ORPHEUS at the Paul Getty Museum’s Getty Villa

Photo by Eugene Lee

Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

Four Larks’ production of Orpheus made its premier last night in Downtown Los Angeles. Previously developed and presented at the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Getty Villa as part of their Theater Lab Series (March 2014), the workshopped production then moved to a Downtown warehouse, where audiences had to traverse a fabric maze before they entered the performance space. What greeted us upon entry was an upper floor transformed by tree branches festooned with small round opaque light globes, dimly lit. Old suitcases, books and assorted but well-selected junk littered the sand covered stage. Live musicians were seated on boxes upstage right.   What followed was a 70-minute one act expressionistic interpretation of the classical Greek myth of Orpheus and his forlorn yet bold descent into the underworld to retrieve his beloved Eurydice, snatched away from him on their wedding day by a viper’s fatal bite. Read more…

Now running through Wed., April 2.