Lysistrata Review

Arts & EntertainmentAmber McCormick
Staff Writer

MONTICELLO – A drama of the ages hit the stage of the Fine Arts Center Nov. 16.

   The Drama as Literature and Performance seminar course put a twist to the play "Lysistrata." The new twist was based on a combination of old Greece and the Vietnam War, which caused quite a bit of confusion throughout the play.

   Known as the first play to show the power that women hold over their lives and their men, Lysistrata usually requires a cast of over one hundred people in order to be produced.

   Kay Walter, associate professor of English said, “A group of women in another country did something similar to what happens in the play a few weeks ago.”

   With only nine actors and actresses in the entire play, the plot came through wonderfully.

   In the first three scenes of the play, the cast needed to project their voices more.

   Anastasia Duff played Lysistrata, the main character. Duff embodied the female activist and warrior very well. The leadership skills in her role kept the other women from losing out against their most basic urges.

   Sydney Davis executed several different roles, each uniquely developed. In the first scene, she played a shy and somewhat meek female warrior. In later acts, Davis played the Magistrate, who tried ending the women’s rebellion.

   Davis also played as one of the ambassadors. This role was one of many who signed and agreed to make peace and have the women returned home.

   Marcos Protheroe, Arkansas early college high school instructor, played Hubert the old man. Protheroe came across as both a confident mediator and a drunken Athenian soldier. Protheroe needed to project his voice a little louder. Most of the time he faced away from the audience, causing his lines to be faint and often unheard.

   The original script from Lysistrata consists of crude and vulgar language. The troupe did very well in making the play as tactful as possible. The mixture of modern day language and ancient Greek dialogue, despite being unique, presented confusion.

   Davis, senior creative writing major said, “I really enjoyed the racier humor and how we were able to use our own personalities while still playing the characters. It made practice much easier and more entertaining.”

   Jimmie Yeiser, provost and vice chancellor of student affairs said, “I enjoyed the performance very much. It pleases me to know that the University of Arkansas at Monticello is providing a mixture of cultural experiences for which our students can both participate and enjoy. I look forward to the next production.”

   Overall, the entire group did well and highly entertained the audience.

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