THE BACCHAE Review

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THE BACCHAE presented by Northern Kentucky University through Oct. 5. Click here for more information on the production.

Northern Kentucky University starts their new season with solid production of the Greek tragedy, THE BACCHAE.

Hunter Henrickson as Pentheus & Matt Krieg as Dionysus.

Hunter Henrickson as Pentheus & Matt Krieg as Dionysus.

The ensemble as a whole handled the material well. I thought there were some nice moments from Matt Krieg as Dionysus and Sarah Alice Shull as Agave. Kyle Taylor was convincing as the blind prophet. I would have liked to see Taylor and Connor Moulton as Cadmus move a bit more like the age of their characters.

I wouldn’t have minded a little more vocal variety in the performers’ tone and cadence. There were times when the gestures, of some actors, seemed a bit elementary.

The Bacchae.

The Bacchae.

The Bacchae (with Gabby Francis as Coryphaeus, the Chorus Leader) worked extremely well as an ensemble with the vocals and dance. At times I did have to hunt for the individual speakers. The Bacchae who began their lines with some kind of movement were easier to spot. The choreography by Kyle Segar was interesting and varied, creating some really nice stage pictures.

Sarah Alice Shull as Agave.

Sarah Alice Shull as Agave.

The costume design by Ronnie Chamberlain worked well for the production. I liked the coloring of The Bacchae’s costumes. Also, the cut and fabric moved very well for the choreography. It was nice how the special lighting effects (designed by Terry D. Powell) played across their costumes. Dionysus’ golden armor was also nicely done.

Congratulations on a solid production across the board.

I would enjoy hearing what you think about the show or my review. All I ask is that you express your opinion without attacking someone else’s opinion. You can post your comments below.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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