“★★★★★…breathtaking, deeply satisfying…this is Kahn in greatest communion with his art, his voice visceral and unwavering, and it is a profound note upon which to take his leave.” –Metro Weekly
“★★★★★…the language is stark and rich with the poetic alchemy of ancient Greek. The way McLaughlin’s words sound in your ears and are beautifully spoken by the actors is ambrosia.” –DC Theatre Scene
by Rachael Goldberg
May. 9, 2019
What is justice? Who decides, who metes it out, how do we know it is truly "just"?
“These are questions we ask ourselves regularly - in politics and current events, at work, in our personal lives. They're questions humanity has grappled with over the centuries, and people will continue to do so long after we're gone.
By Peter Marks
For his valedictory production as Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic director, Michael Kahn has chosen to take us back to the dawn of Western drama. It’s a harrowing excursion to be sure. But in his heart-stopping mounting of Aeschylus’s tragedy, “The Oresteia,” the final destination is not despair. It’s hope.
The Washington Post
by Peter Marks
May 7, 2019
“For his valedictory production as Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic director, Michael Kahn has chosen to take us back to the dawn of Western drama. It’s a harrowing excursion to be sure. But in his heart-stopping mounting of Aeschylus’s tragedy, “The Oresteia,” the final destination is not despair. It’s hope.
By Barbara Mackay
May 7, 2019
“To theater historians, dramaturgs, and lovers of all things Greek, the promise of a production of Aeschylus’ The Oresteia is enough to drive one mad with joy. To begin with, of all the Greek plays that have survived, The Oresteia is the only one in which the entire trilogy exists.
by Patrick Folliard
May 3, 2019
“When Michael Kahn asks you to do something, you do it. It’s that simple.
And so, playwright/actor Ellen McLaughlin explains the genesis of her latest work, “The Oresteia” — not a translation of Aeschylus’ trilogy about revenge, murder and justice, but rather a new version freely adapted from the Greek classic.
Ellen writes the libretto for a new opera called Obasute, to be produced by Prototype in Jan 2019. Composed by Garrett Fisher and directed by Rachel Dickstein.
Theater Talk discusses "Angels in America" with two prominent actor/Angels, Ellen McLaughlin and Amanda Lawrence, as well as Isaac Butler, co-author of the best-selling new book, "The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America," the oral history of this landmark theatrical piece.