Colm Toibin's House of Names (Scribner, $16, 288 pages, ISBN 9781501140228) is a masterful retelling of the ancient Greek tale of the House of Atreus
, which was brought to life in the plays of Euripides, Aeschylus and Sophocles.
Warner's conceit was to lock a modern museum visitor obsessed with glass-cased relics of the House of Atreus
into the vault, transmuting her into the archaic Greek princess Elektra.
Directed by Gregor McElvogue and starring Jane Holding, Justin Brent Johnson, Justin Peoples, Linh Schladweiler and Laurel Ullman, the play reworks the Ancient Greek myths surrounding the house of Atreus
, setting them in a very recognizable landscape: the suburban back yard.
One of the masters of Greek tragedy presents his audience with the House of Atreus
of the Peloponnese, which is drowning in blood.
The fall of the House of Madoff, in all its cruelty, hubris, and abjection is second only to that of the House of Atreus
in terms of tragic dramatic potential.
Hence the decades of tabloid-minded blather about the "Kennedy curse," whose hifalutin' equivalent usually involves dragging in the House of Atreus
sooner or later.
Though a set of points familiar to any scholar of the period's literature, Richard manages to make Melville's evocation of the House of Atreus
and of Aeschylean tragedy newly exciting and interesting.
Among the topics are the poem of Gilgamesh; Richard Lattimore's mistaken ambition of exactness in the Odyssey; Bacchylides and the translation of Greek poetry, the beastly house of Atreus
, Introduction to Antigone, and lights in Santa Sophia from Paul the Silentiary.
A cast of 50 young actors will tell the story of the blood curse of the House of Atreus
through the life of Agamemnon and the lives of his children.
Consider her unique three-part retelling of the classicist's classic, the fall of the House of Atreus
, titled An Oresteia and running March 18-April 12 at Classic Stage Company in New York City.
While the various elements of her oeuvre are convincing as autonomous pieces, as floor shows of the House of Atreus
they become Grand Guignol.
The violation of Helen's honor by the Trojan Paris who stole her led to incalculable and cruel deaths at the hands of the avenging brothers of the House of Atreus
, Menelaus and Agamemnon.