Greek Theatre Festival: Lysistrata and Oedipus Rex

Lysistrata is a play about big ideas—and thick, too, asks Calonice? Certainly, dear, but we’ll go without for a while in this classic of all classics in which the male desires to fuck, marry and kill are starved to more easily-controllable proportions at the hands of Lysistrata and several generations of stalwart Greek women who are tired of war and waiting for their men to come home. It’s a hard way to go (“I will have naught to do whether with lover or husband—albeit he come to me with an erection—Oh! Lysistrata, I cannot bear it!” protests Calonice) but there’s a happy ending, even if they can’t stage the really happy part. Shown with Oedipus Rex, the mother-loving story and basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 a.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Feb. 12. Continues through March 7, 2010

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