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The View From Oyaron Hill

Review of Eurydice


Joshua White

I recently went to see Hartwick’s main-stage play, Eurydice. It is a new telling of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus. It was directed by Marc Shaw, associate professor of theatre arts. The show featured Tonie Cross ’18 as the Nasty Interesting Man/ Lord of the Underworld, Jess Fehribach ’19 as the Big Stone, Megan Steely ’16 as Little Stone, Summer Wysocki ’17 as Loud Stone, Marcus Hudson ’18 as Orpheus, Nathan Skethway ’16 as Eurydice’s Father, and Abby Vermeal ’18 as Eurydice.

For those who don’t know the tale of Orpheus, it follows a man named Orpheus who is the son of the god Apollo and one of the nine muses. When his wife, Eurydice, dies, he sings his way into the Underworld and even charms Hades himself to bring her back under the condition that he does not look back on the way to the surface. It inevitably ends badly when Orpheus looks back and is sucked into the Underworld.

The play was done incredibly well. All of the acting was amazing, and it was a heartfelt and engaging story. It was a unique rendition of the classic myth, as it was from Eurydice’s point of view instead of Orpheus’s. The scenes between Her Father (Skethway) and Eurydice (Vermeal) were especially thoughtful and emotional. Cross did a phenomenal job portraying the Lord of the Underworld. Every member of the cast was perfectly suited to their role and the acting was incredible.

The only problem I had with the play was the general lack of following the myth. As a lover of Greek mythology, I had been really excited for a different take on the classic myth of Orpheus. In the true myth Eurydice was killed by a venomous snake while fleeing from a shepherd.

Also while I greatly enjoyed the scenes between Eurydice and her father, Eurydice was actually a nymph and didn’t have a father. While Cross did a wonderful job as The Lord of the Underworld, he did not love Eurydice in the myth and didn’t age as was portrayed in the play, which I found confusing.

Any fault in this play is of course in no way the fault of the actors or the director. They all did a wonderful job. Any fault that I found in the play is my self being a stickler for the details and my enjoyment of Greek mythology. If I had no knowledge of the myth I would have absolutely loved the play. Even with those details that I found to be lacking it was still a very enjoyable play.