Review On BACCHAE by Euripides


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Vanessa Cate - Stage Raw

Registered Critic


So, the technicality of the text is well-handled, and the cast is comprised of highly talented and effective players. However, whether we look at producing "Bacchae" as an artistic challenge or as a ritual act of observance to the god itself, the vital — and necessary — feeling of pleasure is woefully missing. "Bacchae" may talk a big game, but this production feels undeniably prudish. If you're looking for Bacchic revelry, sorry, you'll have to settle for academia.

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Vanessa Cate (they/them) is the Managing & Assigning Editor for Stage Raw and the former Editor-in-Chief for @thisstage.la. Vanessa is a performance artist, writer, and jack of all trades, and can be found on stage, in strange audiences, and in interesting situations. Apart from their work with Stage Raw since its inception, Vanessa is the Founder and Artistic Director of the feminist performance-coven known as TheatreWitch, as well as the fantasy dance group Cabaret le Fey. Vanessa co-produces True Crime in Los Angeles, and works with Butcher Bird Studios. Vanessa performs, writes, directs, and generally creates however and whenever they can.