April 15, 2006
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Orpheus X

In the course of her intake interview in Rinde Eckert's brillian Orpheus X, Eurydice says that she's a writer, a poet. Persephone says that's good -- that poets (unlike novelists) do well here.

Narrative junkies
Don't do well in Hades.

Other viewers of this premier production noted that line, too (Variety | Boston Phoenix | Weekly Dig ). Orpheus here is a rock star, a serious, hard-working, thoughtful artist who is on the way to a party, sends his people ahead so he can make a more dramatic entrance, and who hails a cab with tragic results.

The piece sits precisely on the border between installation and theater, between tableaux and new media and drama. Highly recommended.