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FATHER'S LOVE HAS LONG ARMS.



Byline: Evan Henerson Theater Critic

Sarah Ruhl Sarah Ruhl (born 1974) is an American playwright. She studied under Paula Vogel at Brown University and currently lives in New York.

Ruhl gained widespread recognition for her play The Clean House
, modern mistress of myths, has returned to the lower depths. And the theater world is the better for it.

The playwright, whose previous fresh L.A. venture was an intriguing examination of the Demeter/Persephone story (Cornerstone Theatre Company's ``Demeter in the City''), has turned her curious lens on the legend of Orpheus and his love, Eurydice. And director John Langs and the Circle X Theatre Company know exactly what to make of it.

``Eurydice,'' which kicks off the Ensemble Theatre This article is about the theatre company in Australia. For other uses, see Ensemble Theatre (disambiguation).
The Ensemble Theatre is located at 78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli, New South Wales, in an old boatshed at Careening Cove.
 Collective series at the Ford Amphitheatre's inside space, is a whimsical and delicate look at identity and the nature of loss. Orpheus may have been the one who looked backward when he was instructed not to, but it's the title character and her father (played by Kelly Brady and John Getz John Getz (born October 15, 1946 or 1947[1]) is a stage-trained American actor. Biography
Personal life
Getz, one of four children, was born in Davenport, Iowa and raised in the Mississippi River Valley.
, respectively), who -- Ruhl suggests -- may have undergone the greatest sacrifices most bitterly.

Somewhere along a seashore, a musician named Orpheus (Tim Wright Tim Wright may refer to:
  • Tim Wright (musician), a British musician
  • Tim Wright (engineer), a Formula One engineer
  • Tim Wright (UK Musician), a UK musician and recording artist
) and his lady Eurydice (Brady) declare themselves love-struck and set a wedding date. Somehow the news reaches the Underworld, where Eurydice's long-lost father gets wind of it and sends a letter of congratulations and regret.

He's been missing his daughter for quite some time, but a character known as ``A Nasty Interesting Man'' (Jeff Ricketts) finds the letter and uses it to draw Eurydice away from her wedding.

What Eurydice learns when she goes below is that death's greatest blessing -- as well as its curse -- is the ability to forget. A chorus of spirits who call themselves The Stones (Thia Stephan, Joe Tyler Gold and Doug Sutherland The name Doug Sutherland may refer to:
  • Doug Sutherland (American politician), an American politician
  • Doug Sutherland (football player), a former NFL player with the Minnesota Vikings
) know how this obliteration A destruction; an eradication of written words.

Obliteration is a method of revoking a Will or a clause therein. Lines drawn through the signatures of witnesses to a will constitute an obliteration of the will even if the names are still decipherable.
 business is supposed to work, and they can't entirely understand why Eurydice and her father would want to deviate.

But deviate they do, which complicates Orpheus' plan to bring Eurydice back from the underworld. Which, after all, does a girl require more: her father or her husband?

Director Langs makes marvelously inventive use of the Ford's indoor space, envisioning the underworld as a spare locale with a working water pump, a menacing-looking double-leveled staircase and an elevator (Brian Sidney Bembridge designed ``Eurydice's'' sets and lighting. Particularly effective is the deployment of -- of all things -- string. Indeed, one of the production's most tender moments has Getz's father character quietly shaping a makeshift room for his newly arrived daughter out of pocket string.

There's a goofy Goofy

bumbling, awkward dog; originally named Dippy Dawg. [Comics: “Mickey Mouse” in Horn, 492]

See : Awkwardness
 delicacy to Ruhl's characters and the way they speak. I was reminded of the works of Charles Mee (particularly in Ricketts' petulant pet·u·lant  
adj.
1. Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish.

2. Contemptuous in speech or behavior.



[Latin petul
, tricycle-riding rendition of the Lord of the Underworld), but Ruhl's treatment of love -- while equally impassioned -- is subtler.

And more believable. Wright's dogged Orpheus (who loves his music and his wife equally) and Brady's devoted but curious Eurydice are, finally, a couple of kids who may have plunged into this marriage business a little too quickly. But when a choked-up Brady writes a letter to ``my husband's new wife'' before saying goodbye, the scene can't help but resonate res·o·nate  
v. res·o·nat·ed, res·o·nat·ing, res·o·nates

v.intr.
1. To exhibit or produce resonance or resonant effects.

2.
.

Credit Circle X, and credit the talented Ruhl. Like Orpheus and his music, the playwright is one to follow.

Evan Henerson, (818) 713-3651

evan.henerson@dailynews.com

EURYDICE - Three and one half stars

Where: Ford Amphitheatre List of Ford Amphitheatres
  • Hollywood, California - Ford Amphitheatre (Los Angeles)
  • Tampa, Florida - Ford Amphitheatre (Tampa)
, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday; through Jan. 6.

Tickets: $20. (323) 804-5491.

In a nutshell: Classical myths made current with playwright Sarah Ruhl taking the lead.

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Eurydice (Kelly Brady) and Orpheus (Tim Wright) want to get married, but her deceased father still manages to stand in the way in ``Eurydice,'' at the Ford Amphitheatre.
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