BWW Reviews: A.C.T.'s ELEKTRA Rages Now thru November 18

But Elektra’s accusations finally hit their mark and the queen cries out that her actions brought justice for her daughter, Iphigenia, who was slain by King Agamemnon in front of her as a sacrifice to the goddess Artemis.  Should Agamemnon not pay the ultimate penalty for that?  “By what law is he supposed to die by your hands?” replies Elektra. “….because if you allow tit-for-tat murder then you will be the first do die if you ever stumble upon Justice.”

And there’s the rub.  The king killed Iphigenia.  Clytemnestra killed the king.  Orestes kills the queen.  Will someone rise up to kill him, thus perpetuating the cycle of philos-aphilos – revenge, heartache and more revenge?  Where does it end? Athenians watching this play finally chose the law over vendetta. Arguably, we have chosen the same.  Or have we?

Elektra, a Greek Tragedy
By Sophocles
Translation-adaptation by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Carey Perloff
Playing now thru Nov. 18
American Conservatory Theater
Photo courtesy of Kevin Berne

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Linda Hodges Linda Hodges is a freelance writer who has been covering the vibrant and exciting San Francisco Bay Area theater scene for the past two years. A dedicated theater aficionado, Linda first became involved in the dramatic arts while in college, becoming one of the first “techies” at her school to be voted into Delta Psi Omega, the National Theater Honor Society. She holds a Masters in Theological Studies from Pacific School of Religion and maintains that theater, at its best, is a religious experience! Linda is currently working on her first novel and, as always, is looking forward to another opening night.

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