One Step Beyond

A Greek legend made modern traces a miniature map of the female psyche

Daddy Dearest: Eurydice (Maria Dizzia, 
right) and her father (Charles Shaw 
Robinson) in the Underworld.
Ken Friedman
Daddy Dearest: Eurydice (Maria Dizzia, right) and her father (Charles Shaw Robinson) in the Underworld.

Which is the strangest surprise of Eurydice -- that it can be so controlled, so quirky, yet so affecting. David Mamet tried (and failed) to pull the same trick with Dr. Faustus last February at the Magic: He took an old legend, dressed it up in modern clothes, wrote stylized dialogue from an ironic distance -- and the play flopped. But Eurydice comes beautifully to life.

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