Troy Patterson
May 23, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Medea

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
12/10/02-02/22/03
performer
Fiona Shaw
director
Deborah Warner

We gave it a C

Round about 430 B.C., Euripides wrote a play about a witch who slays her children to spite her husband. Twenty-four centuries later, the Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer reworked the story into a screenplay. And a few decades after that, Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark) used that script as the basis for a dour, draggy, and cheaply manipulative tragedy that plays like an entry in some kind of bad Bergman knockoff contest.

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