Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses: Duel Reviews

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By: Mirra Watkins

CCP’s production of Metamorphoses, based on the Myths of Ovid, was quite entertaining. It was comical in a good way, where people laughed when they were are supposed to.

I wasn’t familiar with the play. Thus, at the start of the show, I was a little confused. If I had known before walking in that it was a play consisting of different tales of Greek mythology, I would have been better prepared. The array of characters and altering stories did take some getting used to. But once I understood the structure of the show, it became easier and fun to watch.

Of course, the performances weren’t Broadway or off-Broadway spectacular. The performers are actors in training. However, I’m not saying they were bad. For the most part, I enjoyed their acting. My only complaints were that the actors fell a little short when it came to crying and the narrators were bland.

Some stand-out performances and my favorite actors of the play were Christopher Mullins, Jaime Kasztelan, Keith Miller, Sean Jalbert, and Ken Sandberg. Christopher Mullins played a hilarious drunk named Silenus in the vignette about Midas; whether Christopher has experienced drunkenness in real life or not, I believed him.

Jaime Kasztelan was a beautiful and transcendent Alcyone. When Alcyone’s beloved Ceyx departs for sea and then in life, Jaime was effortless in portraying Alcyone’s grief while still giving off a sense of delicateness. Keith Miller was impressive as Erysichthon, a man who becomes mad and obsessed with food after he has angered the goddess, Ceres.

Keith plays a narrator in one vignette of the play. As a narrator, his voice was soft. Seeing him as Erysichthon was like watching another person. His voice became dark and heavy as he became the crazed Erysichthon. I would compare it to how Christian Bale does his Batman voice, only angrier. And in my book, that’s a good comparison.

Sean Jalbert was an adorkable Vertumnus. His attempts at wooing and courting Pomona put a cheesy grin on my face, and Ken Sandberg as Phaeton was excellent in portraying his daddy issues with Apollo.

Ken did a great job of taking a character that at first seemed like the typical, dim -witted surfer dude and transformed him into a more complex and sympathetic character. I truly felt bad for Phaeton for accidentally scorching the earth and himself.

My favorite vignettes of the play actually are about these five characters, essentially because of these five impressive actors playing them, and another group of people that deserves recognition is the production crew for their construction of the pools.

Certainly, the main pool was another character within the play. It served as the sea, a washbasin, the River Styx of the Underworld, and a swimming pool. Even though, I wished it was the size of a kiddy pool at least, I understand that our school has a tight budget. Nevertheless, the production crew deserves commendation for their hard work and being able to build the pools. It most definitely would have been harder to imagine people in water without the pools present.

My only suggestion to them would be to set up “Splash Zone!” signs for the front row seats. With all the kicking and plopping, a few audience members in the front row were in for a wet surprise.

Leaving the auditorium, I heard many students stating they enjoyed Metamorphoses. It’s safe to assume, I wasn’t the only one impressed. The show was executed well. As a fan of Greek Mythology, I enjoyed seeing the tales I love to read and learning of new ones. I don’t think anyone would cast rotten tomatoes at this production. I can’t wait to see what the director, Peggy Mecham, and her students do next.

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Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses: Duel Reviews