Theater: Blood Bath

MEDEA

Adapted from Euripides by Robinson Jeffers

Zoe Caldwell has received a Tony nomination for her performance in Medea, and in this paltry season, no one would begrudge her that. Yet the accolade outshines the achievement. Caldwell's interpretation of the role is singular and peculiarly self-indulgent.

With all the formidable artistry of her craft, the actress fashions a character of insatiable sensuality. If this production had a subtitle, it could be By Lust Possessed. Caldwell's gestures are endlessly provocative. Her hands urgently stroke her upper thighs; when she slips to the floor, she writhes...

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