Argonautika

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In this fresh retelling of the classic Greek myth, Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece has been reframed for our time. Join the fantastic voyage and encounter Hercules, Hera, sirens, centaurs, and more—familiar mythological figures imbued with unexpected character and depth. Discover humor, love, and the unimaginable as Tony Award® winner Mary Zimmerman reveals the humanity in the most monstrous of creatures in this unforgettable journey for the ages.

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"Zimmerman intertwines the classic Greek epic tale with modernized storytelling, creating a delightfully contemporary view of history. Argonautika's humor and personality shape it into a lively, engaging experience. The relevance of our reliance on instinct, and doing what we believe is right, resonates into the 21st century. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Audrey Schlief - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"The best way to characterize Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of the mythical tale of Jason and the Argonauts is as a playground for adults in which theatre artists use every storytelling trick in the book to bring gods, monsters, mortals, and kings to life. Puppets, masks, stilts and aerial silks trade stage time with original music, dashing fight scenes, and flights of fancy in Jason's epic adventure to find the Golden Fleece. Each episode has a different gimmick, and director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott uses every ounce of creativity the stage can hold to devise a wildly inventive array of magical effects."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - ...read full review


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""Argonautika" navigates Jason and the Argonauts to the golden fleece through a choreographed duet with the set. Leaping from world to world, they sail on their stage-turned-ship. There is power in each row, propelling them forward into the next step of this dance. Rodriguez-Elliott takes Mary Zimmerman's words and tells a story in a daringly virtuosic way that brings eyes to the edge of the boat and across the sea as character jump and fight in sync with the altering set. It is a storybook on feet with no reading required."

sweet - Steve Vargas - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


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"Don't let the idea of watching Greek mythology scare you; ARGONAUTIKA is easy to understand and meant to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages... This production of ARGONAUTIKA is a sensory feast that includes actors swinging from ropes and working from the aisles, fabric that is made to look like the ocean, a singer twirling from aerial silks, battles, songs, and much more... It's an enchanting show that will make you look at the stars in the sky with a new purpose."

sweet - Dena Burroughs - The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


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"All of these endeavors benefit from the sure-handed direction of Julia Rodriguez-Elliott. She has created a dazzling panoply of mythic proportions throughout this epic journey. All praise for her assembled team of creative voyagers responsible for the world on this stage... The stars above could only be shining a bit brighter in awe of this accomplishment."

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"Many of these adventures are massive in scale, but they were able to creatively find fun alternatives over needlessly large special effects to tell the story."

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Jason's mythical quest for the Golden Fleece becomes the most thrillingly imaginative action-adventure swashbuckler of this or any L.A. theater year as A Noise Within treats audiences of all ages to Mary Zimmerman's Argonautika: The Voyage Of Jason And The Argonauts."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"Even though the Argonauts sailed across the open sea, Zimmerman did not put her cast back in the water. Neither has director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott in the highly theatrical production which recently opened at A Noise Within in Pasadena. But there are harpies and dragons and flying rams, oh my! Goddesses and heroes and villains, oh my!..Zimmerman has creatively written the various adventures, imbuing many of them with plenty of humor. Rodriguez-Elliott has inventively staged this highly theatrical stage outing."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott employs dance, silks, puppets, and impressive staging to bring the Argonaut's journey to life, a thrilling spectacle with action, comedy, pathos, and some truly lovely acting. ...Argonautika is a gem. Highly Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia on the Move - ...read full review


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"Overall, although it goes over the top and misses the boat at times, Argonautika is still well worth embarking on a voyage of discovery over the Pasadena classical theatre company to see its iteration of Apollonius' odyssey and find out why A Noise Within just won the coveted Ovation Award for Best Season. "

sweet-sour - Ed Rampell - Free Press - ...read full review


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"Except for its mildly salacious parts, Argonautika does sometimes feel like a play and production designed for an audience of children; I kept expecting wooden swords that never materialized. This has a lot to do with the fairy-tale nature of myths, but it also lies in a surprising absence of poetic writing in Zimmerman's script, which, humor aside, remains pedestrian, perhaps because she had to tell this long and busy tale at a gallop to get it all in."

sour - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


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"...almost everything about A Noise Within's newest show, “Argonautika,” feels fresh and alive, despite it being a retelling of one of the world's oldest tales – The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts... The entire cast excels at expending this incredible energy, from Michael Uribes's malcontented Meleager to Cassandra Marie Murphy's Woman of Lemnos who soars above our heads, Cirque du Soleil-style, with charming moments from Marc Leclerc and Murphy as bickering son/mother Eros and Aphrodite."

sweet - Melanie Hooks - Colorado Blvd - ...read full review


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"Even the grandest stories, full of epic adventures, are built of everyday experiences. Mary Zimmerman creates theater magic in much the same way, bringing the world's foundational tales alive with little more than the evocative power of the human voice and simple but imaginative stage tricks. The Chicago writer-director is not on hand to stage her “Argonautika” — the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts — at A Noise Within in Pasadena. But as envisioned by the theater's co-artistic director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, the show generates the eye-widening, gasp-inducing excitement that is characteristic of Zimmerman's work."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


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"Zimmerman intertwines the classic Greek epic tale with modernized storytelling, creating a delightfully contemporary view of history. Argonautika's humor and personality shape it into a lively, engaging experience. The relevance of our reliance on instinct, and doing what we believe is right, resonates into the 21st century. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Audrey Schlief - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"The best way to characterize Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of the mythical tale of Jason and the Argonauts is as a playground for adults in which theatre artists use every storytelling trick in the book to bring gods, monsters, mortals, and kings to life. Puppets, masks, stilts and aerial silks trade stage time with original music, dashing fight scenes, and flights of fancy in Jason's epic adventure to find the Golden Fleece. Each episode has a different gimmick, and director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott uses every ounce of creativity the stage can hold to devise a wildly inventive array of magical effects."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - ...read full review


Avatar
""Argonautika" navigates Jason and the Argonauts to the golden fleece through a choreographed duet with the set. Leaping from world to world, they sail on their stage-turned-ship. There is power in each row, propelling them forward into the next step of this dance. Rodriguez-Elliott takes Mary Zimmerman's words and tells a story in a daringly virtuosic way that brings eyes to the edge of the boat and across the sea as character jump and fight in sync with the altering set. It is a storybook on feet with no reading required."

sweet - Steve Vargas - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


Avatar
"Don't let the idea of watching Greek mythology scare you; ARGONAUTIKA is easy to understand and meant to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages... This production of ARGONAUTIKA is a sensory feast that includes actors swinging from ropes and working from the aisles, fabric that is made to look like the ocean, a singer twirling from aerial silks, battles, songs, and much more... It's an enchanting show that will make you look at the stars in the sky with a new purpose."

sweet - Dena Burroughs - The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


Avatar
"All of these endeavors benefit from the sure-handed direction of Julia Rodriguez-Elliott. She has created a dazzling panoply of mythic proportions throughout this epic journey. All praise for her assembled team of creative voyagers responsible for the world on this stage... The stars above could only be shining a bit brighter in awe of this accomplishment."

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"Many of these adventures are massive in scale, but they were able to creatively find fun alternatives over needlessly large special effects to tell the story."

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Jason's mythical quest for the Golden Fleece becomes the most thrillingly imaginative action-adventure swashbuckler of this or any L.A. theater year as A Noise Within treats audiences of all ages to Mary Zimmerman's Argonautika: The Voyage Of Jason And The Argonauts."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"Even though the Argonauts sailed across the open sea, Zimmerman did not put her cast back in the water. Neither has director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott in the highly theatrical production which recently opened at A Noise Within in Pasadena. But there are harpies and dragons and flying rams, oh my! Goddesses and heroes and villains, oh my!..Zimmerman has creatively written the various adventures, imbuing many of them with plenty of humor. Rodriguez-Elliott has inventively staged this highly theatrical stage outing."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott employs dance, silks, puppets, and impressive staging to bring the Argonaut's journey to life, a thrilling spectacle with action, comedy, pathos, and some truly lovely acting. ...Argonautika is a gem. Highly Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia on the Move - ...read full review


Avatar
"Overall, although it goes over the top and misses the boat at times, Argonautika is still well worth embarking on a voyage of discovery over the Pasadena classical theatre company to see its iteration of Apollonius' odyssey and find out why A Noise Within just won the coveted Ovation Award for Best Season. "

sweet-sour - Ed Rampell - Free Press - ...read full review


Avatar
"Except for its mildly salacious parts, Argonautika does sometimes feel like a play and production designed for an audience of children; I kept expecting wooden swords that never materialized. This has a lot to do with the fairy-tale nature of myths, but it also lies in a surprising absence of poetic writing in Zimmerman's script, which, humor aside, remains pedestrian, perhaps because she had to tell this long and busy tale at a gallop to get it all in."

sour - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


Avatar
"...almost everything about A Noise Within's newest show, “Argonautika,” feels fresh and alive, despite it being a retelling of one of the world's oldest tales – The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts... The entire cast excels at expending this incredible energy, from Michael Uribes's malcontented Meleager to Cassandra Marie Murphy's Woman of Lemnos who soars above our heads, Cirque du Soleil-style, with charming moments from Marc Leclerc and Murphy as bickering son/mother Eros and Aphrodite."

sweet - Melanie Hooks - Colorado Blvd - ...read full review


Avatar
"Even the grandest stories, full of epic adventures, are built of everyday experiences. Mary Zimmerman creates theater magic in much the same way, bringing the world's foundational tales alive with little more than the evocative power of the human voice and simple but imaginative stage tricks. The Chicago writer-director is not on hand to stage her “Argonautika” — the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts — at A Noise Within in Pasadena. But as envisioned by the theater's co-artistic director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, the show generates the eye-widening, gasp-inducing excitement that is characteristic of Zimmerman's work."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review