Surrounding a 15-ton pool on stage, PlayMakers Repertory Company masterfully combined ancient with modern, land with sea and human with spirit in its Friday opening of Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses.”
The play comprises a string of myths, which touch on the themes of love, redemption and responsibility, and feature key characters like King Midas, Aphrodite, Cupid and Bacchus.
The 12-member cast was able to easily embody the play’s numerous characters, but what was most impressive was the performers’ abilities to embody the non-human characters of the play.
Location: Paul Green Theatre, Friday, November 8
In the myth of Alcyone and Ceyx, cast members acting as Poseidon’s wind gracefully yet ominously swept shipmen into the water during the Ceyx’s shipwreck. The myth of Erysichthon and Ceres also featured a non-human character in the form of hunger, played by Caroline Strange. Gaunt and ragged, Strange crawled and clung like a parasite to Erysichthon as an insatiable appetite.
Erysichthon, played by Nilan Johnson, used the pool of water as the food with which he attempted to gorge himself — one of the many moments where the pool was incorporated into the plot of the play without being too distracting or overpowering.