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click to enlarge Kyrie Courter and Ken Singleton

Kyrie Courter and Ken Singleton

Katie Stanley

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 10 2017
Price: $33-$35
Set along the Louisiana bayou at the close of the 19th century, Michael John LaChiusa’s 1999 musical reworks Greek myth into horrific tragedy, imbued with race and class tensions, against a creole backdrop. Euripides's Medea, dark-skinned granddaughter of a sun god, heiress to black magic and kindred bloodshed, is here transformed into Marie Christine (Kyrie Courter), a mulatto sorceress whose indiscreet affair with Dante, a white sailor (Ken Singleton), disgraces her before cruel patriarchal society. LaChiusa’s score is spooky and angular, but the singing in this staging from BoHo Theatre is uneven—not everyone in Lilli-Anne Brown's cast proves up to the task. That said, those who do—especially Curtis Bannister, Nicole Michelle, and the always excellent Pavi Proczko—infuse the witchy atmosphere of the play with all the voodoo of which Marie stands accused. —Max Maller

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