This uniquely spirited adaptation of Aristophanes’s “Lysistrata” turned out to be an outstanding theatre experience. The perfomance of this “study on the obscenity of power” showed all the hallmarks of a masterly directed and choreographed Gesamtkunstwerk, with narrative, dialogue, highly imaginative use of body movement, gesture, facial expression, as well as music, lighting :), rhythm and incredibly clever comical elements forming a powerful, organic whole. Particularly remarkable in Astragali’s ingenious transposition of Aristophanes’s comedy is no doubt the spirited and resourceful way in which the original’s “obscene” image of women (and men) has been deconstructed. All in all, a truly convincing, highly sophisticated interpretation of the ancient Greek play and an unforgettable theatre treat. I cannot wait to see the comedy in Lecce!
Senior Lecturer in German
Middlesex University, London