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Lysistrata – The Disco Vaudeville Rock’n’Roll Musical (Aurora / Western Connecticut State University)

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

How can women stop war? Take Aristophanes’ classic question, add a dash of electric guitar, some strobe lights, and a large dose of penis jokes, to get a noisy, fun battle of the sexes. After a dramatic opening, the show takes time to get going, and attempts at comedy using American stereotypes fall flat. It gains momentum, however, largely due to the cast’s infectious enthusiasm. The scenes between the warring old women and men are particularly memorable, with the women’s leader, Tara Llewellyn, stealing the show. Though the original music is catchy and makes full use of the cast’s big voices, it lacks subtlety, and many of the songs blend together. Still, for an energetic romp, ‘Lysistrata’ does the job.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 11 Aug (not 8), 11.30am.
tw rating 3/5 | [Elaine Teng]