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Critics Picks for
March 3, 2014
- Ari Fliakos in the roles of Hector and Diomedes, Cry, Trojans! (Troilus and Cressida), The Wooster Group at REDCAT
- Many of Elizabeth LeCompte's directorial choices for this radical adaptation of Shakespeare's Trojan War problem play are peculiar in the extreme. Why is the blocking pegged to projected scenes from Splendor in the Grass and Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner? And what's with the crazy polyglot accents? Whatever the reasons for an Aussie Diomedes out-Hoganing Paul Hogan, and Prince Hector in a lightly lilting brogue, thesp Ari Fliakos essays both roles with full commitment and matchless physical command, in the evening's most arresting turns.
- ~ Bob Verini
And from New York...
- Kelli O'Hara in the role of Francesca, The Bridges of Madison County at Schoenfeld Theatre
- Kelli O'Hara, a Broadway headliner who has reinvented established roles in South Pacific and The Pajama Game, pours passion, regret, and intensity into Francesca. Her opening number "To Build a Home," in which she describes the character's odyssey from war-torn Italy to safe but flat Iowa, becomes a complex and moving aria.
- ~ David Sheward