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Medea ''My husband is the vilest man alive,'' Annette Bening's Medea bellows in UCLA Live's reinterpretation of the Euripides classic ...Medea ''My husband is the vilest man alive,'' Annette Bening's Medea bellows in UCLA Live's reinterpretation of the Euripides classic ...2009-10-02
Annette Bening, Medea

(Michael Lamont)

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Medea

Starring: Annette Bening

”My husband is the vilest man alive,” Annette Bening’s Medea bellows in UCLA Live’s reinterpretation of the Euripides classic (playing at Freud Playhouse through Oct. 18). As a sorceress seeking vengeance on her two-timing husband Jason (Braveheart’s wonderful Angus Macfadyen), the 51-year-old actress has never looked and sounded better. She boasts marvelously toned arms and a thunderous, intimidating alto (”he pants for the throne,” she growls of the status-seeking cad who’s about to marry a princess). Regrettably, Lenka Udovicki’s modern staging of the heart-wrenching tale is not nearly as invigorating as its killer star; the L.A.-based director incorporates a Berlin Wall-like barrier to isolate the murderous Medea, and employs an all-gal Greek chorus that dashes about the stage in tight suits and red bras. Huh? B-

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