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Make Love Not War? I Don't Think So...

Advantages: hilarious and perfectly apt
Disadvantages: strange modern translation won't be for purists

Preamble: This review is of the 1988 Jeffrey Henderson translation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata. ISBN: 0941051021. N.B.: This review contains some R-rated language. I originally wrote this last year when I was participating in a production of the pla ...

OKkaraoke 29.12.2003 · Read full review
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Review of Lysistrata - Aristophanes

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Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves

Advantages: Comedy for all ages (of history, not for children)
Disadvantages: Some jokes/references may now be obscure - depends on translation/notes

Greek drama is particularly renowned for its tragedians (Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides), but wasn’t without its great comedy plays either. These had remained largely a mystery to me, until I recently read this, one of eleven surviving works by possib ...

a-true-ben 28.09.2004 · Read full review
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Murder, Matricide and Mayhem

Advantages: Dark Greek Tragedy
Disadvantages: Dark Greek Tragedy

...Three Greek Tragedies were written about Electra; by Aesschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. The version, I am reviewing is the one written by Euripides in 420 B.C. As with many of Euripides tragedies, Electra is a dark intense play centred around the the ...

MAFARRIMOND 12.07.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Electra - Euripides

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Electrocute Electra

Advantages: Umm...
Disadvantages: Unsympathetic, inconsistent characters; abysmal ending, really weird chorus, pathetic use of plot devices

Let me get one thing straight here. I absolutely HATE this play. With a fiery passion which penetrates to the innermost core of my being. I loathe it. Reading it is not a pleasant experience. But re-read it I will, and indeed have. I have in the past b ...

Muswell 22.04.2004 · Read full review
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A Charged Comedy

Advantages: Sardonic wit, Easy reading, classical mythology
Disadvantages: Some Archiac terminology

Rape, an abandoned baby and attempted murder. With all these ingredients of a twenty-first century psychological drama, you may be surprised to find that these are in fact the components for the plot of Ion, a Greek Comedy written some 2500years ago by t ...

MAFARRIMOND 02.10.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Ion - Euripides

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