Karaoke Bacchae OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    July 22, 2015
    Closing:
    July 25, 2015

    Theater: New Ohio Theatre / 154 Christopher St, New York, New York, 10014

    Synopsis: 

    A dance theater adaptation of the Euripides’ tragedy, The Bacchae, imagined in a sports bar on karaoke night during the Stanley Cup. Karaoke is canceled to watch the game. The god Dionysus takes the human form of Iggy Pop and leads a horde of drunken sorority girls and cocktail waitresses into a battle of submission for control of the karaoke machine, against the bar's sado-masochistic management. Sung and shouted under the ultimate karaoke playlist, driven by dance, and featuring text from Drunk J. Crew, deranged sorority girl emails, and a sexually frustrated drunken high school english teacher.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Karaoke Bacchae

    ‘Karaoke Bacchae’ Puts a Spin on Euripides

    Alexis Soloski

    July 23, 2015: Iggy Pop is a rock god, sure. But an almighty god? Well, he is in “Karaoke Bacchae,” a high-concept, low-comedy riff on “The Bacchae,” Euripides’s great fragmented tragedy. As part of the New Ohio Theater’s annual Ice Factory Festival, the Meta-Phys Ed. theater company has reset all that peripeteia and anagnorisis in a college-town sports bar. There’s beer pong in the foreground and a hockey game playing on a wall in the back. In the middle, citizens of Thebes and several wild interlopers work toward dismemberment and desperate recognition while working through songs by Jay-Z and Ike and Tina. It’s just another karaoke night for the persnickety bartender Pentheus (Tim Craig) until Dionysus arrives, a couple of drunken sorority girls in tow. (Ah, Greek life!) For reasons never sufficiently explained, Dionysus is occupying the body of Iggy Pop (played by the “boylesque” star James Tigger! Ferguson). Mr. Pop, with his chest bare and nipples aglitter, makes quite an entrance, pulling a bottle of wine out of his gold pants (this is impressive; these are very tight pants) and announcing that he’s the son of Zeus. Pentheus isn’t so sure. Then King Cadmus (Don Castro) sings something by the Clash.

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