The ensemble, a Greek chorus
of everyday London folk, creates a terrific wall of sound in the opening Ballad of Sweeney Todd, reprised at moments throughout the show, and generates a real sense of drama tinged with an undercurrent of menace.
They not only interact with other characters as street-smart teenagers, but also they function as a glamorous Greek chorus
, glittering in girl-group get-ups by costume designer Lynda Myers.
Through the theological and eschatological debate going on - with political cartoonists and opinion columnists, nominal Catholics and born-again Christians, sinners and saints, pro- and con-Duterteists joining in the Greek chorus
- the loudest message is that God is alive and well.
Moreover, Paurom applied the Greek chorus
, which the Greek playwrights used in the olden times to make the story come together.
Discordant, sung more as lamentations, the songs hit us like a Greek chorus
in search of musical instruments to soften their blow.
This short work is #32 in the series and features nine characters, a 'Greek Chorus
' of texters, and is introduced by production notes to the play director.
"The boys are almost like a Greek Chorus
," explains Tim.
The Greek Chorus
keeps things light - their routines full of top, panto-style cheese.
Strophe, from Greek, means "to turn." It also connotes a poetic structure, a gesture employed by a Greek chorus
, and it likewise served a structural role here.
The book is written in two styles, ordinary prose and sections that resemble a Greek chorus
. This will delight children as it quickens the pace of the action.
There isn't a weak link in the rest of the cast: Rachel Izen as Brice's mother, along with Zoe Ann Bown and Myra Sands, are like a comical, Jewish version of a Greek chorus
and it's clear these ladies are seasoned performers who get to show off their talents in the number Henry Street.