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TO APRIL 15
The Georgetown Theatre Company’s production of Agamemnon couldn’t be a looser take on Aeschylus’ woe-filled strophes and antistrophes. Playwright William Ramsay has transformed the dark Greek tragedy into lighthearted fare, effectively turning wine into water. The play’s humor relies heavily on anachronisms: Ricardo Frederick Evans’ Spandex-clad messenger god Hermes totes a beeper and a cell phone; after each sacrifice or death, citizens take sponges and dusters to bloody altars and thrones. These jokes are funny the first time, but get old fast. Thankfully, some of the play’s camp really works: Every time a character speaks of the curse of the House of Atreus, red lights come up and a gong sounds, like a spooky moment in a Scooby-Doo episode. And there’s a terribly funny fight scene between brothers Atreus and Thyestes played out in chuckle-inducing slo-mo that’s straight out of The Incredible Hulk. But it’s the cast, not the material, that really deserves kudos: Evans, in glitter eye shadow and golden winged loafers, plays Hermes with drag-queen sass, bringing energy to his half-baked lines. And Charles Wellington Young as the play’s title character, a Greek king forced to sacrifice his young daughter to win the Trojan war, makes a truly regal—and human—leader. At 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, to Saturday, April 15, at Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $14-$16. (703) 271-7770. (Jessica Dawson)