Athena in Love, directed by Garry Williams, reimagines the Greek myth of Pallas and Athena (in which Pallas is killed) as a fable of mutual healing. Seeking to fulfill her dying friend’s wish that she aid the Gorgon Medusa, Athena (Keelin Jack) embarks on a quest that takes her beyond the limits of Greek mythology. It’s the performances that make this play: Kim Parkhill and Andrew Kasprzak deliver especially impressive hat-tricks as Pallas/Medusa/Eve and Oedipus/Orpheus/Hephaistos respectively.
Julie Strong’s script suffers from an uncertainty of tone—sock puppets just aren’t as funny after an attempted rape—and its humor wavers between cheesy and charming. But it is unfailingly sweet and well-intentioned, and its cheeky ending made me grin. Ticket sales are donated to Laing House.
60 Minutes, $10
DANSpace, 1531 Grafton
Monday Sep 3, 1:30 PM
Monday Sept 3, 6:30 PM