Iphigenia in Splott OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    May 9, 2017
    Closing:
    June 4, 2017

    Theater: 59E59 Theaters / 59 East 59th St., New York, NY, 10022

    Synopsis: 

    Stumbling down Clifton Street at 11:30am drunk, Effie is the kind of girl you'd avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement. We think we know her, but we don't know the half of it. Effie's life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day - till one night gives her the chance to be something more. Effie will break your heart.

    Inspired by the enduring Greek myth, this urgent new play drives home the high price people pay for society's shortcomings. This critically acclaimed and award-winning new play makes its debut in New York following performances at the National Theatre, London.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Iphigenia in Splott

    A Mythic Force Rages in the Welsh ‘Iphigenia in Splott’

    Ben Brantley

    May 17, 2017:

    Effie, the human firestorm raging through Gary Owen’s “Iphigenia in Splott,” at 59E59 Theaters, knows that if you saw her coming down the sidewalk, you would probably cross the street. A part of her resents this. But she also savors it; your discomfort confirms her strength.

    You aren’t wrong to be afraid of Effie, the only character in this production from the Sherman Theater of Cardiff, Wales. As embodied by the dynamic young actress Sophie Melville, she combines incinerating contempt with the fierce, resilient hedonism that belongs to young adults for whom the day begins when the bars and the dance clubs open.

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