dee Watson plays the headstrong title role, with Lara Bradban, Nell Corrin and Carly Tarett in support. You’ve never seen Greek theatre so accessible, modern and meaningful.

(Review by Kevin Prokosh based on Montreal performance)


From the official Fringe program:
 

Sleazy, sleek and sexy classical Greek comedy!
Undoubtedly the filthiest and funniest play ever penned!

Lysistrata organizes the first sex strike in history to stop the guys going to war.

"Absurdly comical." - Times

"Crude! Lewd! Offensive!" - Guardian

"No wonder it was banned!" - Observer

ALL-BIMBO CAST. WEAR SOMETHING THAT WIPES CLEAN.

www.eyewitnesstheatre.co.uk

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Nudity,
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience

75 min.

Venue#1 MTC Backstage at the Mainstage 174 Market Ave (Entrance on John Hirsch Pl)

Tickets: $9
Discount Tickets: $7 for Students, Seniors, GREEK CHICS
Under 16 not admitted.

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