Narcissus & Echo

mount olympus · Ages 13+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 18, 2017 certified reviewer
tagged as: ensemble · musical · comedy · Greek Mythology

What I liked

Not being a huge fan of Greek Mythology, I enjoyed this show much more than I had expected. The actor’s commitment to each of their roles was incredibly engaging and everyone had a moment to show their individual strengths. I liked that everyone had their moment. I felt the movement in this piece was especially good; there are some amazing moments in physicality from a handful of actors. Great choreography for a small space.

What I didn't like

Personally, not a fan of breaking the fourth wall and interacting with the audience at the beginning of the show. The actors are on stage, kind of doing a spazzed-out warm up at the top of the show when the audience enters the house. It was a bit uncomfortable, especially when a few of the actors commented at the audience that they would try and make them feel awkward and uncomfortable. Also some “hi dad!”‘s and stuff like that. That was a little weird. I’m not a fan of confronting the audience, and I think the show could be a bit cleaner if the actors were not on stage exposed in the beginning. But I get the style they’re going for. I respect that this is a thing sometimes.

My overall impression

This show was a riot. An original musical rooted in environmental issues, inspired by an outside the box take on the pressing tale from Greek mythology. Potentially a nod to the music and style of “HAIR,” each of the performers channel explosive energy in each of their roles, delivering a powerful message through a very unique approach. This show is the perfect balance of music and comedy that could definitely be developed into a higher production quality show in the near future. But, see it while you can at Fringe, because they really made a lot out of a little. Great use of space and theatre resources. Never a dull moment and you will quickly latch on to a favorite character.

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