We stepped back into this year's New York International Fringe Festival, which continues through Sunday. Below, some highlights and lowlights of a recent batch of theater-going.
Veseth R. Sieu Would Strindberg like big sun hats? Amanda Weiss in Dreamplay
Revision of a Classic
Highlights: Butoh Electra; Dreamplay
In Butoh Electra, Jordin Rosin reimagines Sophocles' tragedy: Mycenae becomes feudal Japan, the chorus an ensemble of Butoh dancers, and Electra dons a variation of hakama pants. Rosin's successful synthesis of classical Greek and Japanese traditions enriches the myth at the piece's core, as do commanding, physically impressive performances from the Ume Group.
Joseph Thierren's Dreamplay, an adaptation of August Strindberg's dizzying masterpiece A Dream Play, focuses the original's abstract, surrealist elements by combining masks and puppetry with the talents of seasoned performers and Suzuki movement. The result is compelling, if grotesque: Dreamplay is nightmarish in the best way possible.