11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 | Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland | 407-629-0054 | enzian.org | $20
“Hate is a bottomless cup; I will pour and pour.” So spits Medea, the betrayed wife who takes a terrible revenge in Euripides’ chilling tragedy Medea. This live broadcast from London’s National Theatre updates the language, costumes and sets, but preserves the harrowing plot: a cast-aside wife murders her children (not a spoiler – it’s revealed in the first three minutes on stage).
We are all pummeled with shocking news every day by TV and the Internet, to the point that a mother murdering her children seems almost a common occurrence, so it’s not the plot that keeps Medea fiercely relevant 24 centuries after it was written. No, it’s the feeling that Medea acts on – the infinitely self-renewing grief and rage of the rejected – that’s familiar to most of us, though few of us embody it with such broken beauty as Helen McCrory in Carrie Cracknell’s production. Let the bodies hit the floor.